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Sparkling Water Is ‘Extremely Acidic’ And Can Ruin Teeth, Dentist Warns

Sparkling Water Is ‘Extremely Acidic’ And Can Ruin Teeth, Dentist Warns

Dental Health, NEWS
Sparkling water is often perceived as the “healthier” option when it comes to fizzing drinks, but it can still damage your teeth. According to Adam Stone, a dentist in London’s Harley Street, the majority of people have no idea that sparkling water is “extremely acidic”. “It’s pH3 on the acidity scale. The bubbles erode your tooth enamel – and over time this causes painful, yellow cracked teeth,” he said, according to the MailOnline. In comparison, most commercial distilled white vinegars tend to have a pH value that ranges between 2.4 and 3.4, meaning sparkling water can be more acidic than some vinegar. Professor Damian Walmsley, scientific adviser to the British Dental Association, explained how sparkling water becomes acidic in the first place. “Carbonated water gets its fizz from
Gingivitis

Gingivitis

Dental Health, NEWS
If you have tender, red, swollen and bleeding gums, it may be a sign that you may need gingivitis treatment. Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums (gingiva). It commonly occurs because of films of bacteria that accumulate on the teeth - plaque; this type is called plaque-induced gingivitis. Among the different forms of gum disease, gingivitis is the most common to occur in humans, with a prevalence of 59.8% in adults between the ages of 35 and 44, and 51.6% in people between 65 and 74 years. This means that more than half of the population over the age of 35 has gingivitis. Gingivitis is a non-destructive type of periodontal disease. Gingivitis is reversible with good oral hygiene; however, without treatment, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, in which the inflammation of the ...
Your Oral Health Care Plan

Your Oral Health Care Plan

Dental Health, NEWS
Good oral health involves more than just brushing. To keep your teeth and mouth healthy for a lifetime of use, there are steps that you should follow. Here's what you should consider: 1. Understand your own oral health needs. Talk with your dentist, other oral health care specialist, or hygienist about any special conditions in your mouth and any ways in which your medical/health conditions affect your teeth or oral health. For example, cancer treatments, pregnancy, heart diseases, diabetes, dental appliances (dentures, braces) can all impact your oral health and may necessitate a change in the care of your mouth and/or teeth. Be sure to tell your dentist if you have experienced a change in your general health or in any medications you are taking since your last dental visit. 2. Dev
Top 3 Reasons Why Teeth Hurt

Top 3 Reasons Why Teeth Hurt

Dental Health, NEWS
When you start feeling pains or sensitivity in your teeth, you may begin to dread an inevitable visit to the dentist’s office. Although some dental pain requires immediate attention from a dentist, not all of it is a sign of something serious or permanent. In fact, most of the dental pains that you experience are likely to resolve themselves with some adjustments to your habits. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons that your teeth might hurt. Reasons Why Teeth Hurt: Tooth Decay and Cavities Tooth decay and cavities are where our minds usually go when we first experience pain in our teeth. Damage caused to your teeth by an accumulation of bacteria can lead to painful, expensive procedures. However, most dental pains aren’t caused by tooth decay. You should take awhile to analyse the t
Five Oral Manifestations of HIV/AIDS

Five Oral Manifestations of HIV/AIDS

Dental Health, NEWS
HIV weakens your immune system, making you vulnerable to a wide variety of diseases. Oral diseases are especially common. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the US, more than a third of those who are HIV-positive suffer from oral health problems that are a direct result of their condition. Here are five oral manifestations of HIV to which you should pay attention. Oral Warts Oral warts can develop anywhere inside your mouth. These warts aren't painful, but look like raised or smooth bumps that can develop as one or many blemishes. They're caused by human papilloma virus (HPV), and are much more common among those who are HIV-positive than in the general population. Dentists can remove warts by freezing them or cutting them away with lasers, but the
These Habits Can Destroy Your Teeth

These Habits Can Destroy Your Teeth

Dental Health, NEWS
Dental health does not come easy; it comes with a whole lot of discipline and requires the necessary lifestyle behaviours so you can maintain the right kind of smile, and overall dental heath. Research has found that the following habits of many are things you must be very careful about, and indeed avoid at all cost. Not using a mouth guard According to the American Dental Association, mouth or tooth guards prevent 200,000 sports-related mouth injuries every year. The fact is that an estimated 5 million teeth are knocked out every year through sports. Therefore it behoves every sports person to wear a preventive device such as a tooth or mouth guard when engaging in (rough) sporting activities, or you may be regretting later. Teeth grinding Many at times you tend to grind your teeth un...
The Importance of a Good Diet

The Importance of a Good Diet

Dental Health
In a perfect world, there would be no cavities – but unfortunately that would mean there would have to be no sugar, and let’s be honest, that’s never going to happen. Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet isn’t just important to your overall health, it’s important to your oral health as well. Frequent or prolonged intake of sugary foods enables bacteria to maintain an acidic environment on the surface of your teeth. Soft and sticky foods cling to the biting surfaces of the teeth and stay there until it’s brushed off. Saliva will spread the sugar between the teeth, and to the front and back. So how do cavities occur, and that ugly dental decay? Every time you eat, plaque and bacteria in your mouth mix with the sugar and starch from the food you ingest, creating an acidic environm
The Importance of a Good Diet

The Importance of a Good Diet

Dental Health, Food And Nutrition, NEWS
In a perfect world, there would be no cavities – but unfortunately that would mean there would have to be no sugar, and let’s be honest, that’s never going to happen. Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet isn’t just important to your overall health, it’s important to your oral health as well. Frequent or prolonged intake of sugary foods enables bacteria to maintain an acidic environment on the surface of your teeth. Soft and sticky foods cling to the biting surfaces of the teeth and stay there until it’s brushed off. Saliva will spread the sugar between the teeth, and to the front and back. So how do cavities occur, and that ugly dental decay? Every time you eat, plaque and bacteria in your mouth mix with the sugar and starch from the food you ingest, creating an acidic environm
Periodontitis

Periodontitis

Dental Health, NEWS
Periodontal diseases are infections of the structures around the teeth. These include the gums, the cementum that covers the root, the periodontal ligament and the alveolar bone. In the earliest stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis, the infection affects only the gums. In more severe forms of the disease, all of the supporting tissues are involved. What Causes Periodontal Disease? Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in dental plaque. Plaque is the sticky substance that forms on your teeth soon after you have brushed. In an effort to get rid of the bacteria, the cells of your immune system release substances that inflame and damage the gums, periodontal ligament or alveolar bone. This leads to swollen, bleeding gums, a sign of gingivitis (the earliest stage of periodontal di...
World-first Therapeutic Dental Vaccine Trials Could Start in 2018

World-first Therapeutic Dental Vaccine Trials Could Start in 2018

Dental Health, NEWS
A world-first vaccine developed by Melbourne scientists which could eliminate or at least reduce the need for surgery and antibiotics for severe gum disease, has been validated by research published this week. A team of dental scientists at the Oral Health CRC at the University of Melbourne has been working on a vaccine for chronic periodontitis for the past 15 years with industry partner CSL. Clinical trials on periodontitis patients could potentially begin in 2018. Moderate to severe periodontitis affects one in three adults and more than 50 per cent of Australians over the age of 65. It is associated with diabetes, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, dementia and certain cancers. It is a chronic disease that destroys gum tissue and bone supporting teeth, leading to ...
Smile Makeover Treatments You can Try

Smile Makeover Treatments You can Try

Dental Health
Sometimes attaining the best smile possible goes beyond simply cleaning your teeth and preventing cavities. Sometimes improving your smile may require resolving issues like alignment, discolourations (due to staining), chips, or even tooth breakages. Consequently, it is necessary for a dentist to have a variety of smile improvement options available. Today some dental practitioners especially in high brow locations have been able to incorporate several treatments under one roof. In this wise you are opportune to choose from a variety of procedures that offer some of the best smile treatments available. Following are some of the available dental treatments and procedures that may likely address your smile related problems - going by recent trends. Dental Bonding One versatile solutio
5 Foods and Drinks that Can Keep Your Teeth White

5 Foods and Drinks that Can Keep Your Teeth White

Dental Health, Food And Nutrition
Try supplementing your diet with the following foods. Not only do they offer you nutritional benefits, but they also help keep your teeth white. 1.    Cauliflower It’s one of those foods that requires a lot of chewing – and that’s a good thing for your teeth. The longer it takes to break down your food, the more saliva you produce. And saliva is a natural cleanser for your teeth to keep them shining bright. 2.    Strawberries These fruits may be a dark colour, but they’re also packed with an enzyme known as malic acid, which naturally makes teeth whiter. 3.    Cheese Your mother told you to drink your milk for strong bones and a sparkling white smile. And she was correct. Dairy products, such as cheese, yoghourt and milk, contain lactic acid and the enamel-fortifying mineral calc
Sugar Free Gum helps Prevent Cavities

Sugar Free Gum helps Prevent Cavities

Dental Health
It is widely accepted that chewing gum is good for oral hygiene. Clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay, Sugar Free Gum helps Prevent Cavities. Sugar Free Gum helps Prevent Cavities The chewing of sugarless gum increases the flow of saliva, which washes away food and other debris, neutralises acids produced by bacteria in the mouth and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth. Increased saliva flow also carries with it more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel. Chewing sugar-free gum can also really help those at high risk of tooth decay, such as teenagers (whose diet is often not as good as it should be); people who drink a lot of soft drinks or sports drinks; and those whose...
Dental Plaque – why you should guard against it

Dental Plaque – why you should guard against it

Dental Health
Dental plaques are those ugly looking, yellowish, and sticky film of mucus and bacteria that form on the teeth of individuals, which make the teeth feel fuzzy, frizzy and lacking brilliance. Dental plaques develop, and are even encouraged when food substances like carbohydrates (simple sugar and starch), dairy products (milk, cheese, Ice-cream), candy, soft drinks, cakes and the likes are consumed more often, and particles of such foods constantly are left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth by default thrive on these food particles and as a result produce acids. These released acids gradually destroy the enamel of the teeth, which consequently leads to tooth decay. In the same vein, dental plaques develop on the roots of the teeth just beneath the dental gums which cause the b...
Helping Your Teeth Age Gracefully

Helping Your Teeth Age Gracefully

Dental Health
Modern dentistry has brought about more widespread oral care education, and the availability of better oral care tools, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, and interdental cleaners (brushes to clean between the teeth), a greater number of older adults are keeping their natural teeth for a much longer period of time. It is important to remember, however, that keeping your teeth in good condition as you age might require some special attention. Here are some oral care tips to help you. As you get older, certain oral conditions not present when you were younger might develop. These include: Dry mouth: Dry mouth can result from physical changes within the body as it ages, but can also be caused by medications. Authoritative reports have it that over 400 commonly used medications can cont