Five At-Home Remedies for Bleeding Gums

Essential aroma oil with cloves

Sore and bleeding gums are a common symptom of gum disease, which can not only lead to tooth loss, but has also been connected to heart disease and diabetes. Gum disease is one of the most common diseases in the US, with most American adults having the condition in one form or another. The best course of action for treating gum disease is to visit the dentist for appropriate treatment, which may range from increased oral hygiene to scaling and root planing, but are there treatments at home that are effective in combating gum disease? 1. Clove Oil Clove oil is an essential oil extracted from the clove plant. This oil has anti-inflammatory properties that can help with swollen gums, and is also antibacterial. Studies have shown that clove oil can actually be effective in combating gum diseas ...


Throwback Thursday: Aging With Your Teeth

Our bodies change. This is one thing that all humans share, and it simply comes with aging. You may have been surfing around social media sites and posted some old pictures of yourself as a kid for Throwback Thursday. You probably also noticed that you were a bit more fit in your 20s than you are now, and your teeth looked sparkly white and strong. A lot of people do not take into account that your entire body ages with you – your teeth included. Here are some key ways your teeth change as you get older. Discoloration Drinking coffee every morning for 30 years does no favors for the color of your teeth. Even with regular brushing and flossing it is inevitable that your teeth will stain a bit. Although you may be tempted to do some at-home teeth whitening tricks, don’t reach for the c ...


Tooth Loss Doubles with Diabetes

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Death and taxes may be the inevitable pair, but there’s another pair of negatives that unfortunately go together: diabetes and tooth loss. New data published by the Centers for Disease Control confirms that the 28.9 million Americans over age 20 with diabetes have about twice as much risk of losing their teeth as those without diabetes. The Survey This study looked at nine waves of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) during the years of 1971-2012. A total of 37,609 individuals age 25 years or older had dental exams for the NHANES. There were a number of variables for this study such as age, sex, race, education, and poverty level. They found that tooth loss increased with age (which is not too surprising), and that trends in tooth loss for adults with a ...


Japanese Crooked Teeth Craze!

A young woman with crooked teeth

We spend our whole teenage lives worrying about our appearance. We spend hours in front of the mirror, and suffer through braces (though there are alternatives now) to give ourselves perfectly straight teeth. In the United States straight and pearly white teeth are king, but there is a trend in Japan that runs entirely contrary to this aesthetic: yaeba. Yaeba literally means “double tooth” and is a trend popular among girls in their late teens and early twenties. These girls are spending as much as $500 per tooth to have their teeth capped to look crooked. The goal is to achieve a young and “impish” look that is currently very sought after in Japan, though has seen some scrutiny in other parts of the world, seen by some as a sexualization of young girls. It’s All Aesthetics Many peop ...


How TMJ Can Screw up Your Diet

Woman with jaw pain, trying to eat an apple

When you have temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or sometimes TMD), you may find your eating patterns are shifted dramatically. This can be very hard to deal with, causing several serious health effects. Weight Gain If you have jaw pain or dysfunction, you might decide to switch to soft foods that are easy to eat. Most of these foods are preprocessed junk foods, which might include cake, ice cream, and fast food meals. Sure, it’s easy to eat these foods with jaw problems, but they are full of salt, fat, and sugar, making it surprisingly easy to pack on the pounds. If you need soft foods while you are dealing with TMJ, try to learn some good recipes you can prepare at home so that you can control what goes into them, and avoid the temptation to always eat junk food just because it’s soft ...