Are E-Cigarettes Better For Your Teeth?
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the United States and has been linked to a number of dangerous diseases. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of bacteria on your teeth, but bad habits such as smoking and excess drinking have also been linked to increased risk of gum gum disease. To avoid gum disease, cancer, and other risks of smoking, many people have been putting out the cigarette and trying out e-cigarettes instead. E-cigarettes were initially marketed as a safer alternative to cigarettes because they rely on vaporized nicotine as opposed to regular smoke. However, recent studies have shown that flavorings in e-cigarettes can lead to lung disease. As if that is not bad enough, e-cigarettes may explode and have lead to face and teeth injuries including this m ...
Dealing With Sensitive Teeth This Winter
There is nothing quite like a crisp winter morning in Colorado. The cold air hits your face and it’s like an instant pick-me-up. Although for some, once they crack a smile to greet the day and that cold air hits their teeth, their good mood is cut short by pain. Tooth sensitivity stems from exposure of the dentin, which is a soft layer underneath the enamel. There are thousands of tiny tubes in the dentin that lead to the inner nerve center of the tooth, called the pulp. Drastic changes in temperature, and sugary or acidic foods are sensed by these tubes and trigger a painful response in the pulp. Winter can be particularly brutal if you have sensitive teeth, but there are a few things that you can do to help get you through the pain and make the most of the season. Soft-Bristled Toothbrus ...
Five At-Home Remedies for Bleeding Gums
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
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 ...