February 16, 2009

Homemade paste for mouth ulcer

Mouth ulcers really suck; they are so painful and embarrassing if you want to kiss someone (you just avoid it). 

Mouth ulcers are still a mysterious condition, though we know that citrics have healing and relieving properties that we can use to prepare a homemade remedy against mouth sores. So this is how we do it:

Step 1: Take some oranges and lemons, peel them and put the skins to dry on fire. Toast them to make them get dry but do not let them get burnt.

Step 2: Grind the skins and blend them with toothpaste (any toothpaste). Pour the mix in a tight-closed container.

Step 3: Brush your teeth every morning and evening with this paste.

You will see how mouth sores reduce and disappear. This homemade paste helps disinfect your mouth and prevent the outbreak of mouth ulcers. 

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February 12, 2009

Brushing baby teeth

Your newborn baby does not have any teeth yet, so you do not have to "brush" her teeth as if she were a bigger kid. However, you do have to take her of her gums. Dental care for children should be as early as possible.

From 0 to 18 months

What most pediatricians recommend is dipping a gauze pad in bottle water and introducing it gently with clean hands into the baby's mouth. Use your index o pinky finger to cleanse her upper and lower gums and under the tongue. If it is necessary, change the gauze.

From 18 to 29 months

Buy a small baby toothbrush and a small plastic cup for it. Make sure the bristles are very soft. Rinse it and introduce it gently in his mouth and brush in circles the upper and lower teeth and molars, while doing so rinse the toothbrush. Let the baby spit, though if you can not make her do so just rinse the toothbrush as many times needed.

Older than 29 months

If your kid can speak and understand basic instructions teach him how to brush his teeth by himself. Put a bit of toothpaste on his toothbrush or dental rinse gel and emphasize on making him rinse his mouth.

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February 06, 2009

Fiber avoids teeth problems in children

We know that American nutrition has been in deep trouble for long, butluckily more and more people are becoming aware and trying to have a healthier lifestyle. Good. And here goes one more reason to make change happen: fiber rich foods will keep you children teeth problem free

Apples, carrots, jam beans and other fiber rich foods must take part in your child’s daily diet, but you have to serve them in large slices to make him chew in order to strengthen his bite

When you fee you child with soft, mashed, minced or grinded foods you are not making him chew enough and this is the main cause of misaligned or crooked teeth due to the lack of space in the gums.  

Your child’s jaw needs to work out as any other muscle or bone in his body. So, as soon as he is able to chew, replace the baby food for sliced –not grated- food to exercise his jaw bones.

In addition to fiber enriching your child’s diet, you can prevent he develops teeth problems by teaching good dental hygiene habits as soon as his first tooth comes up to avoid the most common teeth problems such as cavities, gingivitis (gum inflammation) and abscesses. 

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February 05, 2009

Invisalign: invisible braces

Braces are far from sexy and comfortable – though some people fancy them sexually, but this is not our subject- therefore, dentists came up with one the coolest dentistry innovations to make patients have and better looking: Invisalign, an invisible way to straighten teeth without ugly looking braces! 

Invisalign consists of custom made invisible retainers that hold your teeth instead of the heavy duty wires and braces. You wear the invisalign aligners for two weeks, you just take them off to eat, drink, brush, floss, etc. The dentist will replace the invisalign retainers with the next in the series – your teeth will move little by little- until your teeth adapt to the final position he has determined.

To get Invisalign braces you have to consult Invisalign certified dentists (this is a relatively new dentistry treatment, so there are not many good orthodontists out there doing it) that will determine the best alignment for both your appearance and your bite.  

If the dentist determines you are a perfect Invisalign candidate, congrats! The next step is taking molds and taking X-rays or digital pictures from your teeth, from which your aligners will be fashioned. The number of aligners you will depend on how much movement your teeth need to get straightened.

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February 04, 2009

Am I good candidate for tooth bleaching?

We all want brighter and whiter teeth for sure; it is our right to look good and fab smile. However, tooth bleaching is not necessarily the best solution for you... or for me.

Most people decide to take over the bleaching treatment by themselves getting over-the-counter whitening products, however the wisest thing to do is going to the dentist to get an evaluation of your dental condition, and therefore recommend the best dental solution for your case.  

Depending on the type and condition of your dental stains, you dentist will suggest among these the best tooth bleaching treatment for you:  

  • Professional dental cleaning to get rid of external stains produce by food and tobacco. 
  • Bleaching toothpaste to get rid of shallow stains. (In order to get better results you may use teeth whitening gel and teeth whitening strips). 
  • Professional dentist bleaching or home bleaching is for the hardest yellow stains.  
  • Veneers and fillings are for reconstructing the most affected teeth or getting specific results. 

Great, seems I have plenty of options, but still what works better for me?

If you have very yellow teeth you are quite lucky. That’s right, you are because your teeth respond better to bleaching than those with a grayish o brownish coloring, or even better than teeth stained by tetracycline (a.k.a. Sumycin, Terramycin, Tetracyn, Panmycin, etc.) and dental flouring can not get totally white after bleaching. 

If you have veneers, fillings or crowns on your frontal teeth, dental bleaching is NOT for you because the dental bleacher will have no effect on the material of these dental applications.  

If you have sensitive teeth and or periodontal disease, you should avoid chemical tooth whitening since they can irritate your gums. 

If you have serious teeth and jaw problems, dental crowns and veneers are way better you give you a perfect looking white smile. 

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February 03, 2009

Feeding you baby asleep boosts dental cavities

Breastfeeding your child asleep boosts “bottle cavities” due to the cleansing effect of saliva decreases during sleep time, leaving their teeth unprotected to the high content of sugar concentrated in his/her mouth.

These bottle cavities attack milk teeth and they can be very destructive: they can even damage fifteen dental pieces!

This kind of dental cavities mainly appear in 6-month and four to five-year-old children. It starts destroying the enamel. Small white stains appear in your baby’s teeth that eventually go yellow, spread and become darker. 

The reason why these awful dental stains appear is the prolonged contact your baby’s teeth have with sugar-rich liquids and when you give them a pacifier dipped in sugar, but especially when you let him sleep with the bottle filled with milk or processed juices.

No surprise mother’s milk is the best solution for dental cavities. Breast milk fat works as dental protection. Also, it is better you get your baby used to drinking water instead of industrial juices and keep the pacifiers and bottle only until he is two years old. It is necessary he learns to chew by himself, so his jaw gets stronger and he can segregate saliva. 

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February 02, 2009

Molars and teeth can grow again with mother cells

Teeth and molars would be able to be regenerated in a matter of five or ten years, indicates the Washington Post.  

In theory, it would be possible to remove a damaged tooth from your mouth and reconstruct it out from the mother cells within it and transplant it again in your mouth, which means a much better and compatible alternative to replace missing teeth than metallic dental implants used nowadays.

Titanium dental implants are prone to get loose and produce infections as gingivitis and periodontitis due to the incompatibility between the bone and the dental implant.

This new treatments means great news for patients who can not be candidates –they have not enough bone in their jaws to support titanium screws - for regular dental implant surgery or anyone who prefers dental implants derived from his own natural teeth and molars.

This naturally leads us to think about our milk teeth and wisdom molars, they are just the perfect pieces for dental regeneration (means the days of our good old friend the tooth fairy will come to an end?).

In these days of recycling, we see something like this happening other formerly considered waste materials like newborn umbilical cords, since new therapeutic uses are discovered for mother cells contained in the blood of umbilical cords. 

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