Posts Tagged ‘dental health’

Doctor’s Orders: Have a Cup of Cocoa a Day

Monday, August 26th, 2013

828353_79331045A new study released in the August 7 issue of Neurology possibly found a new preventative measure for aging adults fighting memory loss and dementia. No, it’s not eating a greater quantity of healthier foods and exercising – although that helps! Researchers found that seniors who drank two cups of hot cocoa every day for a month performed better on memory and thinking exams than those who didn’t have the chocolaty drink.

The study included 60 people with the average age of 73, all of whom did not have dementia. For 30 days, the individuals were asked to consume two cups of hot cocoa each day, but refrain from eating any other chocolate for the duration of the study. Of the patients studied, 18 of them had impaired blood flow at the start of the study. Before partaking in the study, researchers also conducted MRI scans, which revealed that those with impaired blood flow had small clusters of brain damage compared to those with normal blood flow.

According to previous outside research, chocolate, and most notably dark chocolate, has many health benefits that can reduce blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, lower risk of stroke and benefit individuals with cognitive impairments.

By the end of the study, researchers did MRI scans on the brain once again to find that those with blood flow impairments at the start of the research showed improvements by more than 8 percent. Blood flow to the brain helped individuals improve their times on memory tests. In fact, the average score dropped by more than 50 seconds by the end of the study.

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Secrets from Dentists

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

kids bad breath

There are many things that people may not realize regarding oral care and its relationship to overall health.  Dental health is a very important thing and should not be neglected.  Here are certain things that you may not have known about dental care and dentists:

Pay More Attention

  • Just because your mouth may not hurt, does not mean it is healthy. 
  • Your oral health can affect the rest of your body
  • People with HEALTHY gums should go to the dentist twice a year.  Most people do not.  If your gums are NOT healthy, you should go even more. 
  • People tend to brush their front teeth more, and many people have periodontal disease in their back teeth because of this
  • People tend to spend around 2-3 minutes total brushing per day, even though proper oral care requires at least ten minutes of brushing and flossing each day.  Kids tend to spend even less time than adults. 

Bad Breath

  • Chewing gum or mints is not going to cover up the smell from smoking cigarettes.  This is because the smell is deeply ingrained in the mouth and gum tissues.
  • Most dentists won’t tell you if you have halitosis unless you ask.
  • People need to floss since brushing does not go deep into the gums.  If a person brushes and flosses properly, gets regular cleanings, and STILL has bad breath, then he or she should check into diet and health complications.

Children’s Teeth

  • Dentists may secretly blame parents when their kids’ teeth go bad.
  • Cavity-causing bacteria CAN be spread from person-to-person via saliva.  This includes parents to children– if a parent tastes a baby’s food, and puts the same spoon back into the baby’s mouth, the baby is at risk.
  • Children with dental problems, like toothaches, tend to have more problems in school.
  • There’s a significant risk of infection with any kind of mouth piercing if it is not performed in a sterile environment.  Also, tongue piercings tend to chip the front teeth.

Patient Concerns

  • Having metal fillings removed can release more mercury than leaving them in.  Metal fillings are much more durable than tooth-colored fillings.
  • People are exposed to more radiation standing outside for an hour than they are when they have dental X-rays taken.
  • People are getting teeth pulled that don’t need to be just because they can’t afford to fix them.
  • Very few insurance companies cover dental implants, even though they’re better than dentures
  • Teeth that are not aligned correctly can cause migraines
  • Bleeding gums is one of the first signs of diabetes
  • Did you know that teeth get whiter when they dry out?  If you go to the dentist to get your teeth whitened, and your mouth is left open for an hour, the teeth could be two shades whiter from dehydration alone. 
  • Cosmetic dentistry only works in a healthy mouth.  Always treat your gum disease first.
  • When you go to the dentist, check to see if the magazines in the waiting area are up-to-date…this shows if they pay attention to detail.

Here is an interesting quote by dentist Damian Dachowski: “When someone meets you for the first time, the first thing they notice is eyes. Second is teeth, and third is hair. But people spend way more money on their hair than their teeth.”

Source: Reader’s Digest

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Don’t Make Oral Care Wait in a Bad Economy

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Oral health is an integral part to your body’s overall health, so even if the economy is tough, one must still go to the dentist regularly for checkups.  Dentists are releasing campaigns to make the public aware of the risks of waiting on dental care and neglecting checkups and treatments.  The Dental Trade Alliance, a nonprofit trade association, is helping sponsor this campaign.

Experts say that one should visit the dentist once every six months, and if one does not have a dentist, he or she should find someone knowledgeable in the subject. 

There are various risks of postponing dental care, including:

Tooth decay.  Since it’s a progressive disease, postponing treatment may make the sufferer in need of a more complex/expensive solution, like root canals or tooth extractions.  Also, it is a contagious disease, and it can be spread to others.

Periodontal disease that goes untreated has been linked with having damaging effects especially on those with diabetes, heart disease, strokes, or women who are pregnant.

– Constant bad breath / halitosis can also be prevented by having regular checkups / cleanings

The Chicago Dental Society says than half of dentists surveyed said that people were putting off going to the dentist, and more than 40% said that preventive care had decreased.  Also, the Wall Street Journal reported the ADA noticing that unbooked appointiment times were increasing. 

Since there are so many risks associated with neglecting dental care (diabetes, heart disease, and so on), it is important that one does not postpone or forget going to the dentist.  There are even dentists offering discounts to their patients to encourage them to maintain good oral  hygiene in a bad economy. Your oral and overall health care cannot wait, so take action now.

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Can Bleeding Gums and Other Periodontal Diseases Kill You?

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Links Between Gum Disease and Other Diseases:
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PerioTherapy combines the finest clinically effective compounds that work synergistically to attack the true cause of gum disease (periodontal disease) and bad breath. Recent research in Europe and the U.S. have proven a link between an increase in oral sulfur compounds (from bad breath), which initiate gum disease and bleeding gums (open wounds in your mouth).  Scarily enough, these open bleeding sites allow other dangerous toxins to enter the body’s blood stream.

The PerioTherapy System was designed for those who suffer with bleeding and swollen gums whether they have bad breath or not. There is a strong relationship between gum disease and bad breath, because volatile sulfur compounds (found in bad breath) are needed to initiate the penetration of dangerous toxins below the gum line to start periodontal disease. This new research supports our work in finding a non-surgical treatment for gum disease.

The synergy of these compounds has produced PerioTherapy:

PeriO2: The active ingredient in PerioTherapy releases potent oxygen molecules when in contact with these sulfur compounds. Immediately, a chemical conversion takes place that eliminates them safely and effectively. Once the thiols (sulfur compounds) are reduced, their initiation of allowing toxins into the blood stream disappears.

Whole Leaf Aloe Vera: This is not your ordinary aloe vera. It is specially grown for us in green houses to maintain its high concentration of pharmaceutical level elements. As everyone knows even plain aloe vera has been used to stop bleeding as a natural healing agent for thousands of years. Tests performed at a large metropolitan hospital on PerioTherapy’s form of whole leaf aloe vera indeed confirm its healing highly beneficial qualities. We use the highest concentration of whole leaf aloe vera in the World! (Do not be fooled by imitators!)

Tea Tree Oil: This is the secret ingredient in many natural medications. Tea tree oil is extracted through a complicated process from the leaves of an Australian tree. Physicians in the southern hemisphere have turned to the melalucca plant because the overuse of antibiotics has rendered formerly effective prescription medications useless. Properly formulated tea tree oil has been used in many cases as an anti-bacterial agent, when even the strongest antibiotics have failed. Our pharmaceutical grade tea tree oil initiates a healing response in sore, swollen, bleeding gums.

Zinc Gluconate: Zinc is the natural enemy of bacteria. It wasn’t until very recently that laboratories decided to use this very pleasant version of zinc (as opposed to nasty tasting zinc acetate or the astringent zinc chloride which burns the inside of your mouth). You may recognize this ingredient as the one that is used in many common cold medications – why?  It works!

Fluoride: We have added sodium fluoride to our PerioGel for two very good reasons: 1) It stops the decay process and 2) It helps to desensitize teeth with root exposure, a common symptom of gum disease.

So what’s wrong with commercial products?  A LOT is wrong!!  First of all, if they truly worked, why is there an epidemic of gum disease in the U.S.? – (where everyone constantly brushes, rinses, and gargles with the following ingredients!)

Here’s just a few of the chemicals that are thrown into the mix of the most commonly used products:

Soap: Yes, there is soap in toothpaste. It is known chemically as sodium lauryl sulfate (check out your shampoo bottle and you’ll see it listed near the top of ingredients.) Soap as everyone knows is very drying. Consequently, it will end up producing more of these sulfur compounds. Why is soap placed in toothpaste (it’s even in the so-called “natural” Tom’s of Maine – It’s put there to make it foam up. The big companies think you are stupid and that you won’t brush your teeth unless you see FOAM! It has no other use and of course, our PerioGel does not contain soap.

Saccharin: Nearly every toothpaste on the market contains saccharin to sweeten the product. Saccharin has been shown time and again to cause cancer in lab animals. PerioGel does not contain saccharin. We use a natural non-sugar sweeteners. Did you know that Crest toothpaste for Kids contains saccharin?  Would you give saccharin to your children? Of course not!  Then why do you let them brush their teeth with it (and possible swallow some, too!)?

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