Monthly Archives: February 2013

Happy National Tooth Fairy Day!

Do you know what day it is today? Sure, you may say it’s National Chocolate Soufflé Day or National Chili Day and you’d be right. But the real reason to celebrate today is National Tooth Fairy Day!

Enjoy National Tooth Fairy Day today!

Enjoy National Tooth Fairy Day today!

For hundreds of years, people have celebrated the tooth fairy, which originated in Europe as far back to Norse mythology. Early Europeans buried children’s teeth so witches and evil spirits couldn’t’ use them.

Other stories include when a child’s sixth tooth falls out it was custom for parent to slip money under the child’s pillow. Now parents reward children after losing their first tooth and/or every tooth after. Some parents even leave trails of glitter to represent leftover fairy dust.

A 2011 study found that American children receive $2.60 per tooth on average.

So enjoy National Tooth Fairy Day and don’t forget to check under your pillow!

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Fluoride Fun Facts

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Fluoridated water has been considered one of the greatest public heath achievements of the 20th century.

Fluoride basically has worked miracles in the oral health world and has been considered a great health care achievement. Using fluoride has been a huge factor in the sharp decline of tooth decay and other oral issues. There are a lot of facts out there about fluoride and here are some that you may or may not know:

  • Grand Rapids, Mich., was the world’s first city to adjust the level of fluoride in the water supply on January 25, 1945.
  • The average cost for a community to fluoridate water is around 50 cents per person per year for a large city, while it’s around $3 per person for a smaller community.
  • For every $1 invested in fluoridated water, it saves nearly $38 in dental treatment costs
  • In 1999, the CDC named fluoridation one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century.
  • More than 405 million people and more than 60 countries have access to fluoridated water.
  • Around 50 percent of the ingested fluoride is removed from the body by the kidneys.
  • In the U.S., the natural level of fluoride in ground water varies from very low levels to over 4 ppm. The fluoride level of the oceans ranges from 1.2 to 1.4 ppm.
  • El Paso, Texas, and Jacksonville, Fla., are the only two known cities in the U.S. that are naturally fluoridated.
  • The American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates first endorsed fluoridation in 1951.
  • No court of any level has determined fluoridation to be unlawful.
  • In 1991, the ADA required fluoride toothpaste manufactures to put this on the label: “If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately”
  • In 1996, the FDA required fluoride content of bottled water to be listed on the label if only fluoride was added during processing.
  • Fluoride is present in water as ‘ions’ or electrically charged atoms.
  • You can contact your public water supply in your community to get the fluoride content. 

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Where did the toothbrush come from?

Keystone Industries recently posted several blogs about toothbrushes. But where did they come from? How did they originate? When did they become mainstream? Well, the history of the toothbrush is quite interesting…

A recent New York Times article explained the history of the toothbrush. The toothbrush is now a staple in nearly anyone’s hygiene repertoire. Is it one of the greatest inventions? Well, that can be argued, especially if you like keeping your teeth clean.

Imagine brushing your teeth with this.

Imagine brushing your teeth with this.

The toothbrush can be tracked nearly 5,000 years ago when people used softened ends of sticks to clean teeth. But the actual toothbrush originated in China around the time of the Middle Ages. During this time, people started cleaning their teeth with animal bristles.

Still, though, people preferred wiping their teeth down with a rag. And as late as the 1920s, people did not brush their teeth regularly. The bristles were tough and easily tore up mouths. So the toothbrush wasn’t mainstream until the 1940 when synthetics came into play.

Plastics enabled more mouth-friendly toothbrushes. After that, toothbrushes started to skyrocket. Now we have hundreds of styles, shapes and brands of toothbrushes. Open up a medicine cabinet and you’re sure to find a toothbrush. And now there are even eclectic toothbrushes. Quite an evolution from just a frayed stick!

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How easy is itsoclear? It’s really this easy!

Have you seen these Itsoclear videos? If not, you’ll see how easy it is to work. This product saves bench time and it’s easy to train someone to work the clasp in just a few hours. So don’t delay, be an Itsoclear pro today!



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So many Toothpaste options, what to choose?

Last week, Keystone Industries published an article about toothbrushing. However, toothbrushing only goes so far without toothpaste. So here are some tips on picking out the right toothpaste for you.

Walking down the toothpaste aisle can be quite overwhelming. There are so many options. Gel… paste … powder. Tatar control… fluoride… extra sensitive… super whitening… oh my! They all make great claims, but what’s best for your oral health?

First, we need to get the basics down. Most toothpastes have common variables. These elements offer various benefits that will keep your smile healthy and bright.

There are usually abrasive elements that include calcium carbonate and silicates. These ‘scratchy’ materials help remove food, bacteria and stains from your teeth.

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There are so many toothpaste options out there. What’s the best?

Most toothpaste has flavoring. Typically, these are artificial sweeteners, which includes saccharin, to make the paste taste better. Most flavors center around mint, however, there are many other flavors that include cinnamon, fruit flavors and even bubblegum for kids.

Toothpastes also contain humectants, thickeners and detergents. Humectants are for moisture retention – keep the paste moist. Thickeners are to add thickness to the paste and detergents creates the suds you see when you start to brush.

These are all things you’ll find in most toothpaste, but how to toothpastes differ? This is where the big question lies and where you’ll have to make your best decision.

Fluoride Toothpaste

One of the most important ingredients in toothpaste is fluoride. The natural occurring mineral has been instrumental in the drop of tooth decay and cavity occurrence over the past 50-plus years. Bacteria feed on sugars and starches that are in your mouth. Fluoride then helps product your teeth from the acid released when bacteria feeds. The fluoride makes your teeth stronger and reversed early stages of acid damage by re-mineralizing enamel areas that have started to decay.

Using fluoride toothpaste is an important key of daily fluoride intact. Studies have shown that using fluoride toothpaste helps increase the fluoride concentration in your teeth, even if you live in an area that fluoridates its water.

Tartar Control Toothpaste

There are plenty of tarter control pastes on the market and most of these also contain fluoride.

Every person has a layer of bacteria on their teeth called plaque. If the plaque isn’t removed with good hygiene habits, it then hardens into tartar. These hard to remove deposits can then build up on your teeth and under your gums, thus leading to gum disease.

Tartar control toothpastes aim to fight this buildup by using pyrophosphates and zinc citrate. Some even add an antibiotic called triclosan, which kills some of the bacteria in your mouth.

Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste

Are your teeth sensitive to hot or cold? Then maybe a sensitive teeth paste will work for you. These toothpastes typically contain potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. These compounds can take up to four weeks for relieved and reduced sensitivity by blocking paths through the teeth that attach to the nerves.

Whitening Toothpaste

This section of toothpastes seems to be growing exponentially every day. There are promises of turning your smile into a Hollywood smile. But actually whitening pastes do not typically contain bleaches. Instead, they have abrasive particle or chemicals that polish the teeth or bind to stains and help pull them off the tooth surface.

This may be concerning that abrasives could damage teeth. Studies have suggested that whitening toothpastes are no harder on enamel than any other toothpaste, though.

So how do you choose toothpaste?

First look for an ADA approval. The seal should be labeled on the packaging because these toothpastes have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness by an independent review board. All toothpastes under ADA approval contain fluoride.

Secondly, watch out for imposters. Some imported toothpastes contain toxic substances such as diethylene glycol.

Finally, consider your needs. You’re on the right path if you select toothpaste with fluoride. Many people opt for taste, which is a good thing because you won’t brush as often if you hate the taste of toothpastes. This is especially important to children when they are developing good oral hygiene habits. So in the end, pick toothpaste that caters to your needs. Do you want a brighter smile? Or do you have sensitive teeth? There is a paste out there for you no matter your preference.

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Dental X-rays no longer linked to brain tumors, report says

The link between X-rays and cancer is nothing new. However, a new study shows that maybe there isn’t a link between dental X-rays and the risk of malignant brain tumors.

This study debunks a questionable study that was released last spring. This April 2012 epidemiological study linked X-rays and malignant brain tumors and caused quite a stir, especially with the oral radiology community. Even the Academy of General Dentistry (ADA), questioned the study’s approach.

The new study, though, found no significant association between malignant brain tumors and dental diagnostic X-ray exposure. For more information, go to this DrBicuspid blog.

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Toothbrushing, are you doing it right?

Most of us brush our teeth daily. It’s a good habit to have, but there are right and wrong ways when it comes to brushing teeth. It’s easy to get sloppy and complacent in your toothbrushing, thus leading to cavities and gum disease.

1. Finding the right toothbrush

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Finding the right toothbrush is half the battle.

First, you need to consider the size of your mouth when picking out a toothbrush. If you’re straining to open wide enough to put the brush in your mouth, then it may be too big. The handle also has to be comfortable, the more comfortable it is the more likely you’ll use it properly.

When it comes to an electric or manual toothbrush choice, it’s completely individual preference. A person who brushes correctly will brush well either with a manual or electric toothbrush. Some studies show that an electric toothbrush cleans 25% better than a manual. However, first thing is first: Good habits and brushing techniques.

2. Picking the right bristles 

You can walk down any toothbrush aisle and see a plethora of different toothbrushes claiming their bristles are perfectly angled to get your teeth the cleanest. Again, it really doesn’t matter on the bristle angle; it all comes down to the person who is actually doing the brushing.

However, what is important is making sure that the bristles aren’t too stiff where they aggravate the gums. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a soft-bristled brush. Here, the bristles are sturdy enough to remove plaque but not hard enough to damage tooth enamel or gums when used properly.

3. Not brushing often enough or long enough

It’s recommended that you brush at least twice day, three times is optimal.

Long periods of time between brushing can create plaque to build up, increasing the risk of gum inflammation on other problems, such as cavities.

It’s also recommended that you should brush your teeth for two minutes. This ensures you clean every surface of the teeth. One tip is to divide the mouth into quadrants then brush each section for 30 seconds. Some toothbrushes even have built in timers to make sure you brush long enough.

4. Brushing too often or too hard

While brushing your teeth three times a day is ideal, anything more may be too much. Excessive brushing can expose the root of the tooth and cause irritation. Or gums may become irritate. Brushing forcefully can also wear tooth enamel.

The best way to brush is nice and gentle for two to three minutes, two to three times a day.

5. Using the wrong technique

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Use the right technique to keep a clean and healthy mouth.

Using long horizontal strokes around the gum line can cause damage. Instead put the bristles at the gum line at a 45-degree angle and do short circular storks. Softly brush up and down your teeth, not across. Be sure to also brush the outer and inner tooth surfaces, the chewing surfaces and even your tongue.

6. Don’t start at the same place every time

Many people just brush their teeth in the same spot over and over again. Vary where you start so you don’t get stuck in one place.

7. Don’t skip the inner tooth surfaces

Some people forget to brush the inner surfaces of their teeth. It’s even easier to forget about those surfaces because you can’t see them. However, plaque removal on the inner surface is just as important as removing it from the front of your teeth.

The most commonly skipped area is the bottom lower front teeth.

8. Not rinsing your toothbrush

An un-rinsed toothbrush can grow harmful bacterial. Then, during the next time you brush your teeth, you put old bacteria in your mouth. Always rinse your toothbrush and remove leftover toothpaste.

9. Not letting your toothbrush dry

A perpetually dry toothbrush will cultivate even more harmful bacteria. Always shake out the moisture. And if you cap the toothbrush, make sure it has ventilation for air to flow through.

10. Not changing your toothbrush often enough

The ADA recommends getting a new toothbrush every three to four months, even sooner if the bristles are starting to fray.

It’s recommended to usually go based on inspection of the bristles. Once the bristles lose normal flexibility or break apart, its time to change your toothbrush. This timeframe may be shorter or longer than three months.

Additional tip: throw away a toothbrush if you get sick. A toothbrush may harbor the illness and make you sick again!

Keystone Industries is dedicated to good oral health. While we provide important oral health care products, it’s important on knowing how to use it and keep up good oral hygiene.

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Pro-form centri-fuse provides custom looks with a custom fit

Cherry Hill, N.J. – The demand of athletic mouthguard customization has grown significantly during the past few years. It’s not uncommon to see professional athletes showing off their custom mouthguards with personal numbers, team logos or phrases on it. That’s why Keystone Industries is thrilled to launch the centri-fuse kit, an innovative product that makes the application of decals to mouthguards quicker, easier and more cost effective.

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The centri-fuse kit comes with everything you need to get started in making fully customized mouthguards

The typical lamination process for customized mouthguards can become expensive and time consuming, however with centri-fuse, customization has never been easier or more affordable. The centri-fuse system gives the advantage of applying the decal while eliminating the necessity of a second forming.

The adhesive material is applied by using a flameless torch to create superb clarity and excellent adhesion while eliminating bubbles. The material is user friendly and adjustments are made in a matter of a few minutes with conventional tools.

The centri-fuse kit includes everything needed to start up an easy mouthguard customization system.

Kit includes:

  • 20 centri-fuse strips
  • Flameless torch
  • Primer
  • Brush
  • Scissors
  • Trimming and polishing brush
  • Pre-printed decals

With this kit, you’re able to meet the growing demand of custom mouthguards. The centri-fuse system will let you print anything you want and fuse it to a vacuum formed mouthguard, making it truly a custom mouthguard.

For more information on Pro-form’s mouthguard products, such as centri-fuse, or any Keystone products, contact Keystone Industries toll-free at 1 (800) 333-3131 or fax (856) 663-0381.

Keystone Industries, 616 Hollywood Avenue, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002.

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Gelato Prophy Paste wins big award

We’re proud that our Gelato Prophy Paste received a 4.5 rating and the prophy paste of the year by The Dental Advisor.

PrintThe consultants who reviewed our product commented on its superb splatter-free properties and long list of flavors. The long list of flavors include: Bubble Gum, Cherry, Mint, Pina Colada, Orange Sherbet, Raspberry.

So if you want the best, less mess and lots of choices, then Gelato Prophy Paste is for you!

You can read the full The Dental Advisor review here.

 

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We’re still proud sponsors of the 2012 gold-winning Olympic Water Polo team

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The U.S. Women’s Water Polo team captured gold at the London 2012 Olympics. We are proud to say that our Pro-form mouthguards helped them train and compete at the highest level all season. This year, we continue to be a proud sponsor of the team and wish them luck in their upcoming competitions.

 

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