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Gelato adds fresh new look for 2014

Cherry Hill, N.J. – Keystone Industries’s Gelato Prophy Paste has had quite the success the last few years. After receiving back-to-back Top Prophy Paste awards – for 2013 and 2014 – it’s finally time for Gelato Prophy Paste to get a facelift.

Prophy Paste Box_mockupWith that being said, Gelato Prophy Paste will open this year with new packaging. The new design still displays the colorful and flavorful attributes of Gelato Prophy Paste, but in an updated and fresh look.

Keystone’s paste is renowned for its splatter-free formula, but also it’s great flavor and flavor options.

In 2013, the paste received a 91% clinical rating. Forty percent of consultants found Gelato Prophy Paste better than other prophy pastes they had used, and 43% found it to be equivalent. Sixty-three percent of consultants would switch to Gelato Prophy Paste, and 80% would recommend it.

Reviewer comments included “easy to rinse” and patients “liked the flavor variety.” One tester said it “does not feel gritty in the mouth.” These qualities truly reflect what dental professionals and patients look for in a prophy paste.

Keystone Industries continues to put forward the largest assortment of great-tasting Gelato flavors such as Piña Colada, and Orange Sherbet. The paste line also has Mint, Cherry, Bubble Gum and Raspberry flavors for a plethora of flavor options to satisfy picky clients. The individual cups are clearly labeled for quick retrieval and application.

So with the new year, comes a new look for Keystone Industries’s Gelato Prophy Paste while still providing the same great paste dentists, hygienists and patients have learned to love.

For more information on Gelato Prophylaxis Paste 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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The best and worst foods for your teeth

Keystone Industries provides plenty of oral health care products, but a lot of your oral health depends on what you eat. Here is a list of good and band foods for your teeth.
The Best and Worst Foods for your Teeth

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More proof on why regular dental care is important

Keystone Industries takes a strong stance on good oral health care. We’ve posted in the past the benefits of good oral care, but here’s an additional visual to drill home the point.
How regular dentist visits can save you money | A Dental Infographic

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As a country, how well do we take care of our teeth?

How Well Do We Take Care of America

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Root canals 101

Root Canals 101

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It’s time to celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month

With the calendar turning to the month of October today, it’s time to think about Halloween and other fall festivities. However, it’s also time to think about dental hygiene, as October is also National Dental Hygiene Month.

urlDuring this month, it’s important to focus on the pillars of oral health though brushing, flossing, rinsing and chewing.

Brush – Brushing for 2 minutes, twice a day is the single most important method of reducing plaque and preventing cavities, gingivitis and other plaque-related oral diseases. It’s important to follow proper brushing techniques to avoid further damage to your teeth and gums.

FlossFlossing is another daily process that encourages proper dental hygiene. While brushing your teeth is important, it doesn’t necessarily clean all your teeth. Flossing removes plaque and food particles that cannot be reached by the toothbrush, particularly under the gumline and between the teeth.

Rinse – Rinsing your mouth each day with anti-microbial mouth rinses is another step to prevent gum disease.  Really teeth only make up less than half of the surfaces in your mouth. Thus brushing and flossing only goes so far to clean teeth and gums. It’s always important to finish your oral care routine with an antiseptic mouthwash.

Chew – Chewing sugar-free gum is actually important for good oral health. One of the most important defenses against tooth decay is saliva. Saliva fights cavities, neutralizes plaque acids, remineralizes enamel to strengthen teeth and washes away food particles. Chewing gum stimulates saliva in the mouth and creates a more protected mouth.

So while many of you are planning to eat a bunch of candy by the end of the month, remember that it’s dental hygiene month too. Be carful of those pearly whites or else you might end up a toothless ghoul for Halloween.

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More fluoride facts

Finding the Facts about Fluoride

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More dental myths debunked

Last week Keystone Industries posted a blog about 10 cavity myths. This gave a little insight on oral health care and what actually causes cavities and what doesn’t. Here are some more myths about oral health.

MYTH: Always brush your teeth after ever meal

It makes sense to brush your teeth to get rid of leftover food on your teeth and in your mouth as quickly as possible. But that’s actually not the best idea. It’s best to wait for a while before brushing your teeth after a meal.

Your mouth has a two-fold defense system. One being tooth enamel, the hardest substance in the human body and the other being saliva. Saliva contains the same enzymes used in detergents to break down starches and antibacterial substances. Saliva is so effective that wounds in the mouth heal twice as fast as those located on the skin. So, saliva is your mouth is your teeth’s best friend.

So it makes sense to give you body’s natural ability to break down foods after you eat. The acidic atmosphere in your mouth temporarily softens the enamel and breaks down the food particles and washes them a way. If you brush too soon after meals you end up scrubbing tooth enamel in the process.

In the end, wait 30 to 60 minutes before brushing after a meal.

MYTH: Bleaching weakens teeth

Over-the-counter whitening products work by using oxidizing agents, hydrogen peroxide, or carbamide peroxide to remove pigment on the surface of teeth enamel. These at-home products usually contain 3 to 10 percent hydrogen peroxide levels as opposed to 15 to 38 percent dentists use in the office.

Do these over-the-counter whitening methods weaken teeth? A The Ohio State University College of Dentistry study has shown enamel loss from 1.2 to 2 nanometers with of erosion with tray-type whitening agents. Overuse of these oxidizing agencies can cause both gum and tooth sensitivity and continued overuse may leave some of your teeth looking translucent. It’s also been suggested that bleaching can temporarily dissolve calcium ions in the enamel, but the enamel has the ability to remineralize itself over time.

While overuse of beaching can strip pigment of the enamel in your teeth it won’t weaken the structure of the tooth itself. But it’s important to consult your dentist whenever you use whitening methods.

MYTH: Extreme temperature changes can crack teeth

In theory, extreme temperature changes can crack your teeth, but you shouldn’t expect biting into ice cream would crack a tooth wide open.

A healthy tooth can absorb varying temperatures that occur in the mouth. Tiny hairline cracks on the surface of the enamel are actually quite common. You may even be able to spot a few on your teeth right now. These are known as craze lines; they are minor, shallow cracks that rarely pose a threat to the integrity of the tooth.

MYTH: A tooth will dissolve in soda overnight

During the 50s Cornell University professor Clive McCay wanted to alert Americans of the cavity-causing power of Coca-Cola. During a congressional committee, he said alarming things, such as Coke could erode through the steps of the Capital building he also said a tooth placed in a glass of Coke would dissolve within several days.

In reality, orange juice has more citric acid and as much sugar than soda, yet there wasn’t a crusade against orange juice. Recent studies have even found that many popular sports and energy drinks can be more acidic and cause more erosion to enamel than soda. There have been attempts to recreate McCay’s statements, but they have found that Coke doesn’t dissolve a tooth overnight or even in a couple days.

However, soda does lower the pH of saliva, which softens the tooth enamel. This allows bacteria acid to wear away the teeth quicker. Just remember, though, soda does have damaging effects on the teeth, mouth and body. However, it’s not as immediate as some myths may try to propose.

MYTH: A knocked-out tooth is lost forever

Unless you’re a hockey player looking for a badge of honor, no one wants to lose a tooth. But if a tooth is knocked out, avoid damaging the tooth even further, especially the tooth root.

If you find the tooth, rinse gently with saline solution while handling it by the crown. If possible place the tooth back into its original socket or store it in a small container with saline or milk. Milk actually contains proteins, sugar and antibacterial substances that provide an ideal environment for a lost tooth. Also the sugars found in the milk help feed cells, which need to stay alive and growing during the short term it’s out of place.

If you don’t have access to milk or saline, the inside of your cheek is a good place for short-term storage (but don’t swallow the tooth!).

Place pressure on the gums to help reduce bleeding and pain as you make your way to the dentist. Depending on the damage, a successful re-implanted tooth can heal significantly in three to four weeks, and even become fully repaired after two months.

MYTH: Wisdom teeth serve no purpose

Wisdom teeth, or third molars got their name from the timing of their arrival – usually between the ages of 17 and 25. The person is leaving adolescence and seeking higher education, hence they have more “wisdom.” But these molars are often unwelcomed, as they become impacted and or cause general mayhem to the surrounding teeth and bone.

Wisdom teeth and not considered vestigial organs or body parts that serve no useful purpose. So, why are these teeth becoming a problem, and don’t seem wise at all?

Well, one thought is the evolution of our diet and brains. Our ancestors ate coarse foods, causing tooth abrasion and most likely tooth loss. The chewing wasn’t just hard on the teeth but also the jaw, which became much stronger and larger. The changes of the jaw allowed form more teeth. But as our brains grew larger, our jaws began to shrink, leaving the extra molars with no space.

However, think twice about throwing your wisdom teeth away. Research has found that the pulp inside of molars contained highly sought-after mesenchymal stromal cells.  The cells are similar to those found in bone marrow, which will be important in the not-too-distant future when stem cells can grow your own replacement teeth. Wow, science is neat.

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10 cavity myths debunked

There are plenty of myths out there about oral health and it’s hard to sift through what’s true and what’s not. Here’s a list of 10 myths you may have not know where false.

1. Sugar is the prime cause of cavities

Really, acid produced by bacteria in your mouth is the cause of cavities. However, this myth is on track considering carbohydrates (sugars) triggers bacteria to make acid. Sugar is a carb, along with rice, potatoes, bread, fruits and vegetables.

Once the acid eats into your tooth then the bacteria have someone to live and are out of harms way of brushing and flossing.

The important fact is it’s not the amount of carbs you eat that causes tooth decay, but it’s the length of time your teeth are exposed to carbs. So eating a bunch of carbs during lunch isn’t as dangerous as spending the day sipping on sugary drinks, which provides constant, harmful exposure.

2. Exposure to acidic foods causes tooth decay.

Acidic foods like lemons, citrus juices or even soft drinks don’t directly cause cavities, but they do put your enamel in danger. Acidic foods wear at the enamel’s protection and exposes the underlying dentin. This makes your teeth more prone to tooth decay.

3. Kids are more likely to get cavities than adults

Sealants, fluoridated water and other preventive care strategies actually have drastically cut tooth decay in school-aged children. During the last 20 years decay in children has cut in half because of these advances in oral health.

On the other hand, there has been and increase in cavities amongst senior citizens. Many medications taken by the elderly dry out the mouth. Saliva is a vital in fighting tooth decay because it helps neutralize acids. Saliva also washes away bacteria and helps food from sticking to your teeth.

4. Place an aspirin next too a tooth with a toothache

Simply put, swallowing aspirin reduces toothache pain. But aspirin is also acidic so placing it beside a tooth can actually burn gum tissue, causing an abscess.

5.  All fillings need replacing

Amalgam or composite filling needs to be replaced if it breaks down or a cavity forms around it. If none of these problems happen, then theoretically you can keep the same filling for life.

6. You know when you have a cavity

Mild tooth decay doesn’t necessarily cause symptoms. Pain associated with cavities comes when the tooth decay is more advanced and causes damage to the nerve.

Allowing tooth decay to advance into pain may lead to more expensive procedures, such as root canals. This is why regular dental checkups are so important.

7. Once a tooth is treated, the decaying stops

You can still get decay later in the same tooth. Once you have a cavity filled and it’s maintained properly then you shouldn’t get a cavity in the same spot again. Although, sometimes fillings get old and bacteria can find it’s way in inconsistencies of the filling, thus causing tooth decay.

8. Cavities are more likely to be found between teeth

Yes, flossing between teeth is very important. But it’s also just as important to brush the teeth in the back of your mouth. Most cavities happen in the deep grooves of molars.

9. Gaps between teeth are more prone to cavities

Bigger gaps are actually easier to keep clean. Tight teeth are harder to clean and allow bacteria to stay in place.

10. Chips and cracks in teeth will lead to decay

Cracks and chips can create hiding places for bacteria, but not always. That’s why it’s important to fluoride rinse, which can get into those nooks and crannies.

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A combo punch to the jaw: Gum disease bacteria destroys bone too

A newly discovered bacterium that causes gum disease also prompts protective proteins the mouth to actually destroy more bone, a University of Michigan study found.

It’s been known for decades that bacteria are responsible for periodontitis or gum disease, however they have not identified the bacterium until now, according to the June 11 press release.

“Identifying the mechanism that is responsible for periodontitis is a major discovery,” said Yizu Jiao, a postdoctoral fellow at the U-M Health System, and lead author of the study appearing in the recent issue of the journal Cell Host and Microbe.

The study also produced another discovery of the gum disease-causing bacterium called NI1060 also triggers normal protective protein in the mouth called Nod1, to become duplicitous and actually deploy bone-destroying cells. Under good oral health circumstances, Nod1 fights harmful bacterium in the body.

This is an important discovery because by understanding what causes gum disease at this level could help develop personalized therapy for dental patients.

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