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Good Guys vs. Bad Guys For Your Teeth

Here’s a helpful infographic that shows what foods are good for your teeth health, and what foods are bad. Some misconceptions are pointed as well!

General rules of thumb:

  • Drink LOTS of water to reduce drying of the mouth
  • Gravitate towards fluoride and dairy products
  • Avoid starchy, sticky food
  • Keep up with routine oral hygiene!

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Avoiding Tooth Decay Will Keep You Smiling!

Source: Beacon Cove Dental

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November 5, 2014 · 8:00 am

The Ultimate Guide to Oral Health [INFOGRAPHIC]

In this infographic provided to us by the American Dental Association, the best practices to maintaining excellent oral health are explained as visually as possible. Everything from the gear you need to picking a dentists, this graphic has you covered.

You can find a lot of products to help keeping a good oral health lifestyle for yourself and patients at your dental practice on our website, keystoneind.com.

Do you have any specific or different daily routines related to keeping good oral health? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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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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Benefits of straight teeth

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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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Why Toothpaste Makes Orange Juice Bitter

Have you ever had orange juice just after brushing your teeth? Yuck! Well, just click below and find out why this happens.

Why Toothpaste Makes Orange Juice Bitter.

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Oral hygiene 101

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Your mouth matters!

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