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INFOGRAPHIC: Preventing Periodontal Disease

In the infographic below, provided by Serenity Dental Clinic, prevention for periodontal disease is outlined nicely with graphic. The disease, which nearly 65-million American adults suffer from (47.2% of those above 30-years old, according to the CDC), is the result of infections and inflammation of the gums and bones that support the teeth.

Some warnings of the disease may include consistently bad breath, bleeding gums, loose teeth, and/or painful chewing. However, these symptoms can easily be avoided if you brush and floss your teeth regularly and visit the dentist annually, as indicated below.

FOR THE DENTISTS: This infographic can play a major role in your office, just by making patients aware of the disease. Many suffer, yet many are unaware. Feel free to share across your social media feeds or print it out for your office.

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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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February is Children’s Dental Health Month. Let’s spread knowledge!

All month long, dental professionals across the globe will be celebrating Children’s Dental Health Month by promoting knowledge about the subject. From the children to their parents alike, all knowledge is good knowledge, and some of the facts in the infographic below will show you how important dental health is!

This would be a good piece to print to hang in your dental office or hand out to patients of all ages! (Courtesy: tomsofmainestore.com)

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Insight on Bleaching Trays and the Tooth Whitening Market

Tooth whitening is the most-requested procedure by patients, no matter the age, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and this has become ever-so popular within the last two decades. With this in mind, not all patients have the luxury of affording top-of-the-line cosmetic dental work. Most that fall into this category resort to trying over-the-counter products, in hopes of snagging a deal on a fast, affordable way to whiten their teeth, with long-lasting results. There are tons of different products available to be taken home and whiten teeth, which can impede on the selection process. The teeth whitening and bleaching manufacturing market has been saturated with competition, and IBISWorld estimated a growth of only 0.9% in the market from 2007-2012. Consumers can (and will) turn to a cosmetic dentist for thoughts and advice on where to go from here, and that’s where Keystone Industries bleaching tray materials and kits come into play.

Currently, the industry is spread across four categories: dental-professional application, dentist-prescribed take-home kit use, over-the-counter consumer purchases, and non-dental options. Keystone offers products in two of these categories, of the former that is recommended. Being able to provide products for various needs is essential, and both professional materials for bleaching trays and also the take-home whitening kits for the patients thrive this market. With the ADA advising patients looking for these types of procedures to consult with a dentist for their best options, there is no better time for practices to load-up on the right materials for the right price, which Keystone offers.

Keystone Industries Bleaching Laminates (above) are your best bet for creating bleaching trays.

Keystone Industries Bleaching Laminates (above) are your best bet for creating bleaching trays.

The Keystone bleaching laminates are among the best for dental professionals for many reasons. Since this material is vacuum-formed to become a custom-fit tray, a type of work Keystone has a great reputation for, the fit for the patient is second to none. When the tray is created, the foam-lined tray withstands and absorbs the bleaching product, causing less leakage and thus decreasing bleaching time and making it less sensitive on the patient’s teeth. Since the bleaching solution used for in-office visits has a higher percentage of peroxide, the application time needs to be quicker to avoid tooth problems. Another suitable option we offer for creating bleaching trays is our Soft EVA, which is a clear Pro-Form material that is easily able to be trimmed and available in square or round laminates.

Not every patient wants to undergo bleaching at the dentist office though. In that case, an office can offer them a take-home kit that stands out above the rest. Dentists who aimed at giving patients a long-lasting white smile from home developed Niu Nait, which comes in 16 or 22 percent carbamide peroxide concentration. No strips, no hassle, and no pain is what this kit thrives itself on, which coincidentally is what every patient looks for in a take-home whitening kit. After the dentist fits the Pro-Form laminate to the patient’s teeth, they are free to go to apply the concentration in the comfort of their own home.

Niu Nait (below) was developed by dentists to allow patients to get a bright smile on their own time.

Niu Nait was developed by dentists to allow patients to get a bright smile on their own time.

The role as a dental hygienist is to offer factual information and available treatment options. Leaving the process of an evaluation and whitening in the dentist’s hands is the way to using stronger, more reputable materials at a higher price for a solid, bright outcome. Some customers may want to be as cost-effective as possible and still use a reliable and long-lasting product, which makes the Niu Nait Take-Home Kit a perfect option. This area of dentistry and competition that comes with it has made the market of manufacturing bleaching trays and materials difficult, so consulting a dentist for professional opinions, treatments, or prescribed kits is the way to go about bleaching teeth in this day and age.

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Celebrate National Brush Day on November 1st

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Today is National Brush Day, a country-wide day to create more awareness about brushing your teeth and general oral health practices.

Not only should you brush your teeth everyday, but it’s also important to know how to brush your teeth and how long to brush them.

A key to good oral health habits is teaching children life-long good habits. Brushing for two minutes a day, twice daily is very important. There are several different ways to make brushing fun too. Go here to see how you can create good oral health habits in children. And don’t forget to have a great National Brush Day!

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Top 8 reasons to get a dental cleaning

There are plenty of reasons why you should go twice a year for a dental cleaning. But here are the top 8 reasons to go. Honestly, you really shouldn’t need any more reasons than these, but if you do, ask your dentists and we’re sure he or she can provide more reasons to show up to your cleaning!

8. Creates treatment plan – Problems occur no matter what level of oral hygiene you have. Going to the dentist regularly will help them and you figure out a right path of treatment. This discussion may include required procedures, costs and time. This way, you’ll get a full understanding of the plan of action.

7. Keeps oral health habits on track – During a dental cleaning, the hygienists and dentists will help ensure that you’re maintaining good oral health. If you’re falling behind on oral hygiene, he or she will help you gain better habits.

6. Saves money – Dental insurance plans typically pay for all or most of the cost of dental cleanings and check ups every six months. You can save a lot of money with these checkups by avoiding costly dental procedures that result from prolonged poor oral health.

5. Detects dental problems early – Dentists and hygienist are able to detected early signs of problems with your teeth and gums. This includes an early detection of cavities, broken fillings and gum disease. If these problems remain untreated, much more expensive treatments will have to occur such as root canals, gum surgery and removal of teeth.

4. Gives a bright and white smile, prevents bad breath – The hygienist clean your mouth from top to bottom. This includes tooth polishing with prophy paste to create a beautiful shine. Studies have shown that about 85 percent of people with persistent bad breath, or halitosis, have a dental problem to blame. Good oral hygiene is imperative in preventing bad breath.

3. Maintains good physical health – Various studies have linked heart attacks and strokes to gum disease and poor oral health. With a dental cleaning every 6 months, your teeth and gums will remain healthy and thus reducing the risk of heart disease and strokes.

2. Prevents oral cancer – Someone dies from oral cancer every hours of every day in the US alone, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation. When you have a dental cleaning the dentist is also screening you for oral cancer, which is highly treatable during an early diagnosis.

1. Prevents gum disease – Gum disease is an infection in the gum tissues and bone, which keep the teeth in place. Gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. If diagnosed early, gum disease can be reversed with the proper treatment. However, if treatment is not received, gum disease can turn into an advanced stage and you’ll begin to lose teeth. Regular dental cleanings and check up, flossing daily and brushing twice a day are all important factors in attacking this very preventable disease.

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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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