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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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How you can avoid dental decay

Avoiding Dental Decay

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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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How not to brush your teeth

How Not to Brush Your Teeth

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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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Athletes need to be extra concerned about oral health

It’s mid-February and we’re getting closer and closer to spring. With the nice weather quickly approaching, so is the spring sports season. In fact, many sports have even started their preseason. From baseball players, lacrosse players, and soccer players to even endurance athletes, there is one precaution that is often overlooked: preventative care of teeth.

Yes, no matter the sport, your teeth run into the risk of several factors from physical injury to sugary sports drinks. So before you start off the season factor in some preventative care that will keep you smiling during your favorite athletic activity.

Wear mouthguards and other protective headgear 

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Mouthguards can be the most important piece of sports equipment you’ll wear.

This should be a no-brainer. Wear the proper helmets, headgear and, of course, mouthguards. The risk of injuries in the mouth don’t just happen in contact sports. They can happen in any sport such as weightlifting or even cycling.

Forget the mouthguard and risk your teeth from getting cracked, chipped and knocked out.

Energy Bars, gels and chews = sugar mouth

Are you consuming quick easy energy when you’re competing  Using engergy bars or those gel shots filled with energy and caffine? Be sure to brush your teeth and floss as soon as possible. Not flossing away this extra sugar and acid may cause cavities down the road.

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There are pros and cons about sports drinks. Be sure to protect your teeth from these sugary beverages.

Sports drinks, the good and bad

Sports drinks are often needed to fuel endurance and energy. You need to replenish electrolights and give yourslef a shot of protien when going through prolonged activity. Energy drinks are great for this, however, the acidic pH nor the high content of sugar isn’t making your enamel any stronger. These drinks foster bacteria, which will cause tooth decay.

So what do you do to prevent problems? If you need quick, easily digestable energy moderate your intake. Drink water when you’re not competing. Add to more prevention by using more fluoride in your daily oral care. Ask your dentist on how to prevent damage to your teeth and use over-the-counter mouth rinses for extra protection.

As you can see, sports bring a lot of dangers to your mouth. The key to fully enjoying the sport and keeping that smile on your face is prevention. Don’t forget important equipment like mouthguards and be sure to brush, floss and rinse away those sugary drinks and food.

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