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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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Keeping your teeth clean even when you can’t brush

Brushing your teeth, of course, goes a long way for good oral health. However, we know people are busy with work, school, kids, and life in general. That sometimes leads to poor oral health habits. Below are some tips to keeping your teeth clean when you don’t have a toothbrush near by.

Eat Fruits
Eating fruits is a great way to clean your teeth any time of the day. Even though they have sugar, it’s still far less dangerous to your teeth than sugar that comes from sweets and energy drinks.

Floss
In reality, flossing is really easy to do. You can take floss anywhere you go and practically do it anywhere too. Flossing prevents food from getting stuck between your teeth. This helps the look of your smile and also keeps cavities and gum disease away.

Eat Calcium-packed Food
Calcium is a great way to ensure healthy and strong teeth. You can get calcium from foods such as cheese, yogurt and milk. Eating yogurt or having a glass of milk help your teeth stay healthy.

Avoid Sodas and Other Sugary Drinks  
Drinking soda on a daily basis means you’re damaging your teeth. This is the fastest way to get discolored teeth and cavities. Avoid drinking these drinks altogether, but if you do, brush your teeth afterward.

Rinse
Just like flossing, mouthwash is another easy and accessible thing to do to help oral health. Carry mouthwash in your purse or keep it in your desk at work. It only takes a minute to rinse. If you don’t have access to mouthwash, rinse with regular water. This can ensure that bigger pieces of food don’t get stuck around your teeth.

Always Brush When You Can
Brushing once a day is good, twice a day (morning and evening) is even better and brushing following each meal is ideal. Doing these things will help you maintain good oral health.

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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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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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Keystone Industries’ Syrijet is a tried and true needleless injector

It’s inevitable that every dentist battles patient dental chair fear and needle-phobia. But now, you can ease the fear of dental chairs and needles all with one eco-friendly tool. Keystone Industries Syrijet Mark II Needleless Injector is a truly tested needleless injector that reduces patient apprehension by eliminating painful and unsightly needles.

Syrijet is a precision instrument designed for simple, reliable operation. It saves time and effort, and eliminates unnecessary patient discomfort and needle apprehension. Syrijet assures reliable anesthesia for successful operative and surgical procedures in both upper and lower anterior areas, and for all procedures on deciduous teeth. If used as prescribed and cared for routinely, Syrijet will give you and your patients years of satisfaction.

Syrijet provides operative and surgical anesthesia for:
– Cavity preparation in upper and lower anterior teeth
– Crown and bridge preparation

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Keystone Industries Syrijet’s solid construction makes it easy to use and durable.

Extraction:
– All permanent upper and most lower anterior teeth
– All deciduous teeth
– Deep scaling
– Flap removal
– Gingivectomy
– Excision of soft tissue lesions (fibroma, papilloma, etc.)
– Incision and drainage
– Placement or removal of sutures
– Revision of hypertrophic tissue
– Reduction of tuberosity
– Excision of mucous retention cyst (lip)
– Tissue biopsies
– Curettage
– Copper band impressions
– Cord retractions
– Post-op removal of bone
– Application of arch bars and ligature wires

Syrijet sub-topical anesthesia for painless needle insertions such as:
– Posterior superior alveolar nerve block
– Inferior alveolar nerve block
– Pre-IV needle insertion

The Syrijet instrument comes with rubber covers to ensure infection control and easy cleaning (autoclavable). The sleek looking injector is made of aluminum for even weight distribution and easy handling. It uses standard 1.8 cc local anesthetic cartridges with a volume control ranging form .05 to 20cc.

So ease your patients’ fears while still delivering the same anesthesia results with Keystone Industries’ Syrijet. You and your patient deserve the peace of mind and the elimination of dental procedure apprehension.

You can get more information at Keystone Industries website about Syrijet or other great Keystone products, contact Keystone Industries toll-free at 1 (800) 333-3131 or fax (856) 663-0381.

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Keystone Industries Fluoride Foams provide protection and prevention

Cherry Hill, N.J. – Keystone Industries’ Gelato line continues its run of great products by providing the excellent, cost-effective Gelato APF Fluoride foams. This foam provides protection and prevention while allowing a pleasant patient experience.

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Gelato APF Foam ensures the right fluoride intake.

Gelato Foam Fluoride is a 1.23% Acidulated Phosphate Fluoride formula that delivers excellent, consistent and efficacious coverage. The light foam consistency makes for easy, fast and more pleasant application. The fluoride stays in place under bite pressure that eliminates the potential of patient gagging.

Features:
– Available without dye
– Available in 7.4 oz. bottles
– Available Flavors: Cherry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Mint, Strawberry and our newest flavor Cotton Candy!

Again, Keystone Industries is proud of its lauded Gelato line. The APF Foams add just another excellent product for dentists and patients alike.

For more information on Gelato APF & Neutral Fluoride Foams 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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Keystone Industries Fluoride Gels offer outstanding protection with easy application

Cherry Hill, N.J. – One thing Keystone Industries’ Gelato Line strives to provide is dental oral care products that are effective, efficient and high quality. Gelato Fluoride Gels achieves that goal, as it provides caries protection and prevention in an easy-to-use gel form.

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Gelato APF Gels come in various flavors to fit any patient’s needs.

Gelato APF and Neutral Fluoride Gels are an economical and quick application fluoride treatment. The gel is a 60-second acidulated phosphate fluoride that contains 1.23% fluoride ion. The low PH provides maximum fluoride uptake in less than 60 seconds and the improved thixotropic properties ensure closer adherence to enamel and interproximal areas. The smooth creamy gel will not run and thickens during treatment to prevent patient gagging. The gel is offered in many different flavors for patient satisfaction and there’s no bitter aftertaste following application.

These gels are also available in Neutral PH (strawberry and Mint) and Dye-Free Mint.

Features:
– Available in 16 oz. bottles
– Approximately 100 applications per bottle
– Gluten-Free Formula
– Available Flavors: Cherry, Mint, Orange Vanilla, Pina Colada, Bubble Gum, Strawberry, Grape and our newest flavors Cotton Candy, Mango Smoothie and Marshmallow!

Again, Keystone Industries is proud of its lauded Gelato line. The APF Gels add just another excellent product for dentists and patients alike.

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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