Sunday, May 31, 2015

Problem With Stained Teeth: Could Food Be The Culprit?

Over time, many of the foods we eat can cause our teeth to discolor. Many foods have artificial coloring in them, such as soda or kool-aid, and many are naturally dark in color, such as fruits and fruit juices. For this reason, it is recommended that you limit your intake of these types of foods and drinks.
 There are some things you can do to keep your teeth whiter! Bleaching is of course the number one thing to eliminate stains fast, although you can only do this safely a couple times per year. Have your teeth cleaned regularly.  Plaque build-up will attract a stain faster than a smooth, clean tooth. If you have deeply stained teeth, the Dental  Hygienist can professionally remove the stain . It is also recommended that you use an electric toothbrush, and use an antibacterial mouthwash to help remove plaque. Do this religiously after eating or drinking and you will greatly reduce the chances of stained teeth!
Below are a few foods to eat in moderation if you are prone to stains on your teeth:

Soy Sauce




Dark Colored Fruit Juices
  • Red Wine
  • Dark Color Pop


Tobacco Products

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Surprising Things Your Tongue Can Reveal About Your Health

Strawberry Red

It could mean: You have a vitamin deficiency. A glossy, bright red tongue may be a sign your body is lacking iron or B12. “Vitamin B12 and iron are needed to mature papillae on the tongue. If you are deficient in those vitamins, you lose those papillae, which can make your tongue appear very smooth.

In severe cases, this “balding” can cause pain when eating hot liquids or spicy food. Vegetarians are especially prone to low levels of B12, which is found in certain meats.  If you are a vegetarian & noticed this balding supplements may help. This strawberry Red Balding tongue may also  be associated with an autoimmune disease in the GI tract, in which the stomach doesn’t absorb vitamins


 Black or Black Fuzz



It could mean: You don’t have the best oral hygiene. A tongue covered in dark hairs (actually called “black and hairy tongue”) may look nasty, but doctors agree that it's not cause for major concern.

Papillae are normally worn down by chewing and drinking, but sometimes they can become overgrown, which makes them more likely to harbor bacteria or become discolored from food. This can cause bad breath or taste abnormalities. Typically [black and hairy tongue] is brought on by smoking, drinking coffee and dark teas, or poor dental hygiene. Removing the offending cause, like smoking

& using a tongue scraper !



       It could mean: You’re getting older (yes, even our tongues show signs of aging). Fissures and cracks in the tongue are typically harmless, but problems can arise if poor dental hygiene leads to infection within the crevices. Once in a while a fungal infection can develop inside the clefts. Sudden pain, a foul smell, and sometimes burning can occur with these wrinkles.  Often the infection is treated with a topical antifungal medication. Some dental appliances, like dentures, can also cause indentations on the tongue.  Make sure your removable appliances fit well, drink a lot of water & practice good oral hygiene esp. clean your tongue.
Small Patches of White
It could mean: Something is irritating your mouth. Painless white patches (called leukoplakia) are caused by an excess growth of cells. Often associated with smokers, the lesions have about a 5 to 17 percent chance of developing into cancer. In many cases, leukoplakia can reverse when you stop smoking.

Not a smoker? “The patches can also sometimes result just from the abrasion of the tooth constantly rubbing against the tongue. It is extremely important to see your dentist, if the lesion does not go away within 2 week
 Hills and Valleys
It could mean: Absolutely nothing. A very normal, common condition, “geographic tongue” refers to a tongue that looks like bumpy terrain. Typically harmless, geographic tongue affects between 1 and 14 percent of the U.S. population.  They can regenerate, so some go away and some don’t. Geographic tongue (also called: Migratory Glossitis ) typically requires no treatment or checkup, but if it becomes painful, a doctor may be able to prescribe an anti-inflammatory steroid paste or antihistamine rinse.


 Burning sensation

It could mean: You’re postmenopausal, or using the wrong toothpaste. If your tongue stings and burns as though it’s been scalded—but looks perfectly normal—hormonal changes could be to blame. Though burning tongue syndrome can happen to anybody (it affects up to 15 percent of the population), women are seven times more likely to experience it than men. It’s uncertain why this occurs, and the condition goes away in some individuals while it persists in others.

Some people can also experience burning sensations from developing an allergy to certain toothpastes. An ingredient called sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which helps toothpaste get foamy, can cause stinging—sometimes suddenly. “Someone might be using one toothpaste their entire life, and then suddenly, their mouth starts hurting, try Sensodyne Tp. For other causes, a doctor may be able to prescribe treatments such as antibiotic rinses or pills for neuropathic pain.
Cottage Cheese White


It could mean: You have a yeast infection. A lumpy, white-coated tongue could be thrush, an oral yeast infection caused by overproduction of candida. The condition is often linked to antibiotics When you take an antibiotic, which selectively kills off bacteria, it can allow yeast, which is not killed by antibiotics, to take over, which might cause taste disturbances or a bit of pain, can also occur in those with weakened immune systems. Typical in young children, thrush also affects people with autoimmune diseases, people with diabetes that isn’t well controlled, chemotherapy patients, and the elderly.  Candidiasis( thrush)can be treated with over-the-counter anti-fungal products.

 Persistent Red Lesions

It could mean: You have signs of tongue cancer. Not be confused with a canker sore, which resolves itself within two weeks, red lesions or patches that don’t go away could be serious. Get it checked immediately. Though typically attributed to tobacco use, oral cancer can also be caused by the HPV virus. Get it checked out even if it’s not bothering you—many oral cancers don’t hurt in their early stages.
















Sunday, May 10, 2015

12 Surprising Household Uses for Toothpaste

If you don't feel inspired when brushing your teeth, this might change that.
Toothpaste is a master multitasker, capable of polishing gemstones, buffing bowls, smoothing scratches and so much more. Here's what it can do for you!

Erase scuffs from shoes
Don't you hate when your new kicks have fresh marks? "Toothpaste is great for getting scuff marks off sneakers," says Barbara Reich, owner of the organizing company Resourceful Consultants. "Just a little dot will go a long way, so start small and add more if needed."
Remove crayons from walls
 Toothpaste will make crayon marks disappear faster . Spread over the artwork, scrub, then rinse with water. The abrasives in the toothpaste will easily get your wall back to normal."
Help you hang art
Now that your walls are crayon-free, use a dab of basic toothpaste (no whiteners or fresh strips) on the back corners to press lightweight posters, collages and other mementos into position. (Decent hold and no holes!) And for frames backed by teeth hangers or picture hooks, toothpaste can be used to determine where to position and pound the nail.
Fill wall holes
In a pinch, plain white toothpaste can also be used in lieu of Spackle to patch holes left by pins, nails, screws, etc. It's not really a permanent solution, and will probably make real repairs trickier down the line, so use this method only if you don't plan to stick around (and your landlord deserves it).  
Treat pimples
If you've been a teenager, you've gone to bed with toothpaste on your face. But have you tried blending it with crushed aspirin? Aspirin is derived from willow bark, the same source for salicylic acid, a popular acne fighter. So the former dries the pimple up, the latter fosters cellular turnover and decreased inflammation.
Brighten your nails
Whitening peroxide toothpastes can help restore luster to nails discolored and yellowed by dark polishes. Use a nailbrush or unused toothbrush to scrub the stains away — really get in there, especially under the nails. Follow up with a nice lemon juice soak.
Shine diamonds
Beautiful digits demand more beautiful bling, right? Make your best friends shimmer by using toothpaste and a very soft toothbrush to clean your diamonds. Your diamonds will shine in just minutes !
Polish the silver
From tarnished picture frames to dingy jewelry, a thorough tumble with old-school white toothpaste (gel formulas don't really work) will cause tarnish to literally rub off your hands, blacken your brush and turn your polishing cloth gray. Follow with a good rinse and buff dry.
Clean your toilet
In less than 30 seconds, you can shine up the inside rim and bowl or your porcelain throne, sans toxic chemicals. This is also a fantastic way to use up your kids' barely-used toothpastes. 
Lighten grout
Return your blackened grout to its original light gray color using sudsy, whitening paste and a toothbrush. If you care about speed (and your arms, back, knees), consider using an electric. Use a rag to wipe up the toothpaste muck as you go, since it's way harder to clean once it dries all crusty.
Remove water rings
No coasters? No problem. Removing water rings on wood furniture by a gentle rub of white, non-gel toothpaste. Focus on the ring only, since toothpaste can potentially damage a wood finish.
Deodorize containers
Toothpaste was made to help eliminate stinky food odors, and it can do the same for baby bottles, thermoses and other containers that have gone ripe. Simply scrub, using it in place of dish soap. For the same reason, toothpaste can quickly eradicate garlic, onion, curry and other potent food smells from your hands.