Health and beauty trends surface on the web every day, and it can be difficult to tell which ones are worth your time, or even safe, for that matter. Perhaps one of the biggest dental trends recently on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram has been teeth whitening through brushing with activated charcoal.
Unfortunately, charcoal whitening is not everything the Internet makes it out to be. Activated charcoal is not what you use to grill at the the summer barbecue; it is an oxidized substance made from peat, coal, wood, coconut shell or petroleum heated with a gas. Toxins and surface stains cling to charcoal due to it's adhesive qualities, which is why some people declare that it is perfect for removing discolorations on teeth. Although it may show quick results initially, charcoal is nothing more than a temporary solution!
The abrasive texure of charcoal may actually roughen up the enamel, which will make it easier for future stains to stick to the surface of your teeth. The roughened enamel may show stains shortly after using charcoal on them, and may become even more discolored than before. Remember, damaged or roughened enamel cannot replenish itself, which means that any damage is permament. Patients with receding gums or sensitive teeth especially should steer clear of charcoal because it can make brushing too harsh and worsen your sensitivity.
The American Dental Association does not approve of charcoal as a safe means for whitening teeth. If you choose to use it, charcoal should be used no more than once every other week at the most, even if your teeth feel fine. The only proven ways to whiten teeth safely are with ADA-approved whitening products or in-office bleaching treatments overseen by a dental professional.
Also known as onchophagia, the habit of nail biting is one of the so-called "nervous habits" that can be triggered by stress, excitement, or boredom. Approximately half of all kids between the ages of ten and 18 have been nail biters at one time or another. Experts say that about 30 percent of children and 15 percent of adults are nail biters, however, most people stop chewing their nails by the time they turn 30.
Here are four dental and general reasons to stop biting your nails:
- IT'S UNSANITARY: Your nails harbor bacteria and germs, and are almost twice as dirty as fingers.
- IT WEARS DOWN YOUR TEETH: Gnawing your nails can put added stress on your teeth, which can lead to crooked teeth.
- IT CAN DELAY YOUR ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT: For those of our patients wearing braces, nail biting puts additional pressure on teeth and weakens roots.
- IT COSTS: It has been estimated that up to $4,000 in extra dental bills can build up over a lifetime.
Oral-systemic health is the idea that oral health is a critical and interconnected componet to a patient's overall health and well-being. Studies show that people who have poor oral health are more likely to have other health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or a high likelihood of stroke.
Some of the data suggests that oral pathogens may trigger up to 50% of heart attacks, and that the oral bacteria P. gingivalis may cause a 13.6-fold increase in a patient's risk of a heart attack. Still, the exact relationship between oral and overall health isn't fully known - whether one causes the other or how treating one might affect the other. But it should serve as a warning call to anyone suffering with poor oral health, especially periodontal disease.
So what does all of this information mean to our patients? Check out the following tips to keep the link between your dental health and overall health as "healthy" as possible!
- Have An Effective Oral Hygiene Routine
- Visit Your Dentist Regularly
- Eat A Healthful Diet
- Stay Hydrated
- Relax & Destress
Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean that you will give up keeping fit and active! Winter is the season for some of our favorite sporting activities, and when you are donning your protective gear, don't forget to protect your teeth as well.
BASKETBALL. This sport actually tallies as one of the highest counts of dental injuries. Running, jumping, and diving for the ball can lead to tooth and jaw injuries.
HOCKEY. Notorious for the toll that it takes on teeth, hockey is a game of sticks, ice, and whizzing pucks. The more protection the better.
SKIING. When you are flying down the slopes, combining powdery snow and speed, mouth protection just makes since.
WRESTLING. Grappling and pinning in close quarters can lead to unintended injuries after accidental contact with the mat or your opponent.
Different uniforms, different equipment, and different playing fields, but all of these sports hove one thing in common--the need for mouth protection- and the easiest way to protect your teeth while playing them is with a mouthguard. Call our office at 918-455-0123 to learn more or to make an appointment!
Having a nice, bright smile for the New Year can affect the way that you look, and in turn, improve how you feel about yourself! Research has shown that the first thing that people typically notice is a person's smile. Though many people don't like to admit it, humans often judge others first on their looks.
Overtime, your teeth may become stained from foods and beverages. Teeth-whitening techniques can be an effective solution to restore confidence in your smile and your life. Our team is here to help you regain your smile with brightened teeth that have been affected by life's wear.
Your smile can affect:
- Personal & Work-Related Relationships
- Job Interviews & Meetings
- Success Dealing With Customers & Potential Clients
- Your Confidence & General Happiness
- Overall Outlook On Daily Interactions
Regaining confidence in your smile can be helpful in all of these areas of your life and more. If you think that your smile has been hoding you back, let this New Year be The Year that you restore the brightness of your smile! If you are in need of an appointment, call our dental office at 918-455-0123!
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