It’s long been thought that bruxing (tooth grinding) and gum disease are linked. Now, a new study in the Archives of Oral Biology sheds some new light on the matter. This small but intriguing study compared tooth grinding among two groups of patients, one with healthy gums, one with diseased. Activity in their main chewing […]
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A recent survey out of the UK revealed that most folks don’t know a lot about enamel erosion – what causes it; how to prevent it. We suspect the results would be similar for Americans. When asked about their knowledge of the health or lifestyle habits which could have a negative impact on their teeth […]
If your teeth hurt, it usually means that you have a dental issue. But “usually” isn’t always. Sometimes tooth pain can have nothing to do with the teeth at all. One of the most common causes of non-dental toothache is pain from the muscles involved in chewing. These are some of the most used muscles […]
How much sleep do you get each night? Did you know that it might affect your teeth? A recent Korean study found that sleeping too little or too much meant more tooth loss than among those who slept 6 to 8 hours nightly. It also meant more diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, and periodontitis. All of […]
While fermented drinks can provide hard-to-get nutrients and probiotics, they do have one drawback: They all contain some degree of carbonation, and carbonation can do a number on your teeth. Does the potential for harm outweigh the benefits of probiotic drinks? Let’s take a look at the issue in greater depth. Carbonation is what makes […]
Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for oral health. Among other things, your gut needs it to efficiently absorb the calcium from your food. After absorption, it helps ensure that you have enough calcium and phosphate in your blood to keep your teeth well mineralized, protected against decay. Of course, D is essential to your […]
Last week, we ended with a couple of basic points for naturally supporting your body’s ongoing process of tooth remineralization: Get enough minerals, especially calcium and phosphorous, but trace minerals, too. Get enough fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Now let’s dig a little deeper. For one, these are hardly the only nutrients you […]
Keeping your teeth strong and free of decay depends on a balance between two continually occurring processes, demineralization and remineralization. Demineralization occurs under acidic conditions, especially when minerals levels are low. Calcium and phosphate end up being leached from the outer surface or enamel of the teeth. Demineralization occurs naturally to some degree, but there […]
Helping children learn more about their bodies and how they work is a key part of nurturing healthy habits. That includes their teeth – the topic of a new children’s book we were recently given a copy of. Open Wide by St. Louis writer Susan Grigsby is a richly illustrated journey through a wide range […]
Watch enough television, and you’ll come away with a pretty skewed picture of health in the US. Case in point, advertisements for proton pump inhibitors – one of the most prescribed types of pill in the nation, yet also readily available over-the-counter. Many are lured by the possibility that our heartburn can be easily relieved […]
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