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Brushing Your Teeth May be Causing Infection

People the world over have been paying attention to tooth care for centuries. The Babylonians used a chewing stick in 3500 B.C. to clean the teeth and mouth like a toothpick. The first toothbrush was invented by the Chinese in the 15th century, and early toothbrushes were made of stiff animal hair from wild boars and horses. The Egyptians were very concerned about dental hygiene, as evidenced by the fact that many Egyptians were buried with small tree branches that they used to clean their teeth. Taking care of teeth has long been a concern of civilized societies around the globe. You’d think that with today’s modern technology, tooth care would be absolutely flawless, right? The truth is actually far from that—unless a toothbrush is kept sanitary, brushing your teeth may actually contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. And sanitizing means more than just rinsing the brush after you finish. Dr. Gary Westerman, of the Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, assigned his first-year students a research project to demonstrate the effects of not cleaning a toothbrush properly. Westerman’s students were told to test how much bacteria remains on a toothbrush after it has been rinsed off. “That […]

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Gum Disease and Infection

The gums are also called as the gingivae. These are firm fibrous tissue connected to the bone of the jaw. If they are atleast 1 mm thick and have a good blood supply, then they are said to be “healthy”. Along with age, they decrease slightly and expose more surface of the tooth. Gum disease The term implies bacterial growth and generation of conditions that with time destroy the tissue around the teeth. “Periodontal disease” is another term for this state. Plaque is always getting formed on the teeth surface due to the presence of bacteria. This substance is the origin of gum disease. If plaque remains on the tooth surface for 24 hours, it is transformed to tartar or calculus. Tartar is so strongly bonded with the teeth, that it can be removed only by professional cleaning. The gum disease occurs in two stages: Gingivitis and Periodontitis. Generally, gingivitis precedes periodontitis. Gingivitis In the initial stage, the gums become red and swollen. They bleed easily, generally while brushing. If adequate plaque control is done, gingivitis can be reversed. By proper treatment from a dentist coupled with adequate brushing and flossing at home, Gingivitis can be cured. If not treated […]

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Keeping Your Teeth Clean Could Help Prevent a Heart Attack

Written by Jenny Hope Brushing and flossing your teeth could save you from a heart attack, claim experts. Doctors found those with the worst blockages in their arteries had the most severe gum disease. There is mounting evidence of a link between gum disease and heart disease, but a study claims to be the first to show that the severity of each disease may also be connected. Chronic gum disease is called periodontitis, which occurs when waste material or plaque collects around the teeth and irritates the gums. Plaque is removed when teeth are looked after properly. However, failure to brush and floss can lead to the irritated gums becoming infected. Teeth become loose and can even fall out. It is not clear how gum disease may trigger heart problems, although it is thought that bacteria released from the infected gums are the key. The bacteria enter the bloodstream where they may activate the immune system, making artery walls inflamed and narrowed, or attach directly to fatty deposits already present in the arteries which causes further narrowing. French cardiologists and dentists looked at 131 patients referred to hospital for an X-ray examination of the arteries. All were examined for gum […]

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You might want to get another dentist if..

Written By Brian Matthews Recently, my stepson Mark had his “wisdom teeth” removed. Mark is 12, but according to the oral surgeon, he has the jaw of a 17-year-old. This was just the information Mark needs to further boost his growing sense of being. I imagine Mark being in school bragging to a girl at lunch that his jaw is really old enough to be in high school. Girls like it when you talk about the relative skeletal ages you possess, right? I wish I knew where he got the jaw of a 17-year-old. I have the toenails of a man three years post mortem and the teeth of someone 27 years older than me. This is why I finally made an appointment to go to the dentist. I wasn’t avoiding a visit to the dental professionals because I didn’t like them. Dentists are clean people and seem nice if you like blue scrubs and latex gloves. I was avoiding the dentist because I’m not a huge fan of large needles in my pink gums. I’m quirky that way. The day of the appointment arrived and I showed up at my appointment obviously nervous and jittery. The hygienist took me […]

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Why do we have wisdom teeth?

While there is no way to verify this, some dentists speculate that wisdom teeth are a vestige from the days when our ancestors literally bit off more than they could chew on a daily basis. It’s thought that the Stone age diet often consisted of coarse, rough foods that required more chewing power. As a result, the jawbones of our ancestors were larger and accommodated 32 teeth with ease. In addition, in the wild, teeth had a tendency to fall prey to decay or get knocked out. If someone lost a tooth, the wisdom teeth would usually push the rest forward to fill in the gap. However, evolution continued and the human diet changed to include softer, more processed foods that were less challenging to our pearly whites and jaws. Losing teeth became less of an issue, and wisdom teeth served less and less of a purpose. The source of this is http://ask.yahoo.com/20040924.html

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