Saturday, December 21, 2013

Top Three Toothpastes

With countless brands of different toothpastes available on the market, it becomes rather difficult for people to select the right type for themselves and their families. The toothpaste market is generally dominated by brands that are advertised the most, but may not necessarily be the best ones available. A few leading brands that have shown outstanding results in plaque control, anti-halitosis effects and excellent whitening include the Rembrandt General White Toothpaste, Tom’s of Maine Anti-Plaque and Whitening Fluoride-Free Toothpaste and the Crest 3D White. While all three are well known and trusted brands, each has unique and different properties that I will be discussing today.

  • Rembrandt General White Toothpaste: Top choice of many, the Rembrandt General White Toothpaste does not contain SLS or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. This brand is especially formulated for people who are prone to developing oral infections such as canker sores. The formula is ultra gentle and does not cause irritation. It offers exceptional whitening and also strengthens weak enamel which is prone to erosion, or wears resulting from acid attack. Because this formula was developed by a cosmetic surgeon, it is generally advised for people who complain of dull, pale teeth to achieve impeccable whitening, but can be used as a daily toothpaste as well.The active ingredient of the formula is Sodium Fluoride and therefore offers ideal protection against bacterial accumulation and cavity formation. Rembrandt General White Toothpaste is not advised for children younger than two years.
  • Tom’s of Maine Anti Plaque and Whitening Fluoride-Free Toothpaste: People tend to think all toothpastes contain Fluoride, but some people are not comfortable with this considering the fact that oral conditions such as Fluorosis have the potential to deteriorate when exposed to additional Fluoride. Tom’s of Maine is a unique fluoride-free formula designed keeping such considerations in mind and it does not even contain artificial coloring, flavoring or preservatives. The most prominent features of the formula include whitening and effective control of plaque. However, one of the main reasons why some people tend to avoid the brand is that the formula includes SLS (SodiumLauryl Sulfate) which has been a known oral irritant. The main ingredients used in Tom’s of Maine Anti Plaque and Whitening Fluoride Free Toothpaste include Zinc Citrate and Xylitol.

  • Crest 3D White Toothpaste: Endorsed by the famous pop artist Shakira, the Crest 3D White Toothpaste is marketed as whitening toothpaste and offers flawless cleaning removal of prominent stains within two weeks of use. The formula contains active whitening agents that not only provide ideal cleaning, but also prevent stains for developing on the surfaces of the teeth. While the toothpaste has helped countless people rid their teeth from extrinsic staining, the company has been targeted for certain quality control issues. Apart from whitening, the formula also offers effective cavity control and desirable freshness after every brushing.
All three brands offer unique properties; some may have certain flaws but dentists generally advise patients to use toothpastes that are safe for the entire family, and offer excellent oral hygiene and cavity protection after every brushing, not just aesthetic feature.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Best And Worst Foods For Dental Health

It may be easy to think that a regular regime of brushing twice a day is adequate for maintaining ideal oral hygiene, but it is important to note that the different kinds of food and beverages that we consume have different impacts on the mineralized portion of our teeth. Some food substances may contain nutrients and minerals that allow teeth to regain lost strength and gums to remain healthy, while other food substances can cause deterioration of the oral cavity in numerous ways including staining, cavity formation, accumulation of bacteria and conditions associated with the gums.

It is said that prevention is better than cure, and rightly so. The right diet and maintenance routines can work wonders for the oral cavity. The top five best foods the teeth have been enlisted as follows:
  • Milk and Dairy Products: Dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cottage cheese are rich in calcium. Calcium helps in providing strength and structural integrity to the teeth. Calcium not only strengthen the enamel of the teeth, but also all the bones of the body.
  • Natural Greens: Eating fresh fruit and vegetables can work miracles for the teeth; not only do these leafy, fresh foods offer a scrubbing action on the teeth that remove lodged debris from between the teeth, but also helps in active generation of saliva which keeps the oral cavity thoroughly cleansed.
  • Sugar-free Gum: Leading dentists recommend sugar-free gums to their patients. This is because these gums stimulate the generation of saliva and can be used for long durations of time without posing any threat to the teeth.
  • Nuts: Nuts contains some essential nutrients and minerals such as calcium and vitamin D; walnuts, almonds and peanuts can help strengthen the teeth and gums both.
  • Water: While it may seem surprising to many, water has been enlisted among the top best foods and beverages for ideal oral health. Among the most prominent advantages of consuming water throughout the day include the fact that water generally contains fluoride, a mineral which is also added to toothpastes and mouthwashes to keep the teeth safe from bacteria, plaque and cavity formation. Another prominent advantage is that water helps in washing out food substances which may have lodged between teeth after meals.

The top five food substances that have been deemed the worse for oral health include:
  •  Acidic fizzy/sports drinks: Based on the researches conducted in various parts of the world, the consumption of fizzy/sports drinks has increased rapidly within the last decade. It is critical to note that these drinks contain high levels of sugar and acids such as carbonic acid and phosphoric acid. Not only do these drinks lower the pH of the oral cavity allowing bacteria to accumulate, but can also lead to rapid deterioration of the teeth by weakening their structure.
  • Candy: Chewy or hard, candy is perhaps the worst enemy of the teeth. Chewy candy adheres to the surfaces of the teeth and is difficult to remove, while hard candy may lodge between the grooves of the teeth and requires a considerable amount of time before it dissolves. In both cases, this candy gives ample time for opportunistic bacteria to accumulate and cause destruction of the teeth.
  • Staining beverages: The top three most popular, most widely consumed beverages which are also known culprits for teeth staining are wine, tea and coffee. People who regularly consume either or all of these beverages are most likely to complain of discoloration and generalized staining which is near impossible to remove with normal brushing techniques.
  • Citrus containing food: While citric acid may be great for the skin and blood, it is quite harmful for the oral cavity if consumed regularly without proper cleaning. Lemon and orange juices for instance, can lower the pH of the oral cavity. Pickles (which contain vinegar) are also equally harmful for the teeth.
  • Starch and carbohydrates: Food such as salted crackers, potato crisps and breads turn mushy once they have been mixed with saliva; this makes it easy for these substances to adhere between teeth and attract bacteria.