Welcome to the SIXTH newsletter from Dental Health Advice!
Hi, my name is Dr Richard Mitchell. I've been a dentist since 1979, working in the United Kingdom, Barbados, Germany, Australia and now Spain. I've written my website and newsletters to give honest and reliable dental advice that doesn't depend on you being a patient of ours. I also want to explain my knowledge as simply as I can... what better way than online?
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In this issue:
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Herbal Teas Can Contribute to Cavities
Recent research in London, published in the British Dental Journal, has shown that sipping fruit teas and other acidic drinks can contribute to tooth erosion. Here is the press release of the British Dental Journal article; article;
"Sipping acidic drinks such as fruit teas and flavored water can wear away teeth and damage the enamel, an investigation by scientists has shown. The team from King's College in London said that drinking them between meals and holding them in your mouth for too long increased the risk of tooth erosion from acid. The British Dental Journal article looked at the diets of 300 people with severe erosive tooth wear. It said the problem was increasing as people snacked more.
Fruit squashes, cordials, fruit teas, diet drinks, sugared drinks and flavoured water are all acidic and can cause wear and tear to teeth, the researchers said. And continuously sipping or holding these drinks in the mouth before swallowing increased the risk of tooth erosion.
Dr Saoirse O'Toole, the lead study author, from King's College London Dental Institute, said: "If you drink things for long periods of time, greater than five minutes, or if you nibble on fruit for several minutes rather than eating them as a whole fruit - these are things that can really damage your teeth.
"If you're going to have an apple as a snack at lunchtime, then try not to have anything acidic later on in the evening. If you are going to have a glass of wine in the evening, then don't have your fruit tea in the morning. Just balance things in your diet."
Russ Ladwa, who chairs the British Dental Association's health and science committee, said of acidic drinks: "Having them with a meal helps to minimize the damage because chewing food increases the production of saliva, which is alkaline and acts a buffer to dilute acidic foods and drinks."
Tooth Erosion - The Facts
It is a progressive loss of the hard substance of a tooth by chemical processes where bacteria are NOT involved - ie. this is NOT TOOTH DECAY. The acidity of the food or drinks is critical, rather than the sugar content - (bacteria, along with sugar, cause tooth decay not erosion). Diet, lifestyle choices, the environment and in some cases medication can increase the risk. Using fluoride toothpastes or rinses and modifying your diet can reduce the risk of erosion." Source: British Dental Association
Here's a guy who turned a tree stump into a tooth!
Wine Extract can help Prevent Cavities in Teeth
In the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists looked into whether wine polyphenols might be good for oral health.
Researchers compared the effects of polyphenols from red wine against grape seed and red wine extract supplements on bacteria that stick to teeth and cause dental plaque and cavities. They found the wine polyphenols and extracts all reduced the bacteria's ability to stick to the teeth.
If they combined the polyphenols with a "good" bacteria - Streptococcus dentisani - the polyphenols were even better at inhibiting the bad cavity-causing bacteria. This could lead to new dental treatments in the near future to prevent cavities.
Product of the Month - A new anti-snoring device that really works!
I have been looking at the problem of snoring recently, and reviewing the various mouth devices that are supposed to help. I found that most devices worked some of the time, for some people. There is only ONE anti-snoring device that actually seems to work well for MOST people. Which one is it? You can find out by going to Best Anti Snoring Device. That page tells you all about the mouth device that I recommend to help reduce or even eliminate snoring.
ALSO, you might like to read up on some home remedies that are important to try, at Snoring Home Remedies.
Best Whitening Toothpaste
I get asked about the best whitening toothpaste - A LOT. And nowadays there are so many toothpastes available, with many of them claiming to have a whitening effect on your teeth. There seem to be a lot of TV adverts going on at the moment, particularly for the Oral B product, 3D White. So I decided to test out several of the "whitening" toothpastes myself again, to see if much had changed since my original review update a year ago.
No change in my top recommended toothpaste! Although some aspects of packaging and presentation have changed, there is no getting away from the fact that BlanX White Shock Toothpaste is STILL my favorite whitening toothpaste, for several reasons.
Dental myths? Are they true or false?
There are a lot of dental myths and slightly odd stories and beliefs related to teeth and dentistry, it can be hard to sort out which may have an element of truth in them, and which are completely false.
Are cavities caused just by eating sugary foods?
Do I have to wait 24 hours to eat after a filling?
Does a baby take calcium out of my teeth if pregnant?
Find out the answers and more at our NEW PAGE Dental Myths!
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