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The remarkable power of saliva

12 February 2018

We all know what saliva is. It’s a watery, sometimes a little foamy, liquid produced by our salivary glands. Most of us are used to its presence, but not all of us are aware of a huge role it plays within our mouth cavity.

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24 January 2018

Mouthwashes become more and more popular as the oral hygiene products. At the drugstores, Online stores and pharmacies we can find a constantly widening selection of these. How to choose the product perfect for our teeth?

Why is it worth to use a mouthwash?

The mouthwash isn’t reserved to the situations where we simply need to refresh ourselves fast, but we don’t have access to our toothbrush. Thanks to its unique consistency, it will also support the daily oral hygiene. It will reach the places unavaible to the toothbrush and remove the remaining dental plaque from them. It will also strengthen the whitening effect. Amongst the advantages of using a mouthwash we can find:

  • reducing discolorations,
  • reinforcing enamel and gums,
  • refreshing properties,
  • adjusting the pH levels within our mouth,
  • anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties,
  • helping with gum inflammation treatment,
  • protection from cavities and periodontitis,
  • reducing the dental plaque and tartar.

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11 January 2018

A warm, moist environment is perfect for the bacteria and fungi. The bacterial flora within our mouths is very rich, but as long as it remains within the physiological balance, it won’t pose any danger to our life or health. What happens when this perfect state gets disrupted though? What happens when the bacterial flora’s balance gets disrupted? Even if, in case of a healthy body, the bacteria living in the mouth don’t cause any trouble, even a small disruption is enough to change everything. These bacteria can then infect your body. The situation when new microorganisms appear in your mouth even if they shouldn’t be there is also possible. The most common complications of disrupted balance of the bacterial flora are tinea, cavities and other periodontal diseases.

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5 January 2018

Amongst the elderly, the mouth cavity disorders of many types are a frequent occurence. A good oral hygiene at this time is very important, as it allows us to avoid most of the diseases. The regular dentist visits on the other hand make diagnosis of these diseases much easier. The rules of proper oral hygiene remain the same – we need to brush our teeth twice a day, floss the interdental surfaces and visit our dentist. Which disorders are the most common amongst the elderly though?

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17 November 2017

Cleaning our interdental surfaces every day is a necessity, if you are dreaming of having a white, healthy smile. You can use the irrigator, dental floss or the interdental toothbrush. A new product has appeared on the market though, called the “turbo toothpick” by its creator. What is it and is it worth checking out?

Why do the interdental surfaces need cleaning?

The interdental surfaces are very hard to reach, if you’re using a toothbrush only. The dental plaque and food remains gather in these places, leading to the forming of cavities, if they’re not removed. Refusing to clean the interdental surfaces might lead to a dangerous disease – periodontitis. This disorder is an effect of a long-time inflammation caused by the bacterial flora residing in the dental plaque and tartar. When left untreated, it might lead to the permanent loss of teeth. The numbers are horrifying – in certain countries, over 70% of people suffer from this disease. It proves how many of us aren’t aware that the regular, 2-minute long cleaning of the interdental surfaces is enough to protect us from periodontitis.

How to clean the interdental surfaces?

The interdental surfaces need to be cleaned at least twice a day. We can use:

  • an irrigator – a device shooting out pressurized water, which removes the bacteria from places hardest to reach, it’s a safe and comfortable method,

8 November 2017

The dentists recommend sticking to a white diet for at least two days after the whitening or during the entire period of using the whitening products. It’s supposed to help maintain the white color of our teeth for a longer time. What exactly is the white diet and how long should we stick to it?

How does the white diet look like? Why is it so important?

This way of eating consists of putting away all of the food products containing natural and/or artificial color additives. It’s worth knowing that the teeth which got whitened recently are very aborbent – because they are still porous after the procedure, they accumulate all dyes we give them. That’s why it’s so easy to change the enamel’s color and ruin the final effect of the whitening.

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2 November 2017

The natural, fluoride-free toothpastes become more and more popular. One of their ingredients often happens to be xylitol, the so-called sugar alcohol. How is it acquired? What effects does it have on our mouth cavity?

What is xylitol?

Xylitol is a natural sugar, acquired mostly from birch trees. Its glycemix index is over 40 times lower than that of white sugar’s, as our body processes it using the minimal amount of insulin. It doesn’t ferment in the digestive system. In the kitchen, xylitol can be used to flavour the dishes, plus it’s suitable even for the people with diabetes or glucose intolerance. It’s almost two times less caloric than sugar! According to FDA and JEFCA, consuming xylitol is safe, regardless of the dose we’ve taken daily.

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25 October 2017

The first teeth appear in baby’s mouth usually around the age of 6 – 7 months. Does it mean that, until then, we don’t have to take care of its oral hygiene? Definitely not! It’s worth introducing some healthy habits since the first months of our child’s life, which will pay off big time in the future. How should we begin taking care of the infant’s oral hygiene?

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23 October 2017

Tooth sensitivity is a problem nearly 30% of adults suffer from. It manifests by excruciating, intense pain while eating foods and drinks which are hot, cold, sour or spicy. This ailment can be effectively treated wit hthe help of our dentist. But is it possible to treat it at home using special toothpastes, however?

20 October 2017

One of the basic elements we absorb as we consume food is calcium. It’s a key component of proper development of health and bones. Most importantly, it’s the main component of bones and teeth, which makes including it in our diet so important. It also has positive effects on correct functioning of digestive enzymes and cell division. How does calcium affect our teeth?

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