Calcified tartar, evidence of plaque, has been found on Neanderthal tooth fossils from 50,000 years ago. While we don’t know if the first cavemen did anything about it at that time, the evolution of the toothbrush starts here. Presupposing that early man eventually determined that it was to his advantage attracting a mate to remove the ugly film from his teeth, the first method was to chew on and scrub them with a stick.
The type of brushing/chewing stick used from different plants varies from culture to culture around the world. Many of them contain antimicrobial properties which furthered the benefits. Then, as the hypothesis goes, seeing and feeling an improvement in oral comfort, early man continues the habit and tooth brushing technology advances with the addition of an abrasive material. Possibly by accident, some sand grit got into the brush and there was a noticeable improvement.
Eventually, people used wine crystals and crushed bone particles to clean their teeth. Even today’s toothpaste contains such fine abrasives as silica, chalk, and sand.
Toothpastes continued to progress with the addition of soaps and detergents–still an important ingredient today and the reason why nearly every kind of toothpaste foams. The modern age of toothpaste production, starting in the 1900s, gave us chemicals such as fluoride in various iterations. The 1970s brought in a desensitizer, and the latest major additive from the 90s is an antimicrobial.
While other additions can be found in specialty toothpastes, most all of them have these same ingredients in common. Years after the first man and woman started brushing the film off of their teeth, we still see that brushing is the best way to remove plaque.
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If you don’t care for your child’s teeth while they still have them, you could end up spending a lot more time in our office when your child grows into a teenager. Baby teeth, while temporary, are critical to the overall oral health of a child, and they set the stage for good hygiene in adulthood. Here are a few bits of info you should be aware of about Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, the foremost cause of oral decay in children under the age of 6.
The teeth most frequently affected by Baby Bottle Tooth Decay are the upper incisors, so keep an especially close watch on these teeth to take note of how your child’s oral health is; but tooth breakdown can occur in any teeth, so watch their other teeth as well.
The most common cause of worn-down teeth is a surplus ingestion of sugar, so try to stuff your child’s meals with healthy vegetables and whole grains rather than sugary foods like juices and bakes goods. If your child does eat something sugary, make sure they drink some water with it, and don’t forget to brush and floss their teeth.
Finally, it’s imperative to bring your child into our office for cleanings each six months. Even if your child is little, their teeth are still vulnerable to tooth decay diseases, including Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. Make sure you bring your child in for a visit by their first birthday or six months after their first tooth comes through the gumline.
The Real Life Dental team in Blacksburg, Virginia, and Dr. Damon Thompson can aid you. Call them at 540-552-5433 now to schedule your next checkup.
When it comes to a healthy smile, healthy gums are essential. In fact, dental procedures such as orthodontics, dental implants, bridges, and partials, teeth whitening and dental veneers depend on having healthy gums. However, half of the adults in the U.S. over the age of 30 have gum disease. If you struggle with gum disease, some of the following might apply to you.
Dental Plaque: if you are not removing this thick bacterial film every day, you are more likely to incur gum disease. Brushing twice a day for two minutes, and flossing once a day is vital. Seeing your dentist every six months (or more) is also essential to remove hardened plaque around the gumline.
Balanced Diet: a balanced diet rich in vitamins can protect your oral tissue. Especially when it comes to vitamin C, your gums rely on nutrition to remain healthy.
Using Tobacco: regular tobacco use not only invites oral cancer, but it harms the gums as well by inhibiting the healthy function of gum tissue cells. Quitting this harmful habit will go a long way to improving your oral health!
Misaligned Teeth: when you have teeth which overlap or are crooked, it is much more difficult to clean the affected areas. This allows bacteria to thrive and plaque to proliferate. You need to clean those areas carefully daily, and if you can engage in orthodontic treatment to align those teeth, your gum health may benefit.
Medications: often medications list dry mouth as a side effect. This means insufficient saliva levels may develop, which then allow plaque-causing bacteria to thrive. Your doctor may be able to prescribe a different medication, but you can also stay well hydrated and remain diligent with your daily oral habits.
Along with daily oral hygiene and a healthy diet and habits, you can help your gums by seeing your dentist regularly for cleanings. To schedule your next visit with Dr. Damon Thompson, please call Real Life Dental in Blacksburg, Virginia, at 540-552-5433 today.
You’re probably aware of some of the foods that can be bad for your oral health. Have you ever wondered what foods can aid your smile? Our dentist and team are more than happy to give you some pointers on foods to add to your diet to improve your dental health.
If you adore cheese, you’re in luck! Studies have found that eating cheese raises the pH in the mouth, thus lowering the risk of tooth decay. In addition, cheese contain calcium and protein, which can strengthen tooth enamel. The chewing that is required to eat cheese also increases the production of saliva in the mouth.
Leafy, green vegetables like kale and spinach can help improve oral health. These greens are high in calcium, which can aid the health of the enamel. If you find adding these greens to your diet, try adding a handful of spinach to a salad or putting some kale on a pizza.
Apples are high in water and fiber, which is very good for the teeth. Since apples are crunchy, they can increase saliva production in the mouth. The saliva rinses away bacteria and food particles, thus aiding your smile. The fiber in apples stimulates the gums, thus helping them stay healthy.
Like carrots and apples, celery can scrub food particles and bacteria away from the teeth. Celery is also high in vitamins A and C, which can aid the health of your gum tissues.
Contact Real Life Dental today at 540-552-5433 to learn more and to schedule a visit with Dr. Damon Thompson. Our dentist in Blacksburg, Virginia, looks forward to serving you!
Saliva production aids in good oral hygiene and your overall health. So, it’s crucial your salivary glands make this important potion in the proper quantities. If your mouth is not making enough, called dry mouth, you’re in for a host of unhealthy issues that you may not even be aware of.
Healthy Mouth and Teeth:
In terms of dental health, saliva defends against tooth decay and gum disease:
– Saliva decimates bacteria because of its antimicrobial properties.
– A thin film of saliva on the teeth is like a force field defending enamel from acids and bacteria.
– Saliva carries away food particles that cause tooth decay.
– Minerals in saliva rebuild enamel surfaces on teeth.
– Enzymes in saliva aid digestion and make it easier to swallow.
– Saliva creates the lubrication critical for speech.
– Saliva helps to keep breath fresh.
The dental terminology for insufficient saliva is xerostomia, also called or “dry mouth”. Several health problems and some types of medications can cause xerostomia and when you are not salivating properly the below problems arise:
– Feeling of thirst and bothersome parched feeling in the mouth.
– Many forms of gum disease.
– Tooth decay
– Bacterial infections, yeast and fungus.
– Digestion issues
– Swallowing problems
Now What Do I Do?
– Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
– See your doctor to review which medications may be the problem.
– Use hard candy and chewing gum to motivate your saliva glands
– Daily brushing and flossing.
– Find foods that do not dry out your mouth. Avoid anything spicy, salty, or acidic.
– Your dentist can prescribe medications and/or artificial saliva spray.
If you believe you have poor saliva production, Dr. Damon Thompson would be happy to discuss it with you. Please contact Real Life Dental to make an appointment at: 540-552-5433, or come by our office in Blacksburg, Virginia.
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