Why is oral health so important? One of the main focus areas of the Idaho Oral Health Program at the Department of Health and Welfare is preventing tooth decay in children by providing oral health prevention programs across the state. These programs include school-based dental sealant clinics and fluoride varnish programs delivered in childcare centers and public health districts. Untreated childhood dental disease can put a significant financial burden on the family, cause poor performance in school, and lead to a lifetime of poor oral health. How much of a problem is children’s oral health in Idaho? It’s definitely an issue – A 2016 statewide study found 66-percent of Idaho third-graders experienced tooth decay, cavities or were missing permanent teeth because of dental decay. Our goal is to reduce that rate to 49 percent or less among Idaho children aged 6-to-9 by 2020. What about adults? Are there health consequences if grown-ups don’t take good care of … [Read more...] about Children’s Dental Health Month: Let’s reduce the 66% of Idaho 3rd graders with bad teeth!
Thursday, June 21, 2018 by: Michelle Simmons Tags: dental care, dental erosion, dental health, Diets, eating habits, enamel loss, oral care, oral health, teeth, toothpaste (Natural News) Toothpaste alone isn’t enough to protect your teeth from damage: To achieve good oral health, having a good diet is also essential, according to a study published in the journal Scientific Reports. In the study, conducted at the University of Bern in Switzerland, researchers examined eight anti-erosive and desensitizing types of toothpaste and one control toothpaste. The study imitated the effect of brushing once a day and the tooth enamel being exposed to an acid solution for five consecutive days. For the experiment, they used human premolars donated for scientific research purposes, artificial saliva, and an automatic brushing machine. To calculate enamel loss due to brushing with toothpaste, they used a microhardness test. They measured the pH level of the toothpaste, as well … [Read more...] about No toothpaste can compensate for bad bacteria in your mouth: You can’t have good oral health without a good diet, according to study
(Natural News) It doesn’t matter if you’re talking to your significant other or the dentist – morning breath is always a cause for embarrassment.Aside from poor dental hygiene, morning breath can be caused by other factors such as snoring and chewing gum.There’s no sure way of preventing morning breath, but according to dentist Dr. Mark Lowenberg, here’s a list of its possible causes and how to avoid it:A dry mouth – Our mouth can dry out when we’re sleeping, and this can cause morning breath. If you snore or sleep with an open mouth, this can make your morning breath worse. Saliva, “a watery substance that washes away odor-causing bacteria,” is produced in our mouth in the morning and this helps prevent bad breath. But it’s a different story when we’re asleep. The lack of moisture turns the mouth into a breeding ground for bacteria, which multiply in places without oxygen and causes morning breath.Chewing gum … [Read more...] about Causes and solutions for bad morning breath
(Natural News) Teeth cleaning has been so commercialized — what, with all the different kinds of toothpaste and toothbrushes found in the market, and all the oral cosmetic services offered to nearly everyone. Little do we know that there are various ways in which we can clean our teeth and protect our oral health, even without the help of these highly commercialized products.The knowledge of these ways is essential, especially during a post-apocalyptic/TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it) scenario, for we would rarely find mint toothpaste or 24-hour whitening teeth cleaners during this time. (Related: Homemade toothpaste recipes – better oral health for less)You will need to have to improvise to safeguard the health of your teeth, gums, tongue, all of your mouth. There are a lot of raw foods that have cleaning properties that can be used to clean teeth (carrots, apples, pears) as long as they are hard (soft fruits, those that are nearly ripe won’t do), … [Read more...] about Don’t forget your toothbrush when SHTF: Off-grid oral hygiene
(Natural News) Health experts have come to the conclusion that dentists should participate more in preventing human papillomavirus (HPV) and the cancers that are related to it by possibly asking patients about their sex lives in order to assess said patients’ risk of vulnerability to the disease. Around 79 million Americans are infected by HPV, which is responsible for 70 percent of oropharyngeal cancers in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , making it as common as the common cold. HPV is transmitted via anal, oral, and vaginal sex. It is now associated with 9,000 cases of head and neck cancers in the United States. “ What we’re going to find over time is that HPV is going to be a more common cause of cancer. We need to worry about how to prevent it,” Ellen Daley, a public health professor at the University of South Florida, told Daily Mail Online . However, knowing about a patient’s … [Read more...] about Health experts urge dentists to question your sexual habits to assess risk of cancer-causing STDs; dental professionals resist