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Brushing Right After Meal Can Be Harmful

Regular brushing our teeth is a vital and essential element of our daily dental care routine. Along with flossing, brushing should be done on a daily basis, preferably twice a day. Most of us know that brushing teeth after every meal is actually an ideal condition which can provide great oral hygiene and substantially lower the risks of having serious dental problems. For some people, this idea gets transformed into a notion that the more we brush, the better. However, more and more dentists are concerned about the situation and warn that brushing our teeth more than two times a day can be too much and actually cause more harm than good. Especially in cases when people tend to brush teeth right after meals.

Brushing teethDental specialists the Academy of General Dentistry say that brushing our teeth as soon as just a half an hour after having a meal can cause more harm than good to our dental health. It is especially valid to the situations when we had full meal with a great deal of highly acidic foods, as well as after having carbonated drinks or lemonade-like acidic drinks, hot drinks like coffee, etc. It is known that such foods and beverages cause acidic compounds staying in the enamel of our teeth, and sometimes even entering the lower layer, dentin. Brushing teeth too soon after having a meal (in 20-30 minutes) can cause serious effects and harm our teeth.

According to Dr Howard R. Gamble, DMD, an expert n general dentistry and the president of the Academy of General Dentistry, commented on the findings as the following: ‘With brushing, you could actually push the acid deeper into the enamel and the dentin.’ Thus, the specialist says that brushing right after consuming meals can lead to very fast and serious corrosion of teeth, de-mineralization and severe damage of enamel. Certainly, it is linked to soft tissue exposure to harmful bacteria, followed by increased risks of tooth decay, cavities, and even tooth loss. Dr. Gamble said that all the information was received after analyzing the information related to tooth brushing routine of a number of volunteers who were invited to participate in the experiment.

He said that during the experiment it became apparent that brushing teeth as soon as in 20 minutes after consuming acidic meals or beverages caused serious damage and could noticeably damage tooth enamel. ‘However, after intra-oral periods of 30 and 60 min, wear was not significantly higher than in unbrushed controls,’ he said. It is recommended to postpone brushing teeth after consuming any kind of meal for 30 minutes at least, and in order to restore balance, clean the teeth and lower the amounts of harmful bacteria, it is recommended to use mouthwash. In the absence of a good mouthwash at hand, specialists say, it can be good just rinse the mouth with a small amount of mineral water. For more information, talk to your dentist or any dental care specialist in your locality.


Is You Electric Toothbrush Safe?

Electric ToothbrushA lot is said about the benefits of using an electric toothbrush, and millions of people around the world made their choice to use this excellent tool for their daily dental care. Positive effect of using electric toothbrushes are properly explained and scientifically proven, but what about the drawbacks? And mainly, are all electric toothbrushes safe? There are many studies and researches being carried out to find out more about the negative sides of using electric toothbrushes, and the findings of some studies bring the points for certain warnings and prohibitions. Mainly those are related to using electric toothbrushes of certain brands and manufacturers.

Thus, earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning as to using the Arm & Hammer Spinbrush electric toothbrushes from such company asĀ  Church & Dwight which are quite popular among modern children. It turned out that using these electric devices is linked to serious risks and dangers to our health and the health of our children. According to the FDA experts, there are increased choking hazards linked to using these toothbrushes, which are increased in cases when the Arm & Hammer Spinbrush toothbrushes by little children not under the supervision of their parents or other adults.

According to the FDA report, their studies have shown that by turning on such electric brushes children are exposed to high risks of popped off or broken heads of electric toothbrushes, which can go directly into the children’s mouth can cause serious cuts or wounds in gums and soft tissues inside the mouth. In addition, broken toothbrush heads can result in broken teeth and serious injuries, as well as they be swallowed and cause choking. Finally, the related traumas can be linked also to face and eye injuries leading to loss of vision, and so on.

As a response to this warning, Church & Dwight company released special safety notice that is now attached to every single electric toothbrush of theirs. It requires buyers thoroughly inspect electric toothbrushes they purchase for possible lose parts or possible related defects. The company is ready to replace faulty products immediately with the good toothbrushes. Also, the company introduced a new techniques for reminding its customers about the necessity to change electric toothbrush heads once per every three months. Since December 2011, special color-water bristles are added to the products of the Arm & Hammer Spinbrush line.


Good Old Tooth Powder: A Natural Alternative for Modern Toothpastes

Many people consider dental powders to be something old-fashioned as the effectiveness of modern toothpastes is very satisfying for proper dental care. However, sometimes tooth powders do their job better than any toothpaste. The composition of tooth powders is based on finely powdered abrasive elements (such as chalk or calcium phosphates) and a detergent or sweetening agent (essential flavored oils, sugar, menthol, etc.). Some tooth powders also contain bicarbonate which is perfect for whitening our teeth. At the same time, in contrast to so popular toothpastes, dental powder does not contain fluoride and xylitol: important chemicals that can prevent tooth decay.

Dental PowderThe first examples of dental powder appeared in the end of the eighteenth century in the Great Britain. The powder was made of calcium carbonate (powdered chalk), sometimes mixed with magnesium carbonate, brick dust, porcelain dust and other abrasive substances. To make the taste of the powder more pleasant and soft, the pharmacists and dentists used to add menthol oil, anise oil, cinnamon oil or oil of cloves. In those times such tooth powders were quite expensive because only rich people could afford using a toothbrush for oral hygiene: poor people were still cleaning their teeth with their fingers.

Nowadays, advanced technologies of contemporary dentistry allowed receiving very powerful dental mixtures from only natural elements that are as much effective as chemicals, but do not harm our health. Modern tooth powders contain therapeutic essential oils (such as tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, peppermint, etc) that reduce bad breath, have very good antiviral and antibacterial effects, as well as different sea salts with useful microelements and micronutrients. Some dental powders are enriched with the vitamins and minerals that can rejuvenate the tissues in mouth.

Therefore, the advantages of dental powders include lower costs, greater cleansing power and the absence of dangerous chemical agents (which are sometimes carcinogen and very harmful to our organism). Many specialists underline that modern toothpastes contain a great variety of dangerous chemicals (including the soaps, mutagens, toxins, etc.) and using such pastes can bring to various allergies, problems with digestive system and other serious diseases. That is why some dentists tend to recommend children below 6 to use only tooth powders based on natural elements.

Nevertheless, toothpastes with their moderate abrasive effects, more effective chemical content and a great variety of tastes remain unbeatable competitors of dental powders. Moreover, being more popular and highly demanded, toothpastes can be considered as generally more effective against various new resistant dental bacteria. There are a number of large powerful manufacturers such as Colgate, Unilever and the others, which spent millions of dollars for medical researches and improving the quality of their products. Taking into account all the above, it is possible to come to the conclusion that the best strategy for effective oral hygiene can be keeping both modern soft toothpastes and natural powerful dental powders in your bathroom. By using a toothpaste one day and dental powder the other day you can enjoy the specific benefits of both these mixtures for effective dental care and keep you teeth clean and healthy.

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