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Black Tea Can Help In Fighting Cavities

fight cavitiesTea is a truly unique product and one of the most amazing known herbal remedies. It is a source of natural antioxidants, special natural substances with very powerful properties to reduce negative effects of oxidative stress, prevent aging and various type of cell degeneration linked to aging, including cancer cell formation. Tea is a unique diuretic and a natural remedy to sleep  up detoxification processes in our body. Black and green tea are recommended as natural remedies to reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases, lower the risks for hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and other serious diseases which are very common nowadays. In order to harvest the mentioned benefits, it is recommended to consume 3-4 cups of high quality tea on a daily basis.

In addition to that everything, there are studies proving that drinking a few cups of high quality black tea a day is a great solution to improve our dental health and prevent cavities. In particular, according to the findings of an expert group at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry, black tea can be used as an effective dental health support and assist us all in reducing our risks to suffer from many dental problems, including cavities and even gum disease. The scientists recommend consuming 4 cups of black tea a day. They say that recently, numerous studies have proven amazing properties of green tea, but using black tea is actually more beneficial to our dental health. As their experiments have shown, black tea manages with dental bacteria more effectively, this way reducing the ability of that bacteria destroy our teeth.

They analyzed about 300 species of dental bacteria which can commonly be found in dental plaque of modern people. Those bacterias can be found in our mouth, and they produce specific acid causing cavities in our teeth. Other types of bacteria can be found in our saliva, and they also involve in forming cavities and even more serious dental conditions. The scientists asked the participants of the experiment rinse their mouth in high quality black tea after every meal, and after that more samples of dental bacteria were taken. It turned out that very soon, just three minutes later, the activities of dental bacteria substantially decreased, and the amount of acid that affects our dental enamel has also drastically decreased.

“If sequenced properly between meals and normal oral hygiene, a reduction in dental caries may be possible. Drinking tea may have added oral health benefits by controlling through ‘prevention’ the most prevalent diseases of mankind, mainly caries and periodontal disease,”the study leader, Dr. Christina Wu, said. It is interesting that the scientists are convinced that it is possible to achieve great effects and benefit from using even sweetened tea. At the same time, using green tea in the same way is a great solution for not only preventing dental cavities, but also banishing bad breath. Green or black tea turned out to be great remedies and help for fighting cavities, and we should not forget about other numerous benefits of these amazing natural remedies!


Cheese Can Help Prevent Cavities

Prevent CavitiesThe importance of a proper calcium intake for our excellent dental health is known and received plenty of scientific support from numerous studies and researchers. Dental care specialists and experts recommend us consume plenty of natural sources of calcium, including dairy products, some fresh fruits and vegetables rich in this mineral. In order to support calcium absorption in your body, you must have proper amounts of vitamins, namely vitamin D and vitamin E which play a role in calcium absorption. A proper calcium intake is also very good for our bones, and it is especially important for women over 50 in order to provide their body with good amounts of this mineral, in order to prevent bone weakening and such health condition as ostheoporosis.

Recently, the findings of one more related study appeared in the  popular peer reviewed scientific journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, the General Dentistry. A group of researchers led by Vipul Yadav, MDS, recommend everyone consuming cheese and other dairy products which, as their scientific work has shown, can assist in preventing cavities and improving our dental health. For the study, the scientists took samples of biological material from the dental plaque of participants of the study, 68 young teenagers aged between 12 and 15. This was the selected approach to evaluate dental plaque pH of the participants who were divided into three trial groups. The members of the first group were asked to consume cheese, the second group members were assigned to consuming milk, and the third group members were asked to use sugar-free yogurt. The participants were assigned to the mentioned diet for a few months before actual taking the biological materials for analysis and making strong conclusions.

Moreover, before measuring dental plague pH levels, the participants were asked to consume the main product in their diet, then rinse their mouth with drinking water, and then the measurements were carried out in as much as 10, 20 and 30 minutes after rinsing the mouth. After analyzing the collected information, it turned out that those participant who were assigned to consuming sugar-free yogurt and low fat milk did not demonstrate serious changes in the levels of pH on their tooth enamel. At the same time, those participants who consumed cheese (namely cheddar cheese) have demonstrated quite rapid increase in their dental plaque pH levels within the time of measuring. Therefore, consuming this type of cheese can play a great role of a food to improve our dental health and prevent cavities. After discovering the mentioned properties of cheese consumption, the scientists decided to look closer at the issue and find the possible factors behind the discovered phenomena.

Further analysis has shown that the discovered pH level rise can be attributed to increased saliva production taking place in higher amounts after consuming cheese comparing to consuming milk and yogurt. Saliva is one of the best types of natural protection against increased acidity levels in our mouth and creating great environment for cavity formation. Besides, certain compounds in cheese can stick to our tooth enamel and create extra protection. Therefore, cheese consumption can be recommended as a great technique to prevent cavities and improve our dental health. “It looks like dairy does the mouth good. Not only are dairy products a healthy alternative to carb- or sugar-filled snacks, they also may be considered as a preventive measure against cavities,” an expert from of the Academy of General Dentistry, Doctor of Dental Surgery Seung-Hee Rhee, commented on the findings of the researchers. More of the related materials and information on the reported study can be found in the website of the Academy of General Dentistry.


Our Teeth Can Be Used As An Effective Source For Stem Cells

Stem CellsA lot is known about miraculous properties and health effects of stem cells. Nowadays, this amazing technology can be used widely in order to treat and prevent a great number of diseases, including really hard and very serious ones. Stem cells can be used as raw material for generating virtually every body organ, starting from bones or cartilage, and ending up with heart and even vessels. Moreover, according to the latest findings, by using stem cells it can be possible to generate even neurological system cells, which is simply an unbelievable thing! There is plenty of experiments are being carried out now, and there are optimistic thoughts that in the nearest future, stem cells can give us a cure for such terrible neurological system diseases as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and many others. It could be a revolutionary turn in the whole medical science.

Stem cell extraction techniques are also being studied and substantially improving. Scientists say that stem cells can be found in human embryos, umbilical cords, and other tissues. It has also been proven that in adults, teeth and bone marrow are among the best natural sources for stem cell extraction. At the same time, children’s teeth are considered more effective sources of stem cells compared to the teeth of adult people. The concept of this type of stem cells extraction, or using teeth for extracting stem cells, emerged in 2003, when Dr Songtao Shi, a paediatric dentist and an Associate Professor at Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology, came up with this idea after years of studies and successfully extracting stem cells from teeth of his six year old daughter. The scientists managed not only to extract, but also preserve and grow stem cells received from his daughter’s teeth. The proposed technology is now known as SHED (Stem cells from Human Exfoliated Deciduous teeth).

Since those times, children’s teeth of the kids around the world were scientifically tested and successfully used for stem cell extraction. However, children’s teeth are usually gone in teenagehood. That is why recently, more and more of dental experts are talking about possible advantages of storing teeth of children for using them further as sources of stem cells. There are plenty of cases of storing children’s teeth by the world’s leading scientists, especially in the most developed countries of the world. Due to the fact that children lose their teeth in anyway in their early teen ages, it is quite easy to store the teeth for being used in the future.Moreover, the procedure of tooth extraction has become very easy and totally painless nowadays, that is why those kids who have problems with losing their teeth on time can go through the procedure and leave their teeth as a material for stem cells.

It is reported that nowadays, in the United Kingdom it is already possible to give teeth for being stored in a special lab. This service costs £1,385 and it covers storing the teeth for 30 years. For the moment scientists can not say for how long it is possible to preserve teeth for them being good for stem cell extraction in the future. More research is required to look closer at the issue. At the same time, all scientists are convinced that stem cells as a regenerative, rejuvenating and health supporting technology have a huge potential. It is possible to receive all possible tissues by using stem cells, even fat or genetic material. It is reported that modern time’s scientists can extract up to thousands of stem cells from one tooth. However, for some treatments as many as millions of them may be needed for certain treatments. Fortunately, it is possible to use stem cells from donors.