THE DASH FOR BETTER DENTAL HEALTH

If you are not already familiar with the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, it is designed to reduce blood pressure by reducing salt intake and eating healthy foods such as vegetables, fruits, and low-fat dairy foods, along with moderate amounts of whole grains, fish, poultry, and nuts. Not only does the DASH diet

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AVOID SHARING SALIVA WITH BABIES

While babies are born without the germs that cause tooth decay, they can get them from their parents. Research shows that, in effect, babies can “catch” caries (tooth decay) from their parents. More correctly, when mothers and fathers have high levels of the bacteria that cause cavities (Streptococcus mutans), the bacteria can be transferred to

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BAD BREATH AND BEYOND

The smell of a person’s breath can be indicative of a number of health conditions. For instance, breath that smells like “acetone” (nail polish remover) may be a sign that a diabetic is not managing his or her blood sugar well. In such cases, the body does not receive enough insulin to break down glucose

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READING TEA LEAVES

Tooth sensitivity is caused by erosion of the tooth’s protective enamel layer, which leaves underlying “dentin” exposed. This hard, dense, bony tissue, which forms the majority of the tooth’s mass, contains small tubes (“microtubes”) that are empty inside. When outer ends of these tubes are exposed, they allow hot and cold foods and liquids to

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THE DRILL ALTERNATIVE

When told that there is an alternative to the traditional drill used for removing tooth decay, some might think that it involves a laser. While there are lasers that can perform some dental tasks, something as old as “air abrasion” can be utilized to remove smaller pockets of tooth decay painlessly and without local anesthetic.

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