Fun Facts About Teeth

fun facts about teethOral hygiene, especially cleaning our teeth, has been taught to us since we were kids.

A recent study shows that the smile is the first trait that people notice about another person, and our teeth contributes a lot to it.

We need our teeth for eating, talking and smiling, and we have to make sure that we take care of them very well.

Sometimes, we often overlook how important our teeth are, so here are 10 fun facts about our teeth to show you how special they are:

1. The enamel on your teeth is the hardest substance in our entire body. It’s made out of calcium, phosphorus, and mineral salts. However, no matter how hard it seems to be, it’s still not advisable to open bottles using your teeth.

2. Everyone’s teeth are a unique set, just like your fingerprints. Nobody has the same set as yours, even identical twins, so be proud of your teeth.

3. It shows that an average person spends around 38.5 days over a lifetime brushing their teeth. Furthermore, a person only brushes their teeth for an average of 48 seconds per day; although dentist recommends it should be at least 2 to 3 minutes.

4. Tooth decay is the 2nd most common disease in the USA, next to cold. And in school, more than 51 million school hours each year are lost by children because of dental-related illness.

5. Replace your toothbrush if you recently had colds, flu, or any viral infections. Harmful microbes implant themselves on your toothbrush that may cause you to get the infection again.

6. About 14 million gallons of toothpaste are bought each year, and an average person uses 14 inches of dental floss each year. Although 73 out of 100 Americans would rather go shopping than floss their teeth.

7. There is a holiday in China called as “Love Your Teeth Day”. It is celebrated on the 20th of September each year.

8. Our mouth produces more than 25,000 quarts of saliva throughout our lifetime, which is enough to fill 2 large swimming pools. Saliva helps with our digestion, as well as protecting our teeth from bacteria in our mouth.

Take a look at this humorous video with fun facts about your kids’ teeth:

9. Placing a cap on your toothbrush is actually more harmful for you. Bacteria love the moist and close environment since it helps their reproduction.

10. A plaque is actually home to over 300 kinds of bacteria, and many diseases like diabetes, heart ailments, and osteoporosis are linked to your oral hygiene. Make sure to rinse your mouth with a mouthwash after brushing and flossing.

11. Right-handed people tend to chew food on their right side. Likewise, left-handed people tend to chew food on their left side.

12. The longer the food stays in the mouth, the greater the chance for tooth decay.

13. Lastly, you will only have 2 sets of teeth in your lifetime – your baby teeth and your permanent teeth. Once you have the permanent set, make sure to take care of them well!

I hope you enjoyed these fun facts about teeth. Since I’m a dentist I may be biased, but I thought they were interesting enough to pass along.

If you would like to come in to see your Saratoga Dentist please call us to make an appointment.

How to Get Rid of Bad Breath Naturally

how to get rid of bad breath naturallyHaving bad breath, or halitosis, is definitely an embarrassing problem for anyone.

If you work with a lot of people, or even just hanging around with your friends, it is extremely horrifying to speak closely to them if you are suffering from bad breath.

There are different reasons why a person has halitosis (e.g. dry mouth, gum diseases, medication, smoking), but most of them are quick and easy to resolve.

The great thing is that there are certain foods which can help reduce or eliminate bad breath naturally. Knowing which kinds of food to eat or drink will help you fight it, without exerting a lot of effort.

Here’s a list of food or drink that can help get rid of bad breath the natural way.

  1. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables – Fiber-rich fruits and veggies can help produce saliva that helps wash away any built plaques. Natural enzymes in fruits, like pineapples, berries, apples, and kiwis, helps fight bad breath since it breaks down sulfur compounds. Veggies that are rich in Vitamin C, like broccoli and red bell peppers, can help make an inhospitable environment for bacteria in the mouth.

  2. Green Tea – It’s known that green tea is very rich in the antioxidant polyphenol, which helps prevent plaque from clinging to your teeth.

  3. Milk – Drinking milk before or during meals can effectively reduce halitosis, since the fat milk neutralizes sulfur found in food. Milk can also be used as a mouth rinse.

  4. Vodka – Drinking alcohol can help eliminate bad breath because it kills mouth bacteria, and the best choice is vodka since it has no lingering aftertaste.

  5. Bread – Lack of carbohydrates in your diet can cause bad breath, and eating a slice of (low-carb) bread can help make your breath smell better.

  6. Apple Cider Vinegar – Gargling half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with one cup of water can help reduce or eliminate bad breath, and any aftertaste of smelly food.

  7. Baking Soda – Another mouthwash alternative, gargling water with baking soda is a proven natural way of fighting bad breath.

  8. Yogurt – Eating yogurt doesn’t automatically remove bad breath, but eating it regularly can help reduce bad breath. Yogurt can cut back the bacteria in your mouth since it helps reduce odor-causing hydrogen sulfide.

  9. Water – Drinking a lot of water regularly can keep your breath stay fresh. Water can help flush away pieces of food in your mouth that bacteria feed upon. It also promotes the production of saliva that serves as a cleansing agent in your mouth.

Of course, you have to clean your mouth regularly and thoroughly.  It is the simplest way to avoid getting bad breath since not only kills the bacteria that cause halitosis, but also great for your oral health.

Brushing is not enough as there are bits of food that can get stuck to the nooks and crannies of your mouth. You also have to floss and clean your tongue.

Here’s a great video showing you a few more tips to get rid of your bad breath:

However, if the bad odor from your mouth persists, it’s best to consult with your dentist for any underlying cause.

Now, check out some fun facts about teeth that you didn’t know by clicking here.

All Natural Toothpaste Recipe

all natural toothpaste recipeLooking for an all natural toothpaste recipe?

You’re smart if you are – I’ve written before about how by simply removing sugar and phytates from your diet can actually go a long way to prevent or reverse cavities.

But there may be ingredients lurking in your conventionally bought toothpaste that can be doing your teeth harm even though they’re touted as good.

To start, fluoride is a major issue these days. Flouride has always been given to people in water, in pills, and in toothpaste to help strengthen teeth. Heck, I even took fluoride pills as a kid.

Fluoride, a toxic chemical that has not actually been shown to reduce tooth decays in almost all brands of toothpaste these days. Fluoride also has been associated with thyroid damage.

It’s not worth the risk if you ask me.

Conventional toothpastes that claim to be all natural, despite being free of fluoride, often contain sulfites or sulfates or glycerin, which can prevent teeth from remineralizing.

Knowing all this, why not take the time to make your own natural toothpaste?

My All Natural Toothpaste Recipe

This recipe tastes pretty good and gets your teeth and gums perfectly clean, without the nasty toxins in conventional toothpaste.

All Natural Toothpaste Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2-3 TBSP baking soda
  • 2 small packets Stevia
  • 15-20 drops peppermint essential oil

Easy, right?

Here’s what you do with the ingredients:

  1. Melt coconut oil until soft.
  2. Mix in remaining ingredients and stir well.
  3. Put toothpaste into small glass jar.
  4. Let cool completely.
  5. When brushing teeth, simply dip toothbrush in and pull out a small amount of toothpaste.
  6. Brush as usual and rinse.

Benefits of Using This All Natural Toothpaste Recipe

There are many benefits to making a toothpaste recipe for you and your family right at home.

1. Inexpensive

The ingredients used in this recipe don’t cost very much per serving. Conventionally bought toothpaste can be sold for as much as $5 and a family of 4 will blast through that in no time.

This toothpaste recipe will likely cost you about $3 per jar.

2. Will whiten your teeth

Coconut oil and baking soda and renewed for making your teeth whiter by removing the stains from foods and beverages you’ve consumed.

3. Is antibacterial.

Coconut oil is a well known antibacterial agent. We discussed this when I discussed the benefits of oil pulling using coconut oil.

Making a toothpaste with coconut oil at home is one more way to make sure your teeth and gums don’t have any nasty bacteria lurking around on them – even ones conventional toothpaste could have left behind.

4. Contains no toxins.

Store bought toothpaste contains Fluoride, a toxic chemical added to our water and toothpaste for the sake of better teeth and gum health. The issue is that there are no scientific studies proving that Fluoride has any benefit to our oral health at all.

There is a theory that as a society we simply have an excess of Fluoride we need to dispose of, so the government decided to add it to our water supply and claim that they were doing us a big favor.

This caused toothpaste manufacturers to hop on board and add it to their products.

To learn more about the fluoridation conspiracy check out this video:

5. Will freshen your breath.

A good toothpaste will not only clean your teeth but leave your mouth feeling fresh and will get rid of bad breath naturally.

As you can see, there are many benefits to using this all natural toothpaste recipe. Make some at home for your family and give it a shot!

Natural Ways to Whiten Your Teeth

natural ways to whiten teethLet’s face it – no one likes to visit the dentist.

So, if I could share with you natural ways to whiten your teeth at home without having to come in to the dentist office wouldn’t your ears perk up?

I thought so.

Over time, the foods and beverages we consume can really do a number on our teeth, causing changes in the enamel and dentin on our teeth.

Plenty of people visit their dentist to whiten their teeth, but did you know there were natural ways to whiten your teeth?

These natural whitening methods are inexpensive and can be worked into your daily routine right at home.

The only caveat to not using your dentist to whiten your teeth is that it may take a little bit longer to see results from your efforts.

Natural Ways to Whiten Your Teeth

Here are a list of 5 ways to whiten your teeth naturally without visiting your dentist.

1. Brush after eating and drinking.

It’s probably no surprise that many of the food and beverages we consume stain our teeth. This is the number one reason why people come to my dentist office to have their teeth whitened.

Many are coffee and black tea drinkers, two of the biggest culprits. Wine can also stain teeth as can cigarette smoking (not a food or beverage but still a big one).

Tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar, fruit juices, sweets with sugar and fruit in them can all stain your teeth.

To prevent staining form happening in the first place, and minimize any further staining, it is best to develop the habit of brushing your teeth after you eat or drink these items.

Try brushing with this all natural toothpaste recipe.

2. Try activated charcoal.

Activated charcoal is a highly absorbent substance that, when placed on your teeth, will adhere many of the toxins in your mouth and removes stains.

Often used as a substance to ward off poisoning, brushing your teeth with activated charcoal will leave your teeth clean and smooth.

To use it simply add a small amount to your mouth or toothbrush with a little water and brush for about 2 minutes. Spit, rinse, and enjoy your clean and whiter teeth.

3. Brush with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.

Baking soda is an abrasive substance so it will essentially scrub off the stains left on your teeth by food and drinks we discussed above. Mix a small amount of baking soda with hydrogen peroxide until it forms a very liquid paste.

You don’t want too much baking soda as it can permanently damage the enamel on your teeth.

Check out this video on how to brush with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide and see how it worked for this woman:

The one thing you need to be aware of when whitening your teeth at home is that it will take a little bit longer to see results than if you simply came into the dentist office and had it done in a few hours.

These natural ways to whiten your teeth are easier and more cost effective then getting it done by a dentist but you will have to commit to using your chosen strategy every single day for a minimum of 30 days before you judge weather or not they are working or not.

I have faith that you will see a difference and will love how they whiten your teeth naturally.

How to Heal a Cavity Naturally

how to heal a cavity naturallyIf you’re anything like me, you’d do just about anything to avoid getting a cavity, and therefore, having to visit a dentist to get that cavity filled.

There’s nothing fun about having a tooth drilled and filled.

Did you know that if you already have a cavity that there are ways to actually heal the cavity without a visit to your dentist?

Let me share with you how…

How to Heal a Cavity Naturally

Here are 5 tips for healing a cavity naturally without needing to visit the dentist for a filling.

1. Remove sugar from your diet.

You probably already know this one, but too much sugar in the diet, especially soda and other sugary drinks, is probably the number one reason I see people in my office for fillings.

Especially in kids.

By cutting out sugar, or at the very least, cutting way back on your consumption, you will remove the biggest cause of cavities and greatly decrease your risk of needing a filling.

As I’ve mentioned, soda and fruit juices are a big source of sugar. Try switching to water and green tea to stay hydrated.

Desserts such as, cakes, cookies, pies, candies, etc are also responsible for cavity formation. These foods also contribute to diabetes, cancer, and heart disease so it wouldn’t just be cavity risk you’d be decreasing by avoiding these foods.

Not to mention they greatly increase your waistline!

2. Remove phytic acid from your diet.

Phytic acid is a mineral blocker found in grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes and can also cause cavities.

Grains are probably the food group that we consume the most now a days – bread, pasta, rice, corn. They’re cheap and easy to prepare, but at a cost to our health, including our oral health.

Phytic acid will leach minerals out of your teeth making them weaker and more susceptible to cavities.

3. Use mineralizing toothpaste.

This is a great way to rebuild the minerals and strength of your teeth – make your own toothpaste!

Here’s a great recipe:

  • 4 TBSP coconut oil
  • 2 TBSP baking soda
  • 1/8 TSP Stevia
  • 20 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 20 drops trace minerals

Using a natural toothpaste recipe can save you money and assure you’re getting all the minerals you need for your teeth without any additives that may be harming your health.

4. Try oil pulling.

Oil pulling isn’t new, but it has recently become more well known in the health and wellness industry.

Oil pulling is simply taking a scoop of coconut oil in your mouth and swishing it around, pulling it through your teeth, for about 20 minutes. Then spit out and rinse your mouth.

It is an easy task, but you may be wondering how to do that for so long.

I recommend doing it while you’re watching TV so you can be distracted. If you are super busy and you don’t get much TV time, then try it while you’re doing the dishes, laundry, mopping the floors or other tedious task that you don’t have to think too much about.

Oil pulling is also one of the natural ways to whiten your teeth.

For a more detailed description of how to do oil pulling check out this video:

That’s how to heal a cavity naturally in only 4 steps.

Start by incorporating one of these steps into your life and slowly work in the rest one at a time, until you are doing all four.

Not only will you prevent any cavities in the future from forming, but you may very well heal a cavity you currently have without having to visit that nasty dentist for a filling!