Probiotics are the good germs that hang out in the digestive system to protect us against harmful germs.
Found in foods such as yogurt, they are recommended by health practitioners to ensure a healthy gut.
Dental probiotics and gut probiotics share a common goal which is to promote good bacteria.
American dentists and hygienists are now recommending dental probiotics to promote healthy bacterial balance in the mouth.
Dental probiotic tablets are taken twice a day for 10 days after a professional cleaning appointment then once a day thereafter.
Time-poor folks struggle to balance work, family, social commitments and finding time to clean their teeth in the bathroom.
Some prefer to floss at the computer, in front of the television or while riding the exercise bike.
Others use a power toothbrush in the shower and tiny brushes between teeth instead of floss.
They use fluoride toothpaste when they can brush and fluoride mouthwash when they can’t.
It’s time to think outside the square and work smarter to keep your beautiful smile in tip-top shape no matter where you are.
So which is more important - morning or night? Both are, actually.
Very little saliva is produced as we sleep at night to trap the germs so it’s party time in the mouth.
Just think of it as schoolies’ week in your mouth every night.
When we clean before bed, we reduce the number of party-goers while brushing in the morning is like cleaning up after the big event.
So don’t rush your brush and turn schoolies’ week into a safe night’s sleep.
Saliva is proving to be the perfect choice for in-office dental testing to detect diseases early and monitor health.
Testing saliva is easy, comfortable and quick.
A salivary diagnostics company is now offering two tests for periodontal (gum) disease for Canadian dental patients.
One test identifies the type and concentration of bacteria in the mouth known to cause gum disease.
The other identifies the patient’s genetic susceptibility to the disease. Better the devil you know, as they say.
Bad breath is most often caused by a dry mouth and a coated tongue.
However those with bad breath are usually the last to know.
The tongue holds more germs than any other part of your mouth.
The smelly germs are easy to see: check the back and centre of your tongue for a white or yellow build-up.
A tongue scraper to clean the tongue is less likely to trigger a gag reflex than a brush.
Just exhale as you scrape from back to front and you’ll breathe easy again.
Here’s a tip from a patient who has sensitive teeth due to enamel loss and gum recession.
A month before her regular appointment for a professional cleaning, she brushes her teeth twice a day with sensitive toothpaste.
She spits but doesn’t rinse so the ingredients can be absorbed into the tooth surface to plug the tubules and desensitize the nerve endings.
She swears by it and says her scaling and polishing are always comfortable.
Tooth sensitivity has many causes but it can happen when we graze on acidic foods and drinks all the day.
It’s called dental erosion or acid wear and there’s a solution for sensitive teeth — Tooth Mousse.
It’s a cream that puts minerals back in your teeth.
As well it neutralises the acidic pH in your mouth and desensitises your teeth.
It tastes yummy and it’s available at Cameron & Co.
Chewing sugar free gum is a great way to stimulate saliva and avoid tooth decay but be careful which one you chew.
Steer clear of the sugar free gums that are lemon, lime or fruit-flavoured.
They often contain foods acids such as Citric Acid #330.
Frequent consumption or prolonged contact of acids leads to dental erosion or acid wear.
Bottom line — check the ingredients list and if in doubt, go for the minty sugar free varieties.
There’s a new product on supermarket shelves: tiny bottles of fruit-flavoured water enhancer or flavour drops.
They’re sugar-free liquid concentrates which you squirt into water and are handy to carry so you can customize your water whenever you like.
The bad news is that the ingredients list shows that they contain acids including Citric Acid #330 which is especially bad for teeth.
Sipping an acidic drink all day will slowly dissolve and soften the enamel on your teeth which can pose a serious risk for your smile.
Periodontal (gum) disease has been linked to poor health outcomes such as diabetes and heart disease.
Now evidence is growing that gum disease may be a risk factor for dementia too. Researchers have tracked the health of men and women in a 6 month survey in the UK.
They found that those with Alzheimer’s disease declined 6 times faster if they had gum disease.
Your mouth is close to your heart, lungs and brain so keeping your mouth healthy may help reduce other diseases too.