Whether or not mercury amalgam fillings are safe for the body or not is an argument that has been going on ever since its inception nearly 200 years ago. However there are some facts about dental amalgam that simply cannot be ignored or refuted. Facts that may mean when it comes to choice of filling materials we as dentists (and you as the patient) should think again about using amalgam.
In this article Dr Rachel Hall Holistic dentist shares about what foods increase your risk for dental decay and why. Now you may be thinking “oh here we go another lecture on the evil of sugar” but in fact you’ll be surprised to find that sugar is not the only food that makes teeth prone to decay.
This is part 2 of a 3 part series exploring the role that diet and nutrition plays in our ability to prevent tooth decay. In part 1 Dr Rachel Hall explored how our diets have an impact on whether our teeth are prone to decay or not, and particularly how the system called dentinal fluid flow is responsible for helping to make our teeth decay resistant. This article will focus on what foods prevent tooth decay and support greate
Teeth decay because we eat too much sugar. Right?
While this is true, it only partly explains what is going on in the body. If the cause of tooth decay were so simple we could prevent tooth decay by not eating sugar. Yet we know that it is not as easy as this. There are many exceptions to the rule that sugar causes tooth decay, for example, we see tooth decay in individuals who do not consume a lot of sugar and little or no tooth decay in those who do.
"The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine, or a slow form of poison"
• Have perfect blood sugar
• Consume fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K
• Minimise sugar and carbohydrate intake
Once you've mastered tooth brushing 101, it's time to hone your skills and become a tooth brushing superstar. This is especially important if you are one of those people whose dentist or hygienist tells you “you brush too hard” or you have sensitive teeth and gums.
To learn how to brush your teeth like a superstar we need to get the basics of cleaning your teeth right first before adding some extras that will make you an expert.
Oral hygiene is a key component when it comes to having attractive, healthy looking teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing regularly and effectively keeps your teeth clean, free from stains, plaque and tartar build up, helps keep the gums in good condition and reduces your risk for dental decay and gum disease.
Did you know that most of the nasty and often stinky bacteria in your mouth live on your tongue? If you want to avoid or beat bad breath then cleaning your tongue with a tongue scraper and not your toothbrush is the way to go.
Follow these steps to make sure you clean your tongue effectively: