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Acid Attack – Are Your Teeth In Danger?

Your teeth may be at risk. Did you know that consuming acidic foods and drinks can lead to acid erosion of your teeth? Once softened by acid exposure, your tooth enamel becomes weakened and can be more easily worn away, even by just brushing your teeth! If you tend to grind your teeth at night, you can quickly do some serious damage.

Often the first sign of this problem is increased sensitivity to cold air or liquids. Bouts of acid exposure will open up the pores on your teeth, and any areas of dentin exposure, such as root surfaces, can become very sensitive.

Teeth softened by acid are much more vulnerable to decay. That can mean a lot of intensive dental treatment.

Serious damage from acid does not happen with a single exposure, and your teeth have some capacity to recover (re-mineralize). However, many repeated exposures can lead to severe, irreversible destruction of your teeth.

This is HUGE problem. I'm very alarmed by how much acid erosion and the resulting tooth sensitivity I'm seeing.

And most people have absolutely NO IDEA that it's happening to them.
This is a Real Threat …

In the past few years, I have seen more and more patients who are presenting with this problem. One patient in particular, she was a new patient to my practice. Her teeth were worn right down to their gum line! Ouch! I also noticed that many younger adults who consume large quantities of cola drinks and their teeth were being decimated by tooth decay (more on that issue later).

This problem of acid erosion is not just age specific. I see a LOT of it in all ages, and it seems to be getting worse every year. Sure, people are living longer and keeping their natural teeth. Yet, that still does not explain all the damage I'm seeing.
Beware the acid bombs!

A key factor in this "epidemic" of acid damage is our modern diet. Many of the foods and drinks that we consume contain highly elevated levels of acid.
Acids commonly added to our food include citric acid, acetic acid (vinegar), and phosphoric acid – all of which can significantly harm your enamel. So make sure you read the ingredients label.

Why are these difficulties being added?
In most cases, to assist in preservation. It's widespread within the food industry.
Benzoic acid and its salt forms (sodium benzoate, potassium benzoate, etc.) are among the most widely used food preservatives in the world. It's cheap and very effective. Prolonged shelf life translates into higher profits. In the food industry, it is used in wide range of items from jams, juices and salad dressings to ice cream, soft drinks and candies. It's also used in toothpaste, mouthwash, and as a rust inhibitor in anti-freeze.

Being weakly acidic, benzoic acid will not harm your enamel directly. This chemical's conservative effect is pH dependent – it works best in a low pH (acidic) environment. Other strong acids are being added to food and beverage products to establish a low enough pH for this conservative to work. Many food substances, such as soft drinks, ice cream, and candies, are being acidified (juiced up) this way. That's the big, hidden acid spike many of us are being hit with!

On a further note, benzoic acid can combine with ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
to form benzene – a known carcinogen. Vitamin C is often added to food or beverage products as an anti-oxidant. These two ingredients are still being used together in a wide range of beverages through the World (fortunately banned in North America). Another good reason to read those ingrediological labels.
Watch out for the Double Dose!

A high sugar and strong acid combo make some of these food and beverages particularly devastating for your teeth. Bacteria in your mouth can aggressively metabolize any available sugar to produce lactic acid. That means your teeth will be exposed to even more acid. That's why a lot of children have re occurring decay. They regularly got hit with a double dose of acid from all the cola drinks they drink!

Diet drinks may be marginally easier on your teeth, but some sugar substitutes (aspartame) can add an extra punch to the acid attack on our bodies.

More than Just Our Teeth …
The harm from overexposure to acid only begins with our teeth. These synthetic "acid bombs" we're consuming can alter our internal chemistry and dramatically affect our overall health.

Our bodies will attempt to compensate for this excess dietary acid, but at a price. Our alkaline reserves are gradually being depleted, and as that happens, we start suffering from the many consequences of chronic acidosis.

The following are some of the dangerous effects of chronic acidosis …
* Minerals (mainly calcium) are leeched from our organs and bones to neutralize the excess acid. As calcium is leeched from our bones, we can always suffer from osteoporosis.
* Our kidneys are overburdened by the acid buildup and experience higher incidence of kidney stones.
* Digestion sufferers because excess systemic acid can inhibit the production of stomach acid as well as the alkalizing salts from the gall bladder and pancreas. We're left with poorly digested, acidic food in our intestine that brings on cramping, bloating and risk of intestinal infections.
* Capillary blood flow slows down and the removal of acid waste on a cellular level is blocked, increasing the effects of cellular aging and raising the risk of cellular transmutation (cancer).
* Acid accumulation in the pancreas interfereses with insulin production, leading to diabetes.
* Our energy levels drop off and we suffer from chronic fatigue.
* Fat accumulates around our vital organs (to protect them) and we put on extra weight.
Chronic acidosis has been cited as the hidden but deadly disease that's the primary cause of many of the serious ailments we suffer from. Dr. Leigh Connealy states "Acidosis literally destroys the body from the inside out, paving the way for disease to take over.

Watch Out for These Acidic Foods!
Soft drinks (including lemon iced-tea)
Sports drinks – Gatorade, Powerade, etc.
Energy Drinks – Red Bull, Full Throttle, etc.
Citrus Fruits – lemons, limes, grapefruit, etc.
Fruit salad
Fruit juices – lemonade, grapefruit, orange, apple, cranberry, etc.
Chewable Vitamin C (never suck on them)
Candies (particularly sour candies)
Vinegar-based products such as salad dressing and ketchup
White or red wine
The Bottom Line: Loss of enamel is progressive. If left to advance, your teeth may become severely compromised.

What You Can Do:

* Be alarmed. Take this seriously and do not let your teeth become casualties in the food wars. Pay attention to ingredients and start limiting your exposure to acidic food and beverages.
* Get real. Call junk food it what is, not a "special treat" that you've earned. Avoid associating "comfort" with bad food choices. Try choosing healthy snack alternatives such as nuts and raw veggies
* Stop the pop! Find healthy alternatives, such as mineral water. If you do indulge, limit the frequency, time length, and concentration of acid exposure.
* Cut out the candy. Tame your sweet tooth before addiction consumes you. Sour candies, being dosed up with citric, malic, and / or tartaric acids, are extra nasty.
* Limit your exposure time. Eating or drinking something slowly throughout the day will do more harm than one big exposure.
* Water your juices down. Many juices have concentrated sugar and acid content, to the point that they can not even quench your thirst. Consider adding at least half water (2/3 is my preference). Stay away from lemon iced-tea.
* Good Hygiene. Maintain brushing & flossing habits. Be sure to use fluoridated toothpaste to help strengthen your teeth. Avoid brushing your teeth immediately after consuming acidic foods or drinks, as this is when enamel is at its softest and most likely to be damaged. Simply rinse with water instead.
* We can help. Stay healthy and keep your teeth for life by keeping up your hygiene visits. We'll keep tabs on acid damage. If the damage is already significant, we can help restore & protect the affected teeth with options such as bonding, porcelain veneers, or crowns.

Source by Greg Prior, DDS


Dental Implants: The Procedure and Benefits

Dental implants, typically made of titanium, are used to restore teeth that are missing. The implants are placed in the root of the missing tooth and are fused into the actual bone. This is done with an incision in the gums, followed by the actual insertion of the implant. Once the dental implant is inserted, the gums are sewn up and time is given to allow the gums and bone to heal appropriately. The healing process can take several months, but it is essential that the bone and implant are strong enough to hold the prosthetic tooth in place.

The Consultation

Before any procedures can begin, a person must consult with their dentist. During the initial consultation, the dentist, and often times a periodontist, will examine the area that needs the implant. While examining the mouth, they will ensure that there is enough bone to support the procedure. If there is not enough bone, there is always the option of having a bone graft. Other causes for not being a candidate include some medical conditions, but this varies drastically between patients.

Dental Implant Benefits

Unlike dentures or bridges, dental implants are much more permanent. While bridges are also permanent, they are readily on the surrounding teeth to stay in place. However, implants are seen as the absolute best type of prosthetic teeth. Since they are placed into the root of the missing tooth they replace, they are a much more natural replacement for the real tooth.

Aesthetically speaking, dental implants look and feel exactly like real teeth; without telling another person, there is virtually no way for a person to determine that the implant is not real. Bridges alter the surrounding teeth that they are anchored to. This can cause other teeth to start becoming damaged as a consequence. Since dental implants only replace a single tooth at a time and are placed in the tooth's root, they do not have any adverse effects on the natural teeth or gums.


The dental implants will act as real teeth. This means that they will need to be brushed frequently and have all of the proper dental care associated with natural teeth. Plaque can build up on the new teeth and must be thoroughly removed or it can lessen the longevity of the prosthetic tooth.

Financing and Cost

Depending on the area of ‚Äč‚Äčreplacement, dentist pricing and insurance, a single tooth replacement can cost from $ 900 – $ 3,000. If dental insurance will not cover the procedure, there are often financing options available. Some dentists will accept payments or have a list of third-party companies who will finance the procedure and require monthly payments.

For people with missing teeth, having a dental implant can mean the difference between having a confident smile or one that is hidden from the world. Not only will they allow a person to be confident in their smile, but they will once again be able to chew their food in the relocation area. This, along with general gum health improvements, provides an unmatched benefit of having dental implants done.

Source by Jeff Molenda


Healthy Teeth and Gums With the Power of Subliminal Messages

Being negligent towards oral care can result in weakened gums, yellowing teeth and frequent visits to the dentist. Good dental care habits last, if they are adopted early on in life, otherwise one may end up developing a lackadaisical attitude towards oral care which results in years of neglect. People realize their mistake only after their teeth acquire an ugly yellow color or when painful gums and week teeth take away the joy from eating. The only option left then is to become best buddies with your dentist or so people think! Actually, there is another option which most of us may not be aware of and that is listening to subliminal messages.

What are subliminal messages and how do they work?

Our subconscious is extremely powerful and is believed to influence all our mind and body functions. Subliminal messages work as they are said to have the power to influence and reprogram the subconscious. These messages may be in the form of text, video or audio. The most commonly used instruments for transmitting subliminal messages are audio cds. Soundtracks in these cds come packaged with subliminal messages. They could be embedded in music or could be played in reverse (mixed with music). People who believe in their power claim that listening to subliminal messages repeatedly can influence your subconscious mind in such a way that it:

  • Directs your body's natural resources to your teeth and gums, which means that your mind will focus on providing extra blood flow, nutrition and energy to your teeth to naturally improve their condition.
  • Makes you more conscious about your teeth ie you will no longer be lazy and skip on cleansing your teeth and you will care much more about the condition of your teeth.

Do remember not expect instant results; after listening to a subliminal message you will not wake up with pearly white teeth the very next morning! It will take time, patience, persistence and effort to acquire healthy teeth and gums, subliminal messages will only give your mind and body a push in the right direction.

Source by Dan Bainbridge


Danger – Opalescence Teeth Whitening Gel Risks

Opalescence teeth whitening gel is one of the most popular and trusted teeth bleaching products. This bleaching product is clinical proven to whiten teeth, building up the hardness of the enamel and reduce the risk of sensitive teeth.

To ensure the maximum benefit and to avoid danger with this whitening product, I wanted to high light, the 35% PF carbamide peroxide opalescence gel is the most powerful, there fore should only be used with professional created trays or molds.

Opalescence sticky formula, the gel will stick to teeth and not see out over the molds irritating the gums.

The benefits of using opalescence teeth whitening gel are

1. This is a clinical proven teeth whitening gel
2. Simple to use and apply
3. Sticky formula, stops gel seeping over mold and irritating gums
4. Patented formula minimizes sensitivity
5. Available in 4 strengths
6. Affordable method to whiten teeth
7. Hardens the enamel and reduces the risks of cavities.

Danger, the maximum strength 35% PF Opalescence Gel should only be used with professional fitted trays. Although opalescence has a patented sticky formula, the maximum strength gel will irritate gums if not used with the molds that fit the teeth perfectly.

This teeth whitening gel has a patented formula which will reduce the risks of decay and cavities, and minimize sensitivity.

Available in 3 flavors to suit individual tastes and in 4 concentrates which is very effective for those difficult to remove and treat stains. There are many reason why our teeth will stain, growing older, drinking coffee, red wine and smoking. Brushing and flossing regularly will help to keep teeth clean and white.

Source by Ronnie Burkemore


Semen Can Whiten Your Teeth – Fact Or Fiction?

Can semen really whiten your teeth? Is semen good for teeth? Information about whether ejaculated human sperm can help make your teeth whiter.

Before we can make any assumptions on whether does semen whiten the teeth, the following facts should be known about ejaculate human semen before judging or coming to any conclusions.

The human semen contains a variety of ingredients, which mainly include sperm (containing DNA), citric acid, fructose, ascorbic acid, water, magnesium, enzymes, nitrogen, chlorine, potassium, creatine vitamin B12, cholesterol, phosphate, bicarbonate buffers, zinc and calcium. These are all essential for reproduction and have their own individual roles to play in the whole reproductive process, among them; calcium and zinc are held by some to be useful for the teeth, but there are no scientific proof to support that they help when it comes to whitening the teeth.

Furthermore, a comparison study between the ingredients inside a tooth whitening product and semen will give us a knowledge about the effect of the latter as a tooth whitener.

Hydrogen peroxides, hydrated silica, polyvinylpyrrolidone, potassium nitrate, calprox, baking soda, fluoride, strontium chloride and sodium tripolyphosphate are the main ingredients which are commonly found in different teeth whiteners on the market. The bleaching chemicals and ingredients mentioned above are not found in semen, because potassium and phosphates are present there, non of them are in the proper combination with other elements which can aid in whitening the teeth. Therefore it can safely be assumed that a teeth whitening toothpaste is a much better option, rather than depending on semen to do it.

However, semen ingestion is known to lower stress and raise the women's mood due to its sugar based enzymes, and a recent study also shows that selenium, an ingredient found in semen may also serve in protection against cancer, but as far as whitening of the teeth is concerned, semen does not seem to be promising at all. It would be advisable to go for a laser clinical tooth whitening session or purchase a professional at home teeth whitening kit if you want to be through about it. Any of these will give you better results, greater assurance and a whiter, brighter smile than semen.

Source by Lee Tuan James