Oral cancer is a highly prevalent health concern in Australia today. At least three people are diagnosed with this deadly disease each day. However, a recent survey revealed that despite its prevalence, very few people are actually aware of oral cancer. The lack of awareness largely contributes to the low survival rate for oral cancer.
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is at the very heart good oral healthcare. For most people, brushing gets easier when the right kind of toothbrush is used. But what is the right kind of toothbrush? And just what is it that makes a toothbrush right, in the first place? For most people, it’s a combination of shape, size, and bristles.
Most dentists recommend toothbrushes with soft bristles to people who have (a) sensitive teeth, (b) are suffering from periodontal anomalies, or (c) are recovering from any surgical dental procedure.
While there are those who just happen to prefer soft-bristled toothbrush, most people who don’t have sensitive teeth or gum problems tend to go for firmer-bristled toothbrush. This mostly stems from an unfounded belief that firmer bristled-toothbrushes remove plaque better than soft-bristled ones.
Truth be told, however, early stage dental decay can be prevented rather easily if you religiously keep a rigorous dental healthcare regimen. Moreover, you can further reduce the risk of being afflicted with dental cavities mainly by paying attention to the following—
Food and drinks that tend to stick onto your dental surfaces. Food and beverages that cling onto your teeth tends to provide mouth-dwelling bacteria the nourishment that are eventually excreted as highly-acidic byproducts, which ravages the dental enamel.
Researchers have just recently compared different types of dental floss. This study was carried out with the sole purpose of determining whether or not there exists particular advantages between different types of dental floss.
As it turns out, there isn’t any. At least, there is not a single substantial and observable difference that makes one particular type of dental floss superior to another. If there is anything that this particular study was able to prove, it is that all dental floss are relatively equal when it comes to removing loose food particles and bacteria buildup in the hard to reach corners of the teeth.
Fluorosis results from overconsumption of and overexposure to fluoride while the adult set of teeth is being formed. This dental anomaly is is usually characterized by white or brown spots that discolor the outer surface of the dental enamel. This cosmetic dental anomaly ranges from minor changes in color to prominent dental enamel irregularities. Fluorosis usually does not appear until after the tooth has broken through the gums.
While undesirable, fluorosis is considered as a cosmetic dental solution and not a disease. In most cases of fluorosis, the discoloration can be very mild that it takes a professional pair of eyes to see it. Most documented cases of this cosmetic dental anomaly stems from taking fluoride supplement and swallowing fluoride heavy toothpaste out of habit when the drinking water is already fluoridated.
Mild cases of fluorosis barely show any visible symptoms. More often than not, symptoms are only visible to the trained eyes of a dental professional. Moderate fluorosis usually has more visible symptoms. Moderate cases of fluorosis often produce white discolored lines, streaks, and spots.
Frequent the oral health section of your local pharmacy and supermarket and you will be confronted with a wide range of mouthwash products. Mouthwashes and mouth rinses come in all shapes and sizes, so to speak. But from the consumer’s point-of-view, there are only 3 basic types of mouthwash products. These being fluoride rinses, cosmetic breath fresheners, and anti-plaque rinses.
Fluoride rinses helps in the active prevention of dental decay. Fluoride has long been added to the public water supply because of its ability to remineralize the dental enamel. Virtually the hardest substance in the human body, the dental enamels make for the white outer surfaces of your teeth.
Not too many people require fluoride rinses as a good part of the population is already exposed to fluoridated water and toothpaste.
Ever since 2005, Chilean researchers have been on a quest to put a finger on the very molecule that eradicates Streptococcus mutans- a highly resilient strain of bacteria that is considered to be the leading cause of dental caries and tooth decay. 7 years later, this very same team of Chilean researchers discovered the “Keep 32” molecule, which when incorporated into toothpaste and other dental products can help you keep all of your 32 teeth.
Yale University molecular biologist Jose Cordova and Universidad de Chille Eric Astudillo, who spearheaded the study, remarks that the Keep 32 molecule tends to eliminate the Streptococcus mutans in under 60 seconds, thereby effectively reducing dental decay.
The Keep 32 molecule has now become part of a much larger body of research that is centered on reducing the growth of Streptococcus mutans. In November of 2011, for instance, a team of researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles released that involved 12 participants.