Friday, February 28, 2014

Some “tooth facts” about our favorite holiday animals:

Here are some “tooth facts” about our favorite holiday animals:

Reindeer only have front teeth on their bottom jaw. On the top, instead of teeth, they have a bony plate that helps them grind their food. Reindeer are primarily plant eaters. They like reindeer moss, which grows in very cold climates. Reindeer also enjoy eating the leaves of willow and birch trees.

Rabbits have four “incisors,” two on top and two on the bottom. Incisors are large front teeth used to cut into food. They also have “cheek teeth,” which they use to grind their food (and that also gives them a cute, plump face) . Rabbits are “herbivores” which means they eat only plants, such as grasses and vegetables -- especially carrots!

Turkeys have a beak instead of teeth. But just because they don’t have teeth doesn’t mean they don’t eat. Turkeys use their beak to break off food and to pick up pieces of grain. They have strong tongues that they use to guide the food to the back of their throat -- and they swallow.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

An Ancient Dental Health Culprit

In examining ancient human dental problems, scientists have discovered an unusual cause for the erosion of tooth enamel: dust.

By looking at worn tooth surfaces, researchers have found that quartz dust was a significant cause of enamel microwear. In particular, our East African ancestors may have suffered enamel abrasion from dust storms, especially from particles carried in the seasonal winds of the Arabian peninsula.

These results may alter scientists’ understanding of how microwear reflects dietary habits. Our ancestors’ environment (dust storms and droughts) may actually have had as significant an impact on dental health as did their diet.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Let’s Talk Wine and Cheese

Just in time for the season of parties, comes news about two buffet table staples: wine and cheese.

If you’re one of Dr. Neuhaus’ many patients who do whitening treatments, be careful of red wine. In fact, if it’s between a coffee beverage or red wine, dental researchers in Sao Paulo, Brazil suggest you choose the coffee. In a study, the scientists looked at human molars exposed to coffee and red wine both during and after whitening treatments.

During the treatments, remineralization of the enamel with artificial saliva and then a subsequent bleaching session was effective in preventing enamel staining. But, once the whitening treatments stopped, both coffee and wine did cause enamel color changes -- and the wine did more damage than did coffee.

When it comes to cheese, go right ahead and enjoy. It seems that consuming cheese and other dairy products may actually help protect teeth against cavities.

According to a study recently published in General Dentistry, people who eat cheese show a rise in plaque pH -- and that’s a good thing. A pH level lower than 5.5 puts a person at risk for tooth erosion. Researchers believe that the rise in pH levels from eating cheese may occur due to increased saliva production, possibly caused by the action of chewing. And, various compounds in cheese may adhere to tooth enamel, further protecting teeth from acid.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Whitening ...Fast Facts

  • Whitening has the best risk/benefit of any dental procedure.
  • Nine out of 10 patients can successfully whiten their teeth.
  • More than 300 published articles attest to the safety of dentist dispensed whitening materials.

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