Monday, April 27, 2015

Amazing Facts...

·        The Statue of Liberty’s mouth is 3 feet wide
·        A sneeze speeds out of the mouth at over 600 mph
·        If you don’t floss, you miss cleaning 35% of your tooth surfaces
·        If you're right handed, you will chew your food on your right side. If you're left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side

·        The second most common disease in the United States is tooth decay. The first is the common cold

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Amazing Tongue Facts!

A human tongue contains eight muscles.

The tongue has five elements of taste perception: salty, sour, bitter, sweet, savory. All five can be tasted on all parts of the tongue.

The human tongue has on average 3,000 to 10,000 taste buds.

The taste buds on our tongue cannot taste food until saliva has moistened it.

On average, women have shorter tongues than men.

The blue whale has the largest tongue of all animals -- a blue whale tongue weighs about 2.7 metric tons!

A dog’s tongue actually increases in size as the dog exercises due to greater blood flow, and moisture on the tongue works to cool the dog.

In America, it’s considered rude to stick out your tongue at someone. In Tibet, however, it’s considered a greeting.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Science Sides With Coffee And Red Wine Lovers

Just in time for holiday parties comes good dental news about coffee and red wine.

In the fight against periodontal disease, coffee may be a great tool. Researchers at Boston University have determined that coffee and its antioxidants may actually have protective effects against periodontal disease. More research needs to be conducted, but for those who love their “cuppa joe,” coffee looks promising as a healthful indulgence.

Wine enthusiasts may also smile thanks to a study done recently by Spanish and Swiss scientists that points to red wine as having antimicrobial effects on oral bacteria. The findings suggest that a little red wine may be good for teeth by being bad news for oral bacteria.

Moreover, the study results could lead to the development of natural products made from grape seed extracts that will help fight dental decay.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

A Healthy Mouth Is Good For The Body

The links between good oral health and a healthy body continue to grow in number. Here are just a few of the latest findings:

Colorectal Cancers: Researchers say they have uncovered an oral bacteria that can set off a chain reaction leading to cancers of the bowel. Called fusobacteria, this microbe can cause an overactive immune response that may actually turn on cancer growth genes

Scientists hope that the identification of fusobacteria may lead to earlier detection and perhaps ways to combat the disease by eliminating the bacteria.

Oral Cancers: Chronic gum disease  may leave the mouth more susceptible to cancers of the mouth, head and neck. In several studies, patients whose gum disease had no or minimal treatment were shown to have a higher risk of developing such cancers.

Dementia: Poor oral care or the presence of gum disease may lead to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. Researchers reported that elderly folks who brushed their teeth less than once a day were up to 65% more likely to develop dementia than those who brushed regularly.  Studies have also shown that people with Alzheimer’s have more gum disease-related bacteria in their brains than people without Alzheimer’s.

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