Archive for the ‘ Prevention of Oral Disease ’ Category

Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Preventing it may save your life – or your child’s

Evidence of the association of periodontal disease, sometimes called “gum disease”,  with general health issues is overwhelming. Studies at the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information), a division of the NIH (National Institute of Health), clearly delineate the association of gum disease with cardiovascular issues, diabetes and pregnancy: “Robust evidence shows the association of periodontal […]

Sodium Fluoride vs. Stannous Fluoride: Which is Best for Me?

Sodium Fluoride vs. Stannous Fluoride: Which is best for me? Sodium fluoride and stannous fluoride are the two major active ingredients in modern toothpastes, with sodium fluoride by far the most common.  Both prevent cavities. Stannous fluoride’s advantage is its  antimicrobial effect versus the bacteria which cause gum disease – but note that any toothpaste […]

Why “morning mouth”? Why not “afternoon mouth”?

Our golden rule for oral disease prevention and bad breath (halitosis) prevention: Brush and floss at bedtime, and no snacks afterwards.  The last thing that should touch your teeth at night is fluoride. The idea behind this is simple:  Bacteria are very hungry, let’s starve them. Please consider:  Why does everyone have “morning mouth”, that […]

Tooth decay and gum disease prevention: Going to your dentist is essential!

Excluding the common cold, tooth decay and gum disease are by far the most common diseases in mankind.  They are not completely preventable. Tooth decay and gum disease are virtually guaranteed in every individual – good oral hygiene and professional care can only limit the onset and degree of effect.  Thus, a few cavities by […]