October 14, 2017
Tooth Cracker 5000 Helps Extract Stem Cells
As stem cells become further studied and used in medicine, researchers are discovering teeth as a great source of stem cells. It is possible that this new device that is jokingly called the "Tooth Cracker 5000" may allow researchers to quadruple the number of stem cells harvested.
“Potential real-world application of this technology is to assist dental pulp stem cell researchers and companies that store dental stem cells with improving their yields,” Mah said. “At this time, we plan to improve upon the current design and conduct testing with a variety of tooth shapes, but we are open to collaborations with other researchers and industry.”
September 29, 2017
World Heart Day - A Focus on Teeth
The link between oral health and a healthy heart is stronger than you might have realised, and this World Heart Day. People with poor oral health have an increased number of bad bacteria, which can travel through your bloodstream to your stomach and heart, and create serious health problems.
September 1, 2017
Winding Down Summer
I cannot believe September is here! We here at Kai Family Dentistry hope you are having a wonderful summer! Here's a little dental humor to kick off the month (especially for the cat lovers!)...
June 9, 2017
360 Degree Toothbrush for Kids from Japanese Clinic
May 26, 2017
History of Dentistry in Photos
May 12, 2017
Warning: Cuteness Ahead
April 28, 2017
"Tooth Fairy Study" and Autism
“The Tooth Fairy” study
Scientists have searched for the cause of autism for decades. They have found trends — such as children with older siblings with autism are at significantly higher risk — but have yet to discover its trigger.
Researchers at the University of Washington are part of a national study looking at the baby teeth of the siblings of children who have autism. The Fishers have been enlisted to take part.
Since the teeth are collected from young children, the research quickly earned a nickname, “The Tooth Fairy” study.
Scientists will analyze the teeth looking for signs of exposure to toxins, such as pesticides, flame retardants, chemicals that soften plastics, and heavy metals such as lead, which can affect the development of genes.
A scientific instrument is used to determine when a child was exposed to a contaminant.
March 3, 2017
Teeth Helping Scientists Build Better Planes
Artificial tooth enamel could one day lead to the development of materials that could be a better alternative to the metals currently used to build airplane fuselages and automobile chassis. The fake enamel is not only lighter, the researchers say it’s able to withstand the constant vibrations, pressures, plus expansions and compressions that metals experience during flights, which overtime lead to microscopic cracks and eventual structure failure—the last thing you want at 30,000 feet.
February 17, 2017
Smart Toothbrush Films Inside Your Mouth
February 3, 2017
Alzheimer's Drug May Grow Back Teeth
January 20, 2017
Top 10 Tips for Keeping Your Kids' Teeth Healthy
For today's entry, I am so excited to share an entry prepared by a guest writer! Dolores Santos has put together a wonderful, concise article about keeping our kids' teeth healthy. Check it out below!
Top 10 Tips for Keeping Your Kids’ Teeth Healthy
Every parent has heard the horror stories of kids who have daily tantrums about the task of brushing their teeth, but you also realize how important it is to instill healthy dental habits in your kids at a young age. Dental health is linked to overall health and well-being, and the steps taken while kids are young can have life-long impacts. Here are 10 helpful tips for keeping your kids’ teeth healthy (and maintaining your sanity as a parent).
1.Encourage healthy eating habits.
What you eat affects the health of your teeth as much as how well you care for them. Avoid sugary foods and sticky, gummy treats that may stick to teeth. Instead, encourage kids to eat healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water, and limit snacking between brushing.
2.Make brushing fun.
Not all kids enjoy brushing their teeth, let alone flossing. Buy kid-friendly floss picks, toothpaste, and toothbrushes to make brushing fun.
3.Make sure they brush twice per day.
Kids who don’t yet have their adult teeth should brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and water or kid-friendly toothpaste. If you have a baby who has not yet broken teeth, wipe her gums using an infant gum massager to promote healthy teeth and gums.
4.Help your kids brush their teeth.
Some kids are able to master the art of brushing their teeth thoroughly at a young age, while others will require help for several more years. Help your kids brush their teeth twice daily until you’re certain that they’re effectively brushing all areas.
5.Use fluoride toothpaste.
Experts suggest that parents begin using a fluoride toothpaste with children at age three. Use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and be sure that your child spits it out rather than swallowing it.
6.Visit a dentist regularly.
It’s a good idea to schedule your child’s first dental visit by the age of one, but all children should see a dentist by age three. The sooner you begin regular dentist visits, the more comfortable your child will feel with your dental provider.
7.Encourage your kids to drink water frequently.
When your kids begin to attend school, it’s not always possible to brush after every meal or snack. However, plain water can help to flush away food particles and debris from around the teeth between brushing, which can help to ward off potential decay. Encourage your children to rinse their mouths with plain water throughout the day.
8.Talk to your dentist about sealants.
If your children are prone to cavities, they may benefit from sealants, a coating applied by dentists that can help to protect cavity-prone areas. Kids with some hereditary conditions, such as amelogenesis imperfecta (a condition that causes porous enamel), may benefit from sealants.
For kids who don’t like brushing, flossing is even more frightening, but flossing is one of the most important things you can do for healthy teeth and gums. Fortunately, kid-friendly floss picks make the task much simpler for children. Have your dentist or hygienist show your children how to floss properly and make sure you know the proper technique so that you can guide them at home.
10.Use both manual and electric toothbrushes.
Kids often get excited by fancy electric toothbrushes, especially those that play music or perform other interesting tricks. While electric toothbrushes are a good way to get your kids interested in brushing, you should alternate between these and regular, manual brushes to be sure that your children learn the proper brushing technique.
As a parent, you worry about many aspects of your children’s health. By implementing these 10 tips, you can have confidence that you’re doing everything possible to protect that bright, healthy smile that brings you so much joy.
Image via Pixabay by wjgomes
January 11, 2017
American Health Council Names Dr. Tran to Board
December 15, 2016
November 24, 2016
What I Am Thankful For...
October 28, 2016
My Trip to Loreto
October 14, 2016
Halloween Candy Guide
September 16, 2016
The Truth About Sparkling Water and Your Teeth
August 26, 2016
Only Dental Practice in US a Member of One Percent for the Planet!
Watch this video to learn more about One Percent for the Planet.
June 20, 2016
It Sure Feels Like Summer...
May 13, 2016
Oral Cancer's Startling Stats
April 15, 2016
Why Do Teeth Turn Yellow?
March 31, 2016
$60 Braces - What Could Go Wrong?
January 22, 2016
Brushing Do's and Don'ts
January 11, 2016
Marijuana's Impact on the Mouth
- Alveolar bone loss
- Gingivitis and periodontal disease
- Gingival hyperplasia
- Gingival leukoplakia
- Increased appetite for cariogenic (cavity-producing) foods and drinks
- Oral cancer
- Oral candidiasis
- Poor oral hygiene practices and poor diet
- Possible peripheral dilation and tachycardia associated with acute marijuana toxicity when an anesthetic is given
- Tooth decay and tooth loss
- Tooth staining
- Xerostomia (dry mouth)
December 11, 2015
Caution About Alzheimer's Study Coverage
Below is a reproduction of Inside Dentistry article regarding the recent study published by Nature magazine that had studied the possibility of transmission of certain proteins that may contribute to Alzheimer's disease (AD). As you will find below, there is no data that shows that dentistry poses a risk for AD. In fact, "dentistry may play an important role in reducing the risk" of AD.
Please always be mindful when reading studies and articles pertaining to your health. It is important to bring any of your questions up to your health provider to get more details of the strenghts and/or weaknesses of a study. Thank you!
AGD Cautions Readers About Articles Concerning Alzheimer’s Study
CHICAGO (Sept. 16, 2015)—The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) cautions readers about news articles on recent scientific findings concerning proteins that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.
In its Sept. 10, 2015, issue, Nature published a study that indicates the inconclusive possibility of human -to-human transmission of certain proteins that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. Some news articles have suggested that these proteins may be transmitted through the use of surgical instruments during certain dental procedures. However, this is not what the study, published in Nature, states.
“Our current data has no bearing on dental surgery and certainly does not argue that dentistry poses a risk of Alzheimer’s disease,” study author and University College London Neurology Professor John Collinge stated in a press release from the American Association of Endodontists.
“The study does not claim that dental treatment causes Alzheimer’s disease,” says AGD President W. Mark Donald, DMD, MAGD. “On the contrary, previous research has shown that dentistry may play an important role in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, not causing it.”
Indeed, studies have suggested a link between poor oral health and risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Re- search published over the past decade in Alzheimer’s & Dementia, CNS & Neurological Disorders– Drug Targets, and the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease identify possible links between periodontal dis- ease and Alzheimer’s, and opportunities to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s through oral health care.
“The deeper we delve into the research, the more we find relationships between oral health and systemic diseases, and the more we realize that the mouth is truly the gateway to overall health,” says Dr. Donald. “Visiting your dentist twice a year can result in more than healthy teeth and gums. For some patients, going to the dentist can be lifesaving.”
November 19, 2015
The Hangover That Lead to Ibuprofen Discovery
More than 50 years ago, Dr. Stewart Adams took 600mg of Ibuprofen after his hangover and it has now become one of the leading painkillers used today. Read this really neat story here.
I cannot express how important Ibuprofen has been to the field of dentistry. It is my number one recommended go-to medication for toothaches (unless patient has sensitivities or other contraindications to Ibuprofen, of course). It's definitely one of the many things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday!
October 23, 2015
8 Amazing Things You Didn't Know About Teeth
Discovery News put a little compilation of 8 amazing things you didn't know about your teeth. For the full details and to check out the full article click here.
- Straight teeth could help you ace an interview.
- A dog's mouth is cleaner than yours!
- Tooth enamel is the hardest thing in your body.
- You could fill a swimming pool with your saliva.
- Athletes are prone to cavities.
- Chocolate is good for your teeth (dark chocolate, that is).
- Wisdom teeth may be disappearing!
- Cavities are the most chronic disease in children.
October 9, 2015
Have It All with Xylitol
October brings to mind harvest, pumpkins and CANDY! With Halloween just around the corner, I wanted to highlight an awesome sweetner you might have heard of already: Xylitol. A few quick notes about this amazing, natural product:
- Regular use of xylitol has been shown to reduce dental plaque - the first stage of cavity development, tartar formation, and tooth staining.
- Xylitol gum or mints used 3-5 times per day (total of 5 grams) is considered optimal.
- Use of xylitol immediately after meals is the most effective at reduction of plaque and limiting contact time of sugar on teeth.
- For more on Xylitol, click here.
September 25, 2015
E-Cigs and Your Oral Health
As the debate continues on the safety and risks surrounding e-cigarettes, I wanted to share this little, short Fact Sheet on e-cigarettes and how they can attribute to your overall health. Although a lot of information is still unknown about these products, there are some definites which include their addictive nature. As always your dental team can provide you with information on these products.
September 11, 2015
Review of Mouthguards
As football season gets under way, I thought it would be an opportune time to review sport mouthguards. I often get asked by patients what the difference is between a custom mouthguard and an over-the-counter one. As a member of the Academy of Sports Dentistry, we take teeth/jaw/soft tissue protection very seriously and have compiled a short and sweet summary to answer most questions about guards. If you have any further questions, I'm just an email away!
August 28, 2015
"Can't Feel My Face" Dentistry Cover
Being a big The Weeknd fan myself, this was just too good to not share!