Saturday 18 October 2014
CHOCOLATE DOES NOT CAUSE TOOTH DECAY…
Chocolate can actually be good for your teeth! Yes, you read that correctly -- chocolate can prevent tooth decay. However, not every kind of chocolate is dental dynamite. The cocoa bean is what houses the good stuff -- not the chocolate itself.
Cocoa beans contain tannins, polyphenols and flavonoids, each of which is a type of strong antioxidant that benefits your mouth and teeth.Tannins are what give dark chocolate it's slightly bitter taste and are responsible for the sweet's dark pigments. More importantly, they help prevent cavities by inhibiting bacteria from sticking to your teeth. Polyphenols limit the effects of bacteria, meaning they work to neutralize the microorganisms that cause bad breath, prevent infections in your gums and battle tooth decay. Flavonoids work to slow tooth decay, among other things.
Of the three kinds of chocolate (dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate), dark chocolate is the least processed and closest to the cocoa bean, which makes it the healthiest option of the three. For best results, the chocolate should be around 70 percent cocoa. Hershey's Extra Dark Chocolate contains 60 percent cocoa, so it's a pretty good choice, but Ghirardelli's Twilight Delight is a better option at 72 percent.
Tuesday 14 October 2014
Acupressure Points for Relieving Toothaches & the pain associated with gum disease
| Working on these points can help you get better quicker. You do not have to use all of these points. Using just one or two of them whenever you have a free hand can be effective.
Points (A) -- Facial Beauty
Location: At the bottom of the cheekbone, directly below the pupil. Benefits: Relieves toothaches, head congestion, and sinus pain.
Points (B) -- Jaw Chariot
Location: Between the upper and lower jaws, on the muscle in front of the earlobe that bulges when the back teeth are slightly clenched. Benefits: Relieves jaw pain and spasm, TMJ problems, lockjaw, sore throats, dental neuralgia, and toothaches.
Points (C) -- Shoulder Meeting Point
Location: On the outer surface of the upper arm, one thumb width in back of the base of the upper arm muscle (the deltoid) and two finger widths higher up toward the shoulder. Benefits: Relieves toothaches, elbow pain, shoulder pain, and painful arm extension.
Points (D) -- Joining the Valley
Caution: This point is forbidden for pregnant women because its stimulation can cause premature contractions in the uterus.
Location: In the webbing between the thumb and index finger at the highest spot of the muscle when the thumb and index finger are brought close together. Benefits: Relieves headaches and toothaches; also traditionally used as a general pain reliever, decongestant, and anti-inflammatory point.
These techniques are used only for temporary relief till you can visit us at iDENT for further treatment.
Friday 10 October 2014
What Fruits Are Good for the Teeth?
Often referred to as "Dental Detergent"- as it has scrubbing effect.
As this water rich fruit stimulates saliva production.
Dislodge newly formed dental plaque.
It help to whiten teeth, as it contains malic acid an ingredient which is used in many teeth whitening products.
This is also water rich fruit, which stimulate the flow of saliva.
Buffering your teeth against acid.
Helps to dilute the sugar on teeth surface.
Strawberries are brimming with gum building vitamin -c, a key vitamin that maintains your gums strength and integrity.
Contains malic acid, a natural whitener.
The natural acid in this summery red fruit is a natural astringent to remove surface stains.
Protect your teeth by ending every meal with raw fruits and vegetables, as their high water content helps keep your teeth and gums clean along with a regular 6 monthly professional clean ups at iDENT Clinic, to keep up your healthy bright smile.