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Kids and Toothpaste

Kids and Toothpaste

Getting your kids to brush their teeth with a natural and safe toothpaste can be challenging at times. The first you will want to do is find a natural toothpaste that your kids like. You will want to stay away from the mainstream kids toothpaste which contain chemicals like:

Alcohol – dries the tissues. Should only be used to treat certain gum conditions Artificial Sweeteners- may have health concerns according to some studies Parabens – enter the body through the skin and mouth and attach themselves to fat cells and may be linked to breast cancer Salicylates – natural or synthetic, salicylates are moving up the list of causing allergies and other problems Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) – dries the tissues, may cause outbreak of canker sores Triclosan – antibiotic. CDC reports over use of antibiotics may lead to antibiotic resistant bacteria

As you can see the ingredients are vey important to watch out for. Once you have found a natural toothpaste your kids like it is also important to get them a toothbrush that fits their mouths. It may seem obvious but a small toothbrush is best for a small mouth. Also, if your kids have sensitive teeth or gums you’ll want to pick up a soft toothbrush for them. If kids are in pain while brushing their teeth it will be hard to get them to do it. try and find a colorful and fun toothbrush for them as well.

Explain to kids that the bacteria really start to mount in their mouths after eating, so it is important to get rid of the bacteria after every meal so they don’t end up with cavities.

Try to make brushing teeth fun, tell jokes and just have a good time with it. Also praise them for using good technique. When they are done go ahead and brush their teeth again for them correctly if need be. Let them know that big kids brush their own teeth, and white teeth look good. They will only need a small amount of toothpaste on their brush, about the size of a corn kernel. This is important so they don’t get a large amount of foam in their mouths, and brushing becomes uncomfortable.

I have developed a great all natural kids toothpaste that my kids’ love; it is made by Junior Varsity Naturals. It is for kids 2 years old and up. They can even swallow this toothpaste with no concerns of dangerous chemicals. Here is the safe ingredients list:

Purified Water Baking Soda: Removes stains helps neutralize acids Xylitol: Sugar substitute which studies have shown causes a dramatic reduction in tooth decay along with arrest and even reversal of existing dental carries. This is not an artificial sweetener. Vegetable Glycerine: Derived from Vegetable oil, used to protect from drying of toothpaste. Dicalcium Phosphate: Tartar control agent, also used as a dietary supplement in food. Xanthan Gum: Thickening agent, also used as a food additive in other products. Sodium Benzoate: Preservative from sodium salt found naturally in berries.

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Good luck with getting your kids to brush regularly and practicing good oral hygiene.…

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What Causes Teeth to Wear Out Early: Abfraction

What Causes Teeth to Wear Out Early: Abfraction

There are four major ways that our teeth are worn down throughout our lives. The first three are abrasion, attrition, and erosion. But there is one more way that our oral health can be compromised because of wear and tear, and it’s much less commonly known. The fourth way of wearing down our oral health is called abfraction, and the cause of it is often debated in the dentistry community.

Abfraction causes small wedged lesions on the gum line usually present on the side of the gums that faces the check. They are often narrow but deep and shaped like a v. many times these lesions will only affect one single tooth and the surrounding teeth will be perfectly fine. Abfraction can even cause the lesions to occur just under the gums in an area that is typically not affected by most forms of wear and tear such as abrasion and erosion.

What causes abfraction is the interesting part however. Many dentists have debated this issue and still have not come to an agreement about the exact cause. Some dentists believe that abfraction is simply caused by certain types of toothpaste which contain too much grit, therefore rubbing against the gums badly and causing lesions. This is similar to what we talked about with abrasion, in which we discussed how toothpaste can oftentimes rub against the teeth and wear out the enamel. Some dentists believe that abfraction is simply due to use harsh and gritty toothpastes, but many other dentists also think that the abfraction lesions are caused by toothpaste just in a different way. There are some dentists who believe that abfraction may be caused by the harsh use of toothpaste, such as using too much toothpaste or brushing too strongly.

And then there are those dentists who believe that abfraction can be caused by stress on the tooth when biting and is not at all caused by toothpaste. These dentists believe that when we bite down it strains our teeth, and often the strain carries itself through the teeth and into the gums, causing lesions. This does make sense, since when we bite down really hard oftentimes we can notice pain in the gums because of it.

This is just one of the four major ways that teeth are eroded. The other three are abrasion, attrition, and erosion. If you are concerned that you may be wearing down your teeth through any of these, you should see your dentist right away. Don’t wait to get your teeth checked out because the longer you wait the more severe the damage is likely to be.…

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Silver Rings – Know ’em, Buy ’em, Maintain ’em, Cherish ’em

Silver Rings – Know ’em, Buy ’em, Maintain ’em, Cherish ’em

The first question that you need to ask yourself is “Do you need silver rings?” If the answer is Yes, skip the next paragraph. Else, read on and I’ll try to convince you otherwise.

Silver rings – Do we need ’em?

Fingers have been adorned with rings since centuries – with platinum, gold and silver. High quality rings made of the first two metals are beyond the reach of most people. Enter: Silver. It shines with a luster like platinum. It can be molded like gold. It is cheaper by a fair degree than both. And, if it is your first ring, and you are not sure whether you’ll love the feeling of metal on your digits, it’s foolhardy to invest in either gold or platinum. Try silver. You may actually like it so much that the big G and big P will hold no appeal for you.

All that glitters doesn’t have to be gold

Silver rings are some of the most bought jewelry – either for wearing by the buyer or for gifting. Do not be deceived by the cheaper price compared to other metals. The glitter and the luster in silver can be as attractive as gold, and sometimes even more. There are many for whom silver is the metal of choice, and price has got nothing to do with it. Silver rings of every shape and studded with gemstones of every hue are a collector’s delight. Rings that go with every attire are a must for many collectors – and there are those who match their clothes and accessories with the rings rather than the other way round.

Where to buy?

The best way, of course, is to walk into a huge shop along with an expert on silver jewelry, and buy what they suggest. If that option is feasible, don’t look beyond it. However, we don’t know too many people who have “silver rings experts” handy and available when needed; chances are you don’t either.

If you want to buy online, like with everything else, do a bit of research. Ask Google, and you’ll find out more than you thought there is to know. Read a bit on the subject, get some advice, know some buying tips, get a list of authentic websites to buy silver rings and other silver jewelry. You could try amazon, or overstock. They are both good places, and quite trustworthy. Then there are smaller fish, who might give better value for money. Repeat: Do some research before you whip out that credit card.

My ring is black, and my ring finger’s green

Yeah, silver can do that. Being a highly reactive metal, it turns black very quickly if not maintained properly. Follow some simple tips to maintain your silver rings, and they’ll last a lifetime.

Wear your jewelry last (after clothes, makeup, etc.) and remove first.

When not in use, store the silver rings wrapped in a 100% cotton cloth or zip-lock covers

Do not store them with gemstones unprotected. Stones are harder, and will scratch the surface

Take off when gardening, swimming, cleaning car, or whenever there is a chance of prolonged contact with moisture/chemicals

In spite of it, if the rings turn black, don’t use any chemicals to clean. Dab a little white toothpaste on a soft cotton cloth, and wipe them clean.

Cherish for a lifetime

Follow these simple steps when buying a ring and make a little effort in maintaining your silver rings, and they’ll stay with you for you life. Start building a collection that you’ll be proud to flaunt to the world.…

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Two Uncomfortable Procedures Proper Use of a Good Toothpaste Can Save You From

Two Uncomfortable Procedures Proper Use of a Good Toothpaste Can Save You From

There are at least two rather uncomfortable dental procedures that the proper use of a good toothpaste, on an consistent basis, can save you from.

The first of those procedures is that which we know as the dental drilling procedure. Take note, right from the outset, that the toothpaste is a preventive aid, and it won’t be able to save you from a dental drilling procedure once the need for the procedure has arisen.

When we talk of dental drilling, what we are looking at is a procedure carried out with what comes across to many people as a scary piece of equipment, known as the dental drill; with the aim of removing rotten tooth material in readiness for a dental refill. It is usually quite a time consuming procedure, especially when you take into consideration the amounts of time you are likely to need, between getting a dentist to diagnose you with a condition requiring the procedure, getting an appointment for the procedure, and most probably waiting in the dentist’s lobby for your turn. Many people may also experience some amount of pain during this procedure. At least, even where pain is not experienced, the very idea of opening your mouth to get it done, the helplessness of laying on the dreaded dentist’s chair, and the likely cost of it is likely to make you uncomfortable.

The need for dental drilling arises as a result of a condition known as dental caries, or more simply put, dental decay. This is one thing that the proper use of a good toothpaste, on a consistent basis, can save you from. As it turns out, the main cause of dental caries is the accumulation of plaque on the teeth. And as it turns out, every toothpaste worth of the name contains a number of ingredients aimed at helping you get rid of plaque from your teeth. This is what would, in turn, save you from the dental caries, and hence doing away with the need for uncomfortable dental drilling procedure.

The second of the rather uncomfortable procedures that the proper use of a good toothpaste on a consistent basis can save you from is that of tooth extraction. This is best viewed as the ‘amputational’ procedure that it really is, for one to keep its implications in perspective. Once you have had a tooth extracted, you know that you have lost a part of your body that you will never get back. Yes, you may get an artificial tooth, but that would be a prosthetic device, with all limitations attached to such devices. Loss of a body part aside, you will know that tooth extraction is one of the most uncomfortable dental procedures one can go through.

The need for tooth extraction arises as a result of dental caries advancement. It is where tooth decay has advanced to such a point that the affected tooth can’t be saved. Proper and highly consistent use of a good toothpaste (especially when combined with regular flossing) can stop the tooth decay process from ever getting initiated; thereby saving you from the potential discomfort of tooth extraction.…