Costa Rica Dental Team – Blog 2017-11-16T00:13:10+00:00

Tooth Decay — The World’s Oldest & Most Widespread Disease 

Tooth Decay — The World's Oldest & Most Widespread Disease  Tooth decay — or dental caries — is an infectious disease process that causes damage to the structure of teeth. Cavities (hollowed out spaces or holes) are the most notable consequences of dental caries.  Left untreated, caries leads to pain, tooth loss — or, in rare cases, death. In this most extreme case, infection can advance to the “cavernous sinus,” an air cell behind the eye, from which it can then enter the brain. Tooth decay amounts to more than just the inconvenience of “drilling and filling”: it has the power to change a person's diet, speech, quality of life and overall well-being.  This article — the first in a series about one of the world's oldest and most widespread diseases — will explore the most current information about tooth decay. This and subsequent articles will provide you with all the information you need to know about tooth decay, its causes and its relationship to sugars and acids, detection, prevention, treatment and more. In future articles we'll also discuss [...]


Natural Teeth Whitening: Fact vs. Fiction 

Natural Teeth Whitening: Fact vs. Fiction  When it comes to teeth whitening, you may see many different methods featured online and in magazines—from oil pulling to charcoal, and even turmeric. It's no surprise that DIY whitening is top of mind, either. When the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked people what they’d most like to improve their smile, the most common response was whiter teeth.   Healthy smiles come in many shades, though it's tempting to think ingredients in our own kitchens could hold the key to a brighter smile. Still, just because a method is natural doesn’t mean it’s healthy. In fact, DIY whitening can do more harm than good to your teeth. Here’s how:   Fiction: The approach maintains you can make your teeth whiter and brighter using household staples that are naturally acidic (like lemons, oranges, apple cider vinegar), contain digestive enzymes (such as pineapple or mango) and something that is abrasive (like baking soda).  Fact: When eaten as usual, fruit is a great choice. However, fruit and vinegar contain acid, and you put your pearly whites at [...]

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What does it mean when you have white gums? 

What does it mean when you have white gums?   White gums often suggest that something is amiss with a person's oral health. Several conditions can cause white gums, from simple canker sores to long-term inflammatory illnesses.  In rare cases, white gums can indicate oral cancer, so it is essential to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis.  Read on to learn more about white gums and discover how to get rid of them with home remedies and medical treatments.    Read more here:  Shared from: Medicalnewstoday 

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Why is my tongue bleeding? 

Why is my tongue bleeding?   A number of conditions could result in a bleeding tongue. Some of these conditions are serious while others pose no long-term health risk.  The most common causes of a bleeding tongue include:  sudden harsh biting of the tongue  mouth sores  injuries from dentures or braces  eating sharp or hard foods  radiation treatment for cancer  This article provides a brief overview of the possible reasons for a bleeding tongue, how to diagnose and treat the condition, and when it is advisable to see a doctor.   Read more here:  Shared from: Medical News Today

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Beyond tooth decay: why good dental hygiene is important 

Beyond tooth decay: why good dental hygiene is important   Most of us are aware that poor dental hygiene can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath - but not brushing your teeth could also have consequences for more serious illnesses.  In this spotlight feature, to coincide with National Dental Hygiene Month, we peer beneath the plaque to investigate what other - perhaps unexpected - health conditions are affected by poor dental health.   Read more here:  Shared from: Medicalnewstoday 

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How your mouth bacteria can harm your lungs 

How your mouth bacteria can harm your lungs   New research now published in the journal mSphere examines the effects of poor dental hygiene on the respiratory health of elderly Japanese people. The recent results shed light on the importance of the tongue microbiota for our respiratory health.   Read More Here:  Shared from: medicalnewstoday   

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