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Coconut Oil Shown to Fight Cavity-Causing Bacteria

coconut oil healthCoconut oil has taken the health world by storm over the past few years. But recent research from Ireland has revealed that coconut oil could do more than just moisturize the skin: it could also prevent cavities.

Researchers from Ireland’s Athlone Institute of Technology discovered that enzyme-treated coconut oil prevented the growth of cavity causing bacteria. The coconut oil was treated with enzymes to replicate the effects that occur once the oil enters the stomach.

Here’s how the study worked:

-Researchers conducted their study on untreated coconut oil and enzyme-treated coconut oil

-Both oils were pitted against Streptococcus bacteria, including a unique strain of Streptococcus bacteria which has been linked to tooth decay

-Researchers found that enzyme-treated coconut oil stopped the growth of both strains of Streptococcus bacteria

New Coconut Oil Dental Products Could Be Just Around the Corner

This discovery could lead to a new surge in coconut oil-based dental products. Dental product manufacturers may start to see enzyme-modified coconut oil as an attractive alternative to chemicals and synthetic additives.

One of the major advantages of coconut oil is that it appears to work in relatively low concentrations.

Another advantage is that the human body is becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics, which has sent researchers scrambling to find new ways to fight microbial infections throughout the body – including the teeth and gums.

More Than Just Dental Health

Coconut oil is prized for more than just its dental benefits. Coconut oil consists of a unique blend of fatty acids that have been linked to powerful medicinal properties. It’s been shown to reduce bacteria throughout the entire body – not just the teeth – for example.

It’s also been shown to reduce hunger cravings, improve blood cholesterol levels, lower your risk of heart disease, and moisturize the hair and skin against damage.

In one study, coconut oil was even shown to boost brain functionality in Alzheimer’s patients.

Clearly, the medical community is only beginning to scratch the surface when it comes to the medical benefits of coconut oil.

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Innovations in Dentistry to Help Children Grow Up Healthy

dentistry for kidsModern technology has given us so much. And now, thanks to modern technology, kids can grow up with healthy teeth.

At least, that’s the idea behind Virtual Dental Home (VDH). VDH is a California-based program which works like a mobile dental office: a specially-trained hygienist packages a chair and dental equipment into a car and travels to underprivileged schools and neighborhoods.

Thanks to VDH, kids are able to quickly, easily, and affordably access high-quality dental care. It’s like having a dental clinic come to you.

Many people are unaware that the number one chronic disease among children is tooth decay. If you’ve ever had a serious toothache or suffered from tooth decay, then you know how painful it can be.

Kids often struggle silently with tooth decay. They may be embarrassed that their teeth hurt or unwilling to tell their parents. Of course, this just makes the problem worse.

In other cases, parents may simply be unable to afford dental care or lack dental insurance.

But here’s the good news: dental disease is almost always preventable. When children get routine dental care, they significantly reduce their risk of developing any type of dental disease or dental problems.

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Top 5 Greatest Dental Issues for People Over 50

dental healthAs we get older, our teeth tend to develop more and more problems. Fortunately, Americans are keeping their teeth longer today than they ever have before. We’re developing fewer dental problems as we age and holding on to our teeth far longer than our grandparents.

But it’s not all happy smiles: those over 50 are at a serious risk for several major dental issues. Here are the top 5 most serious dental problems plaguing people over 50 today:

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Maybe It’s Time to Become Familiar with Your Toothbrush

brushing teethYou use your toothbrush every day. But have you ever stopped to wonder what makes your toothbrush special? Probably not.

Today, we’re going to help you become more familiar with your toothbrush by understanding several essential features of modern toothbrushes:

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Coffee May Actually Be Beneficial for Your Teeth

Young woman drinking coffee in urban cafeFor years, we’ve all known that coffee is bad for our teeth.

But according to a recent report from Boston University, that may not be entirely true. That report shows that coffee may actually be good for your teeth because it prevents gum disease.

The study was led by Boston University’s Henry M. Goldman at the School of Dental Medicine. Goldman and his team of researchers showed that drinking coffee on a regular basis “did not have a negative impact on periodontal health.”

Furthermore, drinking coffee on a regular basis had a “minimal impact” on the number of teeth affected by bone loss.

The study tracked 1,100 adult males between the ages 26 and 84. Additionally, 98% of the subjects were white and factors like alcohol consumption, smoking, body mass index, overall health and overall oral health were all considered. It was the first study to examine the link between drinking coffee and periodontal health.

Goldman’s report was published in the August issue of the Journal of Periodontology.

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3 Ways to Fix Crooked Teeth as an Adult

photodune-7599670-invisible-braces--xsWhen you’re young, fixing crooked teeth is easy: you get braces.

But not everybody had braces when they were young. Some people didn’t need them. Others didn’t develop crooked teeth until they were older, and for many families, braces were simply too expensive.

Fortunately, there are plenty of good ways to fix your crooked teeth as an adult. Here are the top 3 easiest and most popular options for today’s adults:

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Take Control of Your Oral Health with Smart Snacking

Did you know your pantry could be the leading cause of your tooth decay? Many people keep their pantry loaded with chips, candies, cookies and sugary snacks that don’t provide any true nutritional value or benefit for our oral health.

This doesn’t mean you can’t have a few snacks you enjoy from time to time, but don’t let your pantry become the headquarters of snacks that reduce your oral health.

Take a moment to learn how you can make smart snacking decisions.

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Chipped Tooth: What Can You Do?

You’re out playing a sport and you take a hit to the mouth. You realize a piece of your tooth was chipped during the injury. What do you do?

You’re crunching on some food or ice at home and all of a sudden your tooth gives way and piece is chipped. What do you do?

You have a several options for treatment and a few steps to take immediately after chipping your tooth.

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Teeth Whitening: What You Need to Know

Sparking, pearly whites—we all know people who have a brilliantly white smile. Maybe you’re one of those people; maybe not. If you’re not, you may be wondering how white teeth are achieved. Could it be whitening toothpastes, strips, or treatments?

When it comes to teeth whitening, several strategies exist and everyone takes a different approach. So, what approaches can you take?

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5 Mistakes People Make When Brushing Teeth

Ever since toddler years parents have stressed the need to brush teeth. “Go brush your teeth and go to bed,” parents command in the evening.

It’s a morning and evening ritual for all of us now, but each ritual varies from person to person, especially technique. Did you know there is a proper way to brush your teeth? You probably did. But you might be making a few mistakes when you go to the sink to grab your toothbrush and toothpaste.

Here are five of the most common mistakes we’ve all made and continue to make:

#1 – Not brushing long enough 

How long do you brush? If you’re like most, you probably don’t know the exact amount of time. Dentists agree that between two and three minutes of brushing is best. Divide your mouth into quadrants and spend 30 seconds brushing each quadrant with great technique.

#2 – Poor Technique 

We’re all guilty of plopping the toothbrush in our mouth and brushing with harsh horizontal strokes. It’s time to stop that. Angle your brush at a 45-degree angle and brush with short strokes up and down your teeth. Strokes should be vertical or circular in motion. No more horizontal strokes.


#3 – Starting in the same place

We’re creatures of habit. You may not notice but you probably place your toothbrush in the same position to start every time. By the time you reach the end of your ritual you’re tired of brushing and the last portion of your teeth suffer from lazy technique.

Mix it up. Start in different places to avoid ending poorly in the same place each time.

#4 – Skipping inner tooth surfaces

The exterior and tops of your teeth look great, but what about the inner side that your tongue touches? Yes, this area is often overlooked. Make sure you spend equal time on the exterior, inner and tops of your teeth each time you brush.

#5 – Rinse your brush after

If you forget to rinse your brush after, it’s time to change your habit. Not rinsing will leave bacteria on your brush and the next time you brush, you’ll put old bacteria back in your mouth. Yuck.

Once you’re done brushing, flip the water on, give your brush a quick rinse and leave it to dry till next use. You’ll keep the bacteria away.

Worried about your oral health or just want a quick checkup? No problem at all. Here at Valleydale Dental we offer everything dental in Birmingham, AL: regular teeth cleaning, cavity fillings, root canal therapy, whitening, crowns and so much more.

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