Can’t Stop Smoking? Protect Your Smile

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – When people discuss the health effects of tobacco, they rarely mention tooth loss. Yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 41.3 percent of daily smokers over age 65 are toothless, compared to 20 percent of the nonsmoking population.

How does smoking put gaps in your smile? All forms of tobacco, including cigarettes, cigars and smokeless “chew,” can cause gum tissue to recede, leaving a greater percentage of each tooth exposed to the bacteria that cause gum disease. Smoking also interferes with healing by reducing blood flow, making it easier for infection to set in and harder to eradicate it.

Quitting tobacco is the best thing smokers can do to improve their health, but going cold-turkey is easier said than done. However, even smokers struggling to quit can take steps to promote healthy teeth and gums. Dr. Jeffrey Hillman, DMD, Ph.D., believes that taking oral probiotics, such as EvoraPlus probiotic mints (, can help smokers maintain their oral health.

“Oral probiotics attach themselves to the teeth and gum tissue, establishing colonies of live, active beneficial bacteria both on the surface of the teeth and deep beneath the gum line,” says Dr. Hillman. “These colonies compete for both nutrients and space with the harmful oral bacteria that challenge gum and tooth health, as well as cause bad breath.”

In addition to crowding out bad bacteria, the oral probiotics in EvoraPlus naturally release low levels of hydrogen peroxide, so EvoraPlus gently whitens teeth. This is more good news for smokers, as tobacco products create stains on teeth that cannot be removed through regular brushing. Taking oral probiotics won’t reduce tobacco users’ risk of oral cancer or lung disease. As advanced gum disease has been linked to systematic health problems, such as heart disease, which

is also exacerbated by smoking, smokers should take every step to keep their mouths healthy as they work to quit smoking.

Probiotics May Boost Oral Health

If yogurt sales are any indication, Americans have accepted the idea that probiotic foods – those that contain beneficial bacteria – can improve health. But “good” bacteria don’t just live in the digestive system. Now, one company has developed a probiotic mint that can promote optimal oral health.

The human mouth teems with bacteria. But contrary to popular belief, not all of those bacteria are to blame for bad breath and tooth decay. Good bacteria actually promote better oral health – they keep gums healthy and breath fresh. It’s only when “bad” bacteria overpopulate the mouth that mouth odor, tooth decay and gum disease occur.

Kids Take Gum Disease to Heart

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Teaching your kids to care for their teeth will do more than ensure a healthy smile — it may also help them avoid health problems later in life.

Many parents consider cavities a normal part of childhood — after all, children eat more sweet foods than adults and often neglect brushing and flossing. But research links cavities and gum disease with serious health problems, including cardiovascular disease.

Research suggests that there is a relationship between gum disease and heart health. The American Academy of Periodontology reports that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to have heart disease. Likewise, in a study of 657 heart-disease patients published in “Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association,” lead researcher Moise Desvarieux, M.D., Ph.D. of Columbia University discovered that patients with harmful bacteria in their mouths were more likely to have a clogged artery in their neck, a precursor to stroke.

Researchers believe that, when the harmful bacteria that cause gum disease invade the gum line, they also access the bloodstream. Once they enter the circulatory system, these harmful bacteria can cause disease in other parts of the body.

But kids will be kids, and some may stop brushing their teeth before they finish singing “The Star Spangled Banner” or forget to floss after eating that ice cream cone. Even if kids are excellent brushers and flossers, they can’t get rid of the harmful bacteria living in every part of their mouths.

Parents can skip the risk by giving their kids probiotics for oral care, like EvoraKids (, a chewable that contains beneficial bacteria that are normally found in healthy mouths. When these good bacteria adhere to the teeth, they leave less room for harmful bacteria to grow, helping to support tooth health.

“Daily use of a product such as EvoraKids is an easy way to naturally maintain oral health,” says Dr. Jeffrey Hillman, D.M.D., Ph.D. and chief medical officer for Oragenics. “The good bacteria inhibit the growth of the damaging bad bacteria, leading to better health and breath.”

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Healthy Teeth Set the Foundation for Healthy Lives

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – You tell your kids to brush their teeth — but are they really getting them clean? Tooth decay affects more American children than any other chronic infectious disease. If left untreated, tooth decay can lead to painful infections that can impact a child’s ability to eat, speak and concentrate.

Cavities are completely preventable — if your children take care of their teeth. The following tips will help keep parents and their children smiling:

* Encourage your children to skip sticky, sugary treats. Dentists advise against lollipops for a reason — sugar feeds the harmful bacteria that grow in the mouth, allowing them to create plaque and, eventually, cavities or gum disease. All sugars can encourage these bacteria to grow, but sugary foods or drinks that stick to the teeth are more harmful that those that leave no residue. Snacking constantly, rather than eating only at meals, also increases the time in which sugar can feed harmful bacteria. Encourage children to brush their teeth or drink water after eating to rinse their mouths.

* Use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush. Children should brush their teeth after breakfast and before bedtime. Tell children to brush all of their teeth, including the sides and back. Children should brush their teeth for at least three minutes — use a timer or play a short song to encourage the right amount of brushing.

* Use oral care probiotics. Having spent more than 30 years researching oral health, Dr. Jeffrey Hillman, DMD, Ph.D., has identified three unique probiotic strains that are natural residents in healthy mouths. The result is a special blend of probiotics that forms colonies of beneficial bacteria on the teeth and gums, where they crowd out harmful bacteria. One of his products, EvoraKids (, is an all-natural probiotic chewable made specifically for children and comes in a tasty “Wild Very Cherry Berry” flavor. Using the chewables twice a day, after brushing, will put children on the road to a long life of healthy smiles.

* Visit the dentist. Children need to see the dentist twice a year for an oral cleaning and checkup. Aside from checking teeth for cavities and gum disease, the dentist will also teach kids how to brush and floss correctly.

Puppy Love Without Doggie Breath

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Your dog loves to give you kisses, and while you appreciate the puppy love, you could do without the stinky breath. So, you switch your dog to dry food. You feed him dental biscuits. You even go through the messy process of brushing his teeth. And yet, you still have hold your breath every time he licks your face. What’s going on?

Believe it or not, your dog’s breath shouldn’t smell, and if it does, it’s time to think about your dog’s oral health.

Certain diseases, like diabetes or kidney disease, may cause bad breath in dogs. But most bad breath, or halitosis, occurs when bacteria infect the gums. If left unchecked, the bacteria can create gum disease or go through the gums into the bloodstream, thereby entering other parts of the body.

“Logically, improving the health of your pet’s teeth and gums will help eliminate the halitosis associated with bacterial infection,” says Dr. Jeffrey Hillman, D.M.D., Ph.D. and chief medical officer for Oragenics.

Eliminating bad breath -; and the harmful bacteria that cause it -; begins at home, with a consistent oral health program. But toothbrushing can be irksome for both pet and pet owner, and dental chews can’t reach every tooth surface. For this reason, Hillman, who has studied probiotics for 25 years, first at the Harvard-affiliated Forsyth Institute in Boston and then at the University of Florida, suggests that pet owners give their pets probiotics, or “good” bacteria.

The science behind probiotics is simple -; if your dog’s teeth are coated in good bacteria, there’s no room for bad bacteria to grow. “The good bacteria inhibit the growth of the damaging bad bacteria, leading to better breath,” explains Hillman.

Hillman created ProBiora3, a special blend of oral probiotics that replenish specific “good bacteria” in the mouth. These beneficial bacteria freshen breath and whiten teeth through the natural release of low-level hydrogen peroxide.

ProBiora3 is available to pets in a grooming aid called Teddy’s Pride. You simply sprinkle the probiotics on your pet’s food once daily. Because it’s easy to administer, you’ll have no problem sticking to the program. Teddy’s Pride won’t change the taste, texture or odor of your pet’s kibble — your dog will happily lap it up. And when he kisses you in appreciation, you won’t have to hold your breath or turn away.

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Take a Bite Out of Gum Disease: What You Should Know

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<p>(<a   href=NewsUSA) – Almost every American enjoys showing a big, bright smile, or feeling their fresh, smooth teeth with their tongue following a good brushing. But even if your teeth are pearly white, you could still be at risk for periodontal disease.

In the U.S., approximately 80 percent of adults will experience gum disease in their lifetime, which can cause symptoms ranging from inflammation to bone damage. In gum disease, bacteria infect the tissues that support your teeth. The bacteria attack below the gumline, creating pockets of infection. The disease has two main stages — gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis only involves inflammation of the gums, and is reversible, while periodontitis is destructive to the tissues that surround and support the teeth, and is harder to treat.

Symptoms of gum disease include:

– Gums that bleed easily

– Red, swollen or tender gums

– Receding gums

– Permanent teeth becoming loose or separated

– Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth that doesn’t go away.

“Researchers and medical experts can give us long lists of lifestyle modifications we can make — including eating better, reducing our stress, avoiding stimulants and tobacco, and increasing our physical activity level — to combat gum disease,” said Dr. Jeffrey Hillman, DMD, Ph.D. “What seems to be missing is a way to improve our oral health within our busy lifestyle.”

Hillman, who has spent more than 30 years researching oral health, has identified three unique probiotic strains that are natural residents in healthy mouths. This special blend of probiotics, patented as ProBiora3, forms colonies of beneficial bacteria on the teeth and gums, where they crowd out harmful bacteria, helping to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

These beneficial bacteria naturally support optimal gum and tooth health, freshen breath and, by releasing a continuous, low dose of hydrogen peroxide, gently whiten teeth. Because bacteria are microscopic, probiotic health care products can penetrate areas of the mouth otherwise untouchable by other oral health care products, including in the pits of the chewing surfaces of teeth, under orthodontic braces and retainers and below the gumline.

The ProBiora3 probiotic technology has been integrated into an easy delivery system as a probiotic mint called EvoraPlus. For more information, visit