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 (www.myevoraplus.com), 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.

Bring Dog Grooming Costs to Heel

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Americans love their furry best friends, but when it comes to dogs, sparing no expense can get, well, expensive. Vet bills, grooming costs, kibble prices, kennel fees and training classes can make quite a dent in the family budget.

But with a little DIY bravado, dog owners can keep their lapdogs in luxury without going into debt. For example, many dog owners can perform basic grooming at home — and save up to $500 a year on canine shampoos and styles in the process. Here are some tips:

* Try clipping at home. This might take a little practice, but you’ll save time and money in the long run. Always start at the head and run the clippers in the direction of your dog’s fur. Be very careful not to cut skin. If you need to trim fur around your dog’s face, use scissors. Not all dogs need trimming, but all dogs benefit from brushing, which encourages healthy circulation and keeps fur mat-free.

* Keep that doggy smile healthy. If your dog’s kisses make you want to gag, it’s time to take action — bad breath is caused by destructive bacteria growing around the gum line. Veterinary cleanings can help, but prevention truly is the best medicine.

When it comes to your dog, prevention can be as simple as sprinkling oral care probiotics over kibble. Teddy’s Pride (www.MyTeddysPride.com), a probiotic supplement containing ProBiora3, a special blend of oral probiotics or “good bacteria,” can be administered through your dog’s food. Good bacteria leave little room for bad bacteria to grow, so they naturally improve breath. They also release low-levels of hydrogen peroxide, helping to whiten teeth.

* Trim nails. Use sharp clippers to cut nails, taking care not to cut through the quick — the area of the nail that contains nerves and blood vessels. Nails should be trimmed about once a month.

* Clean your dog’s ears. If you notice redness, head shaking, constant scratching or a bad odor coming from you dog’s ears, it’s time to schedule a vet visit — ear infections are painful and can lead to permanent hearing loss. Check your dog’s ears twice a month for signs of infection. Use a cotton ball with a little water or mineral oil to gently clean the underside of your dog’s ears. Never stick the cotton ball into the ear canal.

Don’t Let Diabetes Wipe That Smile From Your Face

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Diabetics know that they need routine health care, like check-ups and eye exams, but many might not know that diabetes can also put a bad taste in their mouth.

High glucose levels encourage destructive bacteria to overcrowd the mouth. The bacteria cause plaque build-up and gum disease, or gingivitis. Anyone can develop gum disease, but diabetics often struggle to fight off infections. Without a strong immune response, infections advance quickly. And gum disease, which starts off with red, sore and bleeding gums, leads to periodontitis, a serious infection of the gums and the bones of the mouth. Those who develop periodontitis often lose their teeth.

The relationship between gum disease and diabetes proves a two-way street -; studies suggest that advanced gum disease raises blood sugar, making diabetes harder to control. As gum disease worsens diabetes, and diabetes worsens gum disease, patients should strive to avoid the whole cycle altogether.

Some products can help. For example, EvoraPlus Probiotic Mints (www.MyEvoraPlus.com) can help keep bad bacteria at bay. The mints contain a mix of healthy bacteria, called ProBiora3, that adheres to the teeth and gums, leaving less room for bad bacteria to grow. In crowding out bad bacteria, the probiotic mints naturally support tooth and gum health. The mints also gently whiten teeth through the natural release of low-level hydrogen peroxide.

Diabetics can also avoid gum disease by controlling their blood sugar. The higher the patients’ blood glucose level, the more likely they are to develop periodontitis and other oral infections.

Everyone should schedule dentist appointments every six months, but diabetics must work closely with their dentists to develop oral health care plans. Dentists can offer diabetes-specific tooth care advice.

If patients smoke, they should talk to their dentists or doctors about quitting -; smoking drastically increases the risk of tooth and gum disease.

Diabetics should be especially careful not to neglect routine brushing and flossing. Patients should floss at least once a day and brush their teeth with a soft-bristled brush after every meal and snack. Those wearing dentures should keep them clean.

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.

For more information, visit www.ForTeddysPride.com.

Caring for Kitty’s Cheshire Cat Grin

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Cat owners are known for their devotion — but many have never given their cat’s teeth a second thought. No wonder that, according to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 70 percent of cats have gum disease by age three.

Cats rarely get cavities — their diets are very low in sugar — but they can develop many of the same health problems that occur in people, such as periodontal disease and gingivitis. Symptoms may include red, bleeding or sensitive gums and weight loss caused by the cat’s inability to eat. Bad breath, too, can herald more serious health problems. If a cat displays any of these symptoms, it’s time to visit the veterinarian.

While you should schedule dental check-ups with your veterinarian twice a year, taking care of your cat’s smile begins at home. Here are some tips:

– Brush your cat’s teeth. Frequent brushing is the best thing you can do for your cat’s pearly whites. Never use products intended for humans. Instead, choose a flavored cat toothpaste -; your cat will like fish or chicken — and a pet toothbrush. Gently introduce toothbrushing, first by letting your cat taste the toothpaste, then by gently stroking its canines to get it used to you touching its teeth.

It’s best to brush your cat’s teeth daily, but cleaning its teeth once or twice a week will go a long way in keeping your cat’s mouth healthy.

– Use oral probiotics. If your cat’s mouth could use some aesthetic (and odor) improvement, try putting probiotics in its food. Dr. Jeffrey D. Hillman, D.M.D.,

Ph.D. and chief medical officer for Oragenics, has studied oral probiotics for 25 years. He recently developed Teddy’s Pride (www.ForTeddysPride.com), an oral probiotic designed especially for pets. Probiotics, or “good” bacteria, crowd out the bacteria that cause bad breath, while also releasing low-level hydrogen peroxide to naturally whiten teeth.

– Watch what your cat eats. Chewing dry kibble can help break plaque off your cat’s teeth. You can purchase dental cat food or dental chews, but these can’t clean teeth completely, so only use them in conjunction with brushing. Try to avoid feeding your cat table scraps, which often contain more sugar than cat food and can contribute to plaque build-up and cavities.

For more information, visit www.ForTeddysPride.com.

Is Your Sweet Tooth Ruining Your Smile?

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – It’s not exactly a secret that too many lollipops cause cavities, but did you know that pasta and bread may also lead to tooth decay and gum disease?

Plaque, caused by bacteria, coats your teeth. Every time you eat something with sugar, these bacteria create an acid that erodes teeth enamel. While refined sugars, like those found in candy, soda and cookies, frequently contribute to poor oral health, the bad bacteria in your mouth aren’t particularly picky. They also react to natural sugars, like those found in fruit, and starchy foods like bread and potatoes. Even foods like milk contain at least a small amount of sugar.

Food choices can contribute to gum disease as well as tooth decay. For example, someone eating an unhealthy diet will decrease their immunity, making their body less able to fight off infection in their gums.

With today’s busy lifestyles, it’s easy to unknowingly compromise your oral health. Here are some tips to prevent tooth decay and gum disease:

– Take an oral probiotic. Your mouth naturally contains “good” bacteria that keep teeth and gums healthy. The more good bacteria in your mouth, the less bad bacteria can grow. Taking an oral probiotic, like EvoraPlus probiotic breath mints, will give bad bacteria fewer opportunities to invade your mouth. Better yet, probiotics freshen breath and — due to the natural release of low-level hydrogen peroxide — help whiten teeth. Even if you don’t eat the healthiest diet, you can benefit from probiotics.

– Don’t drink throughout the day. If you’re slowly sipping a sugary or acidic beverage, you might as well be giving your teeth an acid bath. Choose water instead — it will also help flush bad bacteria and sugar from your mouth.

– Eat a well-balanced diet, and stick to meal times. If you’re getting the nutrients you need, you are less likely to develop gum disease. Eating frequently throughout the day allows sugar to stay in your mouth for longer periods of time, so try to resist the temptation to graze. Limit any sort of sticky food that can get stuck in your teeth.

– Rinse your mouth and brush your teeth after eating. If you can’t brush your teeth, chew a piece of sugarless gum or eat an apple — both stimulate saliva, which decreases acid and helps remove food particles.

To find more information about EvoraPlus, visit myevoraplus.com.