Brushing Teeth in the Shower—Just Fine or Totally Gross?

It’s a debate you can really sink your teeth into.

Just like the debate around whether pineapple — a FRUIT — should be on a pizza, or if tomato sauce should live in the fridge or pantry, the correct location to brush one’s teeth is dividing popular opinion in the United States, and no doubt here in Aus as well.

The question that’s getting everyone all riled up is, should dental hygiene be restricted to the bathroom sink, or is it okay to brush your pearly whites while taking a shower?

Let’s talk figures first. About 4% of Americans, or about 15 million people, brush most frequently in the shower according to a 2014 survey, with those aged 18 to 44 twice as likely as older Americans to brush while they wash.

So what’s the big deal?

Shower-brushing advocates claim that the practice not only saves water, but time. Plus, they say that it’s simply a joyous experience.
Let’s break down the pros and cons of this controversial hygiene habit. The argument that multitasking in the shower saves precious minutes rings true in our opinion. Cleaning your teeth while letting your conditioner soak into your hair, for example, means that you kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.

On the other hand, brushing in the shower means you can’t check your technique in the bathroom mirror, which some dentists say might mean that you fail to scrub some crucial spots in your mouth.

We’ve done some math and claims that shower brushing saves water seems legit. While a ten-minute shower uses about 150 to 200 litres of water, teeth brushing at a sink uses about five litres per minute.
Even though a ten-minute sink teeth brushing session would only use 50 litres — up to a quarter of what you’d use in the shower — you’re still better off combining the two activities if you want to limit water wastage.

That’s only if you keep your shower to the ten-minute mark, otherwise you start eating into that 50 litres you’re trying to save. Maths, eh.

Then there’s the whole ‘gross’ factor. Some people would rather stick pins in their eyes than clean their teeth at the same time they’re washing their pits and bits. Fair enough.
The bathroom, especially the shower, is certainly a damp environment which we know bacteria adores, so if you do choose to brush while you shower it’s best to store your toothbrush at the basin and not with your shampoo in the shower caddy.

So which camp are you in? Are you a shower or sink brusher? Were you once a staunch advocate for one side before switching to the other and never looking back?

Credits: Ten daily Lifestyle Reporter

Happy Valentine’s Day – Love Your Teeth Too!

Love is in the air, and you are looking forward to spending some quality time with your sweetheart, as well as indulging on  some Valentine treats? Dental News would like to remind you of some Valentine’s Day Dental Tips to keep your teeth shining.

INDULGE

  • Cross your fingers for chocolate on the big day! Solid chocolate (the ones without chewy or sugary center) don’t tend to stick to the teeth like more chewy treats too, making them better for your oral health. In fact, dark chocolate is an even better option, as it contains less sugar than milk chocolate!
  • Hard candies, especially suckers, are popular on Valentine’s Day but basically give teeth a real thorough sugar bath.
  • Although candies that are sticky, sweet and sour may hold a special place in our hearts, we must remember how dangerous they can be to our teeth and even braces too. These hard or gummy candies tend to be acidic to your teeth, causing the enamel that protects them to be worn down.  Instead, why not give your loved one flowers, a card, or even a romantic dinner at home?
  • When it comes to chocolate, choose a high quality brand that is preferably 50% or more cocoa as it is more pure and free of additives that can hurt your teeth.
  • We definitely recommend much softer treats such as peanut butter cups or other melt-in-your-mouth doughs.

LOVE YOUR TEETH TOO

  • After you indulge, make sure to show your teeth some tender loving care. Brush and floss between the teeth, around the brackets, and at the gum line.
  • Don’t forget that your tongue carries bacteria too and needs to be brushed from the back to the front just as often!
  • Replenish your teeth with high alkaline foods such as vegetables that will keep them strong.
  • Be sure to drink water and practice a good, thorough hygiene routine afterwards!
  • Check in regularly with your dentist.

Credits: Dental News

Grapes May Help Prevent Tooth Decay

Grapes are the new wonder berries that are being praised for their powerful antioxidants called flavonoids. These help in fighting free radicals in the body and reduce the incidence of inflammation that can be a cause of many chronic ailments. They are also rich sources of vitamin A and vitamin C in addition to essential minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and selenium. Regular consumption of grapes has been known to be helpful in treating constipation, indigestion and kidney disorders and now; a new study indicates that they may also prevent tooth decay. A group of Scientists from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry have found a natural compound in grapes that can strengthen your teeth and also boost the strength of fillings.

The team suggests that grape seed extract may help reduce the incidence of tooth extractions by increasing the longevity of resin fillings or tooth-coloured fillings that typically last for only five to seven years. Grape seed extract is derived as a by-product of wine making and has been credited for health benefits like improved heart function and better blood circulation. The results of this new study, published in the journal of Dental Research, show that the grape seed extract can toughen dentin which is a type of tissue that makes up the bulk of the tooth and it lies beneath the hard external enamel. Therefore, when any damage is caused to your teeth, the remaining structure is retained with the help of fillings and grape seed extracts can make the bond with the materials used stronger.

A lot of people opt for resin fillings as they are look better, but a big problem with them is that they may not be as tough as amalgam fillings that can last up to 10 to 15 years or more. Researchers suggest that this problem can be fixed by using grape seed extract. When tooth decay occurs, the fillings start to deteriorate and the seal is lost.  In this case, the resin bond to the dentin can be strengthened with the help of grape seed extract and that may also help in preventing further tooth decay.

The researchers explain that one of the main causes of tooth decay is the production of acid from plaque which builds up on your teeth. If plaque is not cleared frequently, the acid it releases can begin to damage the surface of your tooth causing holes that are commonly known as cavities. The cavity begins to eat away at the second level of tooth material that lies beneath the enamel which is the dentin and that can impact the fillings too. According to the, interlocking the resin and the dentin provides better adhesion and reduces the chances of tooth decay.