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The Top Benefits of Teledentistry and How it Improves Patient Access

Every day we see more and more technology implemented into our lives. It’s transforming how we shop, how we socialize, and even how we learn. But what about how we access healthcare?

The digital age is changing the way that people receive care by making it more accessible and convenient than ever before. Teledentistry is the latest addition to this revolutionary movement. While many are unfamiliar with the term, once you understand its benefits, you will likely ask your dental provider if they offer the service.

What is Teledentistry?

Teledentistry is the use of virtual meetings and live video conferencing to provide dental care. It is a relatively new practice that allows patients to see and be seen by a dentist through modern communication technology. This means that there are no longer any travel or scheduling issues for patients who live in rural areas.

The goal is to improve access to dental care for any individual or family living in a rural area or experiencing some other cause (disability, health, age, etc.) that negates their ability to see a dentist face to face. With so many advances in online communication and the mass adoption of these new services because of the global pandemic, it has become easier than ever to engage in teledentistry.

Is Teledentistry like Telemedicine?

The answer is no. While both share the concept of distance-based care, teledentistry has a specialized focus on the treatment of oral health disorders. Telemedicine is more of a generalized term. Like most things in healthcare, being specific is important for insurance providers, patient care, and the training/education of healthcare providers

This may seem like an arbitrary distinction at first glance, but it serves an important function. It allows doctors to more easily refer patients who might need additional care outside their area of expertise or beyond their office’s capabilities back to their regular dentist.

What are the Dentistry Perceptions of Teledentistry?

Dentists are concerned about the quality of care their patients are receiving. Dentistry is a highly specialized field, and it takes years of education and experience to master the art of oral health. There are questions about privacy and quality of care. As more people start using teledentistry (including remote video visits), there will be an increasing need for high-quality security measures to protect patient information from hackers and other cybercriminals.

There are still debates happening about legislating the regulation of teledentistry to ensure a patient is receiving the care they require. This is primarily around synchronous vs. asynchronous teledentistry. That would be real-time, interactive consultation through digital means compared to using captured images and videos to review materials.

Was Covid the Cause of Teledentistry?

The quick answer is no. Teledentistry was around before the global pandemic. However, it is important to point out that the repercussions of so many families not leaving their homes or canceling visits with healthcare providers led to the mass adaptation of online communication.

Dentists wanted to provide quality access to care via video conferencing, and this has only helped those patients who live in rural areas or may not usually get to a dentist for routine care.

The Benefits of Teledentistry

Teledentistry can be a game-changer for many people. It improves access to care, reduces costs, provides services to disadvantaged children, increases the availability of specialists and other professionals, and is less intimidating than visiting a traditional dental office. For people with disabilities or phobias about going to the dentist (or their own fear of needles), these advantages are particularly important. The benefits include:

Improve Access to Dental Care

Teledentistry can potentially improve access to dental care for patients in rural and urban areas with a limited number of dentists. It can also be used to connect specialized dental services to people with disabilities.

While there has been an excellent outreach of incoming dentists in Canada, the need to target farmland and rural areas with not as many services has only accelerated. Leveraging the power of teledentistry will improve the overall oral health of those who do not have the resources or time for in-person visits.

More Affordable Dental Care

Teledentistry reduces the cost of travel for patients and their families. With teledentistry, patients can have their dental care done remotely with a dentist in another location. There is no need for specialized tools or single-use equipment to be utilized during the visit. Everything is done remotely so a dentist can get a better impression of the care a patient may need and then offer advice and diagnosis for further steps.

Targeting Disadvantaged Children

Teledentistry's services also extend to disadvantaged children. A recent study showed that children with disabilities face a higher risk of developing chronic health problems than their non-disabled peers. They are also less likely to receive proper dental care, putting them at risk for more severe oral hygiene issues later in life. Teledentistry can help these kids by giving them access to high-quality dental care when they're young. These preventative measures can be and should be taken before it's too late.

Greater Insight from Specialists

Dental care is all about the patient experience, which includes accessibility. There are many times when a dentist may not have the specialist he or she feels would be ideal for the patient’s case. This could be due to availability, location, or even financial reasons. However, teledentistry allows dentists to connect with specialists who can then offer their opinion and treatment plans via video conference.

This gives patients more options and flexibility in obtaining the best possible care they need while also saving them time and money on travel costs and missed workdays by having appointments done remotely through video conferencing.

Easing Fear & Stress

Visiting a dentist online is less intimidating than sitting in a dentist’s chair. Teledentistry delivers a level of comfort and convenience that traditional dental offices can't offer. It's also less scary for children, who are often afraid of dental visits because it involves getting poked and prodded with sharp objects. Teledentistry removes all these fears by making procedures seem more like video games than medical visits.

Greater Access for Disabled Patients

Dentists can provide care for people with disabilities and the elderly in a way that is more accessible for them. The ability to deliver care remotely through video conferencing is one of the most significant benefits of teledentistry. It gives people with different needs better access to dental providers. For example, video conferencing allows patients who are in wheelchairs or have other mobility issues an opportunity to see the dentist without having to leave their homes.

Easy to Schedule

If a patient has an oral emergency during their shift at work, they can schedule an appointment immediately after work rather than having to wait until Monday morning when they have time off from work.

Teledentistry opens up time outside the typical 9-5 banking hours of the work week. It enables many full-time and professional workers to get routine checkups. The more access this provides, the greater the impact on lowering overall dental needs because everyone is getting preventative care.

Better for the Dental Practice

Another benefit of teledentistry is that it frees up your dentist’s time. Dentists can spend more time with patients, more time on clinical work, more time on education, and more time on research. They can also use their freed-up time to advocate for new patient access models and technologies.

With the right technology in place and a clear understanding of what you want from your dental practice, you can be sure that each visit will be productive for both you as well as your dentist or hygienist.

Elevating Oral Hygiene Awareness

An often overlooked benefit of teledentistry is that when you improve access to dental care, you also enhance oral hygiene education. With a broader audience of patients to serve, there is a greater opportunity to educate those that may be misinformed or not have any idea of best practices for routine maintenance and health.

Education has always been the silver bullet to improving a community. That should be the same for any topic, including elevating the overall oral hygiene of a population because more people are able to get their questions answered and instructed on the best practices available.

What are the Challenges of Teledentistry?

As with any new technology, there are a few challenges that must be overcome before teledentistry can become the norm. It is definitely true that there is less in-person care, which could harm patient outcomes in the long run. This is probably the most critical factor oversight groups are paying close attention to right now. As long as teledentistry can offer quality patient care, it will stay around.

The other major challenge is access to internet services. During the global pandemic, many schools that shut down realized their students lived in areas without internet access. This primarily affected rural patients who either could not afford network connections or did not have an available service provider.

As teledentistry expands to more areas of the world, there will most likely be more emphasis on developing networks for more rural living spaces.

How Teledentistry Improves Rural Access

The best solution teledentistry offers rural patients is that it can enable patients to avoid long travel times and out-of-pocket costs associated with visiting a dentist’s office. It also provides an opportunity for dental students or other professionals who are currently located in rural areas to obtain needed training from specialists located elsewhere (e.g., at academic teaching hospitals).

In addition, teledentistry may provide more opportunities for dentists working in isolated locations to work collaboratively with colleagues who live in larger cities or other hubs of health care services and research. This collaboration can help create new knowledge about how best to treat certain conditions and provide better care overall for patients across the country.

It comes down to ease of access for both patients and working dental professionals. The greater the ability to access information, the higher skilled and educated the population becomes. This lowers the barriers for new dentists seeking a pathway to a lucrative career as well.

What is the Future of Teledentistry?

As this technology is integrated into daily life, you can expect app development and mobile use cases to rapidly expand. Dental practices will begin offering bespoke services via a unique mobile platform just for their location. That way, you could be on your way to a meeting via ride-sharing and get a quick checkup in the backseat.

Again, all of these developments will have to be aligned with quality patient care so the benefits of teledentistry do not overshadow the treatment received. Anytime there is a cost-effective solution to a problem, it has staying power in the public parlance. That is why teledentistry is not likely to go anywhere anytime soon. Better access to medical providers at lower costs seems like an excellent step forward, especially for those that may have never had the chance to see a dentist before.

Conclusion

Teledentistry has many advantages, and it is crucial to understand how it can help patients. While there are some obstacles that need to be overcome, these solutions will likely lead to an increase in the use of teledentistry in both urban and rural areas. As younger dentists come online by getting their practices approved, we can expect to see greater access and treatment possibilities for quality dental care all over Canada and the rest of the world.

About The Author:

Karen Nunez was born in Valenzuela, Philippines. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Centro Escolar University in Manila.

Karen currently is a practicing oral health care professional based in Alberta, Canada; and runs a Blog where she writes a slew of articles to empower internationally trained dentists to integrate into Canadian dentistry.

Read more of her blogs here.

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4 Best Invisible Braces (Clear Aligners) of 2022

Admit it, you’ve probably stood in front of the mirror dreaming of the perfect smile. A true eye magnet. We all have. 

But the sheer cost and time of traditional orthodontic treatment make it nothing more than a pipe dream.

But what if it didn’t have to be? 

Enter at-home clear aligners. 

Yes, even some parts of dentistry have moved online. Who would’ve thought? Now, you can get straighter without stepping a single foot out of the house. And no, your dentist doesn’t set up shop in your living room, but they can send you some life-changing products to bring out a new you. 

In this comprehensive guide, we'll talk about the ins and outs of at-home teeth alignment treatment and shed light on why it’s important, how the process works, and the best at-home aligner brands to look out for.  

What Are Invisible Braces or Clear Aligners?

Also known as invisible aligners, clear aligners are an orthodontic treatment for misaligned or crooked teeth. They apply constant pressure on your teeth to gradually move them into shape like braces. But unlike braces, they’re virtually invisible and removable. An aligner tray is customized for every patient, depending on the degree of tooth misalignment (malocclusion).

Types Of Invisible Braces

The following are the three types of invisible braces:

Clear Aligners

These are the most popular and widely-used types of invisible braces. They consist of clear plastic trays, each slightly smaller than the previous one, to gradually move your teeth into place.

Trays apply low-force pressure to the teeth and advance them over time. It takes an average of 18 months for this process to complete.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are basically the same as clear aligners regarding how they work and what they achieve. Unlike their plastic counterparts, however, ceramic braces are made from a thin layer of ceramic that makes them more aesthetically pleasing than clear aligners.

Although metal braces are more visible, clear ceramic brackets make them far less. These may take as little as six months to show results.

Lingual Braces

Like traditional braces, lingual braces employ a bracket-and-wire design to align teeth and repair bite problems. These types of braces attach to your tongue side (underside) rather than the fronts like other kinds.

Lingual braces are almost invisible and make for a much more aesthetically-pleasing look, but there’s one major drawback: they can be pretty uncomfortable.

What Material Are Invisible Braces Composed Of?

Clear and ceramic braces are made of transparent thermoplastic acrylics, making them more aesthetically pleasing than metal braces. They can be removed while drinking & eating though you may experience discomfort when wearing the trays for long periods.

When Do I Need Clear Aligners?

Perhaps you’re tired of metal braces and don’t like the way they look. If that’s the case, you should definitely consider investing in invisible or clear aligners instead.

Or perhaps your teeth are still growing, and traditional braces could threaten your growth plates.

However, dental aligners are capable of treating a variety of different cases. If you have one of the following conditions, then you could be a good candidate for aligners:

»   Crowded Teeth - Also known as malocclusion, crowded teeth are when the upper and lower jaws don’t line up properly. This can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and gum recession. It Happens in small mouths, where teeth overlap one another, stick out, and/or get pushed inside.

»   Crooked Teeth - Teeth that don’t stand front-faced and straight are considered crooked. It may happen when you’re still growing, but it can also indicate more significant problems in the jaw or skull.

»   Diastema - Small or large gaps between the teeth are known as diastema. Minor spaces can develop in any mouth area, but they are frequently seen between the two upper front teeth.

»   Overbites - The upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth to form an overbite. Overbites are generally caused when the upper jaw is too big for the lower one, but it can also signify an unbalanced bite.

»   Underbites  -Lower front teeth overlap with the upper front teeth to form an underbite. This is normally caused when the lower jaw is too small for the upper one, but it also happens due to an unbalanced bite.

»   Open Bites - It’s called an open bite when the outward-slanting front upper and lower teeth don’t touch one another. This is usually caused by excessive over or underbite.

»   Misaligned Primary (Baby) Teeth - Clear aligners may be used during phase I orthodontic treatment to make room for the developing permanent teeth and existing baby teeth. Suitable for children between ages 6 to 10.

In-Office Aligners vs. At-Home Aligners

Clear aligners come in two types:

The most popular option among aligners is in-office alignment. These aligners must be received from a licensed doctor and more intensive treatment. 

At-home aligners, also known as direct-to-consumer aligners, are less expensive than in-office aligners. Since the application and treatment are completed remotely (your aligner is delivered), you won’t have to visit a dentist or orthodontist for checkups. It’s the future of clear aligners. 

At-home and in-office aligners are both made from clear, medical-grade, BPA-free plastic (BPA-free products are those that do not contain the organic chemical Bisphenol A in their construction.). Some aligners may or may not touch your gums. With a ‘scalloped’ design, the trays sit comfortably along your gum line, making the trays less irritating and even more invisible. 

The gum line is not trimmed in other aligners (most options at home). As a result, they partially cover your gums and might cause more irritation at first. But most people aren’t bothered by it as the discomfort is minor. For this article, we’ll be talking about at-home aligners.

How To Get Dental Aligners? - The 4-Step Process

 

If you’re looking to straighten teeth, you’re probably also curious to know how the entire dental alignment transaction works. In this short section, we outline the process for getting your at-home invisible aligners:

1. Get a Customized Treatment Plan

The first step is to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist or order online for an impression kit. In person, a dentist will examine your teeth and scan your mouth, or for the at-home teeth aligning treatment, you can send back the impression kit with the mold of your teeth (after biting into the “goopy putty”). 

An individualized treatment plan will then be developed—we won’t bore you with this part; just let the experts handle it.

2. Your Aligners Are Made and Delivered

Using 3D technology, your custom treatment plan will be digitally created once your teeth impressions from the goopy putty have been inputted. Following approval of the digital models, the aligners are made in a production facility.

As soon as you accept treatment, the process begins. It can take up to 3 weeks for some aligner brands to ship you the product. The preliminary impression kits usually take less time to reach your door. 

3. Wear and Replace Your Aligners Accordingly 

You’ll replace your aligner trays every one to three weeks (they’ll be sent to you periodically). For teeth straightening to be effective, you need to wear them for about 20 to 22 hours a day.

Single aligners can only move teeth slightly (1 mm or less), so multiple aligners are needed.

The teeth will slowly move into the correct position with each set of aligners. You’re looking at anywhere between 3 and 24 months to complete the treatment. 

4. Flex That Smile at Day, Keep It Conditioned at Night

Once treatment is complete, a custom retainer is created from a mold of your newly straightened teeth. These nighttime aligners are meant to be worn every night while sleeping to ensure your teeth don’t slowly move back to their original position. 

 

6 Reasons Why Should I Get Clear Aligners

 

1. Get a Straighter Smile Without Visible Braces Comfortably

At-home aligners are practically invisible. With a custom treatment plan, your teeth will move almost imperceptibly to you and others—save for the increase in your smile’s brilliance.

These appliances are almost undetectable when worn on the teeth since the aligners don’t require brackets and metal wires. 

If you have many interactions with others and your smile plays a big role, clear aligners can help maintain your confidence and approachability

Aesthetic dental anomalies have shown to be a strong motive for bullying children, especially affecting their upbringing and social development. That includes braces themselves. So people who suffer from social anxiety and insecurities can take the subtler route with invisible aligners and fix their teeth.

2.  An Affordable and Convenient Option

Straightening teeth was previously both expensive and time-consuming. Fortunately, today’s invisible aligners provide a less expensive alternative.

You don’t have to go anywhere for any procedures. Instead of spending time at the orthodontist’s office, you can get the procedure done in your home—no hassle or time wasted.

3. They Are More Convenient to Use

Unlike traditional braces that restrict your menu options to foods like hard, chewy, and brittle, clear aligners can be taken out while you eat.

4.  Less Risk of Chronic Conditions and Injuries

Your oral and overall health can be negatively affected by misaligned teeth. Overcrowding can result in excessive wear and tear on your enamel since they’re grinding on each other so much. Teeth that protrude can also cause discomfort in your mouth and even lead to speech problems and headaches

Not to mention, misaligned teeth and jaws have been shown to affect mental health, especially in children and teenagers who get bullied for crooked teeth and thus have low levels of confidence and self-esteem. 

On a more positive note, clear aligners treatment has been shown to improve periodontal health significantly. 

5.  Easier to Maintain Proper Dental Hygiene

Clear aligners have been shown to facilitate oral hygiene and reduce the number of appointments and emergency visits

Besides taking out the aligners when you want to eat, removable clear aligners allow you to clean your gums, teeth, and other dental parts thoroughly. 

And, the removable aligners themselves can be cleaned separately, so you won’t have to try and maneuver your toothbrush around delicate wires and brackets.

6.  Reduced treatment times-  Results in as little as 12 Months!

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Compared to metal braces, clear aligners may reduce treatment time by half. Clear aligners usually treat your alignment problem in as little as twelve months, while traditional metal braces can take over two years to work.

But only your dentist can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and treatment time estimate based on your alignment issues.

 

 

 

 

 

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Best Clear Aligner Brands: Your Best Options

You’ve learned all you need to know about clear aligners. Now, you might be looking for directions. Where do you go to buy the best invisible braces? In this section, we’ve reviewed the best possible options based on public approval and service. 

1. NewSmile

NewSmile is a pretty recent company founded in early 2020—but they skyrocketed to stardom for their fantastic service. With NewSmile, you can have clear aligner treatment designed remotely and administered from the comfort of your own home.

Pricing$1899/ yr or $83/ mo (As of Jun. 12, 2022)
Night aligners Pricing$2099/yr or $91/mo (As of Jun. 12, 2022)
Treatment Length4 mos-10 mos
TeleDentistryYes
0% Down PaymentAvailable with a monthly plan.
Impression Kit$89
ShippingFront Door Delivery
Impression Kit Free Shipping

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Pros

»   NewSmile costs $1,499. Even though this isn't the absolute cheapest option available for teeth alignment in Canada, it still represents thousands of dollars less than braces or Invisalign, as well as nearly $800 less than SmileDirectClub. 

»   You can keep track of your progress with the NewSmile Aligner Monitoring App. 

»   The NewSmile customer satisfaction rating is excellent. Even though they don't have as many customer reviews as some of their competitors, we were able to find more than 100 reviews of their services, most of them positive.

»   If at the end of your treatment, your smile does not match the one in your treatment preview, NewSmile will "work with you to identify the cause, and will help you achieve the results you desired."

Cons

»   You might not be getting the most specialized treatment since they use a team that includes both orthodontists and general dentists.

»   Nighttime-only aligners from NewSmile cost $200 more, even though they’re exactly the same as the all-day aligners.

2. SmilePath

SmilePath is another at-home invisible aligners provider. They’re unique because they make clear aligners financially accessible to anyone, even if their credit score needs some work. 

Simply make an order online and send your molded teeth to them. They’ll evaluate your eligibility and send you image previews for what your teeth might look like at the end of the treatment. Like what you see? They’ll start making your aligners as soon as you approve and ship them to you within a few weeks. 

Pricing$1499 - one time
$84/mo (18 mos)
$234/mo (6 mos)
(As of Jun. 12, 2022)
Night aligners Pricing$1599 - one time
$89/month (18 mos)
$284/month (12 months)
(As of Jun. 12, 2022
Treatment Length6 mos. - 8 mos.
TeleDentistryYes
0% Down PaymentAvailable for an 18-month plan.
$295 for 12-month plan
$299 for Night Aligner 12-month plan

Impression Kit$55
ShippingFREE shipping within Australia
(Up to 3 weeks)

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Pros

»   As an additional convenience, SmilePath offers a nighttime option so that you can wear your aligners only at night.

»   The pricing for at-home clear aligners from SmilePath is the lowest available. Additionally, they frequently provide discounts on their website, which further cut their great rates.

»   They have an excellent customer service team that can answer all of your tough questions professionally and politely.

»   They use high-quality plastic aligners produced by supplier Retainer Essix, with over 15 years of industry experience. 

Cons

»   While some of their competitors offer free tooth scanning in their physical offices, SmilePath requires you to make your own molds of your teeth.

»   Although SmilePath aligns your teeth more quickly than braces or Invisalign, it is not the fastest option. Other brands can complete the alignment in only three months, while SmilePath usually takes at least six months.

»   The aligners won't arrive as quickly as others, so you might have to begin your treatment a week or two later compared to other providers.

3. Straight My Teeth

As the lowest price provider, Straight My Teeth makes treatment affordable for a wide range of people without compromising quality. Alongside affordability, at-home clear aligner companies like Straight My Teeth eliminate all in-person checkups, a true godsend during the pandemic. 

Pricing£799 - one time
£110/mo (6 mos) with £339 Downpayment
(Price as of Jun. 12, 2022)
Night aligners Pricing£899 - one time
£125/mo (6 mos) with £399 Downpayment
(Price as of Jun. 12, 2022)
Treatment Length4 mos-8 mos
TeleDentistryYes
0% Down PaymentNo
Impression KitIncluded in one-time price.
£44.99 separately

Shipping(12-14 business days)

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Pros

»   Straight My Teeth has the lowest prices on the market by far. For your full treatment, you'll only pay £999 (or less if you catch a sale). The fee also includes one set of aftercare retainers and a whitening kit.

»   Retainer Essix manufactures the plastic for Straight My Teeth aligners, a reputable and established dental supply company.

»   Their customer service staff is consistently praised for their responsiveness and professionalism in online reviews.

»   On par with the industry average, treatment takes an average of 6 months.

Cons

»   You might not be working with the most qualified professional on your case when you visit Straight My Teeth as they have unlicensed dental technicians on staff.

»   Refinements cost an additional £150 if you are unsatisfied with your results at the end of treatment.

4. AlignerCo

AlignerCo is relatively young as far as home aligner companies are concerned. So far, they have flown under the radar in the U.S. and Canada since opening their doors in May 2019. 

Although they have not had any marketing campaigns like SmileDirectClub, they have generated some buzz by offering prices well below the industry standard, quickly establishing themselves as an affordable service.

Pricing$895 - One-time payment which includes Impression kit and a set of Retainers
Night aligners Pricing$1095- one time
Treatment Length4 mos - 8 mos
TeleDentistryYes
0% Down PaymentAvailable with a 12-month plan
Impression Kit$55
ShippingUp to 3 weeks

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Pros

»   Everyone can apply for the SmileFlex Easy plan since there is no credit check (although it requires a $345 down payment).

»   Among all the companies offering at-home aligners, AlignerCo's $1,635 sticker price is easily one of the lowest, and sometimes they run promotions that further cut the price.

»   All AlignerCo aligners are made from Essix plastic, a reputable and experienced dental products company.

»   Anyone who does not wish to wear their aligners all day can opt for the Night Only treatment offered by AlignerCo.

»   Customers consistently praise them for their attentive, helpful service.

Cons

»   To begin your treatment, you will need to order an impression kit from AlignerCo since it doesn’t have any physical locations offering free tooth scans.

»   On their website, AlignerCo claims to offer orthodontist-designed treatment plans, but they actually use both orthodontists and dentists. Both are highly qualified to design and oversee your treatment, but if you are sure you want to work with an orthodontist, AlignerCo might not be the best option for you.

»   Compared to some of its competitors, AlignerCo may be a bit slower with delivery and treatment.

»   Their shipping policy is foggy, and their impression kits aren’t eligible for returns.

Some Things to Look Out for With Clear Aligners

Clear aligners can be amazing. But there are some drawbacks, too. We mention them in this section:

They’re Not for Everyone

For starters, clear aligners are not the best option for those with severely crooked or misaligned teeth. In cases where they must be gradually repositioned upward or downward for better alignment with the rest of your mouth, conventional braces get the job done more effectively.

Clear aligners, studies show, we’re also not as effective in producing adequate occlusal contacts (where your teeth meet when your mouth is closed), controlling teeth torque, and retention.

Aligners Require Your Cooperation

The success of clear aligners depends heavily on the patient’s cooperation. You may want to remove them more often than necessary due to their ease of removal. 

To have successful alignment and keep pace with your treatment schedule, your clear aligners should be left in your mouth for at least 22 hours daily for the duration of your treatment. As long as you leave them in, other than for eating or brushing, you can easily stay in control of your progress. 

However, if you have a strong tendency to keep taking them out, traditional metal braces might be better since they cannot be taken out at will.

You’ll Need to Do More Brushing and Flossing

You won’t have to change the details of your oral hygiene routine. You can still use your regular toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash. But you’ll need to use them more frequently—after every meal specifically. 

Imagine wearing clear aligners, and the spinach from lunch is trapped between your teeth for everyone to see. Not only is that a socially lousy look, but if you don’t remove all of the plaque and food particles from your teeth, you’re more likely to develop cavities as they remain there for a longer time.

What to Look Out For When Choosing an Aligner Brands? - Buyer’s Guide

Picking out the right clear aligner brand can be challenging, especially when you consider over 20 different invisible braces companies of the same type of transparent braces. Here are some things to consider when buying an aligner:

Adequate Research

Doing some research first before you buy would be a smart move. You might find out that your dentist can recommend or provide the service at a discounted rate, so ask him/her first.

Treatment Process Should Be Simple

An easy-to-understand treatment plan is extremely important. You’ll want to make sure that your clear aligner brand has a proven track record of successful results but also understands the importance of your time and money. A treatment plan with minimal visits can save you some bucks and some time.

Make Sure They Will Give Revisions If Needed

Not all clear aligners are one-time wear products, so if you’re not getting your teeth aligned to your liking, you can get them adjusted or readjusted. Be sure to ask the brand/office about this detail before you sign up for their service.

Warranty and Money-Back Guarantee

You should check if the brand offered you a money-back guarantee and warranty in case something goes wrong.

Customer Reviews

How Others Rate Them?

Conduct some research on the transparent aligner brands you are interested in. See if their track record is effective or not, read customer reviews, check for unfavorable feedback and, more.

Does The Brand Have Any Unfavorable Feedback?

Stay away from brands that have a lot of unhappy customers voicing their complaints online.

Competitive Price

A lower price tag is always better. But don’t choose an aligner brand based on its price alone. Quality matters more than quantity, so check out which clear aligner brands offer the best combination of quality and low cost.

And for this article, we have researched to find the best product that can help you in your oral treatment.

FAQs On Best Clear Aligners

What are the major distinctions between traditional braces and invisible/clear aligners?

The most crucial difference is that invisible aligners are removable. You can take them out anywhere you want, which means people won’t be able to see your treatment as they would with braces. 

Invisible aligners also allow for a much faster treatment time, about six months to one year, depending on the severity of the situation and how well they have been fixed.

Whereas the orthodontist will connect a metal bracket to each tooth with traditional braces. These brackets are held in place by a metal wire, correcting any misalignment. Because the braces are fastened in position, they move your teeth all of the time. Furthermore, they can utilize orthodontic appliances to repair significant issues.

Are invisible braces safe for your teeth?

In any case, for the most part, they are safe. The appliances can cause some discomfort in your mouth, but it’s not a big deal. Along these lines, if you do have a question about side effects caused by invisible aligners or any other sort of braces, you should ask your dental specialist.

What are Invisible braces costs and average treatment time?

The cost of invisible aligners varies based on your situation. On the off chance that you have a little issue, the treatment time will likely be less than six months. In any case, you might need to wear them for up to a year if you have a severe issue with your teeth.

Conclusion

We’ve looked at four of the best clear aligner brands on the market and found that all offer significant reductions in treatment time compared to traditional braces.

While invisible aligners are not for everyone, they can be an excellent option if your teeth aren’t severely crooked. If you’re looking for a fast, easy way to get your teeth straightened without spending months in braces, then clear aligners may be the perfect choice for you.

From this blog post, you can better understand what they offer without wasting too much time poring over reviews or trying them yourself. So if you want to achieve a beautiful smile in as little as six weeks, then one of these top-rated brands is worth considering.

So don’t wait any longer. Order your best clear aligners today!

 

Karen Nunez is a practicing dental health care professional in Alberta, Canada. She's passionate about educating her readers on achieving optimum dental health through extensive research on the latest dental topics and providing science-backed product recommendations. 

In her free time, you can find her glued to her favorite Paulo Coelho books and concocting the best chocolate cupcakes her loved ones go crazy about.

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How To Get Rid of Bad Breath Permanently

#1 Remedy for Bad Breath and Mouth Odor

We’ve all had our fair share of bad breath at some point. Whether it’s morning breath or, more serious, chronic conditions, bad breath is unpleasant for those around you (surprise, surprise) and detrimental to your health. 

You’ll know you’re guilty of it when alongside the bad breath odor, you have a residing bad taste in your mouth–which can be either from trapped food particles or an underlying condition. Whichever symptom, it’s uncomfortable, undesirable, and unhealthy.   

So in this short read, we’re going to cover everything you need to know about bad breath’s causes, risks, fixes and prevention, and when to see a dentist. 

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Why do I have bad breath? (Causes)

Poor oral hygiene

Every time we eat, our mouths have bacteria that break down food particles trapped in between the teeth or mouth. It’s handy, but the combination of decaying food and bacteria also produces bad breath. So if you don’t brush, rinse, and floss to pick out the sneaky food remains, you’re letting the harmful bacteria multiply in your mouth. That stinks. 

Irregular brushing also causes plaque build-up, which is another culprit for bad breath odor. The unhealthy build-up can cause cavities and periodontal disease–if there were a way to snowball bad breath, perio breath would be it. 

Lastly, if you have dentures and don’t clean them regularly, bad breath will find you, too.

Sinus, mouth, or throat conditions

You could also develop bad breath if you have certain oral conditions. Such as:

»   Sinus infection/bronchitis/postnasal drainage: the mucus developed in any of these conditions, like your infected sinus, smells bad. So, as it drips out of the sinuses or backs down the throat while your mouth is open (since your nose is usually congested), it meets the air you’re exhaling–from where it transfers to your breath. 

»   Dry mouth: saliva deficiency also causes bad breath. The saliva in our mouths cleans it and removes particles that may cause bad odors. You can increase saliva flow for a dry mouth and keep your mouth moist by drinking more water during the day, sucking sugarless lozenges, or chewing sugarless gum.

Smoking

Smoking can cause bad breath because the tobacco smoke itself lingers on your breath well after you’re done with the cigarette. It also dries up your mouth, which, as mentioned in the previous section, causes bad breath because there’s no saliva to clean up the mouth. Lastly, smoking or even chewing tobacco-based products causes gum disease–another source of bad breath.

Stenchy foods and beverages

Some foods, like garlic and onions, have strong odors, and when your stomach absorbs their oils during digestion, they pass into your bloodstream and travel to your lungs. 

Diseases

♦   Diabetes: higher glucose levels promote bacteria growth, infection, and thereby bad breath. It’s also harder to fight infection if your blood sugar is high–so your gums are more susceptible to disease with slower recovery. 

♦   Kidney disease: bad breath is a common oral symptom because the dysfunctional kidney can’t filter out the excessive urea in the bloodstream.   

♦   Liver disease: if your breath has a strong, musty smell, then it could be a sign that your liver is having trouble filtering out toxic substances.

♦   Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD): a medical condition where your stomach contents like undigested food, bile, and stomach acid reflux up your esophagus–leaving residue around your mouth and mixing with oral bacteria to make the foul breath odor stronger.  

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How to get rid of bad breath (tips & treatments)

Bad breath is already unsettling and disgusting as it is, and the probability of disease is greater. As if that’s not bad enough, it can also impact your body image and self-confidence. You may have even noticed yourself being anti-social or distant, so people don’t have to be around your smelly breath. 

Low self-esteem won’t help you make valuable relationships with others. So there goes a nice social life, too.

You have all the reason to say “screw you” too bad breath and no reason to let it go on. The following are tips and treatments for getting rid of bad breath. 

 

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Proper oral hygiene for bad breath prevention

For most people, poor dental hygiene is one of the leading causes of bad breath. So, the solution? Good oral hygiene, of course. It can eliminate existing bad breath and prevent it from recurring in the future. We cover what that entails here:

♦   Brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes–as that’s the optimal time to make sure your teeth are cleaned thoroughly. An electric toothbrush is also advisable because it’s more effective in removing dental plaque and improving gingival health

♦   Flossing your teeth can help minimize bad breath by removing hard-to-reach food remains and regulating bacteria and plaque build-up in the gums.

♦   Mouthwash will only temporarily mask bad breath if you use it without brushing–but using it in conjunction with brush and floss has been shown to reduce plaque. Look for an antiseptic mouthwash that can reduce or control plaque over a cosmetic one (strictly for fresh smell). Also, try to stay away from alcoholic mouthwashes that can dry the mouth, and as aforementioned, salivary deficiency can lead to bad breath. 

♦   Professional dental cleaning may be required if the situation is beyond DIY methods. Dental hygienists have advanced tools and training to thoroughly clean your mouth,  and give you a fresh start. 

Treat the diseases causing lousy breath

If conditions or diseases are causing your bad breath problem, then your situation is just as much a physician’s problem as a dentist’s. In other words, you need to treat the medical issues that are causing bad breath odors as a byproduct. 

Photodynamic therapy (PDT)

Halitosis has recently been treated with antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (PDT). Basically, photosensitizers (light-absorbing molecules) absorb a specific wavelength of visible light–which triggers a series of reactions that ultimately transfer energy to a bacterium’s oxygen molecules, killing the cells within.  

PDT has demonstrated promising results in treating bad breath. Unlike chemical mouthwashes, tongue scrapers, chewing gum, sprays, or tablets that may cause excessive tongue excoriation with transudation and desquamation, there are zero reports of adverse effects or toxicity from PDT

When to seek professional help

If your bad breath is persisting after all the troubleshooting, check in with your dentist. With professional advice, you can discover what may be causing the problem. After a thorough dental exam and cleaning, your dentist can help rule out any oral health concerns and provide advice on the next steps. That includes dental products to use, dental hygiene instructions, and referrals to other medical providers if need be.  

Bad breath can be annoying. But, now you know its potential origins and what to do about it. You’re equipped with the proper knowledge to fight and prevent bad breath. 

 

 

About The Author:

Karen Nunez was born in Valenzuela, Philippines. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Centro Escolar University in Manila.

Karen currently is a practicing oral health care professional based in Alberta, Canada; and runs a Blog where she writes a slew of articles to empower internationally trained dentists to integrate into Canadian dentistry.

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8 Best Dental Products of 2022

You're reading this blog post because you want to have beautiful teeth and a beautiful smile. It's the new year, and it's time for your resolutions!

In this post, we'll go over 8 product reviews of dental products for the year 2022.

We'll include tips on how to take care of your mouth (teeth and gums) as well as practical recommendations on which products will work best for what type of person or lifestyle.

So read through our list below and by the end, you should have an idea about which one is right for you!

Ready? Let's go.

Whitening Kits

First, whitening kits are the best option for those who want to use professional-grade whitening treatments at home. 

With enough supplies for at least weeks or months of regular use, things like these can bring out a before-and-after smile that will undoubtedly impress anyone on the receiving end. 

If you already have an idea of your loved ones' favorite brands then all the better. If not, don't worry—we offer some below. 

As long as the manufacturer's instructions are followed, hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide-based tooth whitening are shown to be safe and effective

Smile Brilliant Whitening Kit

 

We know that the best way to get a whiter smile is through professional whitening. But, not everyone can afford it! That’s why we created Smile Brilliant – so you can have your own teeth whitened in the comfort of your home for less than half of what most dentists charge. Our kits are customized to fit your needs and budget.

 You don't need an expensive dentist appointment or any special training - just follow our simple step-by-step process at home with our easy-to-use kit. In just two weeks, you'll see a noticeable difference in how white your teeth look! Plus, if you're not satisfied with the results after using all of the gel provided by us, we will refund 100% of what you paid for this package! No questions asked. So give it a try today and let us help make sure that every time someone looks at your smile they say “wow” instead of “hmm…”

Smile Brilliant is the first company to bring customized whitening kits directly to your door. Our business model cuts out dentist inefficiencies and passes savings onto you. You can choose how much gel you need, as well as whether or not your teeth are sensitive. We’re here for everyone!

With our easy-to-use at-home kit, we make it easier than ever before to get a brighter smile without having to go through the hassle of visiting a dentist. If you have any questions about our products or services, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

If you're looking for a heavy-duty whitening system that can take on even the darkest stains, look no further than Smile Brilliant's T9 NON-SENSITIVE SYSTEM. This system is perfect for those who drink coffee, tea, or wine regularly, or smoke – and don't want to sacrifice their teeth' natural sensitivity in the process. Plus, at 27 applications of whitening gel, this system offers great value compared to other brands.

 

Looking to achieve brighter, pearly whites without any of the sensitivity that often comes with other whitening products? Smile Brilliant has the perfect solution – our T6 NON-SENSITIVE SYSTEM! This set is perfect for those with average stained teeth and includes everything you need to get started: custom-fitted trays and 18 applications (top and bottom) of whitening gel. Plus, with regular use, you can enjoy brighter teeth in as little as two weeks!

 

The T3 NON-SENSITIVE SYSTEM (light stains) is the perfect product for those who are looking to achieve a bright smile without having any pain or sensitivity. The best part about this system, aside from its ease and effectiveness in removing stains - which we all know can be difficult sometimes-, is that it doesn't have natural side effects on your teeth because nothing gets applied near them; so you'll never develop cavities or get an infection!

 

When it comes to a brighter smile, the first step is making your impressions. Backed by science and made in-house at our lab using custom-fitted trays mail everything back for us within 3-5 business days so we can craft an accurate build around what you need! Once complete whiten & relax with white energy-free products included as well as a carefully engineered gel that works best on each individual's dental needs

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A toothbrush upgrade makes an excellent gift for someone who has already invested in at-home whitening treatments.

That's because a great electric toothbrush can help support the process by behaving like a personal tooth brushing coach for cleaner, whiter teeth. 

Compared to their manual counterparts, electric toothbrushes are specially designed to more effectively fight plaque and stains more effectively, promote better gum health, and increase saliva production. The added stimulation from a powered toothbrush promotes better blood flow to the gums, making them stronger.

If the studies weren’t enough, we interviewed a practicing dentist recently, Dr. Roswin Grewal, in his opinion of electric toothbrushes:

“I recommend patients use an electric toothbrush as it can be easier to use and does a better job of cleaning. They’re worth the initial investment, and I recommend any oscillating brush.”

 

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The cariPRO™ Electric Toothbrush is another top electric toothbrush on the market. Designed with a non-slip, anti-splash ergonomic grip, this brush is ready to go as soon as you are with five brush modes on standby:

  • Clean
  • White
  • Massage
  • Gum care
  • Sensitive 

Don't worry about wires, either, since the cariPRO toothbrush comes with a mobile wireless charging dock so that you can space it to your needs. 

Thanks to its angled and tufted DuPont™ bristles, it’s capable of polishing away stains and plaque without irritating teeth or gums. And because it comes with two different brush heads with a tongue scraper, two members in the family can use it—even more if you order more brush heads. 

 

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Water Flossers

Another great gift for those who cherish their teeth whitening treatments is a water flosser.

The use of oral irrigators can reduce gingival inflammation and better clean around dental implants, which is why they’re preferred over floss. Plus, it's the perfect combination to keep both gums and teeth healthy and strong—which everyone loves!

Dr. Roswin Grewal - a practicing dentist in Calgary;  AB, Canada says,

Water flossers are an excellent way to flush your teeth, get rid of germs, and fend off acid attacks. They’re engineered to reach the deepest crevices of your teeth and use high-pressure water to rinse them out. 

It’s like flossing, but way more fun and effective. 

Dental care tips from Dr. Roswin  Grewal

 

 

It is important to brush twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Also flossing is just as important, if not more important than brushing. It is commonly not a priority for people! Brushing cannot clean between the teeth and only flossing can clean these areas. Flossing can be a tough habit to build, if you are a person that does not floss at all you will need to start somewhere! I recommend patients to build the habit slowly with baby steps, flossing say 1 or 2 specific days a week, and then eventually the goal is to build the habit to be flossing daily! 

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1. Stop messing with string - flossing is annoying!  And wasting time on a silly string can be even worse, so why not just do it? It's easy and painless (not to mention more effective) than dental picks or other methods of plaque removal; plus you'll feel better about your breath when others compliment the cleanliness in their mouth from seeing how well-groomed yours has become over time. 2x More.

2. A premium water flosser is the perfect way to keep your teeth clean and healthy. It's even more effective than string, with 3 times as much dental benefit for implants or braces! You have nothing risk-taking this product - it comes right at your doorstep so there will be no surprises come check-up time when Dr.'s say "wow look what you did!"

3. The flossing ritual will be a thing of the past, as you'll have two times more success when it comes to implants and braces (vs string-based). Your mouth is going from being healthy enough for just about anything.

 

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Mouthguards

Are your loved ones active, and do they play dangerous sports? Or do they grind their teeth at night? Get them the oral protection they need to keep their beautiful smile intact with mouthguards or nightguards. 

A quality mouthguard protects the gums, teeth, and jaw from injuries while playing sports or participating in other activities where injuries are most likely to happen.

Just make sure to clean your mouthguards periodically and not wear them all the time. Mouthguards, over time, could trap bacteria on the gum’s surface,  which could grow plaque or harmful bacteria in the mouth. 

Now admittedly, the gifting aspect is a bit tricky since, for some brands, you'll need to send the company your oral impressions before getting your mouthguard made. So it's a bit of a giveaway, but a worthy one, nonetheless.

Remi’s Custom Night Guards

Remi’s Custom Night Guards is an affordable, comfortable option that's great for those who want something that'll last and work well.

These custom-made nightguards by dental professionals feature an ultra-thin design with the highest quality material to ensure comfort and security even when you're sleeping. 

The Remi Custom Night Guards also cover the front teeth instead of just the back, so you won't have to worry about shifting while you sleep. And for the late-night teeth grinders out there, these mouthguards are great for protecting your teeth.

They're a reliable brand that delivers in 2-4 business days in the U.S. along with a 30-day money-back guarantee. New mouthguards are delivered every six months, though you'll have to spend $49 for them.

 

Smile Brilliant Night Guards

Do you grind your teeth at night?

If so, it’s time to stop the damage and save on costly dental bills. Smile Brilliant Nightguards are custom-made for you by a dentist in just two weeks. They protect your teeth from grinding while allowing you to talk and drink water. You can even wear them during sleep! And with our 100% satisfaction guarantee, there’s no risk in trying them out today.

With over 40 million Americans suffering from bruxism (teeth grinding), this is an epidemic that needs to be stopped immediately before more damage is done! Stop the pain now with Smile Brilliant Nightguards - get yours today!

 

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Oral Probiotics

The best way to keep your oral and sinus health in check? Rejuvenate! This all-natural formula helps fight plaque build-up, decay & presents the ultimate solution for bad breath. It also supports natural immune defenses by building new bacteria that reside within our bodies’ mucosa (the thin layer of closely related tissue found just beneath the outer surface). With this product you can expect improved gum wellness as well enhanced dental hygiene overall – it will be like nobody else knows what they're missing out on until then…

Your mouth contains over 700 species of bacteria, and a healthy microbiome is crucial to your overall well-being. Good or bad? You decide! The Science Of A Healthy Mouth will teach you all about the difference between good vs bad guys in terms on oral health: 

Good Bacteria (Lactobacillus Plantarum) are those naturally occurring types that fight off invasive microbes like plaque and tartar while maintaining our natural balance; they're also known as natural flora which helps protect against dental cavities - not so much if there's an imbalance because then we might end up having more cavity problems than ever before...then again once things get back into proper order with these helpful bugs

Good bacteria are the natural inhabitants of your mouth that keep the bad stuff in check. They help fight off invasions from outside microbes and maintain a healthy microbiome, which leads to better breathless plaque accumulation- healthier gums as well as enhanced immunity for ears noses throat infections (ENT).

Bad bacteria

Plaque and tartar buildup is a common dental problem that can lead to serious health problems if left unchecked.

The bad news is, these bacteria are very hard to remove from your teeth. They’re protected by an outer membrane that prevents antibiotics from penetrating the film on your teeth. Even when you brush regularly, plaque and tartar buildup continues to accumulate because brushing alone doesn’t get rid of enough bacteria or their waste products. 

Dental probiotics are designed specifically for oral health care and have been shown in studies to reduce plaque formation by up to 50%. They also help promote natural tooth remineralization while reducing cavities caused by acid erosion (decay). In addition, they fight gingivitis-causing bacteria with regular use. You can even add them into your daily routine without having any side effects like other dental treatments since they're completely natural!

Most of us don’t realize that the health of our mouths and sinuses is directly linked to our overall health. 

We all know that we should take probiotics, but it can be hard to remember or find time to do so. Also, most probiotic supplements have a limited shelf life which means you need to keep buying more expensive products regularly. 

 

CariPRO™ Dental Probiotics is an easy way for everyone in your family (including pets) to get healthy bacteria delivered right where they need it – their mouth! Unlike other oral care products on the market, cariPRO™ uses patented technology that delivers live cultures directly into the dental biofilm and saliva without ever touching teeth or gums. This provides maximum protection against cavities and gum disease while also strengthening immunity throughout the body. Plus, with a 2-year shelf life, there’s no reason not to use this product daily!

 

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Conclusion

Remember: if you want to give the perfect gift this year, be sure to choose one that'll truly help your loved ones achieve long-lasting oral health for life.

And no matter what their favorite color is, chances are they'll appreciate anything that does just that. It’s also a great, sure-fire way to make Santa’s nice list because who doesn’t love a beautiful smile? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen Nunez is a practicing dental health care professional in Alberta, Canada. She's passionate about educating her readers on achieving optimum dental health through extensive research on the latest dental topics and providing science-backed product recommendations. During her free time, you can find her glued to her favorite Paulo Coelho books and concocting the best chocolate cupcakes her loved ones go crazy about.

 

 

Dr. Roswin Grewal was born and raised in Calgary; Alberta, Canada He completed his dentistry degree at the University of Sydney in Australia. He first practiced in the rural town of Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia prior to coming back to Canada. He likes to travel, exercise, play sports such as basketball, ice hockey, and swimming. He also enjoys reading and learning new things!

 

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Got A Dry Mouth? Learn the Causes, Symptoms, & Treatments Today

Do you have a mouth as dry as the Sahara?

It's not the best feeling in the world, to say the least. The doctors call it Xerostomia. And it occurs when your salivary glands are slacking on the job (they're not producing enough saliva in your mouth).

Your mouth becomes parched. It feels dry. And if that wasn't bad enough, it can cause other symptoms like bad breath, dry throat, and cracked lips that are unkissable. It’s rough (pun intended). But more on the side effects later.

Saliva is an important part of your body's digestion processes: it moistens and breaks down food. Your oral goo is also protective, dare we say obsessive, about your dental health, working day and night to protect your mouth against gum disease and tooth decay. So when enough of it isn’t being produced in your mouth, it can be cause for concern. 

Don’t fret too much, a dry mouth has its effects but it’s not the end of the world. Though it could be a symptom of a more serious underlying medical problem, it’s usually fixable.

So, between the cracked lips and a potential Alzheimer's scare, it's needless to say that treating your dry mouth is paramount. And in this article, we're going to layout the symptoms, shed light on the causes of dry mouth, and suggest research-backed products to treat that dry feeling.

Your dry mouth will be gone in no time. Ready? Let’s get started.

How can I tell if I have a dry mouth?

Some people may be able to spot a dry mouth right away. Others may be experiencing it, but not know their condition exactly. If you have the following symptoms, as indicated by a study published in the National Library of Medicine, you could very well have a dry mouth:

  • A dry or sticky feeling in your mouth
  • Thick, stringy saliva—a sign of dehydration
  • Chapped lips
  • Bad breath
  • You may have difficulty chewing, speaking, and swallowing. A dry mouth can also affect your taste buds, leaving a metallic, salty, or other taste in your mouth
  • Your throat may feel dry and sore, with hoarseness to it
  • A dry and grooved tongue

If you're worried about your dry mouth symptoms, the best-qualified professional is a dentist. As part of your dental appointment, your dentist will check both your mouth and teeth for signs of dry mouth syndrome and any related problems, such as tooth decay.

 


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What is causing my dry mouth?

You might be curious about what exactly is causing your dry mouth. Some culprits are active lifestyle choices, others are more passive and out of your control. Either way, if you have a dry mouth, it's worth looking into the causes for troubleshooting.

How can I get rid of my dry mouth?

So now that you know the symptoms and causes of a dry mouth, the next obvious question becomes what to do about it. Luckily for you, we've gathered five research-backed products that can help treat dry mouth quickly and easily.

Remember that if you have underlying oral health problems, it would be advisable to consult a dental professional to provide advice or more appropriate prescription drugs to suit your needs.

Rinse with Special Mouthwash

Mouthwash is great for improving oral hygiene and freshening your breath, but special kinds of mouthwashes can also help resolve a dry mouth.

 

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The Biotene Oral Rinse Mouthwash contains Xylitol, an ingredient well-known and well-researched to significantly promote salivary flow–thereby combatting xerostomia. Just know that some people have reported digestive side effects if it accidentally enters their system since the sugar alcohols can pull water into your intestine or get broken down by gut bacteria.

 

 

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Check Out Xylimelts Oral Disc

OraCoat is a renowned, pioneering producer of XyliMelts, which are disc-shaped pills (containing Xylitol–surprise, surprise) that you can take to promote saliva production when you're awake and asleep. The patented formula slowly releases ingredients after ingestion that enter the bloodstream to induce more salivary flow into the mouth. It's 100% naturally made, sweet-flavored, and lasts 4-8 hours.

 

 

Pop a Dry Mouth Lozenge

The ACT Dry Mouth Lozenges with Xylitol has a soothing mint flavor freshening your breath and is always ready to go like a pack of gum. Lozenges have been shown to decrease xerostomia symptoms and stimulate the salivary glands–specially formulated with Xylitol, ACT's dry mouth lozenges can effectively increase saliva flow and keep your mouth moist.

 

 

Brush with the Right toothpaste

Sensodyne is a trusted brand that is known for its toothpaste when treating teeth sensitivity and dry mouths. In addition to cavity protection, enamel repair, and breath freshening, the Sensodyne Pronamel toothpaste was formulated with dry mouth sufferers in mind.

It was engineered with the right mix of ingredients to combat a dry mouth. For example, toothpaste contains Betaine, a key ingredient researched to stimulate saliva flow and relieve symptoms of a dry mouth. Dry mouth toothpaste like Sensodyne can help moisturize and soothe your rough oral areas.

 

Consider a humidifier for your living space

If the surrounding air in your room is dry, it can result in dry nasal passages and mouths. Sadly, no oral supplements or mouthwash can help us out of that mess. In this case, a good ol' humidifier may be the way to go.

It works by increasing humidity levels in your home so the ambient air is moister. Aside from being able to breathe better, the dispersed water vapor and mist helps soothe symptoms of a dry mouth and throat.

The AquaOasis™ Cool Mist Humidifier {2.2L Water Tank} is ultra-quiet with an adjustable 360º rotating nozzle and enough power to cater to larger rooms. That way you can sleep in peace while tending to your dry mouth or hang out in your living room without worrying about dry air impacting your mouth.

Parting Words

All in all, the products mentioned above are strongly recommended and medically reviewed to help treat a dry mouth. You can learn more and purchase any of them on Amazon to get them fast and securely to your doorstep.

Again, if you have any health conditions that you have doubts about regarding your body's reaction to the products (for most, highly unlikely), then it's best practice to consult your family physician or dentist. If dry mouth problems persist, it can be worth investigating whether there's an underlying problem like salivary gland dysfunction.

Now that you're educated and equipped with the right set of knowledge and products, you can manage dry mouth like a pro and ensure your mouth feels nothing remotely close to the Sahara desert ever again.

 

 

 

 

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Dealing with Bad Breath (Halitosis): Causes & Remedies

Bad breath (halitosis) is like a bad mood–you shouldn’t inflict either onto others. It never ends well. The last thing you want is to have a conversation with someone who’s only thinking about how you’re torturing their nose hairs when they should really be listening to you

You can’t even blame them, either. The bad smell and residing icky taste in your mouth are unsettling for you, too. It can even damage your body image and self-confidence. In many ways, it’s like a curse. And you’re sick of awkward encounters and insecurities. You’re sick of it all. 

So you finally decided to get up and make a change. No more stinky breath. And we’re here for it. In this short read, you’re going to learn the causes behind bad breath and get research-backed remedies–for the sake of nose hairs everywhere.

What’s causing my bad breath?

It may seem obvious that your bad breath is due to poor dental hygiene: When we don’t brush, plaque builds up, and trapped food particles mix with oral bacteria–which causes the foul odor. 

However, there are other culprits that we should acknowledge, too:

Bronchitis/sinus infection/postnasal drainage: the developed mucus during any of these conditions smells bad. As the mucus drips down your sinus and throat, it meets the air you’re exhaling through your open mouth (since you can’t breathe with a congested nose). That’s when it transfers to your breath.

Smoking or chewing tobacco: the tobacco lingering on your breath can cause bad breath. Both activities can also result in a dry mouth and cause gum disease.

Dry mouth: the saliva in our mouths eliminates particles that may cause bad odors. Saliva deficiency can therefore cause bad breath, as malodor-inducing particles can remain.

Kidney/liver problems: these dysfunctional organs may have trouble filtering out toxic substances from the bloodstream and rest of the body, which results in bad breath. 

Stenchy foods and beverages: as your stomach absorbs food oils (like from garlic and onions) during digestion, they travel to your lungs through the bloodstream, where it mixes with exhaled air. 

Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD): when your stomach contents like bile, undigested food, and stomach acid, reflux up your esophagus. This can leave residue in your mouth and mix with oral bacteria, making the foul breath odor stronger.

Remedies for Bad Breath

So how do you get rid of bad breath? Most of the time it’s not that difficult–especially if you have the right tools. In this short section, we’re going over the possible solutions:

Scrape your tongue

Tongue scraping may be helpful for cleaning a coated tongue, which is a buildup of debris, bacteria, and dead cells on your tongue. Doing so can effectively remove odor-causing bacteria, but also improve your tongue’s appearance and may even elevate your sense of taste.

 

The Mastermedi tongue scraper boasts a 100% stainless steel finish with a U-shaped curve for flexible ease of use in your mouth. Two non-synthetic handles give it a good grip. And it has an anti-gagging ridge in the back of the mouth for effective back-of-the-mouth cleansing. Lastly, as it is travel-friendly and durable, confidently remove gunk on the go.

 

Rinse with an anti-microbial mouthwash

Rinsing your mouth with an anti-microbial mouthwash inhibits and destroys the growth of microorganisms that are causing the bad breath odors in your mouth. It’s a great temporary solution to freshen your breath and kill mouth germs before brushing your teeth again.

The certified vegan and gluten-free TheraBreath Oral Rinse is recommended by dentists for over 20 years. As it contains chlorine dioxide, it effectively reduces oral malodor, dental plaque, tongue-coating accumulation, and various sulfur-producing bacteria in saliva. Destroy morning breath and food odor with this non-alcoholic, mint-flavored mouthwash.

 

 

 

Treat a dry mouth

You can let some Orahealth Xylimelts dissolve in your mouth if you suffer from halitosis caused by a dry mouth. It stimulates saliva productionreduces the risk of tooth decay, and reduces plaque by 50%–as claimed on the package. Xylitol is the hero ingredient that helps your teeth fight cavities. What's more, it can be used with braces, dentures, and CPAP machines. The best thing about this product is that it is easy to use- stick the discs to your adjoining cheeks and gums and instantly feel your mouth be moisturized and rehydrated.

 

Parting Words

We went through causes of bad breath and potential remedies, but remember that it’s most important to ensure you’re not a victim of bad breath at all. And the trick is incredibly simple: practice proper oral hygiene. 

Brush your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day. We recommend that you use an electric toothbrush, which is more effective in improving gingival health and removing dental plaque. Additionally, flossing your teeth helps you reach hidden food remains and reduces the build-up of plaque in the gums to prevent bad breath.  

Now, with the research-backed bad breath products at your side, every time someone offers you gum, you won’t be wondering whether they were being generous or if it was because you reeked of bad breath. You’ll happily chew, and pass forward the kindness.

Remember that no dental products can replace the advice or recommendation of oral health care professionals. You should visit the dentist regularly and consider a thorough professional cleaning if you have doubts about your oral health and the effectiveness of the recommended products. 

 

 

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How to Get Rid of Yellow Teeth

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There are two kinds of teeth stains: extrinsic (superficial stains on the outer layer of the tooth, caused by coffee, tea, soda, etc.) and intrinsic (deeper stains beneath the enamel, on the tooth’s dentin–these are harder to remove). 

Here are six effective products to help you get rid of those pesky tooth stains:

Spa-Dent Advanced Whitening Toothpaste

The Spa-Dent VEGAN Whitening toothpaste was made with vegetative enzymes from pineapple extract (bromelain) which has been scientifically proven to be more effective in bleaching. In addition to whitening, the paste contains tooth-friendly xylitol–for cavity protection. 

 

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Crest 3D Whitestrips Gentle At-home Teeth Whitening Kit

The Crest 3D Whitestrips Kit has the potential to remove 15 years of stains within 2 weeks. The hydrogen peroxide within the paste is effective for teeth-whitening. However, excessive use and high concentrations can damage the protective enamel on your teeth and inflame roots and gums.

Apply the hydrogen peroxide-coated strips to the front of your teeth and let it seep into them to help remove stains and lighten the teeth. 

 

AsaVea Teeth Whitening Pen

The AsaVea Teeth Whitening Pen is armed with 35% carbamide peroxide–another chemical mixture that’s safe and effective for whitening teeth by 4-8 shades. Treat your teeth like a painting and the whitening pen as a brush. Apply the gel with strokes and see the magic happen.

The entire process takes under a minute and the compact shape makes it easy to store and travel with.   

Crest 3D White Brilliance Toothpaste Kit

The Crest 3D Teeth Whitening and Deep Cleansing Paste Kit is a pack of two pastes. The two-step process requires you to brush for 1 minute, not rinse, and then brush another minute with the whitening polisher to finally rinse. From home, you can keep your smile up to 99% as white as a professional polish by removing surface stains.

LUELLI Teeth Whitening Kit

The Luelli Teeth Whitening Kit is the complete package. You can see whitening results after just one 10-minute (built-in timer included) session with the carbamide peroxide gel syringes and tooth tray. The mint flavor makes the 10-minute sit a bearable and non-gaggy one. 

 

Isabella’s Clearly SPICE, Natural Remineralizing Tooth Powder

Isabella’s Tooth Powder strengthens enamel and prevents tooth decay through the high mineral content that nourishes the gums and teeth to aid remineralization. In fact, tooth powder has been found to be more effective than toothpaste for surface stain removal and gum disease. Simply put the powder substance onto your brush, mix with water, and brush away. 

 

 

Parting Words

Yellow teeth can be attributed to a couple of reasons: age, faulty diet, smoking, and poor dental care. You can overcome tooth discoloration by using the aforementioned teeth-whitening products and be more confident in social settings with your bright smile.  

Remember that your overall oral health is also as important as having white teeth. So don’t just prioritize whitening strips and gels but take care of your gums and enamel remineralization, too.


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3 Benefits of Using Powered Toothbrush- And Why You Should Have One Today

Powered toothbrushes are accessible more than ever before. They allow you to improve your brushing habits by effectively removing more plaque than manual brushing. And they come in different shapes, designs and offer a variety of features, too.

Deciding which one is best for you is no easy task- so we researched a list of features on what to look for in a powered toothbrush, and some top products to choose from. Let's get started.

What sets them apart from the standard and boring manual toothbrush

The most recent study found three benefits of using powered toothbrushes.

1. Keep cavities at bay.

2. Healthier gums

3. Prevents tooth loss.

The benefits of using powered toothbrush have been studied for many years, and the latest one proves that electric toothbrushes, in the long run, is better for our dental health.

Features of Powered Toothbrushes

They all vary in size, shape, and functionality- depends on your specific dental needs or limitations. Below are some features you would consider in buying your first or next powered toothbrush.

Less manual work

Skip the sawing and scrubbing motion as it can sweep away the plaque more effectively with its oscillating/moving bristles- just guide it along the surfaces of your teeth. And a gentle touch with a soft-bristled brush is your safest bet. People with mobility issues or arthritis find this product more useful and easier to use.

Oscillating heads

The cupping and pulsating power of the oscillating heads are more effective in cleaning your teeth and are found more superior to sonic toothbrushes

Smart in Technology

Most of them come with a timer to help you keep track of 30 seconds brushing for each quadrant of your mouth. And it has a digital reminder when to replace your brush head.

Another great feature of powered toothbrushes is they are equipped with multiple modes for different needs- gum massaging, whitening, or sensitive teeth. The pressure sensor also helps you detect if you are brushing too hard.

Without further ado, below are some of our recommendations in helping you choose which one is best for your lifestyle and needs.

Oral Care Kit Tooth & Gum Family Size

Dr. Tung's Ionic Toothbrush

It may sound weird but this toothbrush will revolutionize the way we brush our teeth. You may say goodbye to your toothpaste. Using ionic action to attract plaque and bacteria away from your teeth going onto the brush bristles. Found to remove 48% more plaque than a traditional toothbrush. And by the way, it does not need recharging and/or a battery. try it Today!

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6500 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush with Charging Travel Case and Extra Brush Head

The Game Changer of All-Powered Toothbrushes.

The Phillips Sonic Care Protective Clean Powered toothbrushes promise to deliver you personalized quality brushing with its three different intensities: Clean, White, and Gum Care- different results for your daily brushing needs. Its built-in 2-minute timer with quad pacer ensures you get a consistent clean throughout your mouth.

It comes with a pressure sensor that gently pulses when you're brushing too hard.  And did you forget about replacing the toothbrush heads? No-fuss -this toothbrush will tell you the perfect date to change it!

 

Colgate 360 Floss Tip Sonic Power Toothbrush, Soft

Your 3-1 mouth cleaner

Powered toothbrush. Cheek Cleaner. Tongue Cleaner. Colgate Powered toothbrush is an all-in-one tool to make your mouth clean and healthy. Thanks to its 20,000 strokes per minute to effectively remove plaque below the gum line. Never get tired of using this toothbrush as its power button is so easy to use.

Oral-B Pro 1000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, Black

 

Your mouth deserves all the love it can get with Oral-B's 360 Cupping Technology- an effective way to remove plaque by 300%.  You will be delighted with its built-in 2-minute timer that pulses every 30 seconds to let you know to change areas of the mouth when brushing. Designed with dentists for an amazing clean.

cariPRO Electric Toothbrush

 cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush

Get whiter teeth and healthier gums in two weeks. cariPro electric toothbrush removes surface stains on your teeth and effectively reduces plaque 7x more than manual brushing.  Enjoy fun and effective brushing at half the price of your regular powered toothbrush.

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AquaSonic Black Series Ultra Whitening Toothbrush – ADA Accepted Rechargeable Toothbrush -

Prepare for whiter and cleaner teeth. The state-of-the-art design of Aquasonic will make your pearly whites healthier and brighter. It removes plaque along the gum line 10 times more than regular brushing- leaving your gums refreshed. The 30-second timers with auto shut-off are the best feature I've ever seen so far. Must try for very time-conscious oral health peeps.

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4 EXPERT TIPS ON HOW TO HAVE HEALTHY AND BEAUTIFUL SMILE TODAY

Do you want a beautiful and healthy smile?

Here’s a dirty little secret: gum disease, tooth decay, and pain won’t get you there. But, proper oral hygiene can result in a nice smile and prevent most dental diseases. The American Dental Association (ADA) reminds us that our mouths are windows into the health of our bodies, and it is essential that we follow the recommended guidelines for optimum oral and dental health.

So what are those, you ask. Read further.

Brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes with fluoride toothpaste.

Floss or clean in between your teeth once a day.

Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months

Visit your dentist regularly

Eat a healthy balanced diet and limit in-between snacks

No matter your age, oral health is important because your teeth are with you till the end. Beyond just health benefits, almost 60% of people feel more confident and positive simply by being satisfied with their smile.

Better social life? Here we come.

 The pro tips in this bite-sized read are for preventative care to avoid painful diseases and costly treatments, and teeth whitening tips to boost your confidence for a better lifestyle.

 Let’s get started.

 

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Brush Your Teeth with a Powered Toothbrush

Proper oral hygiene and a beautiful, healthy smile are age-old testaments to brushing your teeth regularly (twice a day). But frankly, you can do better than manual toothbrushes. In today’s age, it’s far more effective to remove plaque, germs and thereby avoid gum diseases with a powered toothbrush. Plaque is the sticky, colorless film that adheres to the surfaces of your mouth within four to twelve hours after brushing.

The most recent study found three benefits of using powered toothbrushes.

1. Keep cavities at bay

2. Promotes healthier gums

3. Prevents tooth loss.

Its benefits have been studied for many years, and the latest one proves that electric toothbrushes, in the long run, are better for our dental health.

Product Recommendations

Philip’s Sonicare toothbrushes are industry leaders with patented technology for oral cleansing. The following two options are not only affordable and highly effective, but smart in tech, too:

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 Rechargeable Toothbrush

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 Rechargeable Toothbrush can remove up to 7x more plaque than a manual toothbrush in a set 2-minute timer. You’re also reminded when it’s time for a replacement to maximize the effectiveness of every brush long-term. The pressure sensors ping you if you’re brushing too hard for your teeth and gums, and the adjustable speeds/preset modes help you gradually build up brushing power.

Philips One By Sonicare Battery Toothbrush

Philips One By Sonicare Battery Toothbrush: the micro-vibrations from the powerful motor and the tapered bristles effectively polish your teeth to the bone (pun intended). This brush is better for traveling as it flexes a 3-month long battery life, compared to 14 days with the first option. It also has a 2-minute timer with notifications every 30 seconds.

Rinse with Therapeutic Mouthwash

There are two kinds of mouthwash: cosmetic and therapeutic. We recommend the latter because, in addition to just breath-freshening (like in cosmetic mouthwash), therapeutic mouthwash has active ingredients to control/reduce gingivitis (gum disease), plaque, and tooth decay. You’re hitting more birds with one stone. Although, keep in mind that children should not use this product unless directed by a dentist. 

The American Dental Association says mouthwash can be a helpful addition to your daily hygiene routine since the cleansing chemicals can touch areas your toothbrush may have trouble with. Therapeutic mouthwashes contain antimicrobial agents, like Chlorhexidine and Cetylpyridinium and essential oils, which are effective in reducing the germs in your mouth.

Product Recommendations

Two products worthy of recommendation are:

Lumineux by Oral Essentials

Get a  soothing and healing effect with this top performer mouthwash. It contains aloe vera which reduces plaque and gum bleeding- and does not stain your teeth, unlike Chlorhexidine. The best thing about this product? It's alcohol and toxin-free, and gentle to your mouth.

Give your teeth and gums more love with its Dead Sea Salt and Xylitol content - proven ingredients to reduce the harmful bacteria in your mouth.

Periogen Rinse

Contains baking soda within its formula, this mouthwash is made to efficiently reduce the acidity of plaque fluid and improve gum health

This rinse has been clinically proven to prevent and reduce tartar. Safe and not acidic with a pH of 7.5,- and does not contain bleach and alcohol. It is great for kids at least six years of age and adults with braces, implants, or bridges. 

The formulation is to prevent plaque (the sticky colorless film that binds on your teeth) from hardening into tartar- the bacteria build-up that irritates your gums. Tartar is that gunk that covers your tooth, gets under your gum line, and sticks to your fillings or dental work

Use Oral Irrigators to Clean in Between Your Teeth

Also known as dental water jets or water flossers, oral irrigators force out plaque and food debris between teeth and below the gum line with a high-pressure pulsating water stream. It’s like a water toothpick you can use to improve oral health.  

You ask me why they are Oral irrigators better than regular flossing or interdental brush? Here’s why:

It reduces gingival bleeding

Lessens gum inflammation

Aids in plaque removal

 If you wear braces, have non-removable bridgework or crowns, dental implants, or bleed easily, oral irrigators are a viable option to flush out sensitive, hard-to-reach areas. Complemented with a sonic toothbrush, irrigation can significantly reduce plaque and gum inflammation compared to flossing and a manual toothbrush.

Product Recommendations

You know where to find powered toothbrushes (previous section). But, you may be wondering where to look for your water toothpick to eliminate manual brushing and flossing. We have two solid recommendations for their performance and reliability:

Water Flosser, Professional Cordless Dental Oral Irrigator by Laluztop

Water Flosser, Professional Cordless Dental Oral Irrigator by Laluztop: you can choose between 5 pulse water flow modes. The 360º rotatable nozzle allows you to reach those hard-to-reach areas. The waterproof irrigator is incredibly versatile with 2 standard jet tips, 1 orthodontic tip, 1 periodontal tip, 1 nasal cleaning tip,1 tongue cleaner, and 2 toothbrush heads.

Cari Pro Cordless Water Flosser

This FDA-registered dental product comes with a two-year warranty to ensure you are happy with your purchase. It comes with the traditional four tips- standard, ortho, pocket, and brush tips. The waterproof design makes it safe for baths and showers as well.

Want to get rid of a tiny steak strip in between your teeth? Choose the Pulse button to flush out annoying food debris that makes your mouth taste funny;  Soft and Normal  Modes- for the typical day of your no-string- flossing!

Use Teeth Whitening Products

A healthy smile can be more than just its literal meaning. Whitening your teeth has some dazzling indirect benefits, too. It has been shown that dental aesthetics like whiter teeth have a positive effect on the oral-health-related quality of life, psychological well-being, and self-esteem. You’re also seen as more attractive–so people are more drawn to you, thus aiding in better social interactions and relationships. Remember that smiles are contagious–white smiles, though.

Product Recommendations

Before trying teeth-whitening products, it’s best to consult with your dentist if you have oral health conditions like existing tooth fillings or gingivitis. With that out of the way, some popular and highly effective teeth-whitening products are:

Crest 3D Whitestrips Professional Effects Kit

Crest 3D White Whitestrips Professional Effects Kit: if you use the strips once a day consistently for 30 minutes, you could remove 14 years’ worth of stains for a whiter smile.

You may be wondering how they work: each of the plastic strips you apply to the front of your teeth are coated with a gel that contains either Carbamide Peroxide or hydrogen peroxide–chemicals known to whiten teeth. Once applied, the special peroxide gel will seep into the teeth to help remove stains and lighten the teeth.

Cali White Vegan Teeth Whitening Kit with LED Light

Cali White Vegan Teeth WHITENING KIT with LED Light: you can expect to see a 2-8 whiter shade smile within just 7 days of use–for 10-30 minutes a day. Their patented Universal Comfort fit Tray, and Custom Thermoform trays provide complete upper and lower bite coverage, allowing the gel to fill crevices between teeth and whitening molars, giving a uniform whitening effect on all teeth.

The VEGAN plus-side: If you choose to purchase this product, you can ensure that you’re supporting a cruelty-free production because no animal tests and harm are done.

Parting Words

You made it to the end. Congrats. Hopefully, you’ve realized that the right tools are essential alongside your daily oral health best practices. Taking these preventative measures for your oral health and using the whitening products for a beautiful smile will not only save you agony in the long run, but boost your confidence, self-esteem, and mood, too.

 Go kill some nasty oral bacteria and shine your dazzling white teeth to blind some eyes, tiger.

 

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Best Dental Hygiene Advice For Older Adults

Good oral hygiene shouldn't be taken for granted. But for many adults over 55, practicing healthy oral hygiene habits is more difficult than it once was. 

By not taking care of their teeth proactively, older adults may see some serious health problems, not just those related to your teeth, but those related to other parts of your body as well. With a weaker immune system at an older age, can you really afford to get sick?  

Practicing good oral hygiene can prolong the life of your teeth and lower your risk of other diseases as well. That’s right, strong oral health is directly linked to good overall health elsewhere in your body. 

So, in addition to our age-old recommendation to visit your dentist regularly and observe good hygiene, in this short guide, we’re going to help you address your oral health with research-backed products and improve your quality of life. Let’s get started!

 

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Treating Weak Enamel & Tooth Structure

Enamel wears away with age, leaving the teeth vulnerable to damage and decay. When their teeth begin to deteriorate, it becomes more difficult to chew. In turn, older adults (who are usually the victims) will miss out on nutritional foods, which can cause vitamin deficiencies.

A great non-invasive solution for weak teeth, enamel, and structure, is rinsing with a special mouthwash that does more than freshen your breath.   

The CloSYS Silver Fluoride Antimicrobial Mouthwash contains sodium fluoride, which after regular use, has shown to strengthen demineralized dental tissue like enamel and dentin to help rebuild weak spots. The chemical has also been clinically shown to make your teeth more resistant to bacteria that cause cavities.

One minor drawback to this mouthwash is that it contains Sucralose, which gives it an extra sweet taste–some may find that a bit unpleasant. 

 

 

Denture Cleaning

With age, many older adults develop arthritis and experience motor incoordination. That makes it harder to clean dentures with a manual brush and water. With residual bacteria and germs remaining in the teeth, you risk infections, bad breath, and other oral and bodily diseases. 

The BlumWay Ultrasonic Cleaner is an excellent solution for those who can’t physically brush away unwanted germs and bacteria. All you have to do is press one button and let your dentures sit for 5 minutes in a cleaning solution–research has shown that alkaline peroxide and ultrasonic vibration are superior auxiliary agents to just brushing with water

Though relatively expensive, it’s a one-time purchase that guarantees the effective removal of biofilm (adhering to surface bacteria) from your dentures and flexes a healthy white smile.

 

Fixing a Dry Mouth

It’s common for older people to suffer from dry mouth (salivary hypofunction, xerostomia). Because of decreased saliva production, you’re more prone to significant oropharyngeal (back-of-the-mouth) disorders, pain, and overall lower quality of life. 

Many things can lead to a dry mouth, from local salivary disorders to ingesting more medication than younger populations and other conditions that come with old age. When treated early, though, older people are protected from the negative consequences of this condition.

 

A great dry-mouth fix is, for example, Oracoat Xylimelts. These pills have been clinically proven to increase salivary flow and help combat dry mouth, and promote mineralization for solid and healthy teeth. Just see that you don’t take the Xylitol in excessive amounts, as that has shown to produce laxative effects. Not pretty. 

 

 

Another great option is the Biotene Oral Rinse. In addition to removing odors of a dry mouth, the alcohol-free, no-burn solution uses the LP3 salivary enzyme-protein system to act as artificial saliva to moisten and clean the mouth. 

Compared to regular mouthwashes in your local drug store, it’s a lot pricier given the same liquid volume. However, it’s worth the investment to many because you can comfortably enjoy drinking, chewing, and speaking after rinsing with this product. 

 

Preventing Gum Infection

As mentioned before, advancing age makes it difficult to brush teeth well because of motor incoordination. Dry mouths can also make you more prone to cavities and gum infection due to decreased salivary flow. That’s why it’s more important than ever to properly clean our teeth at an older age and prevent gum infection. 

The cariPRO™ Electric Toothbrush is more effective in removing plaque and germs to avoid gum diseases than using a manual toothbrush. Powered toothbrushes clean more thoroughly with less physical effort and reach the hard-to-reach places in your teeth for a deep clean. It’s perfect for older adults who lack the mobility and strength for a strong brushing session. 

As you get older, sensitive teeth and weak gums will pose more of a problem when you’re flossing the traditional way. You’ll bleed more, it’ll hurt, you’ll feel uncomfortable. 

The cariPRO™ Water Flosser is a less-invasive alternative to string flossing that uses water pressure to push out dirt in your crevices. Research has shown that along with a brush, a water flosser is significantly more effective than a manual brush and string floss for removing biofilm from tooth surfaces.

Both cariPRO™ devices are highly effective for preventing periodontal disease by efficiently removing germs and biofilm. However, they’re on the pricier side and more resource-intensive –requiring batteries, electricity, and water (for the water floss) to function correctly. 

Parting Words

Getting older doesn’t mean you have to compromise your oral health. You’ll continue to feel great and healthy for years to come if you take care of your teeth now. By following the research-backed recommendations in this article, you’re setting your dental health up for success for a better quality of life. 

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Top 3 Mouthwash We Recommend

TheraBreath Dentist Recommended Fresh Breath Oral Rinse - Mild Mint Flavor, 16 Ounce (Pack of 2)

A mouthwash recommended by dentist for over 20 years. It neutralizes sulfur-producing bacteria hence eliminate morning breath and food odor. No Alcohol, artificial flavors, or colors.  Certified vegan, gluten-free nonacidic formula with a very mild mint flavor that does not sting or burn.

CloSYS Sensitive Antimicrobial Mouthwash, 32 Ounce, Gentle Mint, Alcohol-Free, Dye Free, pH Balanced, Helps Soothe Mouth Sensitivity, Kills Germs that Cause Bad Breath

Kills 99.9% of germs and harmful bacteria in 10 secs. Alcohol-free, triclosan-free, sulfate-free, gluten-free

Listerine Naturals Antiseptic Mouthwash, Herbal Mint, 500 Ml

500ml of natural, fluoride-free mouthwash that eliminates 99% of germs in 30 secs of rinsing. use it twice a day for a 24-hour protection.

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