Posts made in March, 2013

Scientific Dental Study: Coconut Oil Combats Tooth Decay

Posted on Mar 28, 2013

Did you know that coconut is a natural antibiotic? Coconut has been incorporated into commercial dental care products, since digested coconut oil has been shown to attack the bacteria which causes tooth decay, according to scientists presenting their work at the Society for General Microbiology’s Autumn Conference at the University of Warwick.

Coconut oil in its natural state was pitted against coconut oil that had been treated with enzymes, in a process similar to digestion. Streptococcus bacteria, which are common inhabitants of the mouth, were the oil’s targets.
The Enzyme-modified coconut oil was found to strongly inhibit the growth of most strains of bacteria, including the major cause of tooth decay, Streptococcus mutans, an acid-producing bacterium.

Partially digested foodstuffs have been shown in many previous studies to be active against micro-organisms. And earlier work on milk that had been enzyme-modified showed it was able to reduce the binding of S. mutans to tooth enamels, which prompted the group to investigate the effect of other enzymes.

What does this mean for you? If you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment such as braces or Invisalign, brushing your teeth with toothpaste that contains coconut oil or using coconut oil in your cooking may help reduce your chances of plaque buildup and tooth decay.

Its important to maintain your oral health to prevent tooth decay, especially when your teeth may be more vulnerable such as during orthodontic treatment or when you’re a young adult.

If you would like to learn more about how you can protect your smile, please contact us today!

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Wearing Braces? Here’s how to care for your teeth!

Posted on Mar 21, 2013

If you are wearing dental braces, you may notice that not only are your teeth getting straighter, but that your oral health care routine may be a bit more complicated than you expect. It is, naturally, a bit trickier to clean your teeth properly while you’re wearing braces, but here are some quick tips to prevent your teeth from developing dental plaque while you’re wearing braces.

1. Brush your teeth after every meal. Small pieces of food will get stuck between the wires of your braces. Trapped food causes bacteria and plaque, which is why it’s essential to brush your teeth regularly to get rid of trapped food pieces between your teeth.

2. Use an electric toothbrush. Consider investing in an electric toothbrush as an electric toothbrush will not only reach the nooks and crannies in your fixed braces that a regular toothbrush might not, but an electric toothbrush has also a special mode for teeth whitening, gum massage and is suitable for patients with sensitive teeth. (Your teeth may become sensitive while wearing braces).

3. Visit your orthodontist regularly for your braces to be adjusted and for your progress to be recorded. If you have any questions in the meantime, don’t be afraid to contact HGS Ortho. We’re here to answer all of your questions.


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Food You Can Eat While Wearing Braces

Posted on Mar 14, 2013

It’s a known fact that having braces can get you many dental benefits especially for your smile. However, braces can take a long time to take effect and this means some major changes in your lifestyle. You need to be more meticulous when it comes to your dental hygiene and you should also be careful with what you eat. Because of the metal arches, metal brackets, and elastics of the braces, there are certain foods you need to avoid so that you don’t damage or ruin your braces. If you are unsure of what foods you can eat while wearing braces, here is a simple guideline you can use and take to heart.

There are those foods that are strictly off limits if you have braces. These tend to cause problems for your braces when you eat them and can even ruin your braces. Hard foods like uncooked vegetables or fruits, peanuts, candies and the like should be avoided because they can become stuck in between the wires of your braces and be the cause of not only tooth decay, but also damage to the braces. You should also avoid chewy foods like caramel, toffee, bubble gum, and the like. There is a good chance that these foods can become entangled into your braces and you’ll have a big problem on your hands.

Focus your diet on soft and well cooked food. Foods you can eat while wearing braces include cooked vegetables, eggs, soft fruits, and bread or rice. Most meats are also ok to eat as long as they are cooked properly and are not too stringy. Noodles or pastas are also good as they can be packed with flavor and are very adaptable.

While your diet is constricted to certain types of foods, this temporary change in your lifestyle is all for the better and will help you get a much healthier teeth. If you want more details about the foods you can eat while wearing braces, be sure to visit HGS Ortho for more information and get professional advice on taking care of your braces.

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Misaligned Teeth No More

Posted on Mar 7, 2013

Everyone knows that first impressions usually always last. That’s why many consider a person’s smile to be crucial. Truly, a smile is what most people would notice first. It just follows that if you have a beautiful smile, people will trust you more and feel more at ease with you.

But what happens when your smile isn’t that “perfect”? Naturally, not everyone was born with the perfect set of teeth. Most people who have misaligned teeth lose their self-confidence. In fact, smiling or interacting with strangers can be quite a chore.

Misaligned teeth can cause many problems, and at times be quite uncomfortable. Orthodontists refer to misaligned teeth as a “malocclusion”. Fortunately, this is treatable, and you could get the back the confidence you need.

Thanks to the help of modern day orthodontics, there are many options out there for you to fix your misaligned teeth. The most common solution that your orthodontist would recommend for your misaligned teeth is braces. However, you could opt for Invisalign clear aligners as well. Depending on the condition of the misalignment, both are guaranteed to give you great results- straighter teeth and renewed confidence in yourself.

Whether you choose braces or Invisalign, it is always best that you follow whatever instructions your orthodontist will give you. During this period, you are required to go back for regular check-ups. Your orthodontist will also provide you with instructions as to how to care for your braces or Invisalign aligners to avoid prolonging your treatment or damaging your smile.

Book your consultation at HGS Ortho today and see how you can achieve the perfect smile with the help of orthodontics.

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