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Study Finds Green Tea is Good for Oral Health

green tea good for oral healthA healthy mouth is a product of proper at-home care, regular dental visits, and smart nutritional choices. Recently, it was revealed that including green tea in your diet could improve the health of your gums and prevent periodontitis.

In a Japanese study published in the Journal of Periodontology, the researchers analyzed the health of the gums of 940 males between ages 49 and 59, to establish whether there would be any differences between those who consumed green tea regularly and those who consumed less of the beverage.

To identify the periodontal health of the subjects, the researchers looked at three indicators: loss of gum tissue (gum recession); depth of periodontal pocket; and bleeding upon probing the soft tissues.

Findings of the Study
Previous researches had shown a relationship between the consumption of green tea and weight loss, cancer prevention, and a healthy heart.

In this study, the researchers observed a direct relationship between green tea consumption and periodontal health. Subjects who consumed the most green tea were observed to have the least effect of all three indicators. In other words, the more green tea the subjects consumed, the lower the incidence of periodontal disease.

Benefits of Green Tea for Oral Health
The lead researcher, Dr. Yoshihiro Shimazaki claimed that the health benefits of green tea are well known. And considering the close connection between periodontitis and overall health, his team of researchers sought to find out whether green tea could also help prevent periodontal disease.

The researchers claimed that the positive correlation was attributed to the presence of an antioxidant called catechin in green tea. Periodontitis is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the hard and soft tissues holding the teeth in place. The catechin found in green tea helps to promote oral health by inhibiting the body’s inflammatory reaction to bacteria responsible for periodontitis.

There are other benefits of green tea to your oral health that were not discussed in this particular study. For instance:

● Green tea is said to contain polyphenols that inhibit plaque from sticking to tooth enamel, which in turn prevents the buildup of plaque and reduces the risk of tooth decay and cavities

● Green tea also promotes a healthy oral environment that prevents the growth of bacteria that cause bad breath

● Green tea is said to slow down the progression of oral cancer

● There are also some green teas that contain fluoride, which strengthens tooth enamel.

Moreover, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) has supported findings of other studies showing that maintaining healthy gums also helps to promote the overall health of an individual. Although green tea is not a substitute for daily brushing and flossing, as well as professional dental cleanings, it is a great supplement for promoting oral health, according to Valencia dentist, Dr. Fariba Bolourchi.

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Why Saliva Plays a Significant Role in Our Oral Health

saliva oral healthDid you know that the human body produces between 2 and 4 pints of saliva per day? This is how important saliva is, and when the supply diminishes, a dry mouth can lead to a myriad of problems, from poor digestion to bad breath to tooth decay, according to Valencia dentist, Dr. Fariba Bolourchi.

The Role of Saliva

Saliva is a liquid secreted by the salivary glands, namely the submandibular glands, the sublingual glands, the parotid glands, and hundreds of other minor glands in and around the mouth. Saliva is made up of 99 percent water and 1 percent mucus, proteins, electrolytes, antimicrobial agents, and white blood cells.

Small amounts of this secretion flow into the mouth from the glands continuously, through tiny tubes known as ducts, to keep your mouth moist. But the salivary glands release more saliva during certain times, like when you’re eating or anticipate eating (causing salivation).

Saliva helps to:

● Initiate the process of food digestion (contains an enzyme called amylase that breaks down starch in the mouth)

● Facilitate smooth swallowing

● Enhance the eating process so you can enjoy different flavors

● Lubricate dynamic oral tissues to facilitate speech

Saliva and Your Oral Health

Saliva also plays a vital role in promoting your oral health in the following ways:

● It contains proteins and minerals that protect tooth enamel by forming a thin film around the tooth. This in turn reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

● It contains calcium and phosphate that aids in the process of remineralization, reducing wear caused by bacteria and acids on teeth while strengthening tooth enamel

● It contains antimicrobial agents that kill bacteria in the mouth

● Helps to wash away food debris and bacteria that cause bad breath and cause tooth decay

● It helps to neutralize acids in the mouth after eating or drinking

What happens when you don’t have enough saliva?

When you don’t produce enough saliva, it leads to a condition called dry mouth or xerostomia. This can be caused by medications, such as those for allergies, depression, and high blood pressure, or cancer treatments, or other factors.

Inadequate saliva can lead to many problems, including gum disease, tooth decay, and infections from fungus, bacteria, and yeast. It can also make it difficult to eat and speak properly.

To supplement the little saliva in your mouth, you should drink plenty of water every day, chew sugar-free gum, and enhance your daily oral care routine by brushing regularly and swishing water in your mouth after meals to remove food particles. Also avoid sugary, acidic, and spicy foods, as well as alcohol, as they can irritate the mouth further. Also visit your dentist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Make sure to visit your dentist every six months for professional cleaning and an oral exam that can help detect any problems early and take remedial action in time.

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Alternative, Natural Ways of Whitening Teeth

alternative, natural ways of whitening teethThose beautiful pearly whites are the highlights of a gorgeous smile. However, the natural aging process and lifestyle habits, like smoking and alcohol consumption can cause your teeth to discolor.

Fortunately, brightening your smile is as easy as scheduling an in-office teeth whitening procedure in Valencia or getting whitening trays. These two procedures not only give you the fastest results, but also provide the safest and most effective way to whiten your teeth, without the risk of wearing down tooth enamel.

However, if these are not an option to you, then here are some alternatives to consider. These methods have not been proven to work, but have been reported as effective by others.

1. Coconut oil pulling.
Instead of using regular mouthwash, try swishing coconut oil for about 20 minutes several days a week. Research shows that oil pulling after brushing, followed by a proper mouth rinse with clean water will not only make your mouth cleaner and healthier, but also make your teeth appear whiter and cleaner.

2. Use activated charcoal.

When activated charcoal is reheated, it becomes safe for ingestion. The activated charcoal is applies to the teeth where it binds to stain-causes such as wine, coffee, and plaque, lifting them off your teeth. However, activated charcoal can be abrasive to tooth enamel, and should only be used once or twice a week. Mix it with water to create a paint that you dab on the teeth. Allow it to sit for three minutes and then rinse.

3. Banana peels.
Banana peels are a great substitute for whitening strips. They are rich in magnesium, potassium, and manganese; all nutrients that help with tooth stain removal. For this method, choose a banana that is perfectly ripe (with no green or brown spots). Cut a small piece out of the peel, and once a week, rub the inside of the peel over your teeth for two minutes before brushing as usual.

4. Apple cider vinegar.
ACV is known to have antibacterial properties, which means that it can be used as a mouth rinse to remove bacteria and prevent the buildup of plaque. Prepare a solution with one part ACV and two parts water, and use it to swish every morning to keep your teeth white.

5. Baking soda and lemon.
Mixing baking soda with lemon juice creates a chemical reaction with a teeth-whitening effect. You can use either of these ingredients individually, but mixing them increases the smile-brightening effect. However, you should only brush with this solution once a week to avoid eroding tooth enamel.

There are many other home remedies for teeth whitening that you can use, like eating crunchy fruits and vegetables, swishing hydrogen peroxide for a few seconds before spitting, and using the astringent properties of turmeric, to remove plaque and polish your teeth. But for immediate results, consider an in-office teeth whitening procedure.

Dr. Fariba Bolourchi offers various teeth whitening options in Valencia including Zoom! whitening, Venus whitening, and take home whitening trays for quick, noticeable results. Contact us @ (661) 259-4800 if you are interested in learning more.

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Diabetes a Risk Factor for Periodontal Disease

diabetes and periodontal disease

Insulin resistance is a situation characterized by the failure of the cells to respond to insulin, which is critical for food digestion. There are studies linking insulin resistance with periodontitis, though they don’t necessarily take into account the impact of body weight or obesity in their deductions.

In this regard, researchers from the US and South Korea studies the health records of around 6,000 South Koreans to identify the relation between insulin resistance and the severity of periodontal disease for nonobese adults with normal body mass index (BMI).

The study

The 5,690 participants were over 30 years old, and had suffered moderate-to-severe periodontal disease as revealed from data obtained from the 2008 – 2010 Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and the Community Periodontal Index.

About 4,500 of the participants were observed to have moderate periodontitis, with pockets between 3.5 and 5.5 mm, while the other 1,200 has severe periodontitis, with pockets greater than 5.5mm.

The international researchers also examined the Homeostatic Model Assessment of Insulin Resistance scores (HOMA-IR) that quantify an individual’s resistance to insulin by multiplying their fasting glucose levels and fasting insulin levels.

Here are some assumptions for the study:

  • Men with a HOMA-IR score higher than 2.21 were considered insulin-resistant (metabolically obese)
  • Women with a score higher than 2.33 were considered insulin-resistant
  • All participants diagnosed with type-2 diabetes were also considered insulin-resistant

Generally, it was observed that participants with severe periodontitis also had considerably higher insulin-resistance values compared to those with moderate periodontal disease.

Deductions

The researchers found that:

  • Nonobese, insulin-resistant participants had considerably higher risk of having severe periodontitis compared to nonobese participants who were not resistant to insulin.
  • Participants with type 2 diabetes were more prone to severe periodontitis than those with normal glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose – a form of prediabetes.

From this study, it was evident that people with insulin resistance have greater risk of severe periodontitis, regardless of the body mass index. This means that obesity may not have a direct connection to severe periodontitis as other studies have suggested.

Final note

Although the study helped to show that conventional weight measurements such as waist circumference or BMI do not provide a definitive measure of one’s health, since even healthy, insulin-resistant participants were prone to severe periodontitis, the sample comprised entirely of South Korean adults. As such, the findings cannot be generalized to other populations, meaning more research is needed for conclusive results.

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Top Dental Facts About Men’s Oral Health

mens dental oral health factsDental care is crucial for everyone, from infants to adults and seniors. However, there are some unique differences with regard to the oral health of men and women.
 
For instance, while many people generally put off visiting the dentist, men are supposedly more likely to skip their annual checkup compared to women. Instead, men usually only visit the dentist when a problem arises. Regular dental checkups and professional cleanings help to identify, diagnose, and treat problems early, reducing the risk of more serious and costly issues.
 
Here are some other concerning facts about men’s oral health:
 
● According to one national survey, women not only brush more often, but also more thoroughly than men; while 86 percent of women brush twice a day, only 66 percent of men do the same.
 
● Men replace their toothbrushes less often than men. To avoid oral health conditions, it is recommended that you replace it every three months, or after an illness.
 
● Studies show that men are more likely to have gum disease. According to one study, 34 percent of men aged between 30 and 54 had gum disease, compared to 23 percent of women in the same age gap. If left untreated, gum disease can develop into periodontitis, leading to respiratory disease, heart disease, and some kinds of cancer.
 
● Studies suggest that men who have had gum disease are more prone to developing some kinds of cancer, such as blood, pancreatic, and kidney cancers than men with healthy gums.
 
● With regard to cancer, research shows that men are twice as likely to suffer from oral cancer compared to women. Oral cancer is just as dangerous as any other kind of cancer, but if caught early during a dental checkup, it can be successfully treated. Late treatment can be difficult, resulting in death.
 
● Considering the points above, it is not surprising that men are more likely to need advanced dental care than women. Research shows that one of the most common dental problems that require more in depth treatment is decay. Regular dental checkups can help diagnose decay in its early stages, and treat it with a filling. Otherwise, the decay can become severe, requiring a root canal and crown. In severe cases, the affected tooth may require extraction and a subsequent implant, denture, or dental bridge.
 
Since men are generally less concerned about their oral health, it is important that you don’t compromise on at-home dental care, which involves brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes; using mouthwash; flossing daily; and changing your toothbrush every three months. Also, schedule a professional cleaning and dental checkup with Valencia dentist, Dr. Fariba Bolourchi, at least twice per year as recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA).
 

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Valencia Dentist on How to Make Your Own Toothpaste at Home!

diy how to make toothpaste at homeValencia Dentist, Dr. Fariba Bolourchi, wants to show you how you can make your very own toothpaste at home using only a few key ingredients!
 
Many patients are unaware that many toothpastes that you find at the local grocery or drug store contain a variety of ingredients that may scare you away. Most toothpaste contains some level of fluoride, which is used as a way to help prevent cavities – however, fluoride is and has been a controversial subject matter.
 
Other ingredients found in commercial toothpastes include sodium hydroxide, sodium lauryl sulfate, artificial sweeteners/dyes, titanium dioxide, and triclosan. Many of these chemicals sound alarming just be reading them out loud, which is why Dr. Bolourchi offers her own natural recipe to try that does not contain any “weird” chemicals!
 
You can experiment with different recipes, but most home-made toothpastes typically revolve around three key ingredients: coconut oil, baking soda, and peppermint or cinnamon essential oil.
 

Dr. Bolourchi’s Natural Toothpaste Recipe

 
Ingredients
● 2 tablespoons of coconut oil* in liquid (76 degrees F)

● 6 teaspoon baking soda*

● 1/4 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide

● 10 drops clove, peppermint, or citrus pure essential oil
 
Procedure
1. Put baking soda in a bowl

2. Add the other ingredients as you mix to attain a proper paste texture

3. If too dry, add more coconut oil

4. Increase the essential oil for a more flavorful paste

5. Store in an opaque container to protect the hydrogen peroxide
 
*The essential oil and coconut oil typically mask the subtle taste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
 
The Real Question: Does homemade toothpaste work?
Many people who have used natural toothpastes for a while claim that they work great, resulting in less plaque and smoother teeth! So yes, we are inclined to believe that natural homemade toothpastes (when made correctly) are safe & effective for use at home.
 

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Welcome to My Valencia Dentist Blog!

valencia dentist blogThank you for visiting my Valencia dentist blog! You can expect the following types of blog posts:
 
• How to improve oral hygiene at home
• Frequently asked questions patients have
• Tips on maintaining oral hygiene
• Important dental news & events
• & more!
 
Valencia Dentist Committed to Your Oral Health
 
As a dentist in Valencia, it’s of utmost importance to me that my patients are treated respectfully in my office at all times, and assisted with enough time to cover any questions or concerns they may have in relation to their oral health. Whether you’re in my office for a routine check up, cosmetic procedure to improve your smile, or other procedures you will find out that a large emphasis is placed on commitment to maintaining your oral hygiene for a smile you can be proud of!
 
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