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Handy hints for teeth using baking soda

Freshen Dentures

Dissolve 2 teaspoons of baking soda into a glass of warm water. Then just soak your dentures to loosen food, get rid of odours, and freshen any lingering bad taste. It also works for retainers and mouth guards. For a more thorough job, clean them also with some bicarbonate and a toothbrush.

Inexpensive Mouthwash

That garlic chillie prawn feast was delish. But now your breath is keeping even your pet dog away. Swish a teaspoon of baking soda in a half glass of water and rinse your mouth. It doesn’t just mask the smell with a minty scent like most mouthwashes do. Baking soda actually banishes the odour altogether.

Green Teeth Cleaner

Baking soda works well in physically removing plaque, the sticky film of bacteria in your mouth. Over time, a plaque buildup hardens into tartar and can lead to gum disease. Dip a wet toothbrush into the baking powder and brush as usual. It doesn’t have the fluoride you need to protect against tooth decay and cavities. Many public water supplies have added fluoride. Even so, brush with regular toothpaste as well to be safe.

Henry Sapiecha


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1…Ax the Dental Visit Anxiety

If being in the dentist’s chair makes you anxious, encourage calm by bringing a music player and headphones to your next appointment. And because some people hold their breath when they’re nervous — boosting that anxious feeling — focus on breathing regularly. Above all, communicate with your dentist. They understand your fears and want to help.

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2…Floss First or Brush First?

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Flossing first helps make brushing your teeth more effective by removing food that gets trapped between teeth. If handling floss flusters you, look for floss holders at the drugstore. When it’s time to brush, be sure to angle bristles 45-degree at the gum line, then brush gently, moving the brush back and forth.

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3…Go Easy With Toothpicks

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If you don’t have floss, a toothpick will work to remove food stuck between teeth, but be gentle. It’s easy to press too hard and damage your gums, or even worse, break off a toothpick below the gum line. Floss helps remove food from between teeth better than a toothpick and fights plaque buildup by getting rid of bacteria that form there. Regularly using a toothpick to remove food trapped in a single area may indicate a bigger problem that requires a dentist’s attention.

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4…Replace Your Toothbrush

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Toothbrush bristles fray, flatten, and wear over time. To help keep your smile bright, replace your manual toothbrush every three or four months; for electric toothbrush heads, follow the manufacturer’s advice. Feeling sick? Avoid harboring germs by replacing your toothbrush at the beginning and end of your illness.

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5…Say Cheese for White Teeth!

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The casein and whey protein in cheese can help keep your tooth enamel in top form by reducing demineralization. A bonus: Cheese also has vital, tooth-building calcium. Don’t forget to include vitamin D in your diet, which helps your body absorb calcium. A few vitamin D-rich foods include milk, egg yolks, and fish.

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6…Stop Stains With Baking Soda

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If your love of coffee, red wine, or other tooth-staining food and drink is leaving your pearly whites dim, try brushing baking soda on your teeth twice a month, just like you would toothpaste, then rinse away to help brighten your smile. If plain baking soda irritates your teeth or gums, you may want to try a toothpaste that contains baking soda or avoid it completely.

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7…Foods Can Stain or Brighten Teeth

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There’s speculation that strawberries may have natural teeth-whitening properties. But it’s best to brush thoroughly after eating teeth-staining food like blueberries, coffee, and cigarettes. To help minimize discoloration, brush, then munch on apples, pears, carrots, or celery, all of which trigger tooth-bathing saliva, which helps keep your teeth bright.

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8…Regulate Your Acid Reflux

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If you have acid reflux, you’ll want to get it under control to help preserve tooth enamel and oral health. Common foods and drinks that trigger reflux include chocolate; alcohol; caffeinated drinks like soda, coffee, and tea; garlic and onions; dairy; tomatoes; citrus fruits; mint; and spicy, fatty, or fried foods.

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9…Take Care of Your Tongue


Tackle bad breath every time you brush — take time to brush or scrape your tongue, too. Your tongue plays host to the bacteria that help cause bad breath, so giving it a scrub, or using a tongue scraper daily, can help reduce odor-causing compounds.

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10…Medication Can Cause Dry Mouth


Your mouth needs saliva to stay healthy, but hundreds of medications, like antidepressants, high blood pressure drugs, and antihistamines, can dry up saliva. Medication is the most common cause of dry mouth. To help keep your mouth moist, increase your fluid intake, ask your dentist about an artificial saliva product, or chew sugarless gum after a meal.

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Henry Sapiecha


How vigorous teeth flossing caused woman’s knee infection

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A US woman’s vigorous flossing routine lead to a nasty bacterial infection in her prosthetic knee.

Dentists often advise that flossing is essential for healthy teeth.

But a 65-year-old US woman took this advice a little too far and ended up in hospital, but not with an injury you might expect.

The woman, who had undergone a knee-replacement five years earlier, arrived at a local hospital in Wisconsin with a swollen and inflamed right knee.

When doctors took a sample of the fluid around the joint they discovered it was infected with a bacteria typically found in the mouth, Streptococcus gordonii.

While this seemed unexpected at first, the doctors then learned that the women had started a “vigorous dental flossing regimen prior to the onset of symptoms”.

It appears that by flossing so vigorously that her gums bled, the S. gordonii travelled through her bloodstream to the knee prosthesis.

Prosthetics do not have an immune system, making them easy targets for bacteria to grow a biofilm around them. Infections around prosthetics are mostly commonly caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis.

In a case report published in the British Medical Journal Case Reports doctors said this was the first case of oral S. gordonii being linked to an infection of a prosthesis in the US.

To treat the bacterial infection, doctors opened up the women’s knee and cleaned her replacement knee. She was also placed on long-term antibiotics.

Ala Dababneh, an infectious disease specialist involved with the case, told Live Science the event was extremely rare and people with prosthetics should continue flossing their teeth.

“I don’t want people to worry that just flossing is going to cause them an infection in their prosthetic joint,” said Dr Dababneh, from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Henry Sapiecha