Dentists use computers to make dental implants


 Technology has even invaded the dental industry. One of its advantages is the creation of dental implants. Read to learn more! The Oral Surgery DC

When traditional dentistry and reconstruction failed, some people went high-tech.

It’s the stuff of science fiction, now showing up in dental offices.

Dentists and prosthodontists are using computers to make teeth, implants, and dentures.

It’s a process called Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing, or CAD CAM.

Irene Hasal has been through the wringer with her teeth. She had many procedures to fix problems and finally got implants. Within a month though, her teeth were breaking.

Then, Dr. Mamaly Reshad, a prosthodontist at Anacapa Dental Art Institute, told her about CAD CAM. A computer scans the patient’s mouth to make a custom image of what’s needed.

“We put it inside the computer like a cartoon, an avatar, and from
there, we create a tooth, a virtual tooth,” Dr. Reshad said. “The virtual tooth becomes a real tooth through a manufacturing process.”

A computer-aided milling machine makes teeth out of a
block of ceramic or composite resin.

Dr. Reshad used CAD CAM for Irene’s whole procedure.

It helped him find the best placement for her implants, and to make the prosthesis.

The CAD CAM process takes much less time than a conventional procedure, which can take weeks. Irene’s case was complicated and took almost a year, but CAD CAM can do one to two teeth in a morning.

“Now because it’s going through this avatar, the computer, it can be
done almost instantaneously,” Dr. Reshad said. “The same day. At least within 2 hours.”

It brought a perfect smile to Irene’s face.

“I can do anything I want now,” Irene said. “They fit great, they’re beautiful and my face is the proper shape. So I couldn’t be happier.”

Dr. Reshad says on average, the procedure costs about 30% less than the conventional method, although it is not typically covered by insurance.

To read the research summary for today’s story, click here.



The 25 Worst Foods and Drinks for Your Teeth and Gums


By nano-b

☕️🍰Some of the foods and drinks we consume can also affect the health of our teeth. Time to learn about their negative effects. The Oral Surgery DC Team

The Importance of Your Diet for Your Teeth’s Health

Since you are here, you probably know how important your oral health is for your overall wellbeing. You are probably also aware of the importance of your diet for your dental health. It really seems the saying “You are what you eat” rings truer and truer and when it comes to dental health it’s even more important than usual.

We’ve already discussed at great length what the best foods for healthy teeth and gums are in another post. Now, it’s time to see what parts of your diet could put your oral health at danger. Of course, most of us will never be able to eat 100% clean and eliminate all the “dangerous” foods and drinks from our diet, but it is important to know what to pay attention to and how to minimize the potential dangers.

Beware teeth, sugars and acid are here!

We all know the name of the villain when it comes to your teeth – plaque. We also know who plaque’s evil minions are – sugar and acids. These are the main culprits as far as our mouth is concerned as they are personally responsible for enamel erosion, tooth decay and pretty much all dental problems. So, let’s try to find out what categories of foods and drinks are most dangerous to our mouths and hopefully this will be a step forward a better oral health for all.

Highly Acidic Foods

When it comes to your teeth, acidic foods (foods with low Ph rating) could be extremely dangerous. Why? Whether contained in foods or converted from sugars by your mouth’s bacteria, acids can erode your teeth’s enamel, causing cavities and tooth decay. A weaken enamel can also lead to a variety of problems ranging from sensitivity issues to discolored teeth.

Examples of high acidic foods: lemons, pickles, tomatoes, alcohol, coffee.

Examples of low acidic foods: bananas, avocados, broccoli, lean meat, whole grains, eggs, cheese, nuts, vegetables.

Foods High in Sugar

We all know sugar is bad for our teeth, but it’s important to know why exactly. The bad bacteria in your mouth feed on sugars to create acids and cavities are an infection caused by acids. The point here is that sugars in your mouth are often the first step in the process of cavities formation.

It’s virtually impossible to eliminate all sugars from your diet, but it’s important to try to minimize sugar intake (especially refined sugar) as much as possible. It’s also crucial to not let sugar lingers in your mouth for a long time. So, brushing your teeth after meals or at least drinking lots of water is vital.

Examples of foods high in sugar: sugar (duh), soft drinks, candies, dried fruit, desserts, jams, cereal.

Sticky/Chewy Foods

An all-star villain when it comes to your teeth and gums’ health are foods that tend to stick and stay attached to and between your teeth for a very long time. The problem is such food debris turn into a plentiful energy supply for bacteria and their prolonged presence in your mouth allows bacteria to produce much more acid than normal. It’s vital to try to clean your teeth (flossing is best) as fast as possible and not leave sticky foods to linger in your mouth for hours.

Starchy foods and Refined Carbohydrates

Refined carbohydrates are rightfully frowned upon for the many health dangers they pose. When consumed, they turn into sugars immediately in your mouth to kick-start the acid production by bad bacteria.

Many starchy foods, including white bread, potato chips, and pasta, can easily become lodged between teeth and in crevices. While you might not consider them as dangerous as sugar, it’s important to note the starches begin converting to sugar almost immediately by the pre-digestive process that begins in the mouth through the enzymes in saliva.

Foods that Dry Out Your Mouth

Your best defense against oral health issues is saliva. Nature’s most powerful way to take care of your teeth is at hand to help your mouth stay healthy by washing away plaque and bringing back key minerals to your teeth. Saliva prevents food from sticking to your teeth and may even help repair early signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral infections. Unfortunately, when your mouth is dry, the saliva level in your mouth gets low and it can’t do its job properly.

Examples of foods and drinks that dry out your mouth excessively: alcohol, some medicine, coffee, energy drinks.

Very Hard Foods That You Chew On

Enamel is very hard. In fact, it’s the hardest part of your body! However, even it can’t endure you chewing often on very hard foods. It’s important to remember that if something is too hard, it’s not supposed to be chewed.

Many people have the bad habit of chewing on things like ice, hard candy, and unpopped popcorn. Most of the time your teeth handle the hard task, but you can damage your enamel and there is always a danger of chipping off a piece of your teeth. So, make your teeth a favor and avoid chewing on hard substances.

The 25 Worst Foods and Drinks for Your Teeth and Gums

Now we know the basics let’s dive in and see what some of the worst foods and drinks for your oral health actually are.

Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that some of the foods and drinks listed below might have some overall health benefits as well. However, in this post, we are mostly concerned with the effect they have on your dental health. We don’t advocate eliminating all of these foods and drinks from your diet altogether. However, it’s important to be aware of the potential negative effect they have on your mouth’s health and know how to minimize the danger when you happen to consume them.


The Worst Drinks for Your Teeth and Gums

1) Soda

Nothing deserves the first spot in this list as much as soda. We all know how bad soda is for pretty much all aspects of our health and oral health is not an exception. A vast number of studies have shown the link between soda consumption and cavities.

The danger is two-fold. First, sodas are highly acidic, and the acids found in them can harm your teeth even more than sugar by striping minerals from your enamel. Hence, even sugar-free (diet) sodas are still pretty bad for your teeth as they contain citric and phosphoric acid. Of course, regular, sugar-containing sodas are even worse, as they have the added danger of providing rich sugar feast for the bad bacteria in your mouth.

2) Sports drinks

Even though sports drinks sound healthy, they are packed with sugar and acids and the potential for cavities and erosion is very significant. A study of the erosive effect of acidic beverages on the teeth found sports drinks to be the most erosive drinks of the bunch. And that was competing with sodas and energy drinks which are among the most acidic drinks available.

3) Energy drinks

The same study from above found energy drinks to be the most acidic beverages, compared to sports drinks, sodas, and 100% juice and the second most erosive (second to only sports drinks). So be warned that in additions to wings, energy drinks might very well give you cavities as well.

4) Alcohol

We know Happy Hour is the biggest reason many of us go to work on Fridays but keep in mind that all alcoholic beverages pose a serious threat to your oral health. Alcohol causes dehydration and dry mouth. This reduces saliva flow which can cause serious problems over time such as tooth decay and gum disease. Sipping on sugary cocktails has the added danger of bathing your teeth in sugar for a long time.

5) Wine

Wine deserves special mention as we know it colors your teeth pretty bad and there are other dangers as well. Being an alcohol, wine dries your mouth and can also make teeth sticky, promoting stain formation. In addition, both red and white wines are very acidic which we already know is pretty bad for your teeth. Keep in mind that while red wine can stain your teeth more, white wines are more acidic, so they might be even more dangerous to your enamel.

6) Coffee

It’s common knowledge how bad coffee stains your teeth, and coffee stains are among the worst for your teeth as they are very resistant. In addition, just like with wine, coffee makes teeth sticky and also dries out your mouth. It gets even worse if you add sugar to sweeten your coffee as there are few things worse for your teeth than sugar.

If that’s not enough, coffee is also acidic, which we know wears down enamel. Of course, we don’t expect you to stop drinking your favorite beverage, but to minimize the damage please drink plenty of water afterward and try to avoid additives like sugar.

7) Fruit juices

Even though not as bad as the drinks listed above, it’s good to know most fruit juices are highly acidic and have been linked to an increased risk of cavities. Of course, 100% fruit juices have some health benefits as well, so just be aware of their acidic nature and at least rinse your mouth with water after drinking them.

The Worst Foods for Your Teeth

8) Sticky/Chewy Candy

The chances of seeing a dentist munch on toffees or other chewy candy are pretty much equal to the chances of seeing a dinosaur. The reason, of course, is dentists know how bad sticky candy is for their teeth. Their high sugar content combined with their sticky nature makes them a nightmare for your teeth and oral bacteria’s favorite snack.

9) Hard candy

The only thing worse than having candy debris stuck at your teeth for a long time is chipping off a piece of your tooth. If you chew hard candies there is always a risk of damaging your enamel and in extreme cases, chipping a piece of your tooth off. So be extremely careful when chewing hard substances in general.

If you don’t chew hard candies but let them melt in your mouth it might be even worse. The problem is hard candies dissolve slowly and saturate your mouth with sugar for a long time, giving bad bacteria plenty of time to produce harmful acid. What’s even worse, many varieties of hard candy are flavored with citric acid which adds, even more, acid to your mouth.

10) Sour candy

Sour candy is so bad for your teeth it also deserves its own mention. Sour candy contains more and different kinds of acids than other varieties. What makes matters worse is you can’t solve the problem by brushing immediately after you eat them, because brushing too soon after consuming highly acidic foods or drinks could damage your enamel even further.

11) Dried fruits

Many people consider this to be a healthy snack choice and there is definitely some merit to that. However, when it comes to dental health, dried fruits spell trouble. The main problem is most dried fruits are very sticky and extremely high in sugar content. They are brimming with a big dose of natural sugars and non-soluble cellulose fiber which makes them as bad for your teeth as chewy candy. Your best alternative is to munch on fresh fruits instead.

12) Citrus Fruits

Yes, they are super-rich in Vitamin C and are loaded with a whole array of health benefits, but they are also loaded with acid which can erode and decay your tooth enamel. Lemon and grapefruit are most acidic, while orange is the least acidic of the group.

So if you enjoy squeezing lemons in your water and sipping on it throughout the day you might need to reconsider as a prolonged acid exposure is really bad for your teeth. It’s better to drink or eat your lemons in one sitting and then drink plenty of water to wash out the acid.

13) Canned fruit

Most fruits have a good amount of natural sugars in them, but canned varieties are infused with lots of added sugar as well which turns them into something you teeth wished you’d avoid. Canned citrus fruit is the worst, as they combine the very high sugar content with naturally contained acids.

14) Crackers

While most crackers don’t contain sugars or acids and don’t stain your teeth they are still pretty dangerous to your teeth. The reason is the refined carbohydrates that quickly break down into sugar! Most crackers also get gooey when you chew them, so they stick between your teeth letting bacteria flourish.

15) Potato chips

Starchy foods like to get stuck between your teeth. As tasty as potato chips are, unfortunately, the starch in it and its mushy texture means it will stay trapped between your teeth for a long time. If possible, rinse with water and floss to remove the trapped debris.

16) White bread

It’s refined carbohydrates to blame again. When you chew on bread the enzymes in your saliva break down the starch into sugar. Now transformed into a gummy substance, the breadsticks between your teeth. To minimize the danger opt-in for whole wheat options instead.

17) Popcorn

We all love snacking on popcorn at the cinema but beware they pose some danger to your teeth as well. First, they can get trapped between your teeth, promoting bacteria growth. Unpopped ones are nasty as well as they are too hard and you can damage your enamel or chip off a tooth.

18) Peanut butter & jelly

Normally, we wouldn’t dare say a bad word against most people’s favorite breakfast, but the high sugar content and the stickiness of the ingredients make it a terrible choice for your teeth and a great one for the bacteria in your mouth.

19) Ice

It’s made out of pure water, so how bad can it be? Well, not at all, unless you decide to chew it. It’s a bad habit many people have, but for the sake of your teeth, please just let ice cool off your drinks and don’t chew on it.

20) Vinegar

We use vinegar mostly in salad dressings, sauces, pickles and some potato chips and it’s important to know it can trigger tooth decay. Studies have shown an increased risk of enamel erosion for people who frequently consume vinegar-containing foods. It’s a crucial ingredient for a tasty salad, but you need to remember to rinse your mouth with water afterward to minimize the potential danger.

21) Pickles

The problem once again is acid. Vinegar is most often the culprit here. It’s what gives pickles their taste and also what makes them dangerous for your enamel. We agree pickles are super tasty on your sandwich, just keep in mind they are a real teeth’s nightmare and make sure to drink some water afterward to minimize the acid.

22) Tomatoes

A surprise entry for sure, the problem your teeth have with tomatoes is they are acidic. Of course, if you eat them as a part of a meal, the danger is minimized. So just keep in mind that acidic foods, in general, are not very welcome by your teeth and drink water afterward to clean your mouth.

23) Breath mints / Cough Drops

Fresh breath is important, but breath mints are probably not the best option. Since they stay in your mouth for a very long time, you are in effect soaking your teeth in sugar. If possible try to find sugar-free options to minimize the danger.

They might soothe your cough, but most cough drops are loaded with sugar as well. In addition, they stay in your mouth for a long time so the potential for dental damage can be serious. Again, sugar-free options are better.

24) Tannic acid

Tannic acid is found in drinks like red wine, coffee, and black tea. These drinks will stain your teeth and make your teeth sticky. Tannins also tend to dry out your mouth, which means your saliva levels will be lowered.

25) Highly pigmented foods

Highly pigmented foods like berries, beets, and curry can easily stain your teeth. Yes, some of them are super-healthy, so please keep eating them, but you need to remember to rinse your mouth to reduce the stains.

Food is Meant to Make You Healthy and Happy

Other than providing you with energy, food is meant to make you healthy and happy, so don’t stress too much on what you eat as long as you follow a few basic principles which will help your teeth and gums stay healthy.

It’s better to avoid substances that have an extremely negative effect on your overall health (like soda), but even if you can’t eat 100% clean, the following principles will help your teeth and gums stay healthier:


  • Your mouth needs a rest, so don’t munch on snacks all the time. Leave sufficient time for your mouth to recover and for saliva to naturally replenish minerals to your teeth. Keep your food intake to 3-5 times a day and let your mouth rest between meals.
  • To minimize the danger of some of the foods and drinks on this list (and remember some of them have health benefits as well) try to consume them as a part of a meal, rather than on their own.
  • Brushing after a meal is of course, always a great option. Just remember to wait 20 minutes if you’ve consumed highly acidic foods that have weakened your enamel.
  • If possible, always rinse your mouth with water after a meal and drinks lots of water throughout the day as well.
  • Use a straw when drinking highly acidic beverages to minimize their contact with your teeth.



Everything You Need to Know about Sensitive Teeth

By nano-b

😖Feeling a sharp pain in your tooth every time you eat your favorite food? Don’t let a sensitive tooth ruin the moment. The Oral Surgery DC Team

Just being alive can cause sensitive teeth

We all know that moment when we are about to sip from our favorite tea and instead of enjoying the moment we get a sharp pain in our teeth out of nowhere, we freak out a little and then someone around us says: “It’s nothing, your teeth are just sensitive.”
But the truth is sensitive teeth are a serious condition and you shouldn’t just wait for it to go away, instead try fixing the problem and enjoy everything good in the world – like coffee and ice cream, as well as all of the other hot and cold goodies out there.
We live in the 21st century when our modern habits affect our health on a massive scale. Turns out – around 50% of the world population develop hypersensitivity in their teeth. Chances are if you are a woman, you are more likely to get it, too. (Like everything else isn’t enough already). But we truly care about how you feel and we want you to enjoy life to the fullest


Here are 7 easy tips that can help your sensitive teeth today

  1. The wrong kind of toothbrush can wear off your tooth enamel, especially if you press too hard. Your teeth get sensitive and get deeply hurt when  you buy them bad quality products. Many toothbrushes are doomed to be inefficient from manufacturing when their bristles are cut in a straight line, which leaves them with sharp edges that damage your teeth and gums. We recommend you look for toothbrushes with rounded tips.
  2. You either overdo or underdo your mouthwash. Like everything else in life, a balanced approach to mouth care works best. So, if you are using a strong mouthwash containing high % of alcohol and other chemicals you can damage your teeth and make them more sensitive. Of course, not paying enough attention to cleaning plaque can lead to pain, too. We recommend using organic products that don’t contain the chemicals that can lead to some serious damage.
  1. Although there are many kinds of toothpaste that can help sensitive teeth, there are also those that can cause them. Usually, the whitening ones contain chemicals that are actually more harmful, than helpful. Natural products come into play again, since they are safer and more gentle to your mouth.
  2. Hypersensitivity can be caused by subconscious grinding of your teeth. Good news is there are preventative mouthguards that you can wear while you sleep. The dentists recommend getting customized ones, that fit your bite.
  3. A highly acidic diet may also be the root of your teeth problems. Acidic foods wear off your enamel and even could cause discoloring. That leads to demineralization and makes your teeth prone to sensitivity. And although it’s good to brush your teeth after every meal, you should try to avoid doing so right after consuming acidic foods and wait for at least 20 minutes. You can find a list of the most common acidic foods here.
  1. Sensitive teeth could actually be an indication of a more serious problem, that needs a dentist’s attention. Even if you are not sure if you have one of the following, it is best to consult with a professional:
  • Cavities
  • Fractured teeth
  • Worn fillings
  • Gum disease
  • Exposed tooth root
  1. If sensitivity appeared after a recent visit to the dentist, your teeth might be reacting negatively to the treatment. So, hypothetically,  going to the dentist can cause you some temporary discomfort. But that’s both normal and temporary. Of course, if the pain doesn’t disappear in a few days you should make another follow-up appointment with your dentist.

    Don’t make sensitive teeth part of your life

    The things that are supposed to keep your teeth in check can actually damage them. But things aren’t so bad. Although danger lurks from every corner waiting to destroy your smile, we still think if you take good care of your teeth, everything should be ok. “Good care” means regular checks with your dentists twice a year, drinking plenty of water and having the right oral care tools:  A toothbrush that is designed to be good for your health; a non-toxic toothpaste and mouthwash that contains natural ingredients. If you develop a regular habit using them you can prevent sensitive teeth and never have to be interrupted when you are enjoying the little things in life.


The Surprising Connection Between Your Oral Health and Your Overall Well-being

By nano-b

😯Your oral health is the reflection of your overall well-being. Find out why! The Oral Surgery DC Team

One legend tells the story of young Krishna, a Hindu God, eating fallen apples although he was told not to. He got some mud in his mouth while he was doing it. His mother wanted to see for herself that he didn’t obey her and made him open his mouth. Inside she could see the whole universe of moving and unmoving creation, the earth and its mountains and oceans, the moon and the stars, and all the planets and regions. She forgave him for eating fallen apples and then she instantly forgot about what she just saw.

While we love the deep meanings of the legend, we noticed it applies to our daily lives in a slightly different, but very important way. The more we learn about our bodies, the more we understand the deep connection between the health of our mouth and our overall wellbeing. Unfortunately, while most people wouldn’t neglect their overall health, they somehow let their oral health slide way down in their priority list, without realizing these actions could actually cause many serious health problems. Just like Krishna’s mother, we forget what we have to take care of, the moment we close our mouths. 

Everything is connected

It’s a pity most of us take care of our oral health just so we can have fresh breath and avoid going to the dentist. But it’s important to realize what’s going on inside our bodies and how the well-being of our teeth and gums can affect the health of our whole body.

Things that people don’t consider threatening like cavities and gum problems, for example, could be related to the heart condition, microbiome or even the brain health. Teeth are organs that we tend to take for granted but they have crucial importance to the proper functioning of the whole body.

Where is the mouth-body connection?

So what exactly is the mouth-body connection? Well, our body is an ecosystem and our mouth is the main entrance to it. There are all kinds of filters and protective mechanisms inside our mouth to keep harmful things from entering our body.

Each tooth is surrounded by a tight girdle of fibers pulling the gums tightly around the neck of the tooth and not allowing unwanted trespassing elements to make their way into our system and attacking our immune system. When we take good care of our mouth, we help this fiber seal be tight, so it can do its job and keep us safe. If we neglect our oral health, the seal is weakened and we are practically opening the door for all kinds of things to enter our bloodstream and that could be a serious problem. If it comes to that, the following issues become very likely:


  • Infection: Once in the bloodstream, bacteria that enters from the mouth can travel anywhere else in the body.
  • Injury: Bacteria in the blood is likely to turn into proteins or exotoxins that can injure tissue even permanently.
  • Inflammation: When harmful bacteria gets into the bloodstream the body reacts the intrusion with a powerful immune response, the body temperature rises and an inflammatory reaction is produced. With the presence of gum disease, these bacteria are constantly getting into the blood and can even cause chronic inflammation.

Diseases we can develop as a result of oral infections

With the constant advancements in science and the new methods of identifying the causes of various diseases, scientists keep discovering more and more links between our oral and overall health. Recent studies have found bacteria that entered the body through the mouth to be responsible for the following diseases:

  • IBS
    Oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream and attack the friendly bacteria in your gut. And that’s when your digestive issues begin to worsen.
  • Breast cancer
    Women may be 11 times more likely to develop breast cancer due to lack of good oral care.
  • Prostate cancer
    Research has shown that men with indicators of periodontal disease and prostatitis have higher levels of PSA than men with only one of these conditions.
  • Diabetes
    Serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.
  • Weight gain
    Oral health, diabetes, and obesity are intertwined and inflammation is at the core of  this complex interaction
  • Alzheimer’s and dementia
    Research shows gum disease bacteria lipopolysaccharides (the surface of the bacterium) in samples from people suffering from dementia and none of the people who do not have the condition.
  • Cardiovascular disease including stroke, heart attack, infective endocarditis, and thickening of the arteries
    When bacteria reach the heart, they can attach themselves to any damaged area and cause inflammation.
  • Low birthweight and premature birth
    Periodontal health also plays a key role in a healthy pregnancy. Research suggests that pregnant women with gum disease are at higher risk for pre-term and low birth weight deliveries.
  • Bacterial pneumonia
    Bacterial infections in the chest are believed to be caused by breathing droplets from the mouth and throat into the lungs.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
    Those who had moderate to severe periodontitis had more than twice the risk of RA compared to those with mild or no periodontitis

Tips on keeping your mouth healthy

Hopefully, by now you are convinced to take better care of your oral health? It’s important to remember that your mouth is literally the door to your body and you should help it protect your body from unwanted trespassers. Oral care is not just about having a fresh breath and delaying the visits to the dentist. So here are a few tips on how to improve your mouth’s ability to keep you healthy.

  • Brush after meals (or at least twice a day) and floss at least 2-3 times a week.
  • Eat foods that promote tooth remineralization, which is the natural process your teeth fight cavities. (Raw and grass-fed cheese and butter, Eggs, Natto, Grass-fed meats and poultry, dark, leafy greens like swiss chard and spinach, wild-caught fish, apples, celery, avocado, green and white tea).
  • Seeing your dentist regularly is one of the most efficient forms of prevention. It’s like arresting the criminals before they committed the crime.
  • There are some superfoods that are helpful. *
  • If you are planning to get pregnant or already are, let your dentist know. Good dental health is going to be crucial in the healthy development of your baby.
  • Make sure you can clean all teeth in your mouth the right way.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if bristles are frayed. (or up to 6 months if you are brushing with Nano-b)
  • And, of course, avoid tobacco and alcohol use

What we are trying to say in simple words is:
Love your smile and your body and take care of them!






How to Properly Brush your Teeth

By nano-b

Simply brushing your teeth is not enough. Include these PROPER techniques in your habit. The Oral Surgery DC

It seems incredible how universal the habit of teeth brushing is all over the world. It might very well be the most widely practiced health habit people do on a daily basis. This fact left us to wonder why are we brushing our teeth?

Is it because we were told to do so when we were kids and the habit got integrated very firmly in our daily routine? Is it because we are dreading the dentist so much and think brushing is the best way to prevent meeting him? Whatever the reason is, it is great that billions of people brush their teeth every day, as the health of our gums and teeth is very closely connected to the wellbeing of the whole body.

The fact that we brush our teeth every day is great and really important, but it’s even more important that we do it properly. Brushing your teeth the proper way can make a huge difference and can improve your oral health significantly. So, let’s dive into the basics.

Choosing The Right Toothbrush

Not all toothbrushes are created equal. It’s soothing to think of all toothbrushes as our allies that help us be healthier. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of cheap products with inferior quality on the market and many people underestimate the importance of using a safe, high-quality toothbrush. Both manual and powered toothbrushes are linked to damaging our teeth and gums and it is of crucial importance to use safe dental products.

Having the wrong brush can damage our teeth and gums and cause sensitivity and sometimes even more serious problems. That’s why we have to be smart when choosing a toothbrush and know what we need from one. A safe toothbrush should have:

  • Rounded bristles –  so it protects your enamel and the soft tissue of your gums from scratches.
  • Small head size – you should be able to reach and clean effectively all of your teeth.
  • Bristles should not be frayed – frayed bristles cannot remove plaque effectively and are a clear sign that you should replace your toothbrush.
  • Comfortable in our hand and mouths – you shouldn’t feel any discomfort while you brush
  • Antibacterial – Bacteria from your toothbrush can enter your bloodstream, so make sure your toothbrush is clean and safe.

The other most widely used product in our daily oral hygiene routine is the toothpaste. Up until recently, people rarely paid attention to what toothpaste they were using. Fresh taste, recognizable brand and a decent price were all the factors users have considered. However, as customers become more and more educated other important factors start to weight more in the buying decision. This has sparked a new debate about what type of toothpaste should we use. Should it be organic or not? Should it contain fluoride? Should it be tested on animals Should it be with all natural ingredients?

There are as many opinions as there are toothpaste brands on the market, but we strongly believe that the products we use in our daily life should reflect our values and understanding of what the world should be like. Hence, we strongly recommend toothpaste products that are all natural and preferably with organic ingredients. Products that don’t contain any artificial and potentially harmful chemicals, allergens, etc. And of course, products that have not been tested on animals.

At Nano-b, we truly believe that the products we use reflect who we are. Choosing the right toothbrush and toothpaste might seem like a trivial decision, but for us, it’s a reflection of our values and our desire to live a healthier life while remaining close to nature.

Time and consistency is KEY

We should brush at least 2 times per day for at least 2 minutes. Every day!

For every health habit, you want to build and maintain consistency is key. Dental problems can indeed be avoided with proper and consistent oral care routine. It is very important to brush your teeth every day for at least two minutes and never skip a brushing. you don’t want to leave plaque and bacteria in your mouth for a long time as tooth erosion and inflammation processes can start quickly.

Timing is really important as well. If it feels like you are rushing and not brushing for long enough, setting a timer might be a good idea. Or you can just play your favorite song and brush while it plays!

If you brush twice a day for two minutes the time spent brushing sums up to just about 24 hours per year that we invest in our health. Just one day per year and we can be healthier, happier and avoid the dreaded dental procedures.

Of course, a proper toothpaste and toothbrush are crucial and consistency will always be a very important component, but it’s equally important that you use the right brushing technique, otherwise all our efforts might be in vain. You would guess that all that brushing has turned us into experts, but unfortunately, most people don’t brush properly, which not only will diminish the health benefits of brushing but might even pose some dangers to your teeth and gums.

The Right Technique

You’ve probably heard the advice “Place your toothbrush at a 45 degrees angle”. It sounds very scientific and credible, but what it really means is that you have to aim for where the gums and teeth meet and food particles stack up. The angle also allows for a more gentle approach, that is not only more effective for cleaning but it also doesn’t damage your teeth and gums.

Use gentle, circular, massaging motion. IT’s VERY IMPORTANT that you don’t apply a lot of pressure to your teeth. In reality, the more gentle you brush, the better the results. Don’t squeeze your toothbrush, hold it very gently and apply a very slight pressure to your teeth and gums. Let the toothbrush bristles do their job, you don’t need to press too hard at all.

If you are to remember only one thing from this post, it should be to use circular, massaging motions. Gentle, circular motions will allow toothbrush bristles to get between your teeth and under the gumline and clean as much plaque as possible. Fast and hard movements will do the opposite and the bristles won’t be able to clean where the most plaque is formed.

Make sure you don’t miss any spots and clean all sections of your mouth (top, bottom, left, and right). All of your teeth are equally important and deserve the same attention. Dedicate the same time to each section of your mouth to make sure no teeth are neglected. Make sure the head of your toothbrush is small and nimble enough, so it can easily reach and clean the hard-to-reach places in your mouth (like your back teeth).

Hold your brush vertically to clean the back side of your front teeth with up and down strokes. This is a part of the mouth that is often neglected and not cleaned properly. You should pay special attention to your bottom front teeth as this is the place where many problems might develop if not cleaned properly and consistently.

Start from a different place every time, so you don’t develop a habit of missing or spending less time on the same spots.

Try brushing with your other hand from time to time.This is a really cool life hack that will not only keep you more focused during brushing but will also make you smarter! Many studies suggest that using your non-dominant hand for trivial tasks from time to time improves your brain functions. It turns out brushing your teeth will not only keep you healthy but make you smarter as well!

It’s also a good idea to even try brushing with your eyes closed, so you can concentrate more on proper technique. It will help you focus more and avoid getting bored from brushing the same way every day.

Brush your tongue. It’s where most of the bacteria in your mouth are harbored. It’s best to do it with a tongue scraper, designed for that. A toothbrush will never be effective enough – it has another purpose.


What NOT to do

Don’t scrub/press too hard. Teeth aren’t something you should scrub. Plaque is soft and loose. WebMD advises us to replace the word “scrub” with “massage” when we think about the proper brushing technique. This will help us have a better mental image of the proper way to brush.

Don’t rush or spending too much time brushing. As mentioned above, both of those mistakes can lead to some teeth and gum problems. If you are rushing and using too fast movements, you are not allowing the bristles to properly get between your teeth and remove plaque effectively. On the contrary, if you are spending too much time and brushing too vigorously on the same spot, you might be wearing your enamel or irritating your gums.

Going back and forth, side to side is a nightmare for your teeth. You are jeopardizing your enamel and gums, while not removing plaque efficiently. Remember the proper way is to use gentle, circular motions.

Don’t forget your gums. Your gum line is where the biggest dangers to your oral health lie. You should pay close attention and brush gently where your teeth and gums meet. Neglecting this area might lead to unpleasant gum diseases.


Brushing in the morning

It’s strongly recommended that you brush your teeth first thing in the morning. But why should we even brush in the morning, if we did it just before going to bed and didn’t consume any foods or drinks (except water) overnight?

It’s a good idea to clean out the existing bacteria in your mouth that have been developing overnight. Otherwise, you will be ingesting all that bacteria together with your breakfast. Your mouth is drier in the morning because saliva levels are lower while you sleep, hence, it’s easier for bacteria to develop in such environment.

Brushing before breakfast increases your saliva levels and thus, protects your teeth from any acidic or potentially erosive foods that you are about to consume. In addition, you’d want to avoid brushing right after breakfast (wait at least 15-20 minutes), because if you consume any acidic foods or drinks (coffee and orange juice count as well), your teeth are susceptible to a greater acidic damage and erosion and sensitive teeth.

Since you don’t want to brush your teeth immediately after breakfast, it’s a good idea to remove any sugars by rinsing your mouth with water several times.

Brushing in the evening

Ideally, it’s best to brush your teeth after every meal. However, we realize this is not always possible, so if you are brushing your teeth twice a day, the best time (in addition to the morning brushing), is in the evening after your last meal. It’s recommended to brush at least 20 minutes after a meal, because of the same acids, mentioned above.

Going to bed without brushing your teeth can be extremely dangerous for your teeth, as all the bacteria in your mouth can feed on all of the food you’ve had throughout the day and produce acids that break down tooth enamel and cause cavities. In addition, the lower saliva level during the night is very beneficial for the bacteria as saliva is the best natural defense against the acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth.


A few extra things that are good to know about brushing

  • Toothbrushes should be replaced after their bristles start to fray. They are not as effective in removing plaque and can even cause minor damages to your teeth and gums. Normally, most toothbrushes start to fray after 2-3 months, depending on your brushing style. Nano-b toothbrushes last up to 6 months and don’t fray nearly as much.
  • After you go through the flu, you should replace your toothbrush. The bacteria stays on the toothbrush and you risk to catch the same virus again. Of course, you don’t have to replace your brush if you are using Nano-b, as we’ve made our brushes antibacterial to protect your health from threats like this.


You spend a day of each year brushing your teeth and it really makes a difference if you do it properly. It’s the most widely practiced health habit around the world and for a good reason, as it is a really vital component of our overall health and wellbeing. Hopefully, you now know all the basics and will pay more attention each time you brush.

Stay healthy and happy brushing!

The Nano-b Team

Your teens may think that they don’t need you anymore, but they’ll always need their teeth!

By Campaign for Dental Health

 👦👧Your teens may think that they don’t need you anymore, but they’ll always need their teeth!

They will thank you for setting the foundation for good oral health by modeling the best practices and having them see a dentist regularly. Read more here: and if you need help finding a dentist for your teen visit: The Oral Surgery DC Team

Do you remember chasing your toddler around trying to brush his teeth before bed? You may not have to do that anymore, but oral health is as important for adolescents as it was when they were little, maybe even more so. During adolescence, we want to be sure that children continue effective oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing, seeing a dentist, eating a healthy diet that is low in sugar, and drinking water with fluoride.

Adolescents also have other things to consider when it comes to their oral health such as using tobacco or marijuana productsdealing with braces, using mouth guards while playing sports, and all of the changes that are happening with their bodies. They will continue to need your guidance in making decisions that affect their overall health and oral health, but it is also time for them to take the wheel to make sure they have teeth for life. Good oral health is important for getting a job and a girlfriend/boyfriend – you can decide which message works better for your teen!

They will thank you for setting the foundation for good oral health by modeling best practices, having your child see a dentist regularly, and making sure he had all of the needed preventive treatments, such as sealants, fluoride applications, orthodontics, and fillings, when needed. If you need help finding a dentist for your teen visit

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New Implant Advancement Hopes to Lower Risk of Infection

By: KU Leuven, Oral Health Group

😀 New research has developed a dental implant that can gradually release drugs from a built-in reservoir which helps prevent and fight infections:

Visit our website to learn more about dental implants: The Oral Surgery DC Team

A multidisciplinary team of researchers at KU Leuven (University of Leuven, Belgium) has developed a dental implant that gradually releases drugs from a built-in reservoir. This helps prevent and fight infections.

Our mouth contains many micro-organisms, including bacterial and fungal pathogens. On traditional dental implants, these pathogens can quickly form a so-called biofilm, which is resistant to antimicrobial drugs like antibiotics. As a result, these implants come with a significant risk of infections that may be difficult to treat.

KU Leuven researchers have now developed a new dental implant that reduces the risk of infections. “Our implant has a built-in reservoir underneath the crown of the tooth,” explains lead author Kaat De Cremer. “A cover screw makes it easy to fill this reservoir with antimicrobial drugs (see image 1). The implant is made of a porous composite material so that the drugs gradually diffuse from the reservoir to the outside of the implant, which is in direct contact with the bone cells (see image 2). As a result, the bacteria can no longer form a biofilm.”

To view the full story, please click here.

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Can You Get Through This Post Without Wanting To Brush Your Teeth?

By: Kelly Oakes, BuzzFeed

😏 CHALLENGE: Try getting through this disturbing article without wanting to brush your teeth! The Oral Surgery DC Team

Here’s what your teeth look like up close and personal with a scanning electron microscope.

This is a calcium phosphate crystal, the stuff that makes up your tooth enamel.

Here’s some plaque forming bacteria, magnified 1000 times. It really likes to hang out on your teeth.

See: here’s the surface of a human tooth. Bacteria is coloured blue, red blood cells are red.

When you let the bacteria stick around, plaque starts to form.

Brushing can keep the plaque at bay. This is a single bristle from a used toothbrush.

And another.

Here’s the bristles of an interdental brush covered in plaque.

Some more of that lovely plaque-forming bacteria that forms on your teeth. Super cute and cuddly!

It just wants to be your friend.

 It just wants to be your friend.

Look away now if you’re squeamish. This is a tooth with a cavity.

And don’t forget about your gums. These are the bacteria that live in them.

Brb brushing my teeth.

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New material used in molar extraction sites optimizes bone regeneration and dental implant stability

By: Journal of Oral Implantology

🤓 [Good to know]: New material used in molar extraction sites optimizes bone regeneration & dental implant stability. Curious to learn more? The Oral Surgery DC Team

Journal of Oral Implantology – Dental surgery is a difficult, painful process no matter what the procedure, but having a tooth extracted and an implant put in months later can result in major complications. The longer you wait for the implant, the greater the likelihood that formation of scar tissue or shifting of teeth will occur to compensate for the loss of the extracted tooth; this can cause problems when it is time to insert the new implant.

Great advancements in dental surgery have been made to assist with bone and tissue regeneration so that when it is time to insert the implant, the extraction site has been stabilized and a graft performed to protect the integrity of the site. The article “Guided Bone Regeneration for Socket Preservation in Molar Extraction Sites: Histomorphometric and 3D Computerized Tomography Analysis” in the Journal of Oral Implantology introduces a new, more advanced method for this regeneration that prevents infection and maximizes bone regeneration.

The most commonly used treatment for post-extraction regeneration has been a combination of acellular dermis matrix (ADM), a type of bone regenerating material that uses cadaveric tissue with all of the cells removed, and different grafting procedures. However, there has been no solid histologic data or microscopic tissue samples to prove that this regeneration is working properly.

This case series examines a new ADM replacement material called decellularized dermis matrix (DDM) that, combined with mineralized bone grafts called mineralized cancellous bone allograft (MCAB), guides the regeneration of bone to allow for a more stable placement of the implant. This method has a higher regeneration percentage and supports a more stable future implant site than previous therapies.

Tissue samples were examined both microscopically and using 3D imaging. Valuable surgery preparation time was saved using DDM, which can be stored fully hydrated, and the material was easy to handle and adapted well to the shape of extraction-site defects. A minimum of 12 weeks post extraction, the study found that none of the molar extractions had developed infections. A loss of bone volume was also prevented, allowing for optimal implant placement and stability. These results demonstrate the value of DDM and MCAB in preparing molar extraction sites to support implant placement.

Full text of the article, “Guided Bone Regeneration for Socket Preservation in Molar Extraction Sites: Histomorphometric and 3D Computerized Tomography Analysis,” Journal of Oral Implantology, Vol. 39, No. 4, 2013, is available here.

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By: Listerine

🐮 Beyond just limiting the sugary sweets and harsh acidic foods in your diet, incorporate foods that are good for your gums, too! The Oral Surgery DC Team

Routine brushing, flossing, and rinsing keep your mouth in good health. And while you need these powerful weapons in your bacteria-fighting arsenal, you could always use reinforcement. Beyond limiting the sugary sweets and harsh acidic foods in your diet, there are foods that are good for your gums.

A Better Way to Add Flavor

Ginger root is considered a healing herb. With its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger promotes healthy tissue in your mouth.

Keep More Than the Doctor Away

Eating an apple can take a while. And that’s a good thing for your mouth. The munching action spurs a cleansing action that shakes up the plaque that clings to gums and teeth. Stock up on apples, but be sure to rinse with mouthwash afterward. Even healthy foods like apples can expose your mouth to acids.

Got Milk in Your Diet?

Milk and other dairy foods such as cheese and yogurt are not only packed with bone-fortifying calcium, but also with the protein casein, which research suggests reduce acid levels in the mouth. In addition, drinking milk can neutralize acids produced by plaque bacteria. Note: Drinking milk with cereal or dessert doesn’t have the same benefit as direct consumption after eating. No milk around? Eat a piece of cheese instead.

Load Up on Leafy Greens

It’s no secret that salad greens pack an all-around healthy punch, but they’re also especially successful at keeping mouths clean because they’re fiber-packed, meaning they require serious chewing to break down. The extra saliva produced by chewing neutralizes mouth bacteria. High-fiber, stringy foods like raw spinach, celery, and even cooked beans offer this benefit.

Zap Bacteria, Layer by Layer

The raw onion is a potent bacteria-fighting food. Yes, bad breath is the enemy. But that’s why sugarless gum and mouthwash were created. Onions have an antimicrobial ingredient that kills bacteria, and, according to one study, completely wipes out four bacteria strains that lead to gum disease and cavities. Sliver them and toss the strips in your salad, on your sandwich and burger or in soups and stews.

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