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Kaelen Felix Illustrates a Dental Article for 360 MAGAZINE

Oral Hygiene × SARS-CoV-2

The British Dental Journal recently found that poor oral hygiene may be linked to more severe cases of COVID-19 because of the harmful bacteria found in mouths that have not been properly taken care of.

While the mouth has always been known as a gateway to the rest of the body, giving it the ability to cause problems in other areas, it is now found that poor oral hygiene can cause respiratory infections, making COVID-19 stronger.

The good news is that the best defense, in this scenario, is to follow good oral practices, like flossing, brushing and using mouthwash.

COVID-19 continues to be deadly, but there does appear to be some sort of link in more than half of fatal cases.

According to the British Dental Journal, “More than 80% of COVID-19 patients in ICUs exhibited an exceptionally high bacterial load, with more than 50% of deaths exhibiting bacterial superinfections.”

Even though COVID-19 is transferred virally, complications like pneumonia and acute respiratory distress might be caused by bacterial superinfection, which begins in the mouth.

The study says, “We recommend that oral hygiene be maintained, if not improved, during a SARS-CoV-2 infection in order to reduce the bacterial load in the mouth and the potential risk of a bacterial superinfection.”

Again, hygiene can be maintained by brushing, flossing and using mouthwash, but oral-care probiotics can also offer protection.

Oral-care probiotics are a specialized type of probiotic formulated to repopulate the oral cavity bacteria, which battles harmful bacteria that could lead to cavities, gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Dr. Eric Goulder, founder of the Heart and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio, said he thinks heart health is also determined by oral health. His team uses ProBiora, which supports health in teeth and gums.

“We think everyone should be extra careful during the pandemic, and oral-care probiotics are a great way to help keep the oral cavity in balance 24-7,” Dr. Goulder said.

To see the study, you can click right here.

Kaelen Felix illustrates beauty and dental article for 360 MAGAZINE

Tooth Discoloration Types & How To Get Better Looking Teeth At Home

If there’s one thing the importance of which we cannot deny, then it’s our smile. It shows our personality and makes other people comfortable around us. When it is beautiful, it makes a long-lasting impression on the people we meet. In other words, beautiful smiles are the smiles that are never, ever forgotten.

What does a beautiful smile start with? Sure, it also has to do with your eyes and your charm, but the truth is that you teeth play the major role in the appearance of your smile. To put things simply, if you want a beautiful smile, you will have to have beautiful teeth. It’s completely logical, isn’t it? The one usually doesn’t go without the other.

There is no one rule for how your teeth should look in order to be regarded as beautiful. There are no formulas or sets of criteria that you should follow so as to check whether your particular teeth fall under the category of beautiful. We cannot all be the same and it would be pretty boring if everybody had the same smile. Go here to learn how to have great teeth.

While it’s true that we cannot talk about specific rules when the appearance of your teeth is in question, there is one thing that we certainly can talk about when it comes to that appearance. I’m talking about the discoloration and the stains on your teeth. Those definitely play their part in making your whole smile less beautiful than it can be and, the worst part is, discoloration is bound to happen overtime, no matter how hard you try to fight and avoid it.

Just because it is bound to happen, though, it doesn’t mean that it cannot be solved. Luckily, people are no longer willing to put up with discoloration as if it were something completely normal, which led to scientists figuring out a few whitening methods that are nowadays used by individuals all over the world. Before we get to learning about those methods, though, let us quickly check out the types of tooth discoloration that you might be affected by.

Discoloration

Tooth discoloration can happen for many different reasons and the good news is that most of the stains that appear are perfectly treatable. Of course, different stains require different attention. Due to that, we will now take a look at the different discoloration types that exist, so that you can figure out what causes specific types and how each of those are supposed to be treated. So, let us get started.

  1. Extrinsic

Extrinsic stains are those that usually only affect the enamel, or the surface, which is a good thing, since removing them will be much easier. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though. These particular stains are caused by certain foods, beverages and, of course, tobacco. This means that you will have to avoid some ingredients if you are planning on whitening your teeth. Those include colored beverages, as well as some red and dark-colored fruit and other types of foods.

It goes without saying that these stains cannot actually be removed by simply avoiding tobacco and some foods and drinks. This is the right step towards preventing the stains from appearing, but if you want to remove the ones that have already appeared, you will have to put in some more effort than that. We will, however, explain some of the at home whitening methods that will help you get better looking teeth, so let us not dwell on that now.

  1. Intrinsic

Before we get to those methods that I have mentioned above, we need to take a look at the two other common discoloration types. The second type are intrinsic stains that go a little deeper than the first one. In other words, these are located within the tooth, meaning that they might be a bit harder to remove than the first type. Let’s see what these are caused by.

Tooth decay is, of course, the first cause of these stains. In addition to that, certain types of medications that people take in order to deal with some illnesses and diseases they are affected by can also be the cause of intrinsic stains. On top of all that, genetics play a huge role here, meaning that poor genetics can definitely be the cause of these types of stains.

  1. Age-Related

There’s one last type that we have to mention. As you become older, the enamel is bound to wear away, which frequently results in yellowish teeth. These particular stains are rather difficult to avoid since, well, we do all celebrate our birthdays and get older year after year. Age-related stains can be caused both by certain intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Luckily, some of the methods that we are about to look into can definitely be successful in removing these stains.

Take a peek at some of those methods: https://www.insider.com/how-to-whiten-teeth-naturally-at-home

Get Better Looking Teeth At Home

It’s important to remember that regular dental checkups are a must. Skipping your appointments will lead to a lot of issues with your teeth and those issues can definitely affect their appearance as well. So, do yourself a favor and stop finding excuses to miss those appointments. If you do regular examinations, your teeth will be much healthier and thus better looking. Not to mention the fact that dentists are the experts that can give you the best advice on how to improve the look of your smile.

As true as that is, I understand the necessity of most people to search for at home whitening methods that can help them. I am definitely not the only one who understands this, since a lot of professionals have decided to create whitening products that could assist those people in this process. Some of those are more and some are less successful, but it ultimately all depends on you, your determination, as well as the particular stains that you are dealing with.

There certainly are, however, certain at-home methods that you can use in this endeavor. So, if you really want to get better looking teeth and thus a more beautiful smile, I suggest you take your time to research and try out some of those methods. You will find some of those below, so take a look at those and decide for yourself which ones you would like to try out.

  1. Oil Pulling

I’m not sure if you have heard about this method yet or not, but oil pulling actually goes way back. It is actually a traditional Indian method for removing toxins from the body and improving overall oral hygiene. These people usually used sesame or sunflower oil, but the truth is that any oil will actually work and, nowadays, coconut oil is the most popular option since it comes with a lot of health benefits.

Basically, what you have to do is swish the oil around your mouth in order for it to remove any bacteria that can easily turn into plaque and thus cause discoloration and other oral issues. Studies show that this can be done on a daily basis for the maximum effect. In fact, practicing this daily decreases the risk of developing plaque and gingivitis.

  1. Whitening Kits

Since everybody is perfectly aware of our desire to get better looking teeth, there are now a lot of at home teeth whitening kits on the market and most of those can significantly affect their color and the overall appearance. These are usually also designed to be used on a daily basis, but the method of use depends on the specific kit that you decide to get. People often go for whitening gels and trays since those are pretty easy to use and don’t require you to devote a large amount of time to the practice.

The most important thing that you need to remember, though, is that there are various manufacturers out there and that not all of their products can be of perfect quality. What does this mean for you exactly? Well, it’s simple. If you really want to get the best results, you will have to do your research on those manufacturers and their products and then make an informed decision and buy the kit that has proved to be helpful.

If some of the people around you have used these kits in the past, then you can talk to them and let them give you their point of view on the specific types of kits, as well as the manufacturers. This will bring you one step closer towards choosing the perfect product. Of course, you can also find a lot of useful information online and those are certainly going to help you make the right decision. So, do your research and get the best whitening kit for you.

  1. Baking Soda

Let us now get back to a method that requires you to do nothing more but use the products that you already have at home. I’m sure that this won’t be difficult for you to try, since you don’t really need to shop for anything in particular. Whether you knew this or not, baking soda is a rather popular ingredient contained in many commercial types of toothpaste. This means that you can easily use the baking soda you have at home in order to affect the color of your teeth.

Baking soda cannot only help scrub away the stains that you are bothered with, but it can also prevent bacteria from developing and growing, which means that it will have an overall great impact on your oral health. Keep in mind, though, that this ingredient won’t exactly whiten your teeth overnight. You will have to be persistent and patient, but you will surely notice the change for the better over time.

Now, the last thing that you have to remember is that you shouldn’t just pour baking soda on your toothbrush and try to brush that way. This would be rather ineffective and a complete waste of time. Instead, you can mix it with water and create a slightly firmer, gel-like substance that you can easily use to brush your teeth with. Doing this a couple of times a week should be enough to help you get the results you want.

  1. Hydrogen Peroxide

I suppose you are already aware of the effects that hydrogen peroxide can have on the appearance of your teeth. In fact, this substance is known to be contained in most whitening products out there. If you aren’t keen on using those particular products, you can easily get yourself hydrogen peroxide at home and work towards removing the stains your own way with the help of this product. Here’s how you can do it.

For starters, you can just buy hydrogen peroxide and use it as mouthwash. It would be wise to mix it with water, so that you dilute the solution you can get at a drugstore, since it might be a bit stronger than you need it to be. In addition to doing this, you can also mix hydrogen peroxide, water and baking soda together and make your own toothpaste that will definitely help you whiten your teeth at home (additional info) and get the smile that you want.

  1. Certain Fruits And Vegetables

I have mentioned above that certain types of foods can actually cause your teeth to stain, but here’s the thing. There are also some ingredients that can actually help you whiten them. Those include certain fruits and vegetables, with strawberries and pineapples being the most popular options that are claimed to be able to whiten your teeth. Including these in your diet will also be useful for your overall, and not just your oral, health.

  1. Flossing

While brushing is something that everybody does, some people tend to neglect or underestimate the importance of flossing. Don’t be one of those people. Flossing can help you prevent plaque buildup and get rid of the bacteria in your mouth, which certainly plays a huge part in the teeth whitening process.

Dentistry illustration for 360 MAGAZINE by Rita Azar

Doug Disraeli, D.D.S. Engages Local Economy

With the dental industry accounting for roughly two million jobs and contributing over $200 billion to the national economy annually, Doug Disraeli D.D.S. has proudly kept all seven staff members as part of the team throughout 2020, without interruption, while also complying with all new local, county, state, and federal guidelines.

As part of the Hillcrest, San Diego community for over 35 years, “Dr. D.,” as his patients affectionately call him, is among the practicing dentists estimated by the Journal of American Dental Association to positively impact his local economy.

Says Disraeli, “Our community is everything. I am deeply committed to San Diego where I’ve lived my whole life. I know that our community engagement is even more important now and I’m honored to be a small business that supports our local economy and community members.”

Since 2020 began, in addition to employing seven local team members, the office of Doug Disraeli D.D.S. regularly supports and collaborates with local businesses and contributed to four local Hillcrest, San Diego nonprofits related to LGBTQIA+, homelessness, COVID response and veterans.

ABOUT DR. DOUG DISRAELI: Dr. Disraeli is a general and cosmetic dentist with a degree from the University of Southern California, one of the top dental schools in the world. In practice for over 35 years, he participates throughout the United States in continuing education dentistry courses and is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the San Diego County Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Pacific Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists. Since 2008 and every year since, Dr. Disraeli has been awarded, “Top San Diego Dentist”, as voted by other dental professionals in San Diego County.

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ABOUT DOUG DISRAELI, D.D.S. DENTAL PRACTICE: Offering cosmetic dentistry, implant, restorative and general dentistry throughout San Diego, Doug Disraeli, D.D.S. is committed to providing its patients with comfortable, efficient and comprehensive dental care. Procedures offered include teeth whitening, bonding, veneers, cosmetic fillings, removable partial dentures, extractions, periodontics. Doug Disraeli, D.D.S. is located in the Uptown San Diego, Hillcrest community at 3645 Fourth Avenue.

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5 Most Recommend Ways to Brighten Your Smile

Whiten with chemicals? There are any number of at-home teeth whitening systems. These often involve very strong chemicals and adverse side effects like increased sensitivity in the teeth and inflammation in the gums. Unfortunately, the same side effects can be caused by professional whitening treatments your dentist might use. 

The five best ways to get your teeth as white and bright as they can be, without the use of harsh chemicals, starts with simple, consistent dental hygiene.

1) This is the boring stuff

Brush your teeth gently and thoroughly for at least five minutes twice a day, floss once a day, and see your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning. The dentist’s cleaning will remove the tartar and buildup that can become discoloration and staining over time. Your dentist can also advise you about any other whitening methods you might want to try.

2) Start your mornings off right!

Drink hot tea made from ginger and lemon. Ginger helps kill bacteria in the mouth, and the acidity of the lemon will begin to break down stains, especially if used daily over time.

3) Whiten with COCO Lab!

Fortunately, for those who want the best at-home teeth whitening, with none of the sensitivity, Coco Lab has developed a unique line of products. The active ingredients include activated charcoal made from coconuts, with fair and responsible coconut cultivation practices in the supply chain.

Coco Lab teeth whitening products also use soothing aloe vera for happy gums, and grapefruit oil to strengthen the tooth enamel. Peppermint kills bacteria and keeps breath fresh as you whiten. These are not just teeth whitening products, they are a step up for all of your dental health and hygiene needs. The whitening kits come with a six-day supply of whitening gel, and a gel-activated, battery powered LED light mouth tray that ensures it only takes 10 minutes a day to achieve your brightest smile.

4) Snack healthy!

Crunchy, raw fruits and veggies like celery, radishes, carrots, strawberries, and apples are best eaten whole. They are more nutritious in their whole form, and the action of biting and chewing these foods takes advantage of their texture and enzymes to polish and strengthen teeth. Keeping a healthy lifestyle this season is also very important to prevent coronavirus.

5) Rinse!

Most people are not going to be giving up coffee or red wine. If you love these, or other dark colored, staining foods and drinks, rinse with water or mouthwash after you finish. You’ll get extra whitening power if your mouthwash contains hydrogen peroxide. You can even use plain hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash.

Finally, if you’re looking for deeper stain removal and more dramatic whitening, first check with your dentist about the overall health of your teeth. Most teeth whitening products are best for healthy teeth with healthy gums and no fillings. If you have had dental restoration work with tooth-colored fillings or crowns, you also might not get the safest or best results from commercial teeth whitening. 

Coco Lab offers powerful, natural teeth whitening in only 10 minutes a day, without causing sensitivity. It’s a step up for your daily dental health routine!

Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE, smile, dentistry

Things to Expect During the Teeth Whitening Procedure

Understanding teeth whitening procedure

Teeth whitening procedure is the process of whitening your teeth to get rid of their pale-brown discoloration. Professional teeth whitening is an effective and safe procedure done by an expert in that field. Teeth whitening is the dental procedure done to make your teeth appear naturally whitened, to save you from the embarrassment occurring due to stained and uncleaned teeth. Now, remember that although there are now many at-home options for whitening your teeth, having the procedure done by a cosmetic dentist in Calgary will always be far more effective than using home products to whiten your teeth. 

Finding the right dental professional for whitening treatment can be exhausting. In the lack of information about the procedure, unnecessary doubts and fear are also originated. You must always look for a professional and experienced dentist, with a competent team that works together for this procedure like the one present at Artis Dental. The more efficient your dentist, the less side effect you will suffer due to incompetency, after the completion of the procedure. There are multiple benefits of the teeth whitening procedure some of them includes:

• White and bright teeth
• Looking youthful
• Improving self-confidence
• Encouraging people to smile more
• Better career opportunities
• Makes you feel more attractive
• No more shaming and embarrassment

Before you decide to whiten your teeth, get complete information about the procedure so that you can relax during the procedure.

Types of teeth whitening procedure
There are three common types of teeth whitening procedures

  1. Teeth Whitening Toothpaste: The toothpaste is filled with mild abrasives so that your teeth can be cleaned. These toothpastes use a polishing agent specifically designed to clean and whiten your teeth. Therefore, it is necessary to brush your teeth at least twice a day to maintain hygiene. However, these toothpaste aims to reduce and remove the stains from your teeth to make them appear whitened. These kinds of toothpaste take a considerable time to show their effect to clean the stains from your natural teeth. Even then the effect can only be observed if you choose to get rid of bad habits, such as smoking, excessive coffee intake, Tobacco intake, etc.
  2. Teeth Whitening Gels and Strips: Teeth whitening products include peroxide-based gels as well. Gels must be applied to the teeth as instructed, for the best results. These effects usually last up to 4 months of duration. Whitening strips also work similarly. These have peroxide-based gel usage. These are applied to your teeth twice a day for 30 minutes. You have to apply these for 2 weeks roughly before you will see the effects.
  3. Teeth Bleaching treatment by the dentist: It is the most popular and effective teeth whitening procedure. The dentist uses a bleaching agent that is more potent than the usual whitening agents. They also make sure that these products do not affect your gums negatively. They also use buffers to protect your tooth enamel. Results are immediate within a 30-60 minute seating. The results often last up to one year or more.

What to expect at a dentist?

When you get your appointment for the procedure, a lip retractor is placed in your mouth to keep it open. The dentist then covers your gums for protection. The inside of your mouth is painted with a mucopurulent gel. As you won’t be able to speak for a while, ask for a notepad and pen for communication as this bleaching session starts. He will paint your teeth with peroxide gel on each tooth. After that, a high-intensity light is streamed over them for 20minutes for the activation process of chemical treatment. The light is turned off after the activation process is over. After this, the hygienist will apply a new coat. The treatment includes three to four rounds each for the procedure. The session will last for about 2 hours each. If the patient experiences sensitivity and discomfort, the rounds will be cut down.

Lenny Kravitz’s Twice Charity

TWICE TOOTHPASTE & GLO GOOD FOUNDATION HOST 4th ANNUAL MISSION & DENTAL CLINIC IN ELEUTHERA, BAHAMAS

430 SMILES REJUVENATED & TRANSFORMED!

Last weekend, Twice and GLO Good Foundation hosted their fourth annual Mission and Dental Clinic in Eleuthera, Bahamas. 2019 proved to be the most successful trip yet for the innovative direct-to-consumer toothpaste startup co-founded by brothers Julian and Cody Levine and Lenny Kravitz as well as the charity.

Over the course of four-and-a-half days, a team of dentists and oral care specialists set up shop in the center of Eleuthera and treated patients, offering gratis cleanings, fillings, root canals, extractions, and surgical procedures on-site. The three company founders maintained a presence with boots on the ground, leading the proceedings each day. This marked a full circle moment for Twice, as the now-launched brand was inspired by this same mission experience just a few years ago. This time around, the founders were able to donate and provide Twice toothpaste to every patient seen at the clinic.

Additionally, instructors taught nutrition and oral care education to 200 students at the local schools, presenting the next generation with a foundation for proper dental hygiene.

“In our fourth year organizing the clinic in Eleuthera, we are again reminded of why we created Twice to unlock the power of people’s smiles. Aside from the incredible dental work that transforms lives, we put an increased focus on oral care education. There is a very large gap here, and it is one we are tackling head on. Proper education for the next generation about improving their hygiene enables our collective impact to be more sustainable. Now they can maintain a healthier lifestyle going forward, “ the Levine brothers said.

Following the official launch late last year, Twice’a flagship products are available on the company’s web site now. Giving back worldwide, 10% of all profits benefit GLO Good Foundation, which serves communities in dire need of proper dental care with life changing dentistry, education and supplies.

Twice and GLO Good have a shared mission to expand these services across the US and abroad over the coming years. Stay tuned for more product and news from Twice throughout 2019.

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