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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.

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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.

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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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Reduce Covid Stress

 The millions of infections and hundreds of thousands of deaths that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought globally are creating stress over everything from personal health to employment, lifestyle, and finances. Given these difficult circumstances, it’s more important than ever for people to know about coping mechanisms to better manage stress, protect their immune system, and increase their chances of staying healthy, says Dr. Nammy Patel, DDS, author of Age With Style: Your Guide To A Youthful Smile & Healthy Living.

“COVID is maximizing stress for so many people,” Dr. Patel says. “It has a far-reaching impact into every part of our lives, and if we don’t manage the stress, it severely affects our bodily systems – causing burned-out adrenals, high cortisol, and thyroid issues, to name a few consequences of high-stress levels. Thus, the immune system is lowered, and we are more vulnerable to illness.

“This era we are living in is very traumatic, and it’s very concerning. In dentistry, gum disease, sleep disturbances or apnea, and teeth breakage can all be evidence of stress. Poor oral health, as studies show, can be a gateway to medical issues. People often don’t identify how much stress they’re under, and how it’s affecting them physically, until they actually get sick.”

Dr. Patel has the following suggestions people can incorporate into their daily lives to better deal with stress. 

5 Ways To Cope And Protect Your Health:

  1. Adhere to a healthy diet. While in quarantine or a new normal in which people are spending the vast majority of their time at home, having healthy foods at home and not over-snacking are vital considerations. “We must be more mindful of the foods we put in our bodies,” Dr. Patel says. “Eat as many greens and whole foods as possible. Avoid dairy products as they increase mucus production in the sinus and the chest, leading to lots of sneezing and congestion. The coronavirus enters the nose and makes a home in the sinus, and to increase immunity, it’s important that the sinus and chest are not inflamed. Food prep makes it easier to eat healthy while working from home. Prepare salads and other healthy meals in advance.”
  2. Don’t over-indulge in drinking. “For some people, drinking is the only source of enjoyment during the pandemic,” Dr. Patel says. “And we see people who are isolating having Zoom calls with friends while drinking wine. The problem is that one glass turns into two or more, and with the sugar content of wine, you may wake up during the night. This disturbs sleep, and sleep is when the immune system regenerates. Restorative sleep is essential to our health.”
  3. Take vitamin supplements. “Often, those with adrenal fatigue don’t take in enough essential nutrients as stress increases their body’s nutritional demands,” Dr. Patel says. “To address adrenal and cortisol burnout, take multivitamins in order to get trace minerals.”
  4. Develop a morning ritual. “Deep breathing exercises can be calming and get you out of the hyper state,” Dr. Patel says. “You want to get rid of the ‘fight or flight’ mode and enter the ‘rest and digest’ state of mind.”
  5. Find a stress management activity that works for you. Many people don’t like to exercise, but Dr. Patel notes exercise doesn’t have to be rigorous to be effective. “A type of exercise one enjoys doing at home like walking, running, or yoga goes a long way toward releasing stress hormones,” she says. “And for those who like intense workouts, it’s all good in terms of reducing stress. Another good stress management technique is using biofeedback mechanisms like alpha state meditations to increase immunity.”

“The disruption of daily life by COVID-19 has caused us to rethink many things that we do,” Dr. Patel says. “How we deal with stress needs to be a priority now, and it’s not overly difficult if you develop good daily habits.”

Dr. Nammy Patel, DDS operates a practice called Green Dentistry in San Francisco and is the author of Age With Style: Your Guide To A Youthful Smile & Healthy Living. A graduate of the University of California’s School of Dentistry, she is a leader in the movement to bring environmental sanity and well-being into the dental world. Dr. Patel focuses on helping patients recognize the vital connection between dental health and whole body health.

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LA COVID-19 MORATORIUM

Tonight, the Mayor of LA has issued a moratorium on bars, nightclubs, restaurants, movie theaters and fitness facilities effective midnight 3/16/20

See official announcement HERE.

CDA – announcement HERE.

Listing of testing centers HERE.

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Helpful Tips to Find the Best Dental Insurance Option for You

Have you ever had a toothache? If so, you know how important it is to have access to quality dental care when it’s needed. It’s even more beneficial if you can seek regular dental checkups and cleanings, as this is going to prevent an array of common dental problems.

Unfortunately, if you don’t have dental insurance, the cost of these treatments and checkups may prevent you from seeking this care as often as you should. The good news is, there are an array of dental insurance plans to choose from. Keep reading to learn how to find the best dental insurance option here.

Consider Your Family’s Needs

Each member of your family should have preventative care checkups, cleanings, and X-rays. If you have children, they will need a few extras, such as sealants, fluoride treatments, and sometimes, braces or other dental appliances. For children who are involved in sports or who are very active, mouth guards may be needed.

You need adult dental insurance for things such as replacement of missing teeth, gum disease, and tooth sensitivity. Seniors may have health problems, such as heart issues and diabetes, which means preventative dental care is still crucial.

What Dental Insurance Plans Are Available in Your Local Area?

You need to begin narrowing down the options for dental insurance by what’s available in your county, state, or even Zip code. Most insurance companies don’t offer all the plans they have in each region, so you can keep things simple when you only compare the plans that you have the ability to purchase.

Try to Find a Plan with Several Dentists and/or Dental Practices

For several reasons, you may want to have over one dentist to go to or choose from for dental care. If you limit your options to just one dental practice or dentist, what will happen if you can’t go during their office hours, or if you end up having a problem with one of the dentists or staff members? Make sure your family has the flexibility of being able to choose between dentists or dental practices.

Consider All the Related Costs

When you are looking for a dental care provider, one of your first considerations is the monthly cost, called the premium. You also need to look at the deductible costs, or the total amount of money that you are going to have to pay out of pocket for the dental services before your insurance will kick in.

You should also consider the maximum annual limit. The majority of insurance companies will cap the total amount they will pay each year for dental treatments. If you reach this annual cap, then you will have to cover any other costs for treatment. This is especially important if there is someone in your family who suffers from serious ongoing dental issues. There are some insurance plans that will also limit the total number of a certain procedure that is allowed each year. Make sure you factor this into your decision.

Find Out What Treatments are Covered in Each of the Plans You Consider

The majority of routine dental treatments will be covered under your dental insurance plan. However, there are some plans that will not cover certain treatments, such as dentures or teeth whitening. While other plans may cover these treatments, they may only cover them to a certain amount of time. Be sure that you know precisely what is going to be covered and what isn’t covered by the insurance plan before selecting one.

It’s also important to note that there are some insurance plans that require a waiting period. In fact, you may have to wait up to 18 months before you can get the coverage needed for specific procedures. This is typically the case for dental work that is more expensive.

Consider Savings Plans or Discount Dental Plans

Completely unique from insurance, dental discount plan or savings plan allows you to join a group where you can enjoy discounts on specific services. Keep in mind, this isn’t insurance, it will just help you save money on the services and treatments that you need.

Finding a Dental Plan that Works for You

There is no question that you want to find a dental insurance plan that works for you and your family’s dental health needs. You need to consider the factors here to feel confident in the decision that you ultimately make. Don’t rush in and automatically choose the plan with the lowest premium cost; as this is going to result in higher costs for the deductible and out-of-pocket procedures. 

By taking your time, considering all the factors here, and learning about the dental insurance options available in your area, you can choose the coverage that will help ensure you and your family’s good oral health now, and in the future. 

Growing New Chompers

Unlike people, crocodiles do not clean their teeth to slow down wear and tear. Instead, they get rid of them and replace them with new copies.

Having one of the most powerful bites in the animal kingdom, crocodiles must be able to bite hard to eat their food such as turtles, wildebeest and other large prey. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that crocodiles — and even their plant-eating ancestors — had thin tooth enamel, a trait that is in stark contrast to humans and other hard-biting species. These findings could suggest new approaches for dealing with people’s teeth.

“Once we unlock genetically how crocodiles and other non-mammals do this, maybe new teeth can be bioengineered for people,” said Brianne Schmiegelow, a former undergraduate student at MU and current dental student at University of Missouri-Kansas City. “Instead of using fillers such as crowns, people could instead ‘grow’ new teeth when they need to replace their worn out chompers.”

The team used a three-dimensional x-ray scanner to measure the thickness of tooth enamel in crocodiles. They found regardless of tooth position — incisor, canine, molar — age or diet, crocodiles do not have thick tooth enamel. With this new information, the team also studied published data on dinosaur teeth and found that the data nearly matched what they were seeing in crocodiles. For instance, a Tyrannosaurus rex has the same enamel thickness as a crocodile and can also bite extremely hard.

“Crocodiles bite really hard, so we were curious if they have teeth that correspondingly withstand those forces — tough teeth to match a tough bite,” said Kaleb Sellers, a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri and lead researcher on the study. “We found that they don’t have tough teeth, and we think it’s because they replace their teeth like most other non-mammal animals. That made us wonder if other animals — even prehistoric — had similar issues.”

Researchers said the next step is to study tooth replacement and the timing of teeth growth in crocodiles and other animals such as dinosaurs — even looking into the possibility of genetic causes.

“Enamel takes a long time to build, so it’s not something animals will do ‘off-the-cuff,’ so to speak,” said Casey Holliday, an associate professor of anatomy in the MU School of Medicine. “It presents us with an interesting puzzle. If ancient crocodiles were chewing plants, did their new teeth already have the correct architecture — dimples and facets — to allow for this chewing? The findings here have paved the way for exploring this mystery with future research.”

The study, “The significance of enamel thickness in the teeth of Alligator mississippiensis and its diversity among crocodyliforms,” was published in the Journal of Zoology. Funding was provided by a National Science Foundation grant (NSF-EAR 1631684), the University of Missouri Research Board, the University of Missouri Research Council, and the University of Missouri Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Opportunity program. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the funding agencies.

4 Ways A Great Smile Can Improve Your Life

We’ve all heard that you can’t judge a book by its cover, but the truth is we sometimes make quick judgments about people based on appearance.

One of the first things we see when meeting someone is their smile, and research shows that owning a pleasing smile can significantly influence a person’s life – from their self-esteem to job prospects and even romance.

“A smile is the gateway to your personality, and it also creates an immediate and often lasting perception,” says Steven J. Moravec, an orthodontist and author of Going The Extra Smile: Merging Technology And Expertise For A Lifetime Of Smiles.

“One of the most universal biases is toward pleasant-looking people. Those who smile easily and confidently are often perceived as happier, smarter, and healthier than those with misaligned teeth, who aren’t as comfortable smiling.”

Moravec says there are a number of ways having a consistent smile can improve a person’s life, including:

  • A boost in self-confidence. “Straight teeth are the physical foundation for a smile, which brings confidence personally and professionally,” Moravec says. An Invisalign-Harris Poll survey found 92 percent of adults who straightened their teeth said doing so had been good for their confidence. “Smiling also elevates your mood with the release of endorphins in your brain and creates an overall sense of well-being,” Moravec says.
  • Economic benefits. Crooked teeth can be a disadvantage when competing for a job with someone whose smile reveals straight teeth. Most Americans believe the latter person is more likely to get that job even if the skill sets and experience levels are similar. “Your smile is an investment that will increase in value through the years,” Moravec says.  
  • Enhanced social life. When it comes to attracting a possible mate on a dating site, those with a nice smile and straight teeth are seen as more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a date based on their picture. “Whether a person’s smile and teeth are straight or crooked can have a significant impact on his or her romantic success,” Moravec says. “Teeth play a major role in attractiveness, which also implies good hygiene, personal pride, and by extension a more together person.”
  • Overall health improvement. “Straight teeth are easier to clean,” Moravec says. “You can keep tartar at bay and prevent cavities easier than if you are dealing with overlapping teeth or wide gaps. And because you can control tartar better, this is huge for overall health, because then you can prevent gym or periodontal disease, which has been linked with heart disease, strokes and other chronic conditions.” Also, Moravec notes that realigned teeth and a repositioned bite can help people who have sleep apnea.

“We often take our smile for granted,” Moravec says. “But it’s a gift that leads to many good things in life.”

About Steven J. Moravec, DDS, MS, MA

Steven J. Moravec is the owner of Moravec Orthodontics and the author of Going The Extra Smile: Merging Technology And Expertise For A Lifetime Of Smiles. He graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and earned an MS in Orthodontics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He’s a state-licensed  Specialist in Orthodontics and a guest lecturer for the University of Illinois Department of Orthodontics and SureSmile.

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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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‘‘Tis The Season For Dental Hygiene

The winter months bring around an exciting holiday time of year, but they also bring cold weather and health threats. Aside from your common cold, the flu, and other immune system worries – the holiday season also poses a serious, overlooked-by-many, threat to your teeth.

Dentists this time of year run down their lists, check them twice, and can easily tell if you’ve been naughty or nice to your teeth.

I represent Dr. Mazen Natour, Top NYC DMD and Prosthodontist who says your teeth may be more sensitive during the winter months and prone to cavities, staining, and more. Here are some reasons why:

• Hot beverages, like hot cocoa, tea, and coffee can irritate nerve endings due to the large temperature difference between the hot beverage and cold outdoor temperatures

• Sugary treats, like holiday cocktails, seasonal pies and other baked goods can increase your chance of tooth decay, sensitivity, and cavities

• Colds and sinus infections, common in the winter, swell the maxillary sinus area near your teeth which can contribute to tooth pain and overall sensitivity

• Did you know that red wine drinking can stain your teeth? Keep this in mind as you’re reaching for the extra glass at your next holiday party

Dr. Mazen Natour DMD, Manhattan-based Prosthodontist

Website: www.natourdmd.com

Dr Natour has more than 20 years of experience in implantology, cosmetic and sports dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics. He is a Clinical Professor and Director of the Implant Honors Program at New York University College of Dentistry – the world’s first Undergraduate Implant Program at the top-ranked Dental School globally. He is a renowned clinical instructor and lecturer for several leading American and European Dental Implant Companies. He is a Diplomat at the International Congress of Oral Implantology (ICOI), a Member of the Academy of Osseo Integration, American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association, and NYU Implant Alumni Association. He received his Doctorate in Dental Science from Université Saint Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon, his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Prosthodontics from Boston University Goldman Dental School, his Doctorate in Medical Dentistry & MSc in Biomaterials from Boston University, where he was also Assistant Clinical Professor in the General Dentistry Program, and he also completed a four-year fellowship in Implant Dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry.