Dr. Jack Gruber DDS discusses why many children don’t like to brush their teeth and how to get them brushing properly.
STUDY JUST RELEASED COMPARES TOOTHBRUSHES FOR CLEANING ABILITY
The PeriClean® Ultra Soft Toothbrush Takes Scientists by Surprise
NEW YORK, NY, JAN 7, 2015 – The PeriClean® Ultra Soft Toothbrush (www.periclean.com) was compared to a standard soft toothbrush in a new medical study. The study tested how well the Periclean® Ultra Soft Toothbrush removed plaque from teeth and gums. The aim was to give people who over-brush their teeth a safer alternative to standard toothbrushes that can damage gum tissue and tooth enamel. The study revealed that the PeriClean® Ultra Soft Toothbrush removed plaque just as effectively as the standard toothbrush. The major advantage of the PeriClean® was its extremely gentle cleaning action, which prevented injury to gum and tooth structures.
Millions of people around the world suffer from “toothbrush disease” which causes receding gums and sensitive teeth. “Toothbrush disease” stems from over-brushing with a standard toothbrush. The PeriClean® Ultra Soft Toothbrush was created by Dr. Jack Gruber, DDS, in an effort to combat gum recession and tooth sensitivity caused by over-brushing.
The study, published in the November 2014 issue of the “New York State Dental Journal” (pages 28 – 32) further noted that ‘The comparison between a conventional soft toothbrush and the PeriClean® Ultra Soft Toothbrush is significant to the oral health field because it showed us that both are equally effective in their ability to remove plaque from teeth.’ Additionally, the study noted that ‘The PeriClean® Ultra Soft Toothbrush appears to be gentler on the gingiva and may show promise in the future for preventing gingival recession.’
“The PeriClean® Ultra Soft Specialty Toothbrush is a unique tool that allows patients to brush their teeth and gums effectively,” noted Dr. Neal Seltzer, DMD, “without harming gums or abrading tooth structure.” Dr. Seltzer works with patients in his practice who have severe receding gums. After his patients began using the PeriClean® Ultra Soft Toothbrush, he further related that “We have seen clinical cases of gums growing back, as much as several millimeters in some cases of receding gums within several months after using the PeriClean®. The PeriClean® allows the gum tissue to reach its genetic potential, where other toothbrushes prevent this by constantly working against gum growth.”
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Dr. Jack Gruber DDS, the creator of the PeriClean Toothbrush for sensitive teeth and receding gums, discusses how to have whiter teeth and healthy tooth enamel.
Dr. Jack Gruber DDS, the creator of the PeriClean Ultra Soft Toothbrush for Receding Gums, discusses how to prevent cavities based on his 40 years of experience as a Periodontist.
Aside from using whitening toothpaste or going in for a laser whitening or bleaching session, there are certain foods you can eat to help encourage a brighter smile and protect your teeth from stains caused by the likes of coffee, tea and wine or dark-colored foods like spinach and beets.
1. Cheese: New study shows cheese, which is rich in protein and calcium, can help prevent cavities by protecting your mouth from acids.
2. Sugar-free gum: Typically boasting a seal of approval from the ADA, sugar-free gum is sweetened using non-cavity causing ingredients, including aspartame, sorbitol or mannitol. Chewing sugar-free gum contributes to maintaining a clean mouth since it increases the flow of saliva, which reduces plaque acid and tooth decay.
3. Apples and pears: Firm and crunchy fruits contain high water content that helps stimulate the flow of saliva, your body’s first line of defense that neutralizes any acidic foods that are harmful to your teeth.
4. Celery and carrots: Similar to apples and fruits, these crunchy vegetables stimulate saliva flow. In addition, their fibers helps scrub teeth clean. The vitamin A in carrots also contributes to healthy tooth enamel.
5. Nuts and seeds: Slightly abrasive, hard foods like almonds, walnuts or sunflower seeds help eliminate plaque and rub stains off the surface of teeth.
6. Broccoli: Munching on raw broccoli offers a very brief way to scrub the surface of your teeth. The florets of this green veggie act as a “brush” to give your teeth a quick cleanse.
7. Strawberries: The malic acid in these red berries act as a natural astringent that removes discoloration on the surface of your teeth. Mashing strawberries and mixing with baking soda may also be used as a once-a-week tooth whitener.
8. Ginger: The properties of ginger allow it to act as an anti-inflammatory, which helps protect against gum disease.
9. Onions: Though its aroma may not be the most welcome, eating raw onions may help keep your mouth healthy. Raw onions contain sulfur compounds that reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth.
With any meal or snack, it’s important to rinse your mouth with water afterward, if you cannot get to a toothbrush in time. Regular brushing and flossing are a must to help maintain your healthy smile.
It’s not just about avoiding sweets and soda that will help maintain your dental health. You can also keep your mouth healthy when selecting your next batch of fruits at the grocery store. Keep this list handy to help you when it comes to making choices that will contribute to maintaining your oral health–and ultimately your overall health.
1. Apples (and Pears)
Fruits that are firm or crunchy also have a high water content that helps dilute the effects of the fruit’s sugars when it is consumed. Eating apples, pears or other firm fruits help stimulate the flow of saliva in your mouth, which washes away food particles and protects against decay. As your body’s first line of defense, saliva helps neutralize any acidic foods that can be harmful to your teeth.
Many times, citrus fruits, which are acidic foods, get a bad rap for being harmful to your teeth. However, citrus fruits strengthen the blood vessels and connective tissue of your gums. Vitamin C found in citrus fruits help reduce inflammation that can help prevent or slow the progression of gingivitis. Since citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits and lemons are highly acidic, eat them as part of a larger meal to minimize the detrimental effects of acid on your teeth.
Similar to citrus fruits high in vitamin C, strawberries also boast plenty of vitamin C that contributes to collagen production. This ultimately helps maintain healthy, strong gums. Strawberries also contain malic acid, a natural enamel whitener.
Raw cranberries contain polyphenols, compounds that kill or suppress bacteria that can lead to plaque, cavities or gum disease. Polyphenols are also found in green and black teas.
High in potassium, bananas also contain loads of magnesium, an essential mineral for the formation of tooth enamel.
Fruits, though healthy, are still high in sugars that can linger in your mouth, which can contribute to bacteria build-up. Remember that with any snacks or meals, you should rinse your mouth with water if you can’t get to brushing your teeth after eating.
Tooth decay is a real concern when it comes to your children’s baby teeth. Though baby teeth will eventually fall out, tooth decay can cause your child to have a hard time chewing or even speaking. Maintain your children’s dental health by avoiding or limiting certain foods and drinks in his diet.
1. Squeezable food pouches
A very popular food snack, squeezable food pouches may be harmful to growing teeth, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Most of these fruit pouches contain 100 grams of sugar while vegetable pouches can have anywhere from 12-20 grams of sugar. This is because these squeezable food pouches also contain concentrated juices that are high in sugars themselves.
2. Carbonated drinks
The amount of sugar in sodas is sky high: One soft drink contains as much sugar as a king-sized candy bar. All this sugar can cause serious dental health problems, including tooth decay in people of all ages. Additionally, acids and acidic sugar byproducts soften tooth enamel and contribute to cavities. Whenever your child drinks soda, remember to have her rinse her mouth with water afterward.
3. Gummy candies
Though the amount of sugar a child has should be regulated, parents should also consider how long their children’s teeth are exposed to sugar. This is why caramels or gummy candies are bad for teeth in general. Sticky substances are more likely to get stuck in between teeth for a prolonged period of time and can envelop teeth’s surface with a layer of sugar.
4. Sour candies
Compared to regular candy, sour candies have higher acid levels that contribute to the breakdown of tooth enamel. Enamel is as thin as an eggshell, so it’s something to be very careful of when assessing how different foods affect your child’s teeth. Instead of brushing your child’s teeth right away after he or she has acidic foods or drinks, wait 30 minutes so that the acid won’t be spread onto more of the teeth’s surfaces.
5. Juices and Milk
Limit your child’s intake of juices that contain loads of sugar. Apple juice is far more acidic than orange juice and can cause your child’s teeth to erode. Every time you introduce sugars into your child’s mouth, his or her body turns it into acid that attacks teeth. Instead of filling your child’s glass with juice, opt for water or dilute the juice with water to better regulate the amount of sugars entering your child’s mouth. Similarly, milk left in your baby’s mouth will become acidic overnight, leading to decay, says Jack Gruber, D.D.S., a New York periodontist with more than 35 years of experience who invented PeriClean, a brushless toothbrush designed to be gentle on gums. Decay of baby teeth is extensive and difficult to treat, so wipe your baby’s teeth before bedtime to rid of any residual milk. Do not put your child to sleep with a baby bottle full of milk in their mouth. It will lead to “milk bottle mouth” which is decay that destroys the baby teeth.
Though avoiding starch is not completely realistic (who can always say ‘no’ to a few potato chips?), keeping an eye on the amount of chips, white bread or fries your child has can help his dental health in the long run. Not only are these foods lower on nutritional value than whole foods like carrots and broccoli, the starch found in these foods actually converts almost immediately to sugar once consumed.
7. Processed foods
Aside from juices with added sugars or artificial sweeteners, certain processed foods can contain a surprisingly high amount of sugar – simply take a gander at the nutrition labels of foods like peanut butter and ketchup. Maintaining a healthy balance of natural, whole foods and those listed above will help take care of your child’s overall dental health. Calcium, a natural part of tooth enamel, vitamins and minerals are required to build strong teeth in your child. Additionally, eating fibrous vegetables like celery helps remove plaque naturally while drinking water with fluoride can help strengthen teeth.
The most common chronic childhood dental disease is tooth decay. More than 16 million children suffer from untreated tooth decay in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now, the American Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs has updated its guideline on caring for children’s teeth
To help prevent cavities and tooth decay in children, the CSA recommends brushing children’s teeth with a smear of fluoride toothpaste (about the size of a rice grain) as soon as their first tooth comes in. For children ages 3-6, the CSA recommends using a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste when brushing their teeth.
Prior to this update, the CSA recommended using water to clean teeth of children younger than 2 years old and to use a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste with children ages 2-6. The update comes in light of the report “Fluoride toothpaste use for young children” that is published in the February 2014 issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association. The report offers the results of the review “Fluoride toothpaste efficacy and safety in children younger than 6 years”
The new guidance of using a smear of toothpaste to brush children’s teeth when they are younger than 3 years of age helps protect them from getting tooth decay. The updated guideline also lessens the likelihood of fluorosis, a change in tooth’s enamel caused by excessive exposure to high concentrations of fluoride.
Caring for Your Child’s Teeth
It is recommended that children visit the dentist as soon as their first tooth comes in or by their first birthday. Once children have two touching teeth, parents or caregivers should implement a routine of flossing.
Get children in the habit of brushing at least twice a day and teach them the importance of keeping a healthy, clean smile. Model good behavior they can mimic, such as brushing regularly, flossing daily and going to the dentist every six months.
And, remember milk bottles should not be left in the crib because of the possibility of “milk bottle mouth” tooth decay, which is caused by children falling asleep with milk in their mouths.
Your dentist or dental hygienist scraped all the plaque buildup between your teeth and buffed and polished each tooth. Your mouth is feeling extra fresh and is cleaner than ever– until you eat your next meal and order that can of soda.
Your next checkup and cleaning won’t be for another six months (at most), so how do you maintain that fresh after-dentist-visit feeling? Follow these five easy steps to impress your dentist on your next visit.
1. Brush (or at least rinse) after every meal
The American Dental Association recommends brushing at least twice a day, or after every meal. If you can’t get to brushing after lunchtime at the office, the least you can do to help eliminate bacteria from food buildup is to rinse or gargle with water. This gets rid of any food particles that may be lodged between your teeth.
2. Watch when you snack and what you’re snacking on
Continuously snacking throughout the day in between meals can be harmful to your overall oral health. As the first stop in the digestive system, the saliva in your mouth is in charge of breaking down food and whenever you eat, your mouth produces acid that is harmful to your teeth. So snacking throughout the day means your mouth is continually producing acid that ultimately attacks your teeth. Additionally, as certain treats like gummies or dried fruits that can stick to your teeth.
3. Stick to flossing every day
No matter how well you brush, your toothbrush is not designed to reach between teeth where plaque builds up. Plaque, which is as soft as yogurt, can be easily removed with regular flossing. Another advantage to flossing is that it can help detect gum disease. Bleeding gums caused by flossing can be a sign of gum disease, which is best when detected and treated early.
4. Don’t forget about your tongue
Your tongue is a hotbed for bacteria. Remember to clean your tongue regularly to eliminate any bacteria buildup and ultimately prevent plaque buildup. Scraping your tongue of bacteria can also help eliminate bad breath.
5. Check your toothbrush
Standard nylon toothbrushes need to be replaced at least every three months to remain effective. Any longer than that and the bristles become weak while bacteria multiplies. Unlike nylon bristles, PeriClean features rubber bristles that are designed to be gentler on gums and has been shown to support gum regrowth. Created by Jack Gruber, D.D.S, a New York-based periodontist with more than 35 years of professional experience, PeriClean is made with FDA-approved materials and does not collect toothpaste, food particles or bacteria, meaning the toothbrush remains clean and effective for up to six months – three months longer than your typical nylon toothbrush.
Flossing is an important step in your oral health routine that should be taught to your children to help keep gingivitis at bay, a serious gum disease that can develop in children who do not have good brushing or flossing habits.
As soon as your child has front teeth that are touching (about ages 6-8), they should learn to floss in order to remove plaque and food particles from between teeth where brushes cannot reach.
By age 12, all children should be flossing daily, says Jack Gruber, D.D.S, a periodontist with more than 35 years of professional experience and the inventor of PeriClean and PeriKids, ultra-soft toothbrushes that are gentle on gums and have been shown in patients to encourage gum regrowth.
Remember that your children will need your assistance with both brushing and flossing until about age 6-7 — the typical age when they develop the hand-eye coordination needed to brush or floss teeth on their own.
How to Teach Your Kids to Floss
Though flossers or floss picks may be easier for you and your child to use initially, regular wax or unwaxed floss can work just as well. If you find shredding occurring while using unwaxed floss, switch to waxed. The best way to teach your child how to floss is to have your child mimic your actions while you floss.
To begin, break off two pieces of floss that are about 18 inches long – one for you and one for your child. For reference, 18 inches is about equivalent to the length of your fingertip to your elbow.
Show your child how to wind one end of the floss around a middle or forefinger and the remaining floss around the same finger of the other hand. Make sure to teach your child to grip the floss tightly so there is enough tension to create a straight line with the floss.
When flossing, emphasize how you curve the floss into a U shape as you get closer to the bottom of your teeth near the gums. Then, rub the side of the tooth as you come back up away from the gum.
Make It Fun
The best way to instill good dental habits is to set a good example. Allow your children to watch your daily oral health routine, from brushing in the morning to flossing, to motivate them to follow suit.
Get your kids excited about taking care of their teeth by allowing them to choose their own toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. Additionally, make flossing fun and educational by examining your child’s teeth together in the mirror and counting the number of teeth they have.
Good oral hygiene habits should be taught as soon as your child understands the concept of cleaning. Remember that flossing cleans 90 percent of bacteria that hides between teeth, and that brushing too hard or over doing it can lead to gum recession.