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What Do You Think About Brushing With Baking Soda?

What Do You Think About Brushing with Baking Soda?

For centuries, many concoctions have been devised for cleaning teeth and brushing.  Some of those ingredients have been ground pebbles, honey, incense, burnt seashells, coral, talc, salt cattle hooves, and dragon's blood.  The popularity of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) as an ingredient has ebbed and flowed in popularity over the past two centuries.  It has many beneficial properties for oral…

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Oral Hygiene | Why Are You Supposed To Brush Your Tongue?

Oral Hygiene | Why Are You Supposed to Brush Your Tongue?

Germs that cause gum disease, gingivitis, and tooth decay live in groups.  These bacteria are much less destructive when their groups, called colonies, are mechanically broken up with  a toothbrush.  Another problem caused by bacterial colonization is the production of foul odors.  This is why proper oral hygiene is important. The surface of the tongue is covered with many little…

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Why Do People Seem To Get More Cavities As They Get Old?

Why Do People Seem to Get More Cavities as They Get Old?

Causes of Cavities as We Age Saliva, a major chemical buffer that maintains the acid/base balance in our mouths and is produced by salivary glands. These glands are predominantly located in our cheeks and under our tongues.  These glands produce two types of saliva.  Serous saliva is "wet and watery", and mucoid saliva is "sticky and thick."  Serous glands mainly produce buffering…

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