COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things about our daily lives. Your regular visits to the dentist have changed, too.
The ADA recommended that dentists postpone all but emergency procedures until April 30 to reduce the spread of the virus.
A straight and white smile is becoming more sought after than ever before. This mindset began with the ‘Hollywood smile’ when we first started to develop an interest in mimicking the results of celebrity cosmetics. For many at the time, the riches of these stars along with the price of cosmetic dentistry put such procedures out of reach. But much has changed.
Today, the price of cosmetic dentistry, like tooth whitening and adult orthodontics have become far more affordable and accessible. It means today’s Hollywood smile is now the ‘Love Island smile’. As a reality show, this creates an image that cosmetic dentistry is obtainable and as ‘normal’ as visiting the hairdresser or barber. More of us are taking an interest in our own smile and searching for ways to improve it. This is an extremely positive attitude. However, while changing the appearance of our teeth sits high on many people’s wish lists, it is important to remember the most important thing – the health of our smile.
Researchers say polyphenols in red wine can help prevent certain bacteria from sticking to your teeth.
Now, researchers say they have uncovered more benefits of the extracts in red wine. They may, in fact, be good for your teeth.
But before you grab that bottle of burgundy, take a closer look at the science. A new study has concluded that red wine polyphenols, as well as red wine and grape seed extracts, may lower the ability of bad bacteria to stick to teeth. These bacteria can cause plaque, cavities, and gum disease.
While it may be obvious that certain foods and drinks are bad for your teeth, like candy and soda, there are other less obvious options that can also be harmful to your oral health.
Although some might advise avoiding these problem foods altogether, dentists generally argue in favor of moderation and good oral hygiene.