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You Don’t Know Jack(fruit)!

You Don’t Know Jack(fruit)!

If you’re looking for a food that’s nutritious, delicious, versatile, filling and fun, get to know jack – about jackfruit! It’s good for you, and good for the environment! Tasty recipes inside!

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You Don’t Know Jack(fruit)!

You Don’t Know Jack(fruit)!

If you’re looking for a food that’s nutritious, delicious, versatile, filling and fun, get to know jack – about jackfruit! It’s good for you, and good for the environment! Tasty recipes inside!

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How To Tamp Down Pain Until Your Dental Appointment

How To Tamp Down Pain Until Your Dental Appointment

A toothache is one of the most insistent pains your body can produce. When it strikes, all you want to do is get to your dentist to make it go away. Unfortunately, that isn’t always possible.

In the interim, you need to deal as best you can. Over-the-counter painkilling drugs can certainly help, but many people, that’s not a great solution. Instead, here are seven safe but effective home remedies you can try until your dentist saves the day.

1) Simple Salt Water

For straightforward, fast toothache relief, stir half a teaspoon of ordinary salt into a small cup of warm water and use it as a gentle mouthwash. This will act as a natural disinfectant, reduce inflammation, and also help loosen any lodged food particles which may be augmenting your pain.

2) Fresh Sage Leaves

Take a few fresh leaves of garden sage, and steep in boiling water for five minutes. Drain, leave to cool, and add a splash of apple cider vinegar to make a pain-relieving mouthwash. This concoction is also good for mouth ulcers and sore throats!

3) Peppermint

Peppermint tea has a slightly numbing effect in your mouth. For an extra-strength treatment, press the lukewarm used tea bag onto the affected area and hold for a minute at a time until you feel, or don’t feel, something.

4) Cloves

Cloves are a classic pain-reducer! They’ve been used to relieve tooth pain through the ages. Sucking on the whole clove is effective but can be painful, best to boil in pure water for a numbing mouthwash.

Alternatively, dilute a few drops of pure clove oil with a little olive oil, and apply around the affected tooth using a clean cotton ball.

5) Common Thyme

Thyme’s strong, warming taste can be an effective distraction from a toothache. What’s more, the herb contains natural antibacterial and antioxidant properties to prevent infection and promote healing. Simply make a mouthwash by infusing the dried herb in hot water, letting it cool to body temperature.

6) Chili Oil

The idea of adding extra fire to a toothache might not seem logical, but chili has natural analgesic properties as well as a mild mood-lifting effect to distract from your discomfort. Try dabbing a little chill-infused oil onto the inside of your cheek close to the affected area, rather than directly on the tooth itself.

7) Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has gained a formidable reputation as a skin care superstar, but it can also be used to treat mouth pains of all kinds. Simply dab a little pure aloe vera oil or gel onto the gums around the affected area, and you’ll soon notice a numbing effect and reduced inflammation. Warning! Only use pure aloe vera products, not ones formulated for skin care or other treatments. (You knew that…)

Whether your toothache is caused by neuralgia, damage, or decay, you need to see your dentist as soon as possible. However, there’s no need to grin and bear it while you wait. Try any of these natural remedies and find the one that’s right for you. 

Question: Can Breathing Through Your Mouth Harm Your Teeth?

Question: Can Breathing Through Your Mouth Harm Your Teeth?

A recent study demonstrates the elevated incidence of dental erosion and decay in mouth breathers.

A study by researchers from University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation made this illuminating discovery.

OMG! How does this happen?

It’s not a secret that dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, can be an inconvenient and uncomfortable condition. But it’s still quite common. It can be caused by sleeping habits, certain medications, or even something as simple as a stuffy nose that forces you to breathe through your mouth. It can also have a real impact on your dental health in addition to being a nuisance. Here’s three reasons why a dry mouth can damage your teeth.

1. The bacteria in your mouth

Everyone’s teeth come under attack from the bacteria that live inside the mouth. These bacteria are especially active after you eat sugar or starchy, high-carb foods such as white bread. When these harmful bacteria digest sugars or starches, they create corrosive acids.

As you can imagine, having these bacteria and the acids they produce sitting on your enamel isn’t good for your teeth. The acid can eat away at the structure of your enamel. So the role saliva plays in washing away the food debris and neutralizing the acids is critical, and dry mouth can allow bacteria more leeway to damage your teeth.

2. The acidic foods you consume

In addition to bacteria-produced acids, any acids in the food you eat can start to eat away at your enamel as well. That’s because acids are corrosive to teeth, pulling out the calcium, magnesium, and other structural minerals that your tooth enamel uses to keep it strong. Saliva helps wash out acids in your mouth, but mouth breathing prevents this from happening.

3. Remineralization complication

Saliva is your mouth’s tool to supply calcium, magnesium, and other critical substances to the outside of your enamel to help replace any minerals that leach out due to the contact from acid.

With dry mouth, you may not have enough saliva to provide the minerals that your teeth need for self-repair. In this situation, your teeth will gradually become weaker and more susceptible to cavities.

How did the study go down, again?

Groups of subjects “forced” to breathe, or not breathe, through the mouth were studied. Acidity levels of saliva in the mouth were measured. The researchers discovered that, at certain times during the night, acidity levels for mouth breathers went beyond the threshold for erosion of tooth enamel to occur.

Researchers saw that dentists have been reporting more patients with “dry mouth”, especially during sleep or upon awakening. Dry mouth is associated with mouth breathing.

Mouth breathing during sleep can cause saliva to evaporate, a defense mechanism for preventing the mouth from becoming too acidic. Acidity in the mouth can lead to enamel loss through erosion (from acid without the influence of bacteria) and tooth decay, or caries (the effect of bacteria breaking down foods to produce acid).

Researchers compared pH and temperature levels in the mouths of 10 healthy subjects. Each slept with, then without, a nose clip that forced them to breathe through the mouth.

Volunteers were given a device that measures pH and temperature of the “palatal aspect of the upper central incisors”, which they wore for two sets of 48 hours.

During the time subjects wore the clip, they experienced a drop in pH to a dangerous 3.6 – the threshold is 5.5 for when tooth enamel starts to break down.

Dr. Choi, the study’s head, concluded that, as the first study of its kind, mouth breathing has a definitive effect on acidity levels, and the probable result of advancing tooth decay.

Mouth breathing seems innocent enough, but it should be taken seriously. If you notice that you or someone close to you is breathing through the mouth at night, it is advisable to seek a professional evaluation with a sleep-trained dentist or other practitioner.

How To Tamp Down Pain Until Your Dental Appointment

How To Tamp Down Pain Until Your Dental Appointment

A toothache is one of the most insistent pains your body can produce. When it strikes, all you want to do is get to your dentist to make it go away. Unfortunately, that isn’t always possible.

In the interim, you need to deal as best you can. Over-the-counter painkilling drugs can certainly help, but many people, that’s not a great solution. Instead, here are seven safe but effective home remedies you can try until your dentist saves the day.

1) Simple Salt Water

For straightforward, fast toothache relief, stir half a teaspoon of ordinary salt into a small cup of warm water and use it as a gentle mouthwash. This will act as a natural disinfectant, reduce inflammation, and also help loosen any lodged food particles which may be augmenting your pain.

2) Fresh Sage Leaves

Take a few fresh leaves of garden sage, and steep in boiling water for five minutes. Drain, leave to cool, and add a splash of apple cider vinegar to make a pain-relieving mouthwash. This concoction is also good for mouth ulcers and sore throats!

3) Peppermint

Peppermint tea has a slightly numbing effect in your mouth. For an extra-strength treatment, press the lukewarm used tea bag onto the affected area and hold for a minute at a time until you feel, or don’t feel, something.

4) Cloves

Cloves are a classic pain-reducer! They’ve been used to relieve tooth pain through the ages. Sucking on the whole clove is effective but can be painful, best to boil in pure water for a numbing mouthwash.

Alternatively, dilute a few drops of pure clove oil with a little olive oil, and apply around the affected tooth using a clean cotton ball.

5) Common Thyme

Thyme’s strong, warming taste can be an effective distraction from a toothache. What’s more, the herb contains natural antibacterial and antioxidant properties to prevent infection and promote healing. Simply make a mouthwash by infusing the dried herb in hot water, letting it cool to body temperature.

6) Chili Oil

The idea of adding extra fire to a toothache might not seem logical, but chili has natural analgesic properties as well as a mild mood-lifting effect to distract from your discomfort. Try dabbing a little chill-infused oil onto the inside of your cheek close to the affected area, rather than directly on the tooth itself.

7) Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has gained a formidable reputation as a skin care superstar, but it can also be used to treat mouth pains of all kinds. Simply dab a little pure aloe vera oil or gel onto the gums around the affected area, and you’ll soon notice a numbing effect and reduced inflammation. Warning! Only use pure aloe vera products, not ones formulated for skin care or other treatments. (You knew that…)

Whether your toothache is caused by neuralgia, damage, or decay, you need to see your dentist as soon as possible. However, there’s no need to grin and bear it while you wait. Try any of these natural remedies and find the one that’s right for you. 

Question: Can Breathing Through Your Mouth Harm Your Teeth?

Question: Can Breathing Through Your Mouth Harm Your Teeth?

A recent study demonstrates the elevated incidence of dental erosion and decay in mouth breathers.

A study by researchers from University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation made this illuminating discovery.

OMG! How does this happen?

It’s not a secret that dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, can be an inconvenient and uncomfortable condition. But it’s still quite common. It can be caused by sleeping habits, certain medications, or even something as simple as a stuffy nose that forces you to breathe through your mouth. It can also have a real impact on your dental health in addition to being a nuisance. Here’s three reasons why a dry mouth can damage your teeth.

1. The bacteria in your mouth

Everyone’s teeth come under attack from the bacteria that live inside the mouth. These bacteria are especially active after you eat sugar or starchy, high-carb foods such as white bread. When these harmful bacteria digest sugars or starches, they create corrosive acids.

As you can imagine, having these bacteria and the acids they produce sitting on your enamel isn’t good for your teeth. The acid can eat away at the structure of your enamel. So the role saliva plays in washing away the food debris and neutralizing the acids is critical, and dry mouth can allow bacteria more leeway to damage your teeth.

2. The acidic foods you consume

In addition to bacteria-produced acids, any acids in the food you eat can start to eat away at your enamel as well. That’s because acids are corrosive to teeth, pulling out the calcium, magnesium, and other structural minerals that your tooth enamel uses to keep it strong. Saliva helps wash out acids in your mouth, but mouth breathing prevents this from happening.

3. Remineralization complication

Saliva is your mouth’s tool to supply calcium, magnesium, and other critical substances to the outside of your enamel to help replace any minerals that leach out due to the contact from acid.

With dry mouth, you may not have enough saliva to provide the minerals that your teeth need for self-repair. In this situation, your teeth will gradually become weaker and more susceptible to cavities.

How did the study go down, again?

Groups of subjects “forced” to breathe, or not breathe, through the mouth were studied. Acidity levels of saliva in the mouth were measured. The researchers discovered that, at certain times during the night, acidity levels for mouth breathers went beyond the threshold for erosion of tooth enamel to occur.

Researchers saw that dentists have been reporting more patients with “dry mouth”, especially during sleep or upon awakening. Dry mouth is associated with mouth breathing.

Mouth breathing during sleep can cause saliva to evaporate, a defense mechanism for preventing the mouth from becoming too acidic. Acidity in the mouth can lead to enamel loss through erosion (from acid without the influence of bacteria) and tooth decay, or caries (the effect of bacteria breaking down foods to produce acid).

Researchers compared pH and temperature levels in the mouths of 10 healthy subjects. Each slept with, then without, a nose clip that forced them to breathe through the mouth.

Volunteers were given a device that measures pH and temperature of the “palatal aspect of the upper central incisors”, which they wore for two sets of 48 hours.

During the time subjects wore the clip, they experienced a drop in pH to a dangerous 3.6 – the threshold is 5.5 for when tooth enamel starts to break down.

Dr. Choi, the study’s head, concluded that, as the first study of its kind, mouth breathing has a definitive effect on acidity levels, and the probable result of advancing tooth decay.

Mouth breathing seems innocent enough, but it should be taken seriously. If you notice that you or someone close to you is breathing through the mouth at night, it is advisable to seek a professional evaluation with a sleep-trained dentist or other practitioner.

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John J. Kelly, DDS

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Chicago dentist, John J. Kelly, DDS, practices Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry at his Chicago dental office in Edgebrook.

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Chicago dentist, John J. Kelly, DDS, practices Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry at his Chicago dental office in Edgebrook.

He delivers a wide range of dental therapeutics, in addition to treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing, including Sleep Apnea, Child Facial Development issues and TMJ/Jaw Pain. MORE ON DR. KELLY

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