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Trivia Taken from (http://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/teaching_resources/jokes_trivia.asp)

An elephant's tooth can weigh three kilograms? That's heavier than a big jug of milk!

Even though whales are very big, some of them don't have any teeth. Instead, they have rows of stiff hair like combs that take food out of the ocean.

Snails are very small but they can have thousands of tiny teeth all lined up in rows.

Minnows have teeth in their throat.

Rabbit teeth never stop growing. They are worn down by gnawing on bark and other hard foods.

Lemon sharks grow a new set of teeth every two weeks. They grow more than 24,000 new teeth every year!

Every year in China, people celebrate a special holiday called "Love Your Teeth Day".

Triclosan and osteoporosis.

A recent study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism has found an association between osteoporosis in women and triclosan.  Triclosan is an antimicrobial agent that has been added to toothpastes, underarm deodorants and some cosmetic products.
In light of this new finding, it is necessary for me to advice my valued patients to read the contents of the products to ensure that there is no triclosan added.  Some studies have shown triclosan could be linked to issues such as antibiotic resistance and decreasing thyroid hormones, but these studies are limited, according to the FDA and results are not yet conclusive.

Dental hygienists are intimately aware of the relationship between good oral health and physical and mental well-being.  They work with you to develop individualized oral care plans and offer guidance on healthy food and lifestyle choices.  They believe that cannabis use may increase bleeding and slow healing of lesions in the mouth and gums. “Dental hygienists want you to enjoy optimal oral and overall health in 2019 and beyond, which is why they are ready to have the cannabis conversation”.  www.dentalhygienecanada.ca/cannabis.

Having nicely arranged pearly whites is very desirable.  It adds to beauty, self-worth and confidence.  Teeth that are out of alignment are less appealing aesthetically.  If they are crowded, they have a propensity to gum disease and maybe even tooth decay.  Crowded teeth may affect the way you bite and contribute to bizarre headaches and joint problems.  Often, they may contribute to poor chewing.  Crooked teeth can be a lot more deleterious than just appearance.  So if you have crowding, or teeth not meshing properly, have them checked out by your dental professional.

Probiotics seems to be the new buzz word.  Capsules of "good bacteria" are available in drug stores and even in supermarkets.  There are very few clinical studies with respect to probiotic bacteria and whether injesting them have a benefical effect.  Hundreds of species of bactera number to multi trillions of bacteria.  These bacteria live in a balance and a delicate ecosystem.  If we decrease the numbers of a certain specie (using antibiotics) we may cause others to increase in numbers, this alters that fine ecosystem resulting in disease.  What happens if we increase the numbers of a certain specie using probiotics?

 

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