Gouda news. Some SuperBowl snacks are safer for your smile.

As a SuperBowl snack, cheese offers tons of tooth strengthening calcium and a protein called casein, according to grandslamsmiles.com

A party tray shaped like a football field can feature endless varieties of cheese and serve as a SuperBowl buffet of tooth-strengthening calcium and a protein called casein. Gouda, White Cheddar, Havarti and Chipotle Jack — all effective in protecting the surface of your teeth.

The example shown above, as part of a pre-Bowl party planner by grandslamsmiles.com, also features kale turf, red grapes, whole wheat crackers and summer sausage, but its author is not advocating for crackers, which can stick to teeth and promote bacteria growth.

Whether you’re in it for the game, Katy Perry’s halftime show or the Puppy Bowl, there’s bound to be an array of food at your Big Game celebration, and surprisingly many options that can contribute to good oral health.

* Hummus. Protein rich chickpeas don’t contain any saturated fat or cholesterol, making hummus a good choice for your overall health.  Chickpeas are also rich in folic acid, which keeps your mouth healthy by promoting cell growth throughout your body.

* Veggies. Raw veggies require lots of chewing, which stimulates and promotes healthy gums.  Carrots contain beta-carotene that your body uses to create vitamin A (this build strong teeth.) Cucumbers offer a healthy alternative to chips, are rich in vitamins B and C and have even been shown to help freshen breath and naturally whiten teeth.

* Dip. If it’s comprised of sour cream, it’s set to provide another boost of calcium, which also helps to keep your teeth strong.

Not sure what to nosh? Find 10-minute recipes and suggestions at: http://grandslamsmiles.com/blog/tooth-friendly-super-bowl-snacks/

Chewing gum may be good for your teeth

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By Kelsi Matylewicz/ Social Media Intern, Benco Dental

Did your parents used to tell you that chewing gum would give you cavities? According to Medical Daily, this is not the case.

Chewing gum is a billion-dollar industry with an average of 280 sticks of gum consumed per person per year . No need to worry though, your are contributing to the maintenance of oral health.

According to a study by the Journal of Dental Research, in most gums, the gum-base is supplemented with sweeteners, flavors, and other agents. However, sugar is now often replaced by artificial sweeteners such as sorbitol, xylitol, or mannitol. The addition these sugarless additives have been found to reduce the formation of oral biofilms, which is the cause of infectious diseases such as cavities and periodontal disease.

A team of researchers from University of Groningen in the Netherlands wanted to observe whether chewing gum can remove bacteria from the oral cavity. Five biomedical engineering students were recruited to chew two different standard types of spearmint gum for various lengths of time ranging from 30 seconds to 10 minutes. Afterward, the gum was spit into a cup filled with sterile water to be analyzed.

The findings revealed there were about 100 million bacteria detected on each piece of chewed up gum, with the number increasing as chewing time increased. The gum starts to lose its adhesiveness after 30 seconds of chewing, trapping less bacteria.

Chewing gum does not remove bacteria from the same places of the dentition as does brushing or flossing and each act targets different areas of the mouth.

As a reminder: The American Dental Association advises that chewing gum is not an adjunct to brushing and flossing, nor a substitute; brushing twice a day and using dental floss is still recommended.

For the full story: http://www.medicaldaily.com/oral-health-hack-chewing-gum-removes-100m-bacteria-10-minutes-similar-flossing-319120#.VMZD1GhCaqE.twitter

Bringing positive energy to the dental practice

According to OrleansHub.com, 
Dr. Peter Igoe considers his new dental office more of a "wellness center." 
(Photo courtesy Tom Rivers)

As a dentist, you might not be neighbors and partners with a yoga studio, but you can benefit from a few tips from Dr. Peter Igoe.

This Western New York practitioner, shown above in a photo courtesy of orleanshub.com, believes in whole body health, which means that your teeth are related to your overall whole body health: healthy teeth equals healthy body.

A recent shift in his practice location offers a significant benefit.

“There’s a positive energy, a positive atmosphere,” Dr. Igoe told Jim Krencik of thedailynewsonline.com in a recent interview.

Dr. Igoe references the connection between a business that began shareing a roof with his practice in 2015:  Igoe 2 Yoga,  his wife Laura’s studio.

According to thedailynewsonline.com, the couple is making full use of their new West Center Street Extension building, a 3,325-square-foot building with the yoga studio and dental office sharing space to encourage a connection between dental and full-body health.

As a dentist, he offers a number of comfort-enhancing options at his new office in Medina, and it’s no stretch to assume his wife’s business does the same. Dr. Igoe’s patients benefits from:

* wide windows, which offer a view of the Erie Canal from the five dental hygiene and operatory rooms.

* space planning, which  creates efficiency and time savings. A CAD/CAM milling unit that turns ceramic blocks into implants sits a short walk away the operatory room where teeth are X-rayed by a handheld, digital unit and crowns designed on a computer inside the room.

* informed patients, courtesy of televisions that can be swung to display x-rays and explanatory videos.

Be inspired by more of Dr. Igoe’s adaptations at: http://www.thedailynewsonline.com/news/article_983024d2-a528-11e4-8da9-9f9d9e91cd84.html

Visit in person: Dr. Peter C. Igoe DDS Complete Health Dentistry and Igoe 2 Yoga, 11065 West Center St. Ext., Medina, will host an open house on Feb. 5. For more information about their businesses, visit dr.igoe.com or igo2yoga.com.

Don’t wait. Another reason to tackle gum disease pronto.

HIV-infected H9 T cell

Dental and medical researchers from Case Western Reserve University discovered that byproducts of bacteria in gum disease, called metabolic small chain fatty acid (SCFA), can work together to wake up HIV in dormant T-cells and cause the virus to replicate.

Their findings help explain why people with the HIV -infections and periodontal disease have higher levels of the virus in their saliva than HIV patients with healthy gums. For dental patients with HIV, it shows how important it is to treat bacterial infections in gum disease early.

“This interaction by SCFA and T-cells surprised co-investigators Fengchun Ye, assistant professor of biological sciences at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, and Jonathan Karn, director of the Center for Aids Research and professor and chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology at Case Western Reserve’s medical school,” said Science Daily.

Their findings can be found in the article, “Short chain fatty acids potently induce latent HIV-1 in T-cells by activating P-TEFb and multiple histone modifications,” published in January 2015 in the journal Virology.


Lying through her teeth.


In the Steven Spielberg‘s 2002 film Catch Me If You Can, Leonardo DiCaprio portrays a criminal who before his 21st birthday worked as a doctor, a lawyer, and a co-pilot for a major airline using his powers of deception.

His character, loosely based on con artist Frank Abagnale Jr., did it all without the help of YouTube.

He never actually practiced medicine, though.

This week in Thailand, a 21-year-old woman arrested for illegally straightening people’s teeth has told police she learned her skills from the video-sharing website, according to bangkokpost.com 

Thararat Thaptimtae was arrested after police and public health officials raided a room in a dormitory after responding to complaints that its occupant had been providing illegal dental alignment for vocational students and other teenagers.

Thaweesak Sukkhasem reported police said Thararat, a former vocational student, confessed that she had never studied dentistry or worked at a dental clinic but charged her teenage customers between 800 and 1,200 baht (USD $25 and $37).

Abagnale Jr., who now helps the FBI catch fraudsters, forgers and embezzlers, said metro.co.uk his crimes tallied $2.5 million, which today would be about $20 million.