Is Green Tea Good for Oral Health?

Is Green Tea Good for Oral Health?

Green Tea has been used for its medicinal values for thousands of years. It has been widely used throughout Asia for its numerous benefits, due to the antioxidants and polyphenols.

Now in vitro studies have shown that the polyphenols inhibit the growth of periodontal disease pathogens which may contribute to gum disease. Some studies have also suggested that the antioxidant Catechin in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause tooth decay.

A recent study found that green tea as a chemopreventive agent is promising. The amount of intake needed daily to receive these benefits is unknown. For more information, visit the following links:

Another Study Finds Green Tea Good for Oral Health

Study Finds Green Tea Can Fight Gum Disease

Relationship Between Intake of Green Tea and Periodontal Disease

Straighter Teeth – Fast

Straighter Teeth – Fast

Many people desire straighter teeth without a lengthy time commitment. The Inman Appliance may be the perfect solution if your front teeth are crooked, crowded or protruding.

The Inman Aligner is a removable spring loaded appliance that guides the teeth to a more ideal position. While this process often moves teeth faster than conventional braces and Invisalign®, there are exceptions where this appliance is not indicated.

Concerned about your smile? Contact us for an appointment. And visit to see more information on how to get straighter teeth. Fast.

Stress and Oral Health

Stress and Oral Health

Abnormal levels of  stress are known to affect your physical health, but what about your oral health? During times of stress the body can respond in multiple ways. Stress can involuntarily cause you to clench and grind your teeth, increase the risk of getting canker and cold sores, and increase dental plaque.

Being under stress can affect your mood and cause you to neglect your normal oral healthcare habits. You may also develop unhealthy eating habits. All of these factors can contribute to increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease.


Perfect Smile vs. Perfect Body

Perfect Smile vs. Perfect Body

We live in a world where more of us than ever before want to look good, and more importantly, we want to feel good about the way we look. For better or worse, we live in a nanosecond society where people make judgements about who we are based on our appearance.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry conducted a study to determine if people preferred a perfect smile or a perfect body. They found an overwhelming majority of individuals preferred a perfect smile. 80 percent of Americans surveyed said they would spend money to counteract the effects of aging. 62 percent of this group said they would choose to improve their teeth while 48 percent said they would choose to allocate their money towards weight loss. Almost 45 percent of Americans believe an attractive smile can battle the effects of getting older.

Other studies have shown that many Americans have come to understand that a healthy, attractive smile can be a benefit in both their personal and professional lives. Read the full article.

Talk or Drill?

Talk or Drill?

Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) is being performed by dentists in the same way your MD  evaluates risk  factors to prevent heart disease. Have you had 3 or more cavities in the last year? Do you have a high intake of acidic or carbonated beverages? Do you snack frequently?  Are you taking medications that cause your mouth to be dry?

Evaluation of these and similar factors help dentists assess what your risk levels are for developing new cavities.  Once they have an accurate assessment, treatment protocols can be implemented that will help lower the risk for developing new decay in the future.

To learn more, ask your dentist about CAMBRA.

Toothpaste Abrasion

Toothpaste Abrasion

With all the different types of toothpastes that are being offered to us today, how do we choose the best one? How well does a toothpaste clean, and are any of the components damaging to tooth structure? How do you choose among the many options and cut through the advertising hype?

To me, it’s important to be sure that the toothpaste isn’t damaging to the enamel surface. With that in mind, one of my colleagues at the Kois Center, Dr. Brenda Nishimura, has compiled this list that I am now sharing with our patients. This summarizes the toothpastes that are the kindest to the tooth surface and those that are the most abrasive.

Less abrasive is better!

Toothpaste Abrasion Chart — Numbers Indicate RDA (Relative Dentin Abrasivity)

Very Low Abrasive

04 Toothbrush with plain water

07 Straight baking soda

08 Arm & Hammer Tooth Powder

15 Weleda Salt Toothpaste

18 CTx4 Gel

30 Elmex Sensitive Plus

30 Weleda Plant Tooth Gel

35 Arm & Hammer Dental Care

37 Sensodyne ProNamel

Low Abrasive

40 Weleda Children’s Tooth Gel

42 Arm and Hammer Metadent Advanced Whitening

42 Arm and Hammer Peroxicare

45 Weleda Calendula Toothpaste

45 Oxyfresh

48 Arm & Hammer Dental Care Sensitive

49 Arm & Hammer Peroxicare Tartar Control

49 Tom’s of Maine Sensitive

52 Arm & Hammer Peroxicare Regular

53 Rembrant Original

54 Arm & Hammer Sensitive Whitening

54 Arm & Hammer Sensitive Freshening

54 Arm & Hammer Sensitive Multi-Protection

54 Arm & Hammer Complete Care Stain Defense

57 Tom’s of Maine Children’s

62 Super Smile

63 Rembrant Mint

65 Arm & Hammer Complete Care Plus Enamel Strengthening

68 Colgate Regular

70 Colgate Total

70 Arm & Hammer Advance White Sensitive

70 Colgate 2-in-1 Fresh Mint

Medium Abrasive

78 Biotene Gentle Dry Mouth

79 Sensodyne

80 AIM

83 Colgate Sensitive Maximum Strength

91 Aquafresh Sensitive

93 Tom’s of Maine Regular

94 Rembrant Plus

95 Crest Regular

95 Oxyfresh with Fluoride

97 Oxyfresh Powder

High Abrasive

100 Colgate Optic White

101 Natural White

103 Mentadent

103 Arm & Hammer Sensation

104 Sensodyne Extra Whitening

106 Colgate Platinum

106 Arm & Hammer Advance White Paste

107 Crest Sensitivity Protection

110 Closeup Paste/Gel

110 Colgate Herbal

113 Aquafresh Whitening

117 Arm & Hammer Advance White Gel

117 Arm & Hammer Sensation Tartar Control

120 Close-Up with Baking Soda

120 Colgate Baking Soda Paste

124 Colgate Whitening

125 Colgate Sensitive Pro Relief, Enamel Repair

130 Crest Pro Health

130 Crest Extra Whitening

133 Ultra Brite

144 Crest MultiCare Whitening

145 Ultra Brite Advanced Whitening Formula

145 Colgate Baking Soda & Peroxide Whitening

Harmfully Abrasive

150 Pepsodent

165 Colgate Tartar Control

168 Arm & Hammer Dental Care PM Fresh Mint

176 Nature’s Gate Paste

200 Colgate 2-in-1 Tartar Control/ Whitening or Icy Blast/Whitening

200 Crest White Vivid

260 Ultrabrite Advanced Whitening