Dental Health

On Downton Abbey and other BBC period shows, we easily discern the different accents, even dialects, of upper and lower classes. On Orange is the New Black, as in real life in America, access to healthcare remains a class indicator. Rotten teeth are hard to hide. Tooth decay is embarrassing. It signifies that supremely unforgivable character trait: not taking care of oneself—a particularly serious flaw in women, who are expected to look attractive. Several women I know cover their mouths when they speak or chew, and never, ever laugh—they don’t want anyone to see their teeth.

Many of us assume that rotten teeth are volitional—that if someone had just brushed and flossed then they’d have nice teeth. But it’s not that simple. Though teeth are part of our bodies, health care programs treat them as an afterthought. Dental health is not covered by standard health insurance and Medicare has no dental benefits, so about half of Americans don’t have dental insurance. In recent years, the cost of dental care has been increasing faster than the cost of other medical care. There’s also an urban/rural divide on access to dentists: 45 million Americans live in communities where there is a serious lack of dentists. 

Read more of Susan Sered’s article on teeth and class in America on Bitch Media

So we had this dental night at the college where I’m living right? And since it’s the 4th of August I have Supernatural on my brain. So, throughout most of the presentation all I could think of was this leviathan brushing its teeth after a long day of impersonating people and eating them.

I mean, dental hygiene is important to everyone, right?

No regrets. Have a Leviathan brushing its teeth on your dash.

Hop leaf antioxidants could fight dental diseases

Scientists reported that the part of hops that isn’t used for making beer contains healthful antioxidants and could be used to battle cavities and gum disease. In a new study in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, they say that they’ve identified some of the substances that could be responsible for these healthful effects.

Yoshihisa Tanaka and colleagues note that their earlier research found that antioxidant polyphenols, contained in the hop leaves (called bracts) could help fight cavities and gum disease. Extracts from bracts stopped the bacteria responsible for these dental conditions from being able to stick to surfaces and prevented the release of some bacterial toxins.

Americans Are Going to Juarez for Cheap Dental Care

Every workday, Dr. Jessica Nitardy leaves her home near El Paso, Texas and drives for more than an hour to the Mexican border. She crosses immigration and heads to her dental practice in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, which until recently was considered one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

But the patients she sees aren’t Mexican—almost all are American.

“I can count my Mexican patients on my fingers,” she told me in a phone interview. “No, they all come from Austin, Houston, even Florida, Colorado, Alaska … ”

Read more. [Image: Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters]
How To Naturally Heal Cavities
The world is slowly waking up to the fact that, when you give the body what it needs, it can heal things we previously thought were impossible. A fine example of what is often deemed as an incurable health problem is dental cavities, but extensive research is now becoming more public about the true nature of tooth decay and the fact that there are proven remedies that can remedy it.

Side note: There are many theories about foods that will heal bone and teeth, some focus on fatty animal products and/or some focus on dark greens.
Shocking Study: E-Cigarette Vapor Destroys 85% of Cells in Your Mouth
This article is shared with permission from our friends at Electronic cigarettes are perceived by many as an effective smoking cessation aid, and numerous studies suggest they are significantly less harmful to health than conventional cigarettes. A new study, however, claims the devices are not without risk – they...More

“Published in the journal PLOS One, the study reveals that the vapor of e-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) contains toxic compounds and nanoparticles that destroy the outer later of skin cells in the mouth.“

Why Do Good Athletes Have Bad Teeth?

Olympic athletes—typically revered as the paragon of what a human body can be and do—are apparently not doing great where their teeth are concerned. In the International Olympic Committee’s Consensus Statement on Periodic Health Evaluation of Elite Athletes, released in March 2009, the body called for more studies to “assess more accurately the oral health of the athlete population,” after noting several dental problems encountered by athletes at the 2008 Beijing games.

The scientific community obliged: A recent study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine reported the fairly bleak dental situation at the London games in 2012.

Read more. [Image: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters]

Vaccinium vitis-idaea (lingonberrypartridgeberry, or cowberry) Airelle, , Airelle Rouge, Airelle Vigne d’Ida, , Arándano Europeo,  Dry Ground Cranberry, Foxberry, Lingen, Lingenberry, Lingon, , Lowbush Cranberry, Moss Cranberry, Mountain Cranberry, , Red Bilberry, 

“is a short evergreen shrub in the heath family that bears edible fruit,native to boreal forest and Arctic tundra throughout the Northern Hemisphere from Eurasia to North America. Lingonberries are picked in the wild and used to accompany a variety of dishes in Northern Baltoscandia. Commercial cultivation is undertaken in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

Vaccinium vitis-idaea is most commonly known in English as lingonberry or cowberry. The name lingonberry originates from the Swedish name lingon for the species, and is derived from the Norse lyngr, or heather.

Vaccinium vitis-idaea keeps its leaves all winter even in the coldest years, unusual for a broad-leaved plant, though in its natural habitat it is usually protected from severe cold by snow cover. It is extremely hardy, tolerating temperatures as low as −40 °C (−40 °F) or lower, but grows poorly where summers are hot. It prefers some shade (as from a forest canopy) and constantly moist, acidic soil. Nutrient-poor soils are tolerated but not alkaline soils.

The berries are quite tart, so they are often cooked and sweetened before eating in the form of lingonberry jam, compote, juice, smoothie or syrup. In Sweden and Russia, when sugar was still a luxury item, the berries were usually preserved simply by putting them whole into bottles of water. This was known as vattlingon (watered lingonberries); the procedure preserved them until next season.”

  • Improves vascular health *see research link 26024018
  • Anti-diabetes properties   (excerpt from research:”  The plant extract significantly decreased glycemia and strongly tended to decrease insulin levels   “) *see research link 25013446 & 19927274
  • Potent Antioxidant ( excerpt from research:” Lingonberries contain potent free radical scavenging activities for DPPH*, ROO*, *OH, and O2*- radicals. “) * see research link 21370878 & 15826073 & /19788243
  • Has potent properties to relieve auto-immune diseases because it inhibits TNF-α  (Excerpt from research:” Lingonberry phenolics had no significant effect on IL-1β production but inhibited IL-6 and TNF-α production at a concentration of 100 μg/mL “) * see also research /21370878
  • Antibacterial & antifungal  against two periodental bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis and Prevotella intermedia and jelly/marmalade fungi. Save that jelly with Lingonberry ;) (Excerpt from research:” The results of this study demonstrate that these concentrates were able to inhibit growth of visible colonies of xerophilic and non-xerophilic fungi. Cranberry and lingonberry concentrates are interesting candidates for natural preservation against fungal growth in sugar reduced fruit spreads   “) *see research link 11273014 & 25868124
  • Anti-cancer & anti Leukemia properties  (  (Excerpt from research:” Lingonberry extract also induced the apoptosis of human leukemia HL-60 cells in a dose-independent manner. These results suggest that ERK1, ERK2, and MEK1/2 may be the primary targets of lingonberry that result in suppression of AP-1, NF-kappaB, and neoplastic transformation in JB6 P(+) cells and causes cancer cell death by an apoptotic mechanism in human leukemia HL-60 cells. “)  *see research link 15826073 & the wiki link
  • Anti-UTI’s  (Excerpt from research:” We analysed two popular European vitis-idaea products, a mother juice and a proprietary extract. Both preparations may be appropriate to confirm the Vaccinium urinary tract infection-preventive effect beyond doubt.”)  *see research link 23922238
  • Contains a compound “quercetin-3-O-alpha-arabinofuranoside” that suppresses lipid uptake = weight loss properties *see research link 17177509

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