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 … ”

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karlsgrisly asked:

So they proscribed fluoride drops for my baby, they say it's for her teeth that are forming... how exactly do they work and are they necessary?

Fluoride helps to protect or repair tooth enamel, granted they are not overused. This is the same principle of putting minute amounts of fluoride in water, mouth washes or toothpastes to aid dental health. There are lot of conspiracy theories surrounding fluoride but is completely safe when administered at proper dosages (too much of anything causes problems)

Here’s an excerpt from web MD on fluoride and its use:

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water. Every day, minerals are added to and lost from a tooth’s enamel layer through two processes, demineralization and remineralization. Minerals are lost (demineralization) from a tooth’s enamel layer when acids — formed from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth — attack the enamel. Minerals such as fluoride, calcium, and phosphate are redeposited (remineralization) to the enamel layer from the foods and waters consumed. Too much demineralization without enough remineralization to repair the enamel layer leads to tooth decay.

Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. It also reverses early decay. In children under 6 years of age, fluoride becomes incorporated into the development of permanent teeth, making it difficult for acids to demineralize the teeth. Fluoride also helps speed remineralization as well as disrupts acid production in already erupted teeth of both children and adults.


It is certainly important for infants and children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years to be exposed to fluoride. This is the timeframe during which the primary and permanent teeth come in. However, adults benefit from fluoride, too. New research indicates that topical fluoride — from toothpastes, mouth rinses, and fluoride treatments — are as important in fighting tooth decay as in strengthening developing teeth.

Prevent Your Common Dental Problems like Tooth Cavity, Tooth Decay and Toothache at Webdentist

We at Webdentist, discuss different dental health problems including tooth decay, tooth cavity in teeth, toothache and more. You can be your own doctor and treat your bleeding gums and tooth pain.

I need patients !!!!!!! If you live in Dallas, Texas come & get a free cleaning! 😬

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Free screenings for potential patients are required and are scheduled by appointment only. The purpose of the screening is to determine whether our clinic can meet your needs, your oral health needs and your schedule meets the educational needs of the Dental Hygiene Student.

*** For an appointment or additional information, please contact the dental hygiene clinic to schedule your screening appointment.***

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Cod Liver Oil - Who’d’ve Thunk It?

Cod Liver Oil is high in Vitamins A and D and is considered to be an excellent tool in your arsenal for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. In fact, even the American Dental Association endorsed the use of Cod Liver Oil.

The key, apparently, is to eat a diet that is high in protein, low in phytic acid and high in vitamin D.  So, cut back on the grains (and beans and nuts), eat proteins, eat good fats (like grassfed butter, coconut oil, cod liver oil, etc.) and optimize your vitamin D.  Bone broth is also an excellent idea, you can make your own from scratch, it’s fairly easy to do.

Fortunately, Cod Liver Oil is now available in liquid capsules, which makes it easier to take than the straight spoon & bottle method, and comes in some flavored varieties if you prefer that to the standard version.  With so many varieties to choose from, you are sure to find something that you and your family can live with.

Finally, think about stocking up on calcium and magnesium powders, hydrogen peroxide, activated charcoal and a quality flouride free toothpast like doTERRA’s On Guard toothpaste or Vitamyr (Amazon affiliate links below for your shopping convenience).  To buy doTERRA products at a discount, please visit http://mydoterra.com/dakota/

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