You may think you know the answer, and may be ready to yell out: CANDY- but you would be wrong! Actually, dark chocolate has a positive effect on oral health. So what is the worst thing you could eat (you’ll be surprised by the answer)? Dr. Marks reveals that it is a foodstuff that is universally in everyone’s pantry, it is eaten by everyone, and even given to babies for healthy snacking……...the answer (that I bet you did not guess) is……………..
This is an interesting statistic that is compared to how many people use a cell phone, reports Danbury CT dentist Jay M. Marks, DMD What was your guess? While we are at it, lets review some brushing facts.
How to Brush your teeth
It actually takes 120 seconds, which is a FULL 2 minutes! Most of us don't even come near that amount of time. A short tutorial follows (I'm sure you can't wait to read this!):
Type of brush
It is best to use a brush that has soft, round ended bristles. The head of the brush should be small enough to be able to reach the very back teeth, and all other areas of the mouth. An alternative would be to use an electric toothbrush, especially for those who have problems with manual dexterity.
Toothpaste to Use
Some toothpastes have specific benefits such as preventing cavities, preventing gum inflammation, tooth discoloration & tooth sensitivity. Ask us if you need some advice on which toothpaste is best for you.
How Often to Replace your Toothbrush
Every 3 to 4 months or when the bristles show wear and tear, whichever one occurs first. You may not have thought of this, but change your brush after you've had a cold, since germs can hide and collect on the brush and can re infect you.
If you have any questions about taking care of your teeth, or gums, or if you need a second opinion about anything dental, please contact us!
Can the Oil in Coconut Oil possibly be good or bad for you, asks Danbury CT dentist Jay M. Marks, DMD
Dr. Marks tells us that the early Spaniards named our familiar coconut, “coco”, which translates to “monkey face” - since the 3 indentations look like eyes and a nose, along with the hairy coating looked like a monkey. Almost 1/3 of the world depends on coconuts for some amount of food source, using its milk/juice, meat and oil. It has minerals, vitamins, & fiber. Its main claim to fame is that it is has healthy healing benefits in addition to its nutrition. So it is used not only for food, but also for medicinal purposes.
Most of us have been lead to believe that coconut oil is not very healthy since it has a large amount of saturated fat. However, this particular fat is not the same as most other fats, and has many healthy attributes. It is considered nutritiously healthy. As a matter of fact, it is considered the most healthy oil that we can consume.
Most of our food oils contain long chain fatty acids. The fatty acids in our coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids, which have a protective effect by lowering bad cholesterol and lessening risks of atherosclerosis, and therefore on heart disease. Coconut oil is one of the only oils that can do this. It kills many of the bugs that infect humans, and heals the bad effects of many illnesses. It recently has been reported to prevent and reverse the effects of Alzheimer's disease.
Dr. Marks emphasizes the dental benefits by saying- Yes, Coconuts can help strengthen your bones and teeth and prevent osteoperosis by increasing the absorption of magnesium and calcium! It also does away with bacteria that precipitate infections of the throat, gum diseases and cavities.
So feel free to drink and eat coconut products, and drink VIRGIN pina colada drinks J
If you have any questions about your gums or teeth, call or click to contact us for a free consultation!
Dr. Marks, on occasion, will share non dental story- this is one of those times, this is a touching story......
It was the evening before the funeral of a United States Marine, who lost his life defending America. His wife did not want to leave his side, asking to be allowed to sleep next to him, one last time. The Marines granted her wish, even making up a bed for her. Before falling asleep, she played songs that she had enjoyed with her husband, on her laptop. The Marine guard offered to let her be alone with her husband, but offered to stand watch if she wanted. The wife replied that she thought her husband would have liked the guard to remain. She stated that if the guard did not mind, she would appreciate it also. She was not alone that night.
It is for you to decide if it was more honorable having such a wife so faithful to the end, or having that Marine guard watching over both of them that last evening…………………………………….? God Bless America!
Jay M. Marks, DMD gives thanks to Ken M. who found this story.
How smart are you- Why do we call 3rd molars "Wisdom Teeth", and will we have more or less teeth in the future- Asks Danbury CT dentist Jay M. Marks, DMD
Why Are They Called “Wisdom” Teeth?
Wisdom teeth, or 3rd molars, are generally the last teeth to appear in our mouths, explains Danbury, CT dentist Jay M. Marks, DMD. They usually appear/erupt between 17 to 25 years of age, when one attains adulthood. Starting in the 17th century, these teeth were called ‘teeth of wisdom’, and in the 19th century they were just called ‘wisdom teeth’. Linguists figured they were so called since they erupted later than all the other teeth, when one became mature, and an adult. They were therefore ‘wiser’ than they were when all the other teeth appeared.