New Requirements on Teeth Whitening Ensure Public Safety

Due to the rising trend of having a brighter, whiter smile. The American Dental Association has put into place a more stringent set of regulations.

Standard No. 136, establishes requirements to ensure that the products being used to bleach your teeth are both safe and gentle while remaining effective.

Manufacturers of both “At Home” and “In office” treatments will now have to submit a complete list of active ingredients, instructions for proper use as well as a guarantee that the enamel of your teeth will not be harmed to carry the ADA seal of approval.

Desert Hills is proud to adhere to these new requirements by offering you the most efficient and safe teeth whitening products and procedures.

Our Dental Caries, Periodontal Diseases and Oral Health Sources

Our “Oral Health and Dental Management” journal contains high quality dental caries, periodontal diseases and oral health information and data developed from a wide range of sources, including research and case reports. We also rely on expert authors who study and work throughout India and the United States.

For example, we gather content from authors who work in periodontics programs, including U.S. program directors, for pieces about periodontal diseases. With reports, we don’t merely look at results. We consider diagnostic methods and the types and number of affected peoples.

Another topic we plan to explore soon is the role saliva might one day play in diagnosing oral health problems. Researchers are working on salivary oral health diagnostic monitoring tools that they also hope can help them monitor systemic diseases.

Good Eating Habits and Your Dental Health

You think about food with your brain and will probably first notice it with either your eyes or nose, but it is your mouth that represents the entry point of anything you consume. Your teeth and gums are so very important in the digestive process, which is why the food you eat needs to be good for them as well the rest of your body. Poor dietary habits, may in fact reveal themselves first in your teeth and gums.

Individual nutrition and calorie needs depend largely upon the person and his or her age, gender, level of physical activity and overall health. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion clearly believes that a healthy and balanced diet is important for everyone. This is why it recommends on its MyPlate website consumption of the following food products:

  • Fruits and vegetables, which should cover at least half of your plate at every meal
  • Grains, at least half of which should be in the form of such products as brown
  • rice, oatmeal and whole wheat bread
  • Dairy products, preferably those that have zero or little fat content
  • Protein, especially fish, lean beef and skinless poultry

A healthy diet should be complimented with a moderate amount of exercise at least two to three hours every week. You also need regular dental care, the kind available from a Desert Hills Dental Care. In terms of eating, you need to remember that what you consume affects your entire body, including the place where you put that food!

Your teeth are what you eat

When it comes to oral health, diet is a very important factor. Make sure that your diet is rich in healthful foods that are loaded with vitamins and minerals to aid in gum disease prevention.

Many people do not know that you should NOT brush immediately after a meal. In fact, you should wait for at least an hour then brush. Your tooth enamel may be softened after eating or drinking and brushing too soon could result in enamel loss.

While sugary foods and drinks should be avoided as much as possible, if you feel that you must have them, try to consume them only at regular mealtimes to reduce the amount of time your teeth are exposed to them. Try to avoid snacking altogether.

Good Foods For Dental Health

Following a healthy diet is one of the things that you can do in order to keep your teeth healthy. There are a number of foods that have been shown to improve dental health. Below is a list of some of the foods that the American Dental Association recommends that you consume:

Fruits And Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet. They are high in fiber and water, which can help keep your teeth clean. You also stimulate saliva production by chewing fruits and vegetables.


Water with fluoride can help keep teeth healthy. Fluoride helps strengthen the enamel. It is estimated that 75 percent of people in the United States has access to fluoridated water. Therefore, you can strengthen your teeth by drinking water from your faucet.


Nuts can protect and strengthen your teeth. Chewing them can also help stimulate saliva production.


Meat, poultry, eggs, fish and other phosphorous-rich foods can strengthen your teeth. They can help strengthen and rebuild your enamel.


Milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products have calcium. They are also high in protein and low in sugar.

Eating healthy not only helps improve your overall health, but it can also ward off gum disease and tooth decay.

Common Condition of Early Childhood Caries

Early childhood caries (ECC), sometimes referred to as baby bottle decay, is one of the most common conditions specific to infancy and young children. ECC occurs when children are exposed to sugary drinks and foods for prolonged periods of time, and owing to other behaviors, which compromise oral health.

ECC can begin as soon as the first primary teeth erupt, and can progress rapidly, often leading to rampant caries, resulting in premature tooth loss.

Tooth decay affects children five times more than asthma, four times more than obesity, and 20 times more than diabetes, making it by far the most prevalent childhood disease.   Not surprisingly, ECC is most common among the socially and economically disadvantaged, with poor dietary habits and an inability to maintain regular dental visits.

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