Gluten is a synthetic protein generally found in grains and wheat. Many people today have developed a sensitivity or intolerance (Celiac disease) to gluten, whereby ingesting it impacts the lining of the small intestine and stops the body from properly absorbing nutrients. Today, it's estimated that around 18 million people in the U.S. alone have a sensitivity to gluten and nearly 2 million people have Celiac disease.
For those individuals who suffer with gluten sensitivities and Celiac disease, gluten can have a profound impact on their oral health overall. Research illustrates that for anyone diagnosed with either one of these issues, gluten may cause any of the following:
• Inflammatory gum disease
• Damaged tooth enamel
• Bad breath
• Canker sores
• Teeth discoloration including yellow or brown spots
It may be a while since your grandmother told you to brush your teeth for 2 minutes 3 times a day. Was she right or wrong? It seems like a pretty fair guidepost, but how well does it hold up with the evidence?
Dr. Anna Guarna, writing for www.colgate.com, says "Proper brushing technique is probably more important than timing." The thing to remember is that the point of tooth brushing is to get the teeth clean. Many sources say you can't do that in less time than two minutes. Others recommend as much as three.
It is important to remember that flossing is just as important. Short strokes around every tooth, emphasis on getting inside surfaces too, and flossing can reduce bacteria left on the teeth. Leftover bacteria can lead to gingivitis and periodontitis. Basically, you run the risk of developing diseases of both the gums and the enamel (cavities).
Fillings, root canals, dentures: these dental procedures are enough to make any individual run and hide in avoidance of general dentistry. All too often, patients put off dental care until the last minute in order to avoid expense, time, and, perhaps, pain. Thus, many patients experience uncomfortable procedures that are costly in nature.
While going to the dentist may be a patient's last priority, many Americans have access to dentistry that is much more affordable and advanced than citizens of other countries. Reaching out to other countries for cheap, quick dental fixes is a well-known quality of "medical tourism." Lower prices and quick procedures are enough to fool any patient into thinking they are receiving quality care at a discounted price. However, the price and ease of overseas dental procedures is often too good to be true.