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Sugar Addiction: Intense Sweetness Surpasses Cocaine Reward
Sweet taste perception is an innate capacity that depends on two G-protein-coupled subunit receptors, T1R2 and T1R3, located on the tongue [1], [2]. The stimulation of these receptors by diets rich in sweet tastants, such as, for instance, sugar-sweetened beverages (soft drinks, colas, fruit beverages), generates a sensation that most humans and other mammals, including rodents, find intensely rewarding [3]–[6]. Once reserved to a small elite, the consumption of highly sweetened diets is now highly prevalent in developed countries and is escalating elsewhere [7], [8]. Though difficult to estimate, sweet sensations evoked by sugar-sweetened foods and drinks are probably one of the most precocious, frequent and intense sensory pleasures of modern humans [7], [9]. However, the current pursuit of sweet sensations far exceeds metabolic needs and is thought to contribute, together with several other factors [10]–[13], to drive the current obesity epidemic [7], [14].



Charcoal toothpaste is worse for your teeth, not better
Charcoal toothpaste is worse for your teeth, not better. In recent years, toothpastes that contain activated charcoal have become commonplace in drugstores. Their labels reassure potential customers that they’re “eco-friendly,” “herbal,” “natural,” or “pure.” All of these words, which are meaningless in a scientific context, help justify their cost of up to $25.45 (£20) for a single tube. However, the scientific literature on charcoal toothpastes concludes that they’re likely worse for oral hygiene—and definitely not worth the sticker price.



Virtual Dentistry And The Culture Of Technological Control
It is undeniable that virtual dentistry is quite successful for professional uses, such as the various apps that assess dental esthetics. Yet, it seems that we ought to scrutinize how health apps can dangerously tread upon the necessary social space of real-life lessons that parents need to be a participant in. Recent data suggests that children are forgetting to regularly brush their teeth and that 50 percent of parents are not actively engaged in showing their children proper toothbrushing habits. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) states that “dental caries in the baby teeth of children from 2 to 11 declined from the early 1970s until the mid-1990s. From the mid-1990s until the most recent (1999-2004) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, this trend has reversed: a small but significant increase in primary decay was found.”



The Symptoms Of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
The Symptoms Of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
The Symptoms Of Impacted Wisdom Teeth Wisdom teeth are the last four of your 32 teeth to erupt. According to Miami-based oral surgeons Dr. Jeffrey Blum and Dr. Eduardo Nicolaievsky via email, these teeth generally appear between the ages of 17 to 25. When one of these teeth doesn't have enough room to come in normally, it is considered impacted. Teeth may become twisted, tilted, or displaced as they try to emerge.



Is Vaping Bad for Your Teeth? 7 Things to Know About Its Effects on Your Oral Health
Is Vaping Bad for Your Teeth? 7 Things to Know About Its Effects on Your Oral Health
Is Vaping Bad for Your Teeth? 7 Things to Know About Its Effects on Your Oral Health Vaping can have a negative effect on your teeth and overall oral health. With that said, vaping does appear to pose fewer oral health risks than smoking cigarettes. Vaping and e-cigarette devices have become increasingly popular in the past decade, but research hasn’t quite caught up. Although studies are ongoing, there’s still a lot we don’t know about its long-term effects. Read on to find out what we do know about potential side effects, e-juice ingredients to avoid, and more.



6 Facts About Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment Parents Should Know
6 Facts About Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment Parents Should Know
Problems that will eventually need orthodontic attention can become obvious long before a child has all of their permanent teeth. Depending on the type of problem a child has, an AAO orthodontist may recommend two-phase treatment. It means that treatment is done at two different times, often to take advantage of predictable stages of dental development and physical growth. Here are six things parents should know about two-phase orthodontic treatment.



Oral health is crucial to overall health. So why is dental insurance separate from health insurance?
The progressive call for Medicare to become universal in the United States, championed by progressive stalwarts like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), relies on a simple yet solid ideological principle: that healthcare, by virtue of being a necessity, should be a universal right. Yet in a quirk of the American healthcare system, dental care has been historically excluded from that same bureaucratic apparatus. This is rather odd given how important oral health is for overall bodily health: people without dental benefits reported higher incidences of illnesses such as heart disease, osteoporosis and diabetes. Indeed, an estimated 74 million Americans had no dental coverage in 2016 — far greater than the 27.3 million who lacked health insurance in the same year.



How Much is the Right Amount of Toothpaste for Kids?
How much is the right amount of toothpaste for kids? Is it a drop, a glob, a rice-sized amount? In this article, we talk about fluorosis and the proper amount of toothpaste for kids to use.



What does the phrase "Teeth in a Day" really mean?
"Teeth in a day" usually describes a hybrid implant supported denture. It is a fixed solution, meaning it is attached to implants and therefore not removable(the dentist can remove it if needed in order to clean/maintain it).



Vaping and Oral Health: It's Worse Than You Think
The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) represents a significant and increasing proportion of tobacco consumption, posing a tremendous threat to oral health. This article will look at the following aspects of e-cigarettes: Overview of e-cigarette usage Statistics on the current prevalence of e-cigarettes Three chemicals contained in e-cigarettes and their effects on oral health When compared to traditional tobacco use, an argument that e-cigarette use may be as dangerous to oral health—if not more dangerous—can be made.


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