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Friday Dental Download: May 23, 2014

This week, we find out how texting can improve your oral health, learn what “health” foods are actually harming your teeth, and see a new “fashion trend” for your pearly whites. Join the conversation on Twitter using #FridayDentalDL.

We’re proud to support this innovative project; Text2Floss is a messaging service created by the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health that uses text messages to remind users to brush and floss, as well as provide oral health tips. According to the Pew Research Center, 90% of American adults have a cell phone, so the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health saw this as a convenient way to provide users with an oral health resource in their daily inbox.

The American Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs recently updated its guidelines for caring for the teeth of children under the age of two. The ADA previously recommended brushing a child’s teeth with only water until the child is two; now it recommends that parents use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth erupts. For more tips on caring for teeth of all ages, check out our Oral Health Library.

It may come as no surprise that coffee can have cosmetic effects on teeth, but did you know that the stains caused by coffee can actually attract plaque? Dried fruit is another snack that harms teeth, as it is highly concentrated in sugar and often chewy, causing it to stick to the surface of teeth and cause cavities.

European researchers found that components in red wine have antimicrobial effects, meaning it can slow bacterial growth in the mouth. According to the study, this could lead to the development of more natural products with a grape or grape seed base to help prevent dental disease.

We’re not so sure about this new “fashion” trend in which a tattoo-artist inks a picture onto a cap or crown, which is then placed onto the tooth. We imagine people who have tooth tattoos often receive the comment, “You have something in your teeth.”