Dr Oz: What Is Dental Plaque?
Dr Oz has apparently partnered with Oral B to promote dental health, which is something I bet we could all stand to take a closer look at. Dr Oz’s own dentist, Dr Jonathan Levine, visited the show to talk about good oral hygiene. Plus, find out how you can get a Dr Oz free Oral B power toothbrush.
“Dental Plaque is this sticky, gooey substance that forms on our teeth,” Dr Levine said. What you feel on your teeth in the morning is plaque, and that’s what sends you running for the toothbrush and floss.
Dr Oz: Plaque Heart Health Risk?
Plaque is bacteria that accumulates on the teeth over time. The key is keeping the healthy, needed bacteria in balance against the unwanted bad bacteria. The key to good dental hygiene is timeliness. You don’t want to give plaque a chance to set in.
Dr Levine said that decay, inflammation, gum disease and other oral health concerns can result from neglecting your oral health. Plaque can even lead to heart health risks, which is something Dr Oz has been keeping on his radar.
Dr Oz: Gum Disease Vs Heart Disease
There has been debate about a link between gum disease and heart disease. Does gum disease cause heart disease? Dr Oz said it was time to set the record straight.
While Gum Disease might not directly cause Heart Disease, both are consequences of inflammation, which can be prevented. Whether you have either of these conditions or both (or neither) working on preventing one will help to improve your general health.
Dr Oz: Plaque Bacteria & Inflammation
The key to managing Plaque is keeping that bacteria in balance. Not cleaning your mouth well leads to inflammation. Your gums act as a dashboard, and if they are getting red, that’s a warning sign for you to pay attention to Plaque.
What’s more, Plaque can set in quickly. After just 24 hours, Plaque can thicken and stick to the teeth. Over an extended period of time, you can have irritated gums and the Plaque can turn to tartar because it steals nutrients from your saliva.
Dr Oz: Brush & Floss Twice a Day
Dr Oz suggested that you brush and floss twice per day and visit the dentist twice per year for checkups. He also thinks that using a power brush is the most effective way to keep your teeth clean and happy.
Oral B Professional Precision 1000 Power Toothbrush Review
Dr Jonathan Levine touted the Oral B Professional Precision 1000 Power Toothbrush (what happened to not mentioning brand names, Dr Oz?), at a retail price of about $75. He said it has a great range of motion that promotes plaque removal for healthier teeth.
You have to brush for an average of two minutes to get the best results. Studies show the average person only brushes for 30 seconds. (I use a Sonicare toothbrush, and it has a two-minute timer to keep me honest, which I like.)
Dr Oz: Manual Vs Power Toothbrush
Dr Levine said that using a manual toothbrush means you have to rely more on your technique to get results, but a power brush will do all the work for you. Which do you prefer? What do you have in your bathroom?
Though the cost of a power brush can seem steep, Dr Levine said it’s actually an affordable way to take great care of your teeth. He advised changing the heads about every 45-60 days.
Dr Oz Free Oral B Toothbrush Giveaway
Since Dr Oz doesn’t want all of us spending too much money on products, even though they are good for our health. He gave his whole studio audience free Oral B power brushes. He also promised to give away free brushes to the first 1000 people who log on to his website on October 19 2012 at 3 p.m. Eastern time.
Dr Oz Pumpkin Carvings
This episode featured Dr Oz Pumpkin Recipes, and with Halloween coming up, Dr Oz took a look at some health-themed pumpkin carvings. They included an ultrasound of a baby, a flexible yoga student, and a pumpkin with Swine Flu.
Viewers even sent in Jack-O-Lantern carvings, including an anatomically correct skeleton and doctor’s exam room. A father-daughter team even carved pumpkins featuring the Dr Oz Show logo and a carving of Dr Oz, which took about eight hours to create.
The best part is you can eat the art once you’re done with it. Dr Oz and the pair agreed that sauteed pumpkin seeds make a great snack.