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Avoid These 9 Foods. Your Teeth Will Thank You.

In RADIUS on March 1, 2016 at 5:07 pm

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It’s no secret that a balanced and nutritious diet is the key to a healthy life. Our daily food choices can impact everything from our hair and skin to even our teeth. According to the American Dental Association®, eating healthy plays a huge role in preventing tooth decay and gum disease and if you have less than stellar nutrition the first signs will often show up in your mouth.

In honor of National Nutrition Month, here are 9 foods that you should definitely avoid if you want to keep your smile glowing.

  1. Candy – Most candy is chock-full of sugar and constant exposure can cause cavities. Not to mention, hard candies can cause broken or chipped teeth. What’s a better alternative? Try sugarless gum instead. We personally recommend the naturally delicious Glee Gum. Say hi to our friends at Glee for us.
  2. Ice – How bad can ice be? It’s just water, right? Well, ice is just water so it’s not the nutritional value of ice that’s concerning but rather the fact that it can chip your teeth. Chewing on ice and other hard foods can damage your enamel and cause you to take an unwanted trip to the emergency dentist. Our advice? Skip the ice chewing and enjoy old fashioned liquid water instead.
  3. Citrus – Listen, we love freshly picked oranges just as much as the next person but unfortunately oranges and their citrus brothers and sisters are highly acidic. Too much exposure to acidic foods can erode enamel making your teeth more susceptible to decay. Not to mention, citrus fruits and juices can irritate mouth sores.
  4. Coffee – You might have to find another morning pick-me-up because coffee and tea, while in their natural form can be healthy beverages, are not the greatest for your teeth when you add sugar and all of the other popular add-ins. Caffeinated coffee and tea can also dry out your mouth and frequent coffee drinkers may have to deal with stained teeth. Advice? If you can’t make it through the day without your cup of Joe, drink plenty of water and keep the cream and sugar add-ons to a minimum.
  5. Sticky Foods – While dried fruit might sound like the perfect healthy snack, you need be careful because sticky foods, like dried fruit tends to be, can stay on the teeth longer than any other food types. Make sure you rinse with water after eating and brush and floss carefully. Our Floss Sachets are perfect for on-the-go flossing, just sayin’.
  6. Crunchy Foods – Sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than hearing the crunch of a potato chip, am I right? But unfortunately potato chips and other crunchy foods are usually a) not at all a healthy snack and b) filled with starch which can get trapped in your teeth. If you do decide to snack on these crunchtastic treats, make sure you floss to remove the food particles that can lead to plaque build-up. For a healthy alternative check out The 21 Best Organic “Junk Foods” by Rodale’s Organic Life.
  7. Soda – It doesn’t matter if you call it “soda” or “pop”, soda pop can be bad for your teeth and overall health. When you eat sugary foods or sip on sugary drinks, plaque bacteria use that sugar to produce acids that attack your enamel. Most sodas and carbonated beverages are acidic, can dry out your mouth, and are full of sugar so they can be an overall death trap for your teeth. Even diet soda drinkers aren’t out of the clear as some studies suggest that diet soda is actually worse for your health when compared to non-diet soda. Many diet soft drinks contain potentially harmful artificial sweeteners such as aspartame. You can learn about the dangers of aspartame here. Our advice? Drink water instead.
  8. Alcohol – A glass of bubbly now and then is fine but alcohol can cause dehydration and dry mouth. Excessive alcohol consumption can reduce saliva flow which can lead to tooth decay and other oral infections such as gum disease. Also heavy alcohol use can increase the risk for mouth cancer. So we’re sticking to the “everything is better in moderation” motto.
  9. Sports Drinks – You just spent the last hour exercising and what’s the first thing you do when you’re done? Take a long drink from your favorite sports drink, right? While these drinks might help to re-hydrate, their top ingredient is almost always sugar. Which is bad news for your teeth and your workout because after spending an hour on the treadmill, the last thing you want to do is ruin it by drinking a bottle of sugar. Water is our drink of choice. No sugar AND it re-hydrates.

 

For more dental care and nutrition tips, please visit MouthHealthy™ brought to you by the ADA.

Do Healthy Gums Mean A Healthy Heart?

In RADIUS on February 11, 2016 at 11:41 am

February is American Heart Month

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Having a strong oral care regimen doesn’t only result in a bright, shiny smile – it can also help maintain a healthy heart. According to a statement released in 2012 from the American Heart Association® there’s an unexplained correlation between gum disease and heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women and accounts for 1 out of every 4 deaths in the United States while approximately 47% adults in the US have some form of gum disease.

Gum disease is caused by an excess of plaque buildup along or below the gum line. It’s more commonly known as gingivitis during the early stages and periodontal disease during the late stages and according to the Academy of General Dentistry™ (AGD), people who have chronic gum disease are more at risk for a heart attack. Some studies have suggested that gum disease can lead to heart disease because bacteria from infected gums can enter the bloodstream and increase clot formation by attaching to blood vessels. Clots decrease blood flow to the heart which can cause an elevated blood pressure, increasing the risk for a heart attack.

According to the American Dental Association® (ADA) there are 7 warning signs of gum disease:

 

  1. Gums that bleed easily
  2. Gums that are red, swollen or tender
  3. Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  4. Constant bad breath or taste
  5. Loose or separating permanent teeth
  6. Any change in the “bite” of your teeth or the way they fit together when you bite down
  7. Any change in the fit of partial dentures

While there isn’t enough evidence to suggest that healthy gums will completely prevent heart attacks, having a strong oral care regimen can help reduce your risk of heart disease and many other conditions.

Make sure you’re following these 4 simple steps from the ADA to maintain a healthy mouth and body:

 

  1. Brush 2x daily
  2. Floss at least once a day
  3. Eat a balanced diet, limiting sugary foods and between-meal snacks
  4. Visit your dentist regularly for examinations and cleanings

 

 

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The Source has an unbreakable slim neck that’s longer than your average toothbrush to provide maximum reach in tight spaces. Plus, thanks to replacement-head technology and a handle made from repurposed materials, The Source reduces waste by 93%.

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Flossing is an integral part of any thorough oral care regimen, but not all flosses are created equal. Our Natural Biodegradable Silk Floss® takes us back to a time before the nylon of today’s floss took over — when floss was made of pure, inviting, luxurious silk. Free from the toxins found in similar products, RADIUS®’ silk floss glides easily between teeth for a meticulously clean finish.

Check out our silk floss sachets, perfect for on-the-go flossing. Or, shop our vegan floss and vegan floss sachets.

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The Doc is so much more than a toothbrush holder. Its a game-changer in the bathroom and beyond. The suction base fixes easily to any smooth surface, securely clasping your RADIUS toothbrushes.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

In RADIUS on February 3, 2016 at 1:46 pm

5 Ways to Prevent Kids’ Tooth Decay

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and the American Dental Association® has 5 tips for keeping your child’s smile bright and shiny.

  1. Don’t Share. – It may cause more dishes but avoid using the same spoon as your child. Sharing utensils or drinking from the same cup can transfer cavity-causing germs.
  2. Eat Healthy – Eating fruits and veggies doesn’t just help your child grow big and strong – it also helps their teeth fight off decay. In fact, the first signs of poor nutrition often show up as cavities. According to MyPlate, fruits and veggies should cover half of your child’s plate.
  3. Meet the Dentist Early – According to the ADA, your child should have their first dental visit no later than 1 year old.
  4. Seal of Approval – Ask your dentist about applying a dental sealant to their teeth. Sealants can help protect against decay.
  5. Two is the Magic Number – Make sure you start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they poke through the gums. When they can brush teeth on their own, have them brush for 2 minutes 2x per day.

Keep up with your children’s growth stages by using the RADIUS Children’s line of toothbrushes. BPA-free and age-specific the Pure Baby®, Totz®, Totz Plus™, and Kidz® Toothbrushes are designed with your child’s health and smile in mind.

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For more information about children’s oral care visit MouthHealthy.org

RADIUS is Named the Best Manual Toothbrush for 2016

In In the News, RADIUS on December 23, 2015 at 10:25 am

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RADIUS is proud to announce that our Source Toothbrush was named the Best Manual Toothbrush by Ask The Dentist Best Dental Buys 2016!

RADIUS and the other winning products were judged based on the following criteria: Performance, Safety, Availability, Good Human Citizen, and Value.

Take a look to see how our Source and all of the other winners were rated!