Understanding Obesity From The Inside Out

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This article is courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine, please share your comments below….

obesityNew lab method reveals roles of GABA in the control of appetite and metabolism

In the last 40 years, obesity has more than doubled around the world. In the United States, the average American is more than 24 pounds heavier today than in 1960. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and the University of Washington are studying the problem of obesity from the inside out.

The researchers developed a new laboratory method that allowed them to identify GABA as a key player in the complex brain processes that control appetite and metabolism. The team’s results were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Qi Wu, assistant professor of pediatrics at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor and Texas Children’s Hospital led the team that for several years searched for new laboratory methods to better study the function of GABA in the brain.

GABA is a chemical messenger produced by brain cells. It binds to other brain cells via specific receptors and reduces the cells’ activity. Research has implicated GABA in the complex neurological processes that control fear and anxiety, and also in those related to the control of appetite and metabolism. But direct proof of the role GABA plays in weight control has been elusive in part for the lack of better methodology to precisely control GABA production by brain cells.

“We developed a new experimental system based in in-frame, nonsense mutations and aminoglycosides, which allowed us to abruptly stop the synthesis of GABA in adult animals,” Wu said. “We were able to silence the genes involved in the synthesis of GABA in a particular set of cells located in the hypothalamus, the brain area that controls appetite. As a result, these cells, called AgRP neurons, stop producing GABA as quick as in four days.”

Wu and colleagues then observed the changes in weight and the behavior of these mice lacking GABA in their brain area for control of appetite.

The researchers studied two groups of mice; two month old young adults, and 8 month old mice. The young adult mice without GABA stopped eating, lost tremendous amount of weight, increased their physical activity and became glucose intolerant. On the other hand, the much older mice only lost their appetite temporarily.

healthillustratedThe findings are significant to the study of obesity as they strongly indicate that GABA is a potential candidate for targeted drug design that may lead to medications that help control appetite and metabolism.

“Our hope is that the new and better methodology we have developed will be used by other genetics labs as a tool for selectively silencing other genes,” Wu said.

Other researchers involved in this work are Wu lab team members including Fantao Meng, Yong Han, Dollada Srisai, Mónica Farías and Yong Xu from Baylor; Valery Belakhov and Timor Baasov from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology; and Richard D. Palmiter from the University of Washington.

This work was supported by the Pew Charitable Trust; American Diabetes Association Junior Faculty Award #7-13-JF-61; Baylor Collaborative Faculty Research Investment Program grants; USDA/ARS CRIS grants; new faculty start-up grants from Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Iowa; NIH grants R01DK093587, R01DK101379, and R01-DA24908. The authors include an HHMI Investigator, a Pew Scholar of Biomedical Sciences and a Kavli Scholar.

Fight Alzheimer’s By Taking Part In A Clinical Trial

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seniorwoman2Several clinical trials are testing promising new drugs to prevent and treat dementia.

Women fear developing Alzheimer’s disease more than having a heart attack or stroke or developing cancer. One reason is that cancer, heart attack, and stroke are treatable, but there is little an individual can do to arrest the progress of Alzheimer’s disease. One thing individuals can do is to take part in a clinical trial, reports the July 2015 Harvard Women’s Health Watch.

“There are now opportunities to do something, perhaps to reduce your own risk and also to help the next generation see Alzheimer’s disease as completely preventable,” says Dr. Reisa Sperling, professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School.

Clinical trials to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and to slow its progress are now under way across the country and around the world.

Preventing Alzheimer’s disease:

New or upcoming clinical trials are testing drugs that go after amyloid plaques. These are clumps of protein that form in the brain. Plaque deposits have been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Large nationwide studies of plaque-fighting drugs in people who have amyloid plaques in their brains but no symptoms of Alzheimer’s include the following:

The A4 study. Dr. Sperling is a principal investigator of this study, which is testing the effectiveness of solanezumab, an antibody that helps remove amyloid from the brain.

The LEARN study. Researchers will use imaging and memory tests to compare people without amyloid plaques to the placebo group in the A4 study. The goal is to look for other factors that may contribute to cognitive decline or cognitive resilience.

The A5 study. Researchers will test the effects of an oral drug called a beta-secretase inhibitor, which is designed to prevent new amyloid plaques from developing in the brain.

Treating Alzheimer’s disease:

Two major trials will test drugs designed to treat people who have mild or moderate Alzheimer’s disease. The Amaranth Study will test the effectiveness of a drug called a beta-secretase inhibitor. Another study called NOBLE will test different doses of the drug T-817MA, which protects brain cells against the toxic effects of amyloid.

Read the full-length article: “There is something you can do about Alzheimer’s disease—join a study”

Also in the July 2015 Harvard Women’s Health Watch:

* When is an urgent-care clinic as good as the ER?

* Avoiding ankle injuries

* Why statins aren’t for everyone

Harvard Women’s Health Watch is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/womens or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free). Contact us for a complimentary copy of the newsletter, or to receive our press releases directly.

Eye Cancer On The Rise: Reasons Prevention Is The Key To Saving Your Vision

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By Matthew Lynch

eyeMelanoma of the eye is one of the more common types of eye cancers and develops in melanocytes (the cells that produce melanin, which produces our skin colour). Whilst it is more common in skin, it can develop in the eye leading to eye cancer (sometimes referred to as choroidal or uveal melanoma).

In most cases, this type of cancer will develop in a part of the eye that isn’t visible from the outside, making it difficult to notice. It can start in the eyeball, the conjunctiva or the eyelid, but the most common starting point is the eyeball, or more specifically, the choroid, which creates the middle layer (the uvea) of your eye.

Treatments are available for these melanomas and depending on the case and the severity of the growth, vision may be unaffected. However, some larger melanomas can cause some vision loss.

The Symptoms of an Eye Melanoma

As mentioned previously, this type of cancer can go undetected due to the location of the melanomas and may only be noticed when someone has an eye test or undergoes laser eye surgery. It is not uncommon for companies to identify more underlying issues in their patients who come in for simple corrective surgery. Early warning signs include loss of peripheral vision, blurry or poor vision in one of your eyes, specks of dust (floaters) in your vision, a change in the shape of your pupil, flashing lights or a dark spot on your iris.

Should you find any of the above or you are concerned about your eye health, seek professional advice immediately.

Diagnosis Eye Melanoma

If your doctor is concerned about your eye health they may recommend further tests are carried out to establish whether or not you are suffering from an eye melanoma. They may conduct eye examinations, which involve looking for enlarged blood vessels on the outside of your eye; if these are present, it could indicate that a tumour is growing inside your eye. They will then look at the inside of your eye using specialist equipment that generates a bright light.

Ultrasounds of the eye may also be used to detect any growths. The eye specialist will place a transducer on the front of your eye or closed eyelid and the high-frequency soundwaves will enable them to spot any anomalies.

Angiograms can also be used in these cases, which involve injecting a dye into your bloodstream. This will enhance the blood vessels of the eye and will allow the doctor to take images of these around the affected area.

Available Treatments for Eye Cancer

How your doctor treats your eye melanoma will depend on the size and location of it. If it’s small and isn’t affecting your vision, they may choose to closely monitor it in case it grows. Or, if it is causing complications, surgery to remove the tumour may be considered. In severe cases where the tumour is particularly large, the eye may be removed (enucleation). Radiotherapy and laser treatments may also be offered as an additional precaution.

If you are concerned about your eye health or you’ve noticed some changes in your vision, get in touch with your eye specialist today to arrange an appointment.

– Matthew Lynch has wanted to be an optician ever since he was 15 years old. Now well on his way to his dream career Matt wants to share his passion with more people. He doesn’t feel there is enough awareness of eye health and hopes his articles will help on that front. Visit Laser Eye Surgery Hub if you’re interested in learning more about laser eye surgery options.

How Hypnosis Therapy Works

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By Godwin Ian

hypnosisYou may be interested in trying out an alternative form of therapy, but there may still be doubts lurking in your mind. A common alternative method is using hypnosis to treat a variety of conditions, but you may be wondering just how hypnosis therapy works. Well, a little background information may help you to gain more insight into their treatment method as well as how it may be beneficial to you.

A Brief History of Hypnosis

Believe it or not, hypnosis therapy has been around for centuries, and was even used in ancient times by the Greeks and Egyptians. The overarching belief of hypnotizing someone was that you could get them to fall into a sleep-like state. This would help the observer to better understand the person’s dreams, which were said to hold the keys to curing illnesses. While hypnosis may have started out with more mystical origins, throughout the centuries it has gained more scientific meaning and support. By supporting and interacting with a person’s magnetic field, hypnosis can help people to get clearer answers and suggestions that may point to a possible solution to a problem or condition.

Multiple Benefits

So now you’re probably curious as to how hypnosis therapy works to benefit others. Normally, a person seeking therapy is forced to battle the voluntary and inherent reactions and thoughts the bubble to the surface from their minds. It can be difficult to sort through the pre-conceived thoughts and feelings that we want to get out, which is why some people choose to use hypnosis therapy. This way, they can get to a subconscious state and bypass the noisy babble of their everyday thinking to get to the root of their issues or conditions.

Putting it Into Practice

When you go to a therapist for a hypnosis treatment, they may use one of several methods to help you achieve a subconscious, dreamlike state. Guided visualizations, music, and mental images are often used to help the client relax and quiet their mind. Once this happens, the therapist can use words and suggestions to help you view the problem from a more detached perspective, as well as determine possible solutions and outcomes. It’s not a therapy alternative for some, but for others is helps to reduce their anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, and more! If you have a habit that you’d like to stop, or some deep-rooted pain or grief that you need to come to terms with, hypnosis therapy may be worth a try.

Top Five Ideas To Reclaim Your Yard

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sunAs Spring and Summer arrives, homeowners are looking for innovative ways to update their outdoor living areas to maximize their enjoyment, and minimize maintenance. Jason Cameron, host of DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes, recently partnered with ForeverLawn, the leading synthetic turf firm, to create a video to help homeowners get the most of their yards. “Jason Cameron’s Top Five Ways to Reclaim Your Yard,” published today on the ForeverLawn YouTube Channel, provides Cameron’s recommendations for the top five ways homeowners can reclaim their outdoor spaces, and make their landscapes the envy of the neighborhood.

“When growing a lawn is problematic, synthetic grass is one of the coolest upgrades you can do to your yard,” said Cameron. “You can create an awesome, functional space with artificial turf that doesn’t require a ton of maintenance. With any of these five ideas, homeowners can take an area of their yard that is being underutilized, and transform it into a backyard paradise.”

1) Backyard Putting Green
From serious golfers, to people looking for a new, fun activity for their backyard, GolfGreens by ForeverLawn offers many unique options. They can design a green to mimic the speed and rolls of a golfer’s favorite course, or create a one-of-a-kind design. This fun, creative product can help homeowners improve their landscape and their golf game.

2) Outdoor Entertaining Space
The warm weather means spending more time outside, and creating an inviting backyard entertaining space is a great way enjoy the outdoors. Certain situations can make it nearly impossible to grow a plush, hearty lawn. Sometimes large shade trees keep grass from growing. Some yards have trouble drying out after rain, making the yard constantly wet and muddy. Artificial turf is an excellent solution to these types of problems, and the realistic look of DuPont™ ForeverLawn® Select Synthetic Grass provides that natural grass appearance that homeowners desire.

3) Dog Run
If dogs are tracking mud into the house, digging holes, or otherwise ruining a beautiful landscape, why not give them a space of their own? K9Grass by ForeverLawn is the artificial grass designed specifically for dogs. It’s safe, antimicrobial, drainable, and cleanable. And dogs love it. Watching dogs roll around on K9Grass is entertainment all on its own. And when mud is no longer an issue, there’s even more time to enjoy cleaner, happier pets, and a pristine landscape.

4) Playground
If children spend a lot of time indoors texting, tweeting, and gaming, they may not be getting the exercise they need. Creating a new play space outside that is fun and inviting, while also being safe, is an excellent way to encourage kids to go out and play. Playground Grass by ForeverLawn is a soft grassy surface that offers extra protection for kids who like to swing fast and climb high. Since the safety system is installed beneath the grass, it won’t be displaced or degraded by heavy traffic or intense play. And just like the dogs, the kids will stay cleaner while they play.

5) Roof Deck or Patio
Even those who don’t have big backyards can claim their limited outdoor areas to create unique living spaces. ForeverLawn synthetic turf is the perfect touch for roof decks and patios to get that green grass look even in the most urban locations. Why shouldn’t a city dweller have their own patch of grass right on their balcony? For an even more spectacular outdoor environment, the grass can be used to turn an underutilized space like a rooftop into an enchanting outdoor entertaining area.

“I’m such a believer in these ForeverLawn products,” said Cameron. “They look amazing, perform better than anything I’ve seen on the market, and they are made to last. My top five ways to reclaim your yard are just the beginning. With ForeverLawn synthetic grass, the sky’s the limit. You can put this turf anywhere. They call it Grass without limits, and it really does offer endless possibilities.”

ForeverLawn, the leader in synthetic turf, offers a variety of premium artificial grass products that are specifically designed for unique purposes. DuPont™ ForeverLawn® Select Synthetic Grass is the most natural-looking synthetic turf available today, and comes with an industry-leading ten-year warranty. K9Grass by ForeverLawn is the ideal surfacing product for pets, and can be found in premiere pet facilities, dog parks, and yards. Playground Grass by ForeverLawn offers a safe, accessible surface that is safety-rated for fall heights up to 13 feet, giving kids a fun, safe place to play. And who wouldn’t love a putting green in their own backyard? GolfGreens by ForeverLawn can make that a reality.

For more information about ForeverLawn, visit foreverlawn.com.

About ForeverLawn
ForeverLawn provides innovative synthetic grass products to create better landscapes worldwide. In areas where real grass is difficult to grow or maintain—due to high traffic or poor conditions—ForeverLawn offers a realistic alternative that is beautiful, functional, and durable. In addition to its landscape lines, ForeverLawn also offers specialty products including K9Grass, SportsGrass, Playground Grass, GolfGreens, and SplashGrass.

Physical Activity Vital Sign Should Be Standard In Patient Consultation Says ACSM

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seniorexerciseThis article is courtesy of The American College of Sports Medicine and Kaiser, please leave your comments below…..

The American College of Sports Medicine and Kaiser Permanente released a new official recommendation today, calling for health care professionals to assess patients’ level of physical activity using the Physical Activity Vital Sign (PAVS) at every medical appointment as a key measure of general health. The paper was published in the May/June issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports.

“The time is right to incorporate physical activity assessment and promotion into health care in a manner that engages clinicians and patients,” said Robert E. Sallis, M.D., FACSM, lead author of the journal article, and a Kaiser Permanente physician practicing in Southern California. “This call to action challenges current and future clinicians and the health care community to implement a PAVS in daily practice with every patient.”

Physicians in health systems who have implemented the PAVS ask patients simple questions about frequency and duration of their typical physical activity, allowing the clinician to engage in counseling specific to the patient’s individual situation and/or refer patients to resources in the community. The authors recommend strategies for implementing the PAVS, include providing information for both undergraduate and graduate medical students during their coursework, as well as offering continuing education opportunities about the PAVS, aligning with existing initiatives, and collaborating with major stakeholders.

“It is our hope that this paper will be a catalyst for systemic change as part of a comprehensive transition from treating chronic diseases to disease prevention and a culture of health and wellness,” said Dr. Sallis.

The article published today is an outcome of a joint consensus meeting held by the American College of Sports Medicine and Kaiser Permanente in April 2015 which included representatives from several different medical organizations. This paper represents a summary of the discussion, recommendations and next steps developed during the consensus meeting.

How Safe Are Those Teeth Whitening Kiosks I See At The Mall?

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By Jesse Hughes

didyouknow?Have you seen the latest in dental convenience: kiosks at the mall where you can get teeth whitening treatments? It might seem like a strange thing to offer in a shopping mall setting, and you might be curious how safe these services are. You can trust actual dental professionals, like those at Dent8 but would you trust your teeth to mall workers? Here is a bit of background information on teeth whitening kiosks.

The Staff

The biggest risk with teeth whitening kiosks is that they are not staffed by dental professionals (or any kind of medical professional for that matter). They may be trained to handle the materials and equipment of the kiosk but they are not going to have the experience to make any judgement calls with regard to your teeth and gums.

Not everyone is a good candidate for whitening treatments, due to gum sensitivity, crowns, veneers or hidden cavities you don’t know about. If you have recently been to a dentist and know that you are in good shape, it may be fine to try a kiosk whitening service. Otherwise, don’t trust the staff to know what’s best for you and your teeth. Their questionnaires are not very thorough and quite often you’re not even going to know the answers anyway (such as the problem of undiscovered cavities).

Going ahead with the bleaching when you shouldn’t can lead to irritated gums, further enamel damage if you already have small cavities forming, and mismatched whitening from veneers.

A further note on the staffing issue, it can be illegal in some states for kiosk staff to actually perform their procedures because it is considered practicing dentistry without a license. So don’t be surprised if they actually step back and simply guide you through the steps as you administer the treatment yourself. That way, technically, you are doing the whitening, not them.

The Treatment

The next thing you want to consider at a whitening kiosk is the quality of the materials they use in their treatments. Some places use hydrogen peroxide, generally in concentrations not much stronger than the over-the-counter kits you can buy at the store.

Others may have a stronger treatment process, using carbamide peroxide and possibly including a UV light exposure. With stronger chemicals, comes further risk from inexperienced staff who may not protect your gums as well as needed.

And speaking of UV light, exposure to UV can sometimes dry your teeth which leads them to temporarily look brighter and whiter while still at the kiosk. It won’t take long for the enamel to moisten back up again, and darken up a shade or two after you’ve gone home.

Though there are risks to these kiosks, mainly from getting bleach treatments when you shouldn’t (and staff can’t tell the difference), the more likely issue is whether they are going to do anything at all. If you are serious about getting a quality tooth whitening, stick with an actual professional. If you just want a casual treatment, you might as well get the do-it-yourself kits from the store.

Signs That You Are Vitamin Deficient

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By Vivian R. Smith

doctorThe human body is one of the modern wonders of science for many different reasons. When your body becomes deficient of certain vitamins, it has a way of letting you know, which in some cases can save your life. Knowing what signs to look for can let you know stay abreast of any deficiencies in your body and will allow you to take the proper steps to fix these problems. There are many different vitamins and supplements on the market that can help you to rectify any deficiencies that exist in your body all you have to do is find a quality product from a supplement supplier. Scheduling a visit with functional medicine experts in Edmonton is a great way for a person to find out what is going on with the nutrients in their body. The following are a few signs that you may be vitamin deficient.

Check Your Mouth

One of the most noticeable signs that you may be vitamin deficient is the appearance of deep cracks in the corner of your mouth. These cracks can range in severity and can be quite painful if left unattended. Usually, these cracks are an indication that you have an iron or B vitamin deficiency, which can be fixed by changing your diet or taking a supplement. You can east more poultry and fish to increase these vitamins in your body or you can find a good multivitamin to fix the problem.

Face Rash or Hair Loss

Another obvious sign that you have a vitamin deficiency is the appearance of a red scaly face rash that will sometimes cause hair loss as well. This deficiency usually surfaces in people who eat raw eggs for protein because this prohibits the body from absorbing biotin. Biotin is an essential vitamin and without it the body will begin to suffer. While a vitamin B supplement can help this situation, you will also need to start cooking the eggs you eat.

Fatigue and Anxiety

If you start to become increasingly anxious for no apparent reason, then you may be dealing with a vitamin deficiency. In most cases, extreme anxiety can be linked to a vitamin b deficiency, which can be helped with supplements. Another symptom of this deficiency is extreme fatigue, which can diminish your productivity and overall well-being. You need to find a potent and quality vitamin B supplement that can give you rapid results. Be sure to speak with your primary physician to get advice on the best kind of supplement for your particular situation and health condition.

You will have to take your health seriously and notice any warning signs that may tell you that there is an issue with your body. Finding the right medical professionals to help out is vital.

Washington, D.C., Is Most Fit City For 3rd Consecutive Year

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seniorcoupleexercisesmallThis article is courtesy of ACSM, please share your comments below…..

Washington, D.C., closely followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul and Denver, are the three fittest of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., according to the ninth annual American Fitness Index (AFI) released today by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc. View the rankings and individual metro data here or in the chart below.

The nation’s capital leads the pack for the third straight year, Minneapolis-St. Paul came in second, and Denver moved up from sixth to third in 2016. The three top metro areas showed increased walking by residents using public transportation; more parkland for exercise; and lower cardiovascular and diabetes issues. The Washington, D.C., region’s lower rate of smoking tipped the scales in its favor. Midwestern metro areas Indianapolis, Oklahoma City and Louisville rank last in the index.

Nationally, there were some remarkable positive shifts in a few measures comparing values between the 2016 and 2015 reports:

* total scores increased for 30 MSAs (60%)

* 11.8% increase in the percentage of individuals who indicated they exercised in the last 30 days

* 4.7% drop in the percentage who smoked

* 7.4% drop in the diabetes death rates overall

* 5.2% increase in total park expenditure per resident

* twice as many states had policies in 2016 that required teaching physical education at the elementary, middle or high school level

Conversely, the 2016 AFI found that scores slipped for 19 MSAs from 2015 to 2016. MSAs experiencing the largest drop in scores included Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Sacramento and San Diego. The report also found a 7.7 percent increase in the percentage of the MSA population reporting a diagnosis of angina and a 7.0 percent increase in the percentage reporting a diagnosis of diabetes.

There were also some notable shifts in the rankings for individual MSAs. The rank changed five positions or more for nine MSAs (Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Orlando, Providence, Sacramento and San Diego).

To aid cities of all sizes and metro areas in enhancing healthy lifestyles and promoting physical activity, ACSM and Anthem Foundation developed and released in late 2015 an AFI Community Action Guide offering an overview of the critical decisions and factors related to effective community action: http://americanfitnessindex.org/community-action-guide/

“The AFI has continually proven its value as a trusted measurement of the health of our metro areas, and it has also become a catalyst for urban and suburban leaders to shape infrastructures that promote healthy lifestyles and create positive outcomes,” said chair of the AFI Advisory Board Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FASCM. “Our overarching goal is to offer communities and residents resources that can help them assess, plan and implement measures for a quality, healthier life.”

According to Anthem Chief Clinical Officer Craig Samitt, MD, promoting a healthy lifestyle begins with each individual. Samitt encourages all Americans to exercise for at least 30 minutes and participate in 10 minutes of stretching and light muscle training five days a week. “Modeling healthy behavior by incorporating activity into the weekday schedule and practicing good nutrition can improve fitness,” said Samitt. “We’re proud to continue our partnership with ACSM on an initiative that is providing actionable data for communities to create a culture of healthy lifestyles.”

At the community level, the AFI data report has been used as an assessment and evaluation tool to educate community leaders on the importance of key indicators of physical activity. Leaders can then focus on policy, systems and environmental change (PSE) strategies that are evidence-based and create sustainability for the community.

Child Friendly Dental Supplies

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By Jeniffer Page and Orien Dental

brushteethWith so many dentistry supplies on the market, it can be difficult to determine what is suitable to give children whose teeth might still be developing. As we have seen in the media, not every product marketed towards children has the child’s best interests in mind or is even good for them to begin with. Experienced dental suppliers Orien Dental takes a look at some of the most common dental supplies and provides information on how to choose the best products for use by children.


An essential part of any person’s oral hygiene routine, toothpaste comes in many different colours, flavours and textures. The active ingredients, those being fluoride and a mild abrasive substance – the part of toothpaste that dislodges food from between teeth and polishes the teeth – are typically consistent across the board. The differences between the brands often come down to the various thickeners, flavours and sweeteners that are also found in toothpaste. When it comes to child-friendly toothpaste products, look for those that are sugar-free and low in fluoride (to avoid the onset of fluorosis that’s caused by swallowing toothpaste). In fact, many health care professionals and dental suppliers recommend not giving toothpaste to children up to 18 months old because of their likelihood to swallow it. However, if you would like your child to use a safe toothpaste, then as your dental supplier we would recommend the Paroamin kids toothpaste. This is a child-friendly toothpaste that’s SLS free and is recommended from 0 to 10 years, with a low fluoride content of 250ppm. For children over 10 years, we recommend the Paroamin toothpaste for adults. This has a higher fluoride content of 1250pp and is also SLS free.


Mouthwash products come in a wide variety of fun colours and flavours, making the temptation among children to try them out as part of their oral hygiene pretty strong. But are they safe for children to use?

Essentially, most dental practitioners will recommend that children six and under do not use mouthwash products. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, they might not be ready to manage the motions of swishing the liquid in their mouth and spitting it out (they might instead swallow it), and secondly, mouth rinses contain fluoride, and too much of this as their teeth are developing can lead to fluorosis. Once the child is at an age that they can manage the rinsing and spitting motions and their teeth have formed, they can move onto a mouthwash product that is free of sugar and alcohol (found in numerous mouthwashes). Between the ages of 6 and 12, children should rinse only under adult supervision, and they should learn that rinsing should complement rather than act as a substitute for brushing and flossing.

H2: Flossing

How early should a child start flossing their teeth? ‘As early as they are able to manage it’ is what many professionals suggest. The benefits of flossing, particularly the dislodgement of food between teeth that might otherwise cause dental problems, and the prevention of halitosis (bad breath), make it a worthwhile practice to get into early. By the age of 8, children should be able to comfortably use floss and incorporate it into their oral hygiene routine.

As one of Australia’s premier dental supply specialists, Orien Dental Supplies is able to provide dental practitioners, hospitals, retailers and other organisations with an extensive range of dentistry supplies for adults and children. Whether you’re looking for dental supplies in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, or elsewhere in Australia, you can trust Orien Dental Supplies to accommodate your needs. Order your dental supplies online today.