A Vaccine to Prevent Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay is something we all experience to one degree or another. There are different stages of it from cavities to complete tooth loss. But what if there was a way to avoid it altogether? While there are many different kinds of vaccines, it may be a little strange to believe there is a vaccine for oral health diseases. But a tooth decay vaccine? Is it possible?

The Tooth Decay Vaccine

Chinese health professionals from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIOV) are apparently working on a vaccine with the purpose of preventing tooth decay. Typical measures of tooth decay prevention are called preventative dentistry measures. But supposedly this tooth decay vaccine is meant for those who exist in the dental care divide. That is, those who don’t have access to regular dental checkups.

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The results

The latest tests show us that the vaccine showed positive results on animal test subjects. It had both preventative and therapeutic effects. While there is a difference between human outcomes and test subjects, this is still quite an accomplishment.

While we may not be seeing this practice done on humans soon, it’s comforting to know our scientists are working hard to improve our health from all different angles.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 60 percent of children (as well as adults) suffer from cavities.

The Best Way to Prevent Tooth Decay A Vaccine to Prevent Tooth Decay?

Science has a long way to go before curing cavities, but at the very least, we know how to prevent them. While you’re at home, watch what you eat. Try to avoid consuming food and beverages that are super sugary and acidic. Soda and candy can eat right through the enamel.

Also, make sure you are practicing proper brushing and flossing techniques at home. It really is the best way to prevent tooth decay.

Last but definitely not least, make sure to visit your dentist every six months or so. There is no clean like the clean your dentist will give you when you go in for a cleaning and exam.

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Weird Taste in Your Mouth: What it Could Mean

Sometimes we eat something strange and it leaves a funny taste in our mouths. Or maybe we have a bad case of morning breath and haven’t had a chance to brush yet. But sometimes that weird taste in your mouth is unexplainable. Sometimes it’s a bit too weird to really understand the source. There are several reasons this could happen.

Why You Have a Weird Taste in Your Mouth

Medication Weird Taste in Your Mouth: What it Could Mean

This is likely the most common source of that bitter taste: medications. Medication can account for a lot of symptoms pertaining to your oral health. Some of these medications include antibiotics like tetracycline, or medications like lithium, allopurinol, etc. These drugs are known to leave a “metallic” taste in your mouth. Don’t worry; it’s common. But if it gets to be too much, tell your doctor about the issue.

Vitamins

Similarly, if not more than, medications, vitamins have a tendency to leave a strange taste in our mouths. Many people complain about multivitamins having a metallic taste due to its heavy metal and mineral content. Other types of vitamins have been described as tasting like dirt. The taste isn’t usually permanent, as your body processes the vitamins rather quickly.

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Infection

Infections can create a weird taste in your mouth due to all the bacteria and fluids. While not always serious, an infection in the mouth is especially annoying. These infections include colds, upper respiratory infections, and the flu. Gum disease is also a possible explanation.

Pregnancy

Especially during the earlier stages of pregnancy, women may describe a strange taste in their mouths. Throughout pregnancy, many different kinds of tastes may present themselves—that metallic taste being one of them.

Weird Taste in Your Mouth? Let Balle & Associates Fix That

Don’t be nervous. Balle & Associates has experienced it all! So get the oral care you need, because it could be gum disease.