Ms Liberali says there are long-term, serious effects for chronic users of methamphetamine.
"Predominantly the two major impacts are on the hyperactivity of the muscles that we use to chew with, and that causes a lot of clenching and grinding. That can cause damage to the teeth by teeth breaking," she said.
"The other activity we see is what we call xerostomia or dry mouth. What that does is increase your risk around dental decay. It also increases your risk around oral infections in your mouth, for example thrush."
“By teaching children the importance of good oral health and how to take care of their teeth at an early age, we can encourage a lifetime of healthy habits,” said Lora Vitek, director of philanthropy and community relations for the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation. “‘Land of Smiles’ furthers our mission to improve Illinois children’s oral health and gets kids excited about dental care. By the end of the program, they are literally cheering ‘brush, brush, brush’ to help Tooth Wizard defeat PlaqueMan and learning important oral health lessons.”
Giant pandas eat plenty of veggies, but apparently they like dessert, too.
Scientists studying the endangered black-and-white bears said on Thursday that while pandas almost exclusively eat bamboo, which contains only tiny amounts of sugars, they showed a strong preference for natural sweeteners in an experiment.
The researchers also examined panda DNA and found a match to the same “sweet receptor” gene that humans possess that underpins their ability to taste sugars. “Giant pandas love sweets,” said behavioural geneticist author Danielle Reed of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, who led the study published in the journal PLOS ONE.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Shailene Woodley have both recently shared their love for the all-natural teeth-whitening trick known as “oil pulling.” “I just started ‘oil pulling,’ which is when you swish coconut oil around [in your mouth] for 20 minutes, and it’s supposed to be great for oral health and making your teeth white,” the newly single Goop founder told E! News.
The 16-year-old girl had been walking home from school in Coburg when the stranger started following her earlier this month.
Police say the man asked her where she was going and then told her he was going to join her. She tried to ignore him, but he then came up behind her on Murray Road, tried to grab her shoulders and threatened her before she managed to run away.The man is described as being between the ages of 30 and 35 with tanned skin, droopy eyes, rotten teeth and unshaven with a moustache.