Blog Archive - February 2011
February 21, 2011
Got teeth? Then you better be paying attention to this nanobug: Streptococcus mutans - these are the "bad boys" that create cavities in your pearlie whites. Hey mom, in recognition of National Children's Dental Health Month we want to send you a Strep mutans static cling to attach to the mirror in your bathroom to stimulate your children to brush and floss. Just leave a $1 “tip” in the tip jar on the nanobugs website and provide your name and address as a comment on the website “contact us" and we will send you the static cling and some Strep mutans temporary tattoos to serve as rewards (or bribes) See if you can change behaviors in your household with these compliance aids.
February 16, 2011
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. The purpose of this designation by the American Dental Association is to raise awareness of the importance of oral health among children and their parents. And so the Nanobugs spotlight turns to Streptococcus mutans this month. Strep mutans bacteria are commonly found in the mouth and are present in the thin film that develops on the teeth called plaque. Acid forms within 20 minutes after you eat and begins attaching to the outer surface of the tooth and ultimately creating tiny openings in the tooth surface called “cavities”. Streptococcus mutans is the bacteria that starts this decay process. It can stick to tooth surfaces and hide in tiny cracks in the teeth. It lives and grows in acid conditions where other bacteria cannot interacting with the sugars in foods to create an acid environment which causes teeth to decay.
Dentists have long preached that everyone should brush and floss 2-3 times a day especially after meals. While dentists and dental hygenists have been quite effective in teaching techniques for brushing and flossing, we need to change attitudes and behaviors so that people go to the sink and brush! Nanobugs, inc. has created a “static cling” that can be easily placed on the bathroom mirror or ceramic tile to stimulate and remind kids and their parents to brush and floss. Wearing a temporary tattoo of Streptococcus mutans could serve as a friendly reminder for kids too.
Moms- If you leave a $1 “tip” in the tip jar on the nanobugs website and provide your name and address as a comment on the website “contact us", we will send you 5 Strep mutans temporary tattoos and the static cling device. See if you can change behaviors in your household with these compliance aids.
February 8, 2011
It’s less than a week away now - Valentines Day 2011. I don’t want to put a damper on your expectations or your enjoyment of this day of recognition of love and romance. There’s bound to be a whole lot of kissin’ going on and so this might be a good time to spotlight one of the nanobug viruses that takes advantage of this intimate demonstration of affection. Herpes Simplex 1 (HSV) causes oral lesions or “cold sores”. HSV infections often occur in early childhood or adolescence by kissing someone who already has a cold sore. The virus can leak from the cold sore of Kisser #1 and enter the body of Kisser #2 through a tiny crack in the lip or skin around the mouth. This is why the sores occur as mirror images on the “kissers”. HSV is a virus and therefore needs living cells to survive. It invades the human cells and opens up a lesion “for business”, cranking out more virus to keep the love going. Initially, the invasion is painful and the person is not interested in pressing their lips on any one else’s. But as the body cleans up the infection and healing is in progress, the virus is still present and viable. Anyone can be at risk of HSV infection but it can be especially dangerous for small children and people with lowered immunity. So the rule for prevention is this: Don’t kiss anyone who has an obvious sore on their lip or around the mouth. And if you have one – don’t touch or pick at it when it is healing. Wash your hands after touching your mouth or the sore. Never put contact lenses in your mouth to wet them – and definitely not when you have a cold sore. Cold sores heal in about 2-3 weeks but the virus doesn’t leave you. It can start trouble again months or even years later. Reoccurrences usually happen when the person is under stress or when immunity is low.
Unfortunately, Valentines Day is celebrated in mid-February when the cold and flu season is still in full swing and our lips are still chapped from the extreme winter weather. This potentially increases the number of infected kissers out there who should be winking instead of kissing. So, be careful as you “spread the love” - don’t spread the virus too. And for goodness sake, don’t let your lover with a cold sore kiss anywhere else either – this rule will help you avoid genital herpes (Herpes Simplex 2). Celebrate responsibly this year. Flowers and candy are nice – and so are diamonds….and rubies…and pearls…………..