Food is awesome and essential to living. However, it contributes to cavities too! Cavities are often ignored and the second most common health problem in the country, with over 2 million cases per year. Cavities are damaged areas in your mouth, this happens as a result of plaque. If you don’t floss, brush your teeth […]
It takes a lifetime of care to achieve healthy teeth. Taking good care of your teeth can help you prevent problems as you get older. You should brush, rinse and floss every day and see your dentist regularly. Marvelous oral health takes more than using toothpaste, think of improving your brushing technique, saying goodbye to […]
What to do Before the Teeth Come in
One of the most important things to do as a parent is to keep good oral hygiene for their child and themselves.
Babies are not born with bacteria in their mouths. In fact, bacteria are transferred to the baby by everyday contact such as cuddling, kissing, feeding and playing. […]
Do you know how many bacteria live on your toothbrush? Brace yourself! Researchers have found that a single toothbrush can be loaded with as many as 10 million germs and bacteria. In fact, recent studies even found that your toothbrush could be a breeding ground for tiny microorganisms.
But before you swear off brushing, know this: These bacteria aren’t a big threat to your pearly whites. According to Richard Price, DMD, a dentist in Newton, Mass. and a consumer adviser for the American Dental Association, the researchers who discovered those toothbrush-dwelling microorganisms found that they didn’t make people sick — toothpaste has an anti-germ component built into it, and the microbes need moisture to survive. So as long as your toothbrush is given time to dry after you use it, it should be safe. […]
The mere mention of the term “root canal” can make many people squirm nervously in their seats. The procedure has been vilified in movies and situation comedies, and most people have probably heard alarming stories of the pain associated with it from at least one friend or family member.
But is all of this fear truly warranted? Is this procedure as painful as people seem to think? According to experts, the popular conception of root canal pain may no longer be based in fact. […]
Your teeth and the structure of your mouth play important roles in your ability to eat and speak and stay healthy.
Most of us take our teeth for granted … until something goes wrong. Our teeth help us chew and digest food, play an important role in speech, and impact our health overall. And by brushing up on your dental health knowledge, you’ll be taking the first step toward giving your teeth the attention they deserve. […]
What Do Sore Gums Mean?
Millions of Americans have experienced sore gums. You’re brushing or flossing and notice a painful sensation in your gums. Sometimes, your sore gums may even start bleeding while you’re brushing or flossing.
Since the pain from sore gums isn’t usually very severe, and it’s such a common problem, many people don’t pay much attention to sore gums. Fortunately, addressing sore gums isn’t usually very difficult, especially in the early stages of gum disease. […]
What Is It?
A sealant is a clear or tinted plastic protective coating for teeth. It is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and premolars). These are the areas where most cavities form.
Molars and premolars have grooves and crevices. Dentists call these pits and fissures. Food can get stuck in these crevices. […]
You’re late for work, skip breakfast and during the commute, pick up a doughnut and cup of coffee and you’re on your way. This common quick-fix breakfast scenario can lengthen your time spent in the dental chair, reports the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), an organization of general dentists dedicated to continuing dental education.
The sugars in doughnuts have been identified as a risk factor for gum inflammation and cavities. The AGD has reported findings that show the sugars in oatmeal cookies amount to only one-fifth of the sugars in plain doughnut particles. […]
Tooth decay is an infectious disease — and it is a reality. All children are at risk. The ODA Special Report Tooth Decay in Ontario’s Children: An Ounce of Prevention — A Pound of Cure is a call to action for parents, government and the community — we all need to work together on prevention.
Tooth Decay Facts: Did you know?
it is the second most common cause of school absenteeism
it is five times more common than asthma in children age 5-17
it can be transmitted by sharing a spoon with young children or licking their pacifier
it is preventable in almost all cases