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A Halloween Candy Survival Guide

The temperatures are dropping, the leaves are beginning to change, and spooky and fun costumes are in the works. Time for trick or treating! And no, we are NOT going to tell you to ditch the Halloween candy. What’s Halloween without treats?

Sure, the added sugar can play “tricks” on your child’s teeth. (See what we did there?) Read the rest of this entry »

Back-To-School Dental Checkups: It’s not too late

Summers are often chocked full of fun and adventure, so it’s easy for back-to-school to sneak up on you. If you are like many parents, you may have failed to schedule a back-to-school dental visit for your child, but that checkup is key in fighting the most common chronic disease found in school-age children: cavities. And according to the American Dental Association (ADA), dental disease causes children to miss more than 51 million school hours each year.
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Studies Show Many People Hate Smiling: Are You One of Them?

Your smile is one of the first things people notice when they meet you, but recent studies show that many people don’t feel comfortable showing their smile. In a 2012 study commissioned by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), researchers found that more than one-third of American adults are unhappy with their smile. Of those, 36 percent believe they would have a better social life if they had better teeth, and 22 percent of Americans who are unhappy with their smile think that better teeth would lead to a better love life.

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Important news about fruit juice

For the last 16 years, parents have been following the guidelines on juice consumption for children issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Well, as of last month, those guidelines have now changedThey now advise parents to reduce fruit juices of all kinds, for children of all ages.

The biggest news in the new guidelines is in regards to infants: Read the rest of this entry »

Parents, Let’s Talk About Energy Drinks

It’s time for a heart to heart about the dangers to your child’s health posed by energy drinks. Not only can it play a role in obesity, diabetes, etc., but research now shows it may pose more risk than you’re aware of.

Much has been written about how sugary drinks are bad for your health, and especially bad for your teeth. What could surprise you is how much sugar is in the drinks your child consumes regularly. Sports drinks, designed to replace electrolytes lost during exercise, as well as energy drinks, often contain 6-8 teaspoons of sugar per serving.

Unfortunately, sugar is not the only issue to consider. It turns out that there is often a lot of citric acid in energy drinks as well.

A 2012 study published in the journal of the Academy of General Dentistry found that an alarming increase in the consumption of sports and energy drinks, especially among adolescents, is causing irreversible damage to teeth—specifically, the high acidity levels in the drinks erode tooth enamel, the glossy outer layer of the tooth.*

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A Surprising Way to Cut Your Dental Costs

The total global costs associated with dental diseases amounted to a staggering $442 billion per year in 2015. And according to researchers, 60% of dental service costs around the world are related to tooth decay, while 60% of all children and 90% of all adults have tooth decay.

So if you knew of a simple, inexpensive way to reduce tooth decay, wouldn’t you try it?

Well, here you go:
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We Need To Talk About Something.

And you might should be sitting down for this:

  • Nearly 50,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year.
  • It will cause over 9,750 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day.
  • Of those newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years.
  • The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cancers which we hear about routinely, such as cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, and endocrine system cancers such as thyroid. Read the rest of this entry »

A Simple Way to Reduce Cavities

Cavities are no laughing matter, whether in adults or children. And here’s a scary fact: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cavities remain the most common chronic disease of children 6 to 19 years of age. Unfortunately, children in low income families have higher rates of dental disease than higher-income children, because they don’t often get regular dental care.

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National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! Sponsored by The American Dental Association, along with the ADA Foundation, this month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others. Read the rest of this entry »

Healthy Teeth for a Healthy Pregnancy

If you are expecting, congratulations on this exciting chapter of your life! There’s a LOT to think about and plan for, but don’t overlook your dental health while planning for your new arrival. There are most likely going to be some changes that affect your teeth and gums, so being prepared is important. Read the rest of this entry »