Over a year ago, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services removed flossing from the federal 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines, citing the gap in quality research. That news was met with a loud response from the dental community, which largely agrees that daily flossing is an integral part of good oral health. The American Academy of Periodontology, representing over 8,000 periodontists (recognized experts in diagnosing, treating, and preventing periodontal disease), continues to recommend daily flossing as part of a complete oral health regime. Along with brushing twice a day and receiving an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation, flossing is crucial to preventing periodontal disease. Read the rest of this entry »
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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! Brought to you by the American Dental Association and Crest + Oral B, 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 »
If you suspect you may have gum disease, there’s a good chance you’re right. According to the CDC, one out of every two adults in the US has some form of periodontal disease. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, ranges from mild to severe, and can have serious impacts on your overall health. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s another new year, so you may already be making some healthy changes to your lifestyle. Many new year’s resolutions include new diets and fitness routines to lose weight and get into better shape. But when you’re assessing your overall health, don’t forget the health of your mouth! Just like every other part of your body, your mouth requires specific nutrients and vitamins too.
Here’s a short list of the vitamins and minerals your mouth needs the most, and how to find them in the foods you eat: Read the rest of this entry »
The end of the year poses continual challenges to dental health, starting with Halloween candy, then followed by Thanksgiving and Christmas treats and desserts. But you can enjoy all the sweetness the holidays have to offer, and still protect your smile! Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
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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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.
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 changed. They 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 »
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.*