Oral Health and the Holidays

The holidays are upon us, and with them come a host of temptations that have the potential to derail our oral health. Many people make an effort to avoid the typical holiday weight gain, but with so much evidence connecting your oral health to your overall well-being, it’s important to keep a healthy mouth in mind too. Here’s a look … Read More

Why Do Toothaches Hurt So Much?

Have you ever had a toothache that caused blinding pain? If so, you’re not alone. According to researchers at Duke University, people consistently rate pain in the head, face, eyeballs, ears and teeth as more disruptive and emotionally draining than pain located in other parts of the body. Further study has apparently found why this may be, as reported in … Read More

Teeth Tips for a Happy Thanksgiving

If you’re like me, you’re shocked that Thanksgiving is next week. Wasn’t Halloween like three days ago? We just got over the sugar-rush in my household, and now The Feast of the year is staring us down. Don’t get me wrong…I love everything Thanksgiving, especially the deliciousness that ensues. But as a member of the dental community, it is my … Read More

Teeth Discoloration: Prevention, Causes, and Treatments

When asked what they dislike most about their smile, many adults are quick to respond about discoloration. According to statistics, the teeth whitening industry brings in a staggering $11 billion annually, showing just how much people wish to improve the brightness of their smiles. There are several methods to go about whitening your teeth, from over-the-counter products to in-office professional … Read More

Oral Health Tips for Caregivers

National Family Caregivers Month is celebrated every November in an effort to recognize and honor those who care for family members across the county, as well as raise awareness of the issues that accompany this great responsibility. There are approximately 44 million family caregivers in the U.S. alone, responsible for the health and wellbeing of not only themselves, but for … Read More

Diabetes and Your Oral Health

Did you know that more than 30 million adults in the United States have diabetes, and 1 out of 4 of them don’t even know it yet? The risk of death for adults with diabetes is actually 50% higher than for those without it. It’s a pretty big deal. That’s why November has been designated as National Diabetes Awareness Month, … Read More

Oral Health Tips for Cold and Flu Season

As the weather starts to turn and we start looking forward to the holidays ahead, there’s one more “season” upon us too: cold and flu season. Taking care of your body while under the weather is a top priority, and this includes your oral health. “Brushing my teeth when I’m sick actually makes me feel better,” said ADA dentist Dr. … Read More

The Unusual Flossing Habits of Americans

Flossing is an important part of any dental hygiene routine, and a recent survey conducted on behalf of Waterpik found that Americans have some pretty strange habits when it comes to cleaning between their teeth. 1,005 adults completed the survey in which they admitted to using some common yet unusual items to “floss” when appropriate tools weren’t available. These items … Read More

Linked: Gum Disease and Cancer

The connection between gum disease and cancer has recently been strengthened in a study published in the August issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. According to an article from Harvard Health Publishing, the study found that women with gum disease have a higher risk for cancers of the breast, lung, and esophagus as well as the most dangerous form … Read More

New Research Released Against Charcoal Based Oral Health Products

The current oral health trend of using products containing activated charcoal to whiten teeth has recently been examined by a leading charity in the United Kingdom. The Oral Health Foundation analyzed research that claimed the products were safe and effective, finding that there is insufficient clinical and laboratory data to substantiate the claims. The not for profit charity, which is … Read More