In addition to being delicious, there may be more benefits to eating blueberries than you’d think! Gum inflammation (also known as gingivitis) is a common affliction, one that can be a precursor to more serious dental issues. The build-up of bacteria-laden plaque on teeth can result in gum/periodontal disease. While we all know the standard … Continue reading Blueberries to the Rescue
What is one of the most common phobias? You guessed it—the fear of going to the dentist! People of all ages get a bit cagey at the idea of getting in that examination chair. However, for a young mind, the dentist is obviously much more confusing and difficult to process and understand. Luckily, there are … Continue reading 5 Tricks to Help Your Child Love the Dentist
Playing a musical instrument has been proven to have a variety of mental benefits including enhanced cognition, focus, and problem solving. Great news, right? Well, yes… however, there are certain hazards attributed to that musical prowess as well, especially in terms of oral health. First and foremost, it’s no secret that musical instruments—particularly the brass … Continue reading Oral Health for Musicians
Food scientists have known for a while now that there are certain molecules in chocolate that give it antibacterial properties. These special molecules, called polyphenols, are also naturally occurring in tealeaves and red wine. These polyphenols, which protect plant cells from bacteria and other damage, can also be helpful in protecting our cells from bacteria. … Continue reading Can Chocolate Help Kill Bacteria in Your Mouth?
Dentists suggest that we brush twice a day, and so most of us have figured out a morning-evening rotation. Yet the timing, content, or social situation of breakfast presents us with a puzzle: Should we brush first thing in the morning? Wait until after the morning meal? Does it depend on what we eat? After … Continue reading Brush Before or After Breakfast?
Thinking about cutting back on sugar? You may be considering replacing your sugar intake with artificial sweeteners to cut the number of calories you take in. However, there are certain things to watch out for: “Sugarless” isn’t always so – A product may claim to be ‘sugarless’ or ‘no sugar added’ but that doesn’t mean … Continue reading Going Sugar Free… The Right Way
When one loses a tooth, it is easy to see the aesthetic issues that can pose for an individual. A missing tooth can cause various psychological and social consequences depending on how a person handles such an event. There are a number of unseen effects of tooth loss that can have a direct impact on … Continue reading The Unseen Repercussions of Tooth Loss
If you’re a new or expectant mother, then it’s a critical time to help your infant’s oral health. Although your infant may not have any chompers of their own just yet, studies have shown that breastfeeding may be an important step in building the framework for their smile! A study done by the National Center … Continue reading What You Should Know About Breastfeeding and Oral Health
You’ve probably seen this new dental trend on your social media feeds: beauty influencers sporting pitch black smiles and swearing the result is cleaner, whiter teeth. The product? Activated charcoal powders, applied and brushed onto teeth in lieu of toothpaste. No one can deny its popularity, but is this craze hot, or hazardous? Activated charcoal … Continue reading Activated Charcoal: Safe or Scary?
While most people are familiar with common issues (such as dental carries or impacted wisdom teeth), there are some issues that are far less common and less known. Anodontia Anodontia (also known as Hypodontia) is a condition where some teeth never grow in place. Depending on how many teeth are missing, dentists either treat it … Continue reading 4 Rare and Unusual Dental Issues