Archive for 'Oral Health' Category

Voting for Better Health

Nutrition, Oral Health

With the presidential race of 2016 grabbing all the headlines, you may have missed some heartening news: Four U.S. cities and one county voted to place new taxes on sugary beverages. It's not often that people support new taxes, but the so-called “soda taxes” are strongly advocated by the World more...

4 Things You Should Know About Your Dental Insurance

dental insurance, Oral Health

Receiving proper dental care is important — and not just for your teeth and gums. A healthy mouth is essential to a healthy body. But dental care costs money. Even routine, preventive care can have an impact on a family budget — not to mention treatment for disease or injury. more...

10 Worst Behaviors For Teeth

Dental Health Tips, Oral Health

You brush and floss regularly and see your dentist twice a year for professional cleanings and checkups. Good for you! Diligent oral hygiene is the cornerstone of a healthy smile. But for all your positive effort, you may be doing other things in your daily life that are putting your more...

Chewing Gum Linked to Headaches in Kids

Oral Health, Pediatric Dentistry

A gum-chewing habit can result in chronic headaches, according to a study published recently in Pediatric Neurology. Researchers in Israel studied 30 young children and teens who were suffering from chronic migraines or tension headaches — and who also chewed gum from 1-6 hours per day. When they stopped chewing more...

Free Help to Kick the Tobacco Habit

oral cancer, Oral Health

If you use tobacco, quit now — if not for you, then for the ones you love. Here are some places that can help you do it, whether you smoke, chew or dip: Smoking Quitline (1-877-44U-QUIT) Talk with a National Cancer Institute (NCI) smoking cessation counselor for help quitting and more...

Hope in the Fight Against Superbugs

Oral Health

One of the top threats to human health worldwide is the rise of so-called superbugs — bacteria that have become resistant to drugs formerly able to kill them. Just recently, a Los Angeles hospital faced an outbreak of potentially deadly CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae), an infection produced by intestinally (entero) derived more...

Knocking Tobacco Out of the Park

oral cancer, Oral Health

The San Francisco Giants will become the first Major League Baseball team to ban chewing tobacco in its home stadium. However, the credit for this health-promoting measure is not due to the team, the league or even MLB. Instead, it’s the result of a prohibition against smokeless tobacco use in more...

Sugar Has 56 Different Names

Fun Dental Facts, Nutrition, Oral Health

What do corn syrup, evaporated cane juice and agave nectar have in common? They are all names — aliases if you will — for sugar added to foods we eat every day. These include many foods you wouldn’t think of as being sugary: tomato sauce, bread and yogurt, for example. more...

Children and Fluoride

Oral Health, Pediatric Dentistry

The American Dental Association (ADA) recently changed its recommendations for use of fluoride toothpaste in children. While the ADA had previously recommended waiting until a child turns 2 to begin use of fluoride toothpaste, the new recommendations call for brushing all baby teeth as soon as they come in with more...

Preventing Concussions With Custom-Made Mouthguards

Oral Health, Sports Dentistry

If you’re the athletic type — or if your child plays sports — you probably know that wearing a mouthguard is a proven method of preventing dental injuries. Now, evidence is mounting that this essential piece of protective gear can also help prevent concussions — and the mouthguard that works more...