Archive for 'tooth decay' Category

School Lunches: Squeeze Out the Juice

Dental Health Tips, Nutrition, tooth decay

Sending the kids back to school means it’s time to start packing those lunch boxes! And when you do, keep in mind that what your children drink can affect their oral health just as much as what they eat. The scientific evidence is overwhelming that sugar is the most important more...

Just Say No to Fruit Juice Before Age 1

Nutrition, Pediatric Dentistry, tooth decay

When the labels claim “100% juice,” “no added sugar” and “all natural,” it's tempting to think that juice is a good nutritional choice for children. That's why parents buy gallons of it every year, daycares stock juice boxes adorned with beloved cartoon characters, and school cafeterias serve juice to help more...

Tooth Pain Highs and Lows

Dental Emergencies, Dental Injuries, tooth decay

What do air travel and scuba diving have in common? These activities may bring summer vacation to mind, but they also share something less pleasant: Both flying and deep sea diving can be a real pain — in the tooth, that is. This is because both involve changes in pressure more...

A New Year’s Resolution You Can Keep: Cut Out the Sugar

Dental Health Tips, Nutrition, tooth decay

Just days ago, countless people resolved to make positive changes in the New Year — for example, eating a better diet or improving their overall health. And while it hasn't been long since we flipped our calendars, many of us are already struggling to keep those promises. Some resolutions can more...

You Might Be More Prone to Cavities

Common Symptoms, tooth decay

You brush and floss daily and don't snack on sugary treats, yet you've had your fair share of cavities. Your friend, on the other hand, is lax with the dental hygiene and lives on energy drinks and junk food, yet rarely has a cavity. What gives? Cavities, which result from more...

New ADA Report Names Top 3 Oral-Health Problems

Common Symptoms, tooth decay

What are the most common oral health problems Americans are facing today? The Health Policy Institute, a research division of the American Dental Association, recently released the results of a wide-ranging survey of nearly 15,000 adults across every state. Here's what they found: For the population as a whole, the more...

Philadelphia Becomes First Big City to Enact a Soda Tax

Nutrition, tooth decay

Proposing a soda tax can be a political hot potato. Several bills were floated in New York, but none ever got off the ground. Legislation in the California State Assembly was pulled before it came to a vote. Some forty times previously, state and city governments rejected a proposed tax more...

No Fooling: Baby Teeth Really Do Deserve Special Care

Dental Health Tips, Pediatric Dentistry, tooth decay

On April Fool’s Day, many people enjoy playing harmless pranks on unsuspecting colleagues… like leaving a memo that “Mr. Fox” called, along with the phone number of the local zoo. But this past April 1, the New York Times took the opposite tack: They ran an interactive feature called “A more...

The Top 10 Reasons for Tooth Pain

Common Symptoms, Dental Emergencies, Root Canal, tooth decay

Tooth pain can range from mild and fleeting to throbbing and constant but the mechanism behind what you’re feeling is often the same: the nerves in the pulp chamber at the center of your affected tooth or teeth are responding to stimuli and sending out a warning in the form more...

Preventing Tooth Decay: Is Your Diet Helping or Hurting Your Efforts?

Nutrition, tooth decay

The foundation for tooth decay prevention is daily brushing and flossing, along with professional cleanings and checkups as often as your dentist recommends. But what you eat is also important — your diet could be hurting your hygiene efforts. So, how do your favorite foods fare in the war against more...