Did you know that the foods you consume and how often you eat them may affect your dental health?
The American Dental Association (ADA) reports that people who consume a lot of sweetened fruit juices, sugar-filled sodas or snacks high in sugar may be at higher risk for tooth decay. When sugary food particles are left in the mouth, they can connect with plaque bacteria, forming acids that attack teeth and gums. If the sugars are not balanced with nutritious foods, the body may not be able to fight off the bacteria and infection. And gum disease (also called periodontal disease) may develop, attacking tooth structures and creating decay that could lead to tooth loss.
The ADA offers the following guidelines for a healthy, nutritious diet: View full article »
Many people put off going to the dentist until they have a toothache. According to the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, at least 9 percent to 15 percent of Americans avoid seeing the dentist due to anxiety and fear. Many are both afraid the dentist will find multiple cavities and are uncomfortable with the tools used to check tooth surfaces. Now a new laser technology device, called a DIAGNOdent, makes it easier for dental professionals to detect cavities without the use of traditional dental tools. View full article »
Did you know that an abscessed tooth left untreated can lead to other medical problems?
Many Americans put off visiting the dentist until they experience significant oral pain. Dental problems develop when people do not brush and floss their teeth daily or schedule regular appointments for dental checkups and cleanings. Bacterial plaque in the mouth adheres to the teeth and over time create cavities. If left untreated, an abscess can form. View full article »
Babies often start developing their first teeth by 6 months old, and by age 2 1/2 many have a full set of 20 primary teeth. Because the root system from the primary teeth establishes the foundation for permanent teeth, primary teeth are critical to good oral health throughout life. Kids with damaged teeth from cavities at a young age may experience a lifetime of tooth and gum problems.
At what age should kids first visit the dentist? View full article »
Could daily toothbrushing help lower the risk for dementia?
A study conducted by University of California researchers found that elderly women who brushed their teeth less than once daily were 65 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who brushed every day. For men, this number was 22 percent. View full article »