Called gingivitis in its early stages and periodontal disease later, this condition may offer a window to understanding heart disease. Studies show those with moderate to advanced gum disease were more likely to have heart disease than those with healthy gums. It is thought that bacteria passes from the gums into the bloodstream, increasing clot formation and leading to high … [Read more...] about Bleeding gums linked to heart disease
Pregnancy is a big event, leaving a woman with a lot on her mind. Dental hygiene probably rates pretty low on the list, and that's unfortunate because there is less calcium in the teeth during pregnancy, leaving them vulnerable to decay. A visit to the dentist early on is recommended, especially if x-rays are needed. Brush after every meal, and after snacks too. If brushing … [Read more...] about Pregnant? Brush your teeth!
Last month the British Dental Health Foundation urged dental professionals and the public to wear blue lips and post silly photos of themselves online. Why? To spread awareness of mouth cancer as part of Mouth Cancer Awareness Month, of course! With more deaths from mouth cancer happening every year, the campaign hopes to shed some light on the issue. Be aware of mouth … [Read more...] about Raise mouth cancer awareness with a blue lip selfie!
Our society today is obsessed with white teeth. If you're in the public eye and you have less than perfect teeth, it's often the first thing to be pointed out. It's no wonder that "bleachorexia" is becoming a problem as we seek to make our smiles as bright and white as possible. Teeth are naturally off-white or slightly yellow. Celebrities with super bright white teeth … [Read more...] about Over-bleaching teeth can ruin them forever
Tooth pain is never fun, and often strikes just as we're counting sheep. It can be a sharp, sensitive pain or dull and throbbing. Teeth grinding, tooth decay, and abscessed teeth are common causes. If you can't get to the dentist right away, these tips can help you get some rest. Elevating your head reduces pressure. You can rinse your mouth with salt water and peroxide … [Read more...] about Toothache keeping you awake?
The risk of kidney disease increases if you have periodontal disease, with African Americans the most susceptible, according to a five year study. Periodontal disease (called gingivitis in its early stages) is a bacterial infection of the mouth. The study showed those with advanced periodontal disease were four times more likely to develop chronic kidney disease than people … [Read more...] about Study links oral health with kidney disease
I'm thankful I had access to dental care as a child, even if I spent my youth eating too much candy and never flossing (teach your kids better than my parents taught me!). Since thankfulness is a common theme this time of year, offer a little to your dentist and role models for giving you the education and care needed for a bright, healthy smile. While you're gearing up … [Read more...] about Tis the season to be thankful… for oral hygiene!
We all know dental health is important, but many of us don't do enough to keep bacteria at bay. The steps to oral health don't have to be overwhelming, and the benefits of a beautiful smile are worth the extra couple minutes a day! Start by brushing and flossing daily. Flossing is especially important because it's estimated that 90% of oral issues begin between your teeth, … [Read more...] about The best dental hygiene tips to keep you smiling!
The American Music Awards on November 23rd gave people plenty to smile about - especially the celebrities! While many celebs opt for impossibly white veneers, some (like English pop star Harry Styles) show off their natural pearly whites. A bright smile starts with good oral health and daily tooth care. Once you've got that covered, there are a lot of tooth whitening options … [Read more...] about Celebrities have dazzling smiles, and you can have one too!
Kids are very susceptible to media influences, and what they want to put in their mouths can mean the difference between a lifetime of happy smiles, or a lifetime struggle with tooth decay. Magazines geared toward children are very popular in the UK, but they're loaded with unhealthy subliminal messages that could be influencing kids to make poor choices, and that's … [Read more...] about Children’s magazines could be contributing to poor oral health