For some people, brushing and flossing simply isn't enough. Genetics determines a fair amount about our dental health and some people really get the short end of the stick. One solution could be xylitol, a naturally occurring sugar. So how can sugar take care of the problems other sugars cause? See here: Dentist recommends xylitol to reduce cavities. … [Read more...] about Can One Sugar Cancel Out Another?
It seems our ancestors- at least those who trace back to Rome or Briton- had better teeth then us. A recent study found that Romans and Britons around about 200-400 AD had a lot fewer signs of gun diseases and tooth issue then we have today! But don't worry, it's not like they were super healthy. The average life expectancy back then was a scant 40 years old. See more details … [Read more...] about The Old Roman Mouth
Between Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas there are a lot of sweets we shovel in our faces during the holidays. And why not? We've been good all year right? Maybe? But what makes candy so bad for your teeth? Is it just the sugar? Well to start, there's a ton of bacteria in your mouth. It's good for you though, seriously! It helps break down food between your teeth long … [Read more...] about Candy Is Worse Then Cavities
How are healthy hair and teeth related? As it turns out the protein, keratin, which keeps hair healthy and strong, it also present in teeth. This means that those of us born with hair issues, like brittle or thin hair, have a greater chance for having worse teeth. This, however, is all based in genetics, so there is unfortunately little we can do about it. Read more here: … [Read more...] about Keratin- The Hair And Teeth Hook Up
When a patient has an under bite, the lower jaw is physically larger than the upper jaw. The lower teeth are actually in front of the upper teeth. The patient has a large chin and for most women, large chins are not feminine in appearance. If the jaw sticks out too far, most men find that their personal appearance looks a little “creepy” as one young man recently stated. The … [Read more...] about Porcelain Veneers vs VENLAY® Bite Correction
The UK is having a dental crisis among its kids, and it seems we aren't far behind! The stats are awful similar, and now England and Wales are trying a new solution: supervised brushing. Nurses in hospitals and in schools are being trained how to teach brushing as well as monitor children while they brush! … [Read more...] about Could Supervised Brushing Be A Solution?
So it's Halloween, and we're surrounded by candy. If the image of a disapproving dentist staring down at you doesn't make you stave off the desire of candy, well then you need to find a way to stop yourself from a candy binge. And this isn't just for your teeth either, it's bad for your health overall. First and foremost, set a limit. Don't let yourself plow through all the … [Read more...] about Keeping Candy At Bay
Candy happens. Especially this time of year. You can't really avoid it completely, schools often give it out or our kids will get it from their friends. But if you want to keep your child's mouth safe, keep an eye out for some of the worst candy culprits. What are those, well, one dentist put a list together here: Dentist lists worst Halloween candy for children’s teeth. … [Read more...] about Worst Candies For Your Kids (And You)
One dentist has the solution to curbing kids' sweet teeth- she's offering an exchange. For each pound of candy kids bring in, he's giving them one dollar and donating the candy to the troops overseas! The idea is sound and smart, though if I were a kid, I'd hold out for two dollars. Read more about the candy exchange here: Dentist offers to buy back candy from kids. … [Read more...] about The Candy Conundrum- One Dentist’s Solution
With Halloween coming up it's important to recognize the willful destruction of teeth we will be participating in. But what is the worst candy for your mouth? It seems sour candies are, as their pH balance makes them incredibly acidic! That's right, those sour gummies and hard candies are like putting acid in your mouth! Read more here: Sour Candy Is Almost As Bad for Your … [Read more...] about Candies That Will Leave You Sour