With winter here and cold and flu season casting its dark shadow upon us, it’s an important time to remember that your oral health needs change when you are sick. Here are a few vital tips to remember if you are one of the 20 percent of Americans who will get the flu this year, or one of the millions of Americans who will get the common cold – maybe even multiple times!
You’ve probably heard your dentist make a big deal about the use of fluoride. While you may have thought it seemed exaggerated, the case for fluoride helping to foster optimal health for your teeth is incredibly strong and backed by research.
But how does fluoride strengthen teeth? How important is this mineral that has been prominent in oral health through the ages? Let’s find out!
February is a month of love and affection, but it’s also a month of health awareness – namely, National Cancer Prevention Month. While cancer can affect nearly every area of the body, often it can either be prevented or its risks greatly reduced by changing one’s lifestyle.
This month, in honor of National Cancer Prevention Month, here are some tips you can use to help prevent oral cancer.
With winter in full swing, painful chapped and cracking lips are seemingly par for the course, especially with the cold, dry air here in Colorado. But if you find the corners of your lips feeling more chapped than the rest of your mouth, and normal lip balm does nothing to help, you could have a lesser-known skin condition called angular cheilitis, also known as angular stomatitis or perleche.
It’s that time of year again when we cast aside the old and welcome the new – New Year’s resolutions, that is. Whether this year you’re resolving to lose weight, quit smoking or try a new hobby, New Year’s resolutions are admirable goals for anyone to have, especially if they’re for your health. This year, when you sit down to make your resolutions, don’t forget one very important aspect of your life: your oral health. Try these suggestions to make 2019 your best oral health year ever!
Have you ever tried to remember what it was like when you lost your first tooth? Unless you have an incredible memory, most of us can’t recall how we felt when a tooth first got wiggly and then fell out. Our parents might remember, but most likely they only recall the milestone if we had a particularly good – or particularly bad – reaction to it. This thought led us to the question: Does losing a tooth for the first time scare most kids?
It’s that magical time of the year again when the stockings are hung by the chimney and often filled with chocolate and candy. Just like at Halloween, we definitely think candy and chocolate are perfectly OK in moderation! What’s a holiday without some treats and indulgences? But, to keep teeth safe and healthy, try to minimize candy, chocolates and sweets and try these other ideas to fill up the bulk of your children’s stockings this year and avoid the sugar rush.
You may have heard news reports recently that drinking from disposable plastic straws available at most restaurants is bad for the planet. That’s because these seemingly insignificant pieces of plastic add up – to the tune of 500 million straws every single day. Worse yet, they’re not biodegradable or recyclable, so those 500 million daily straws sit in landfills. To give you an idea of how much plastic that is, the National Park Service says it could add up to about 46,000 school buses full of plastic straws annually. But it gets worse, because in addition to being bad for the planet, straws can be bad for your oral health too. Here’s why.
There are some places we expect to see human teeth. In our mouths, for one. Maybe even a picture of them in a dentist’s office, or on a box of toothpaste at the supermarket. But these people got a lot more than they bargained for when they found teeth – a lot of teeth – in some very unexpected places.