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.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and the least wonderful time of year. That’s because winter isn’t all holiday fun and winter games – it’s cold and flu season, too. Yuck! This winter, don’t let the cold and flu catch you off guard. Try these oral health tips for reducing your risk of letting a gnarly virus stop you from enjoying all that winter has to offer.
Here in America, we spend a whopping $1.5 billion annually in our pursuit of whiter teeth. From chewing gum that promises to get teeth whiter to pastes, LED lights, trays, strips and even in-office treatments, there is a product at every price point to get those pearly whites pearly-whiter. But a new trend is sweeping social media that has a lot of people scratching their heads.
Bad breath is like the metaphorical “toilet paper on the shoe.” Everyone else knows it’s there, but most of them don’t know how to tell you, so it remains until you notice it yourself. Unfortunately, in the case of bad breath, that can be almost impossible if you aren’t checking for it. Whether you’re insecure about your breath or just want to safeguard yourself just in case, here are some time-honored tips for making sure your breath is fresh as a daisy.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is the No. 1 cause of tooth loss in adults. Tooth loss in adults can be especially devastating, causing embarrassment and self-consciousness and leading to expensive dental repair work. It’s important to take great care of teeth from childhood into adulthood to prevent decay and disease. Here are the three main stages pf gum disease so you can understand it better and hopefully prevent it with good oral hygiene and regularly scheduled dental exams and cleanings.