Bruxism

Bruxism is grinding or clenching your teeth. This is an issue because tooth enamel that is worn down cannot be replaced. Worn teeth may require crowns or other dental work in order to prevent decay and preserve tooth function. Depending on the severity of the grinding and clenching, you could even fracture your teeth or…

How Can Breastfeeding Impact Oral Health?

Breastfeeding has seen a surge in popularity in recent years.The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends you breastfeed for the first year, and the World Health Organization recommends two years. While breastfeeding requires some lifestyle changes, there are numerous benefits to this practice. Your baby’s entire life revolves around eating, so consider what breastfeeding does for…

Learning the Levels of Dental Sedation

Anesthesia is commonly used by dentists who are trained in providing discomfort relief for patients undergoing oral operations. The American Dental Association (ADA) has set strict guidelines that we must follow before administering the various types of sedation. Here is a short primer on the types of dental sedation. If you are a person who…

Why Did Paleo People Have Stronger Teeth Than We Do Today?

It’s true! Ancient peoples didn’t have all the oral care routines that we do today, and yet, they didn’t get as many cavities or need braces like we do today. What’s up with that? Are our modern teeth just weaker? You and I need to brush and floss every day, plus get our teeth professionally…

Is it Okay to Delay Dental Treatment?

If your budget is tight and you don’t have dental insurance, you might weigh the costs vs the benefits of visiting the dentist. You may even think it would be more frugal for you to delay treating your dental issue or attending your biannual checkup. If this is a conclusion that you’ve come to, there…

Vaccines and Your Oral Health

Have you educated yourself on the benefits of vaccines? Because of recent misinformation disseminated by some hollywood actors and sensationalized by the media, there is still some public skepticism about vaccinations despite proof that vaccines are beneficial and prevent the spread of disease. And surveys show this is still the case—that vaccinations are on the…

Can Getting Vaccinated for HPV Decrease My Oral Cancer Risk?

NBC News has recently posted an article about how public support for vaccinations has dropped since 2008, but did you know that getting vaccinated can actually decrease your risk for oral cancer? Studies conducted by the ADA have found that HPV is a major risk factor for developing oral cancer. The virus has been linked…

How to Keep Your Teeth From Moving

Once you have all of your teeth, you expect them to stay put, especially if you’ve worn braces or retainers in the past. You’ve gotten your teeth into their most ideal positions. They should just stay exactly where they are for the rest of your life. So why have you noticed your smile getting more…

Sugary Drinks and Your Teeth

Why That Soda Habit May Be Costing More Than a Few Dollars a Day Regularly consuming sugary drinks can have lasting effects on your oral and overall health. Most people know that soda and other sugary beverages aren’t good for them, but they don’t think as much about the effect their sodas could be having…

The HPV Oral Cancer Link: What You Should Know

Many people think that they don’t need to worry about oral cancer as long as they don’t smoke. While it’s true that tobacco use is a big risk factor, you don’t have to smoke or chew tobacco to get oral cancer. It’s important to participate in regular oral cancer screenings because there could be other…