Saliva is essential not only for our oral health, but for our overall comfort. We all experience a dry mouth every once in awhile and know how bothersome it can be. But what does it mean? And what should we do if it persists?
August 6th is National Fresh Breath Day! It was created to show an appreciation for oral hygiene and the importance of taking care of your mouth. Dental offices love this day that is dedicated to fighting bad breath!
What are some tricks to maintaining fresh breath? How can you keep the “dog breath” with the dogs? Here are some ideas for keeping your mouth clean and breath smelling fresh.
We have all heard that flossing our teeth is important… but is it really? Why should we floss, when, and how often? Are there different ways to floss, or techniques that are more effective? According to the American Dental Association, or ADA, flossing is essential, and should be done at least once a day to remove food and plaque from between teeth. The most important thing about flossing is simply that we do it!
Maybe you have heard that there is a certain time that is the “best” time to floss.
We have all heard the advice “Replace your toothbrush every 3 months”, but how many of us actually follow that advice? Do we really believe that this is necessary? We may think to ourselves, “It doesn’t look worn out to me”, “That is just toothbrush companies wanting to make more money”, or “It still works just fine… why replace what works?” The truth is, you should replace your toothbrush every three months for many different reasons.
Your Traveling Dental Checklist – Check It Twice!
“‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house
Nothing was getting brushed, not even my mouth”
That’s not the poem you want to read this holiday, and if you pack properly before you travel, you won’t have to. So after loading up your favorite ugly Christmas sweater, computer and phone charger, make sure you don’t forget the necessities that will determine the success of your trip: the toiletries for your mouth.
Here’s a checklist you can use to ensure your teeth are taken care of this year:
The Gift of a Bright, White Smile
With the Christmas tree shining brightly in the window and Santa making preparations to visit kids all around the world, the holiday season is in full swing! Now is the time for numerous holiday parties, family get-togethers and countless pictures documenting the good times that may just find their way to social media for everyone to see.
Sound stressful? Have no fear! We have the perfect gift to give yourself to brighten this holiday season – and no, it is not the gift of your two front teeth, but it certainly could have an effect on them.
Our suggestion? The gift of a bright, white smile making this year a “White Christmas” for your teeth! Here’s why:
Maintaining a beautiful smile may be the key reason you take care of your teeth and gums. But did you know that the state of your oral wellness provides more than a nice smile? Your mouth is actually a window into the rest of your body.
Tooth and gum health significantly affect your digestive, circulatory, respiratory and reproductive systems. Good oral hygiene — including regular visits to the dentist — lower your risk for a host of potentially life-threatening diseases.
According to the American Academy of Oral Health, diabetes and bleeding gums increase the risk of premature death by 400 to 700 percent. And The National Institutes of Health estimates that 37,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year.
Celebrate National Gum Care Month
September is National Gum Care Month, and we’re excited to share a series of blogs about periodontal disease — and how to prevent it.
After all, knowing is half the battle.
Yet today we’d like to cover the entire battle: understanding, preventing and treating gum disease.
To start, there are a few simple habits that should be a part of your routine:
Healthy Gums, Happy Smile
The calendar has moved to September. Your kids are back in school, football season is kicking-off and temperatures are beginning to drop.
If autumn has you smiling from ear to ear, you’re in for an even bigger treat: September is National Gum Care Month, which is the perfect time to learn about proper gum care, while getting your smile in tip-top shape.
Orthodontics: A Brief History
Today, orthodontics are often associated with cutting-edge technology that can completely transform one’s smile. However, the practice actually dates back to the world’s earliest civilizations.
As incredible as it may sound, modern archaeologists have discovered several 4000-year-old Egyptian mummies with metal braces or animal intestines wrapped around their teeth — placed there by early “orthodontists” in an effort to repair and straighten teeth.