Dental Health on the Fast Track with Give Kids A Smile!

Join Greg Biffle to Put Good Dental Health on the Fast Track and Give Kids A Smile! Race fans of all ages, let’s join NASCAR star Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, to put good dental health on the fast track. With good brushing and flossing habits, a smart diet and Continue Reading →

Links between oral & general health

Oral health is essential to general health and well-being at every stage of life. A healthy mouth enables not only nutrition of the physical body, but also enhances social interaction and promotes self-esteem and feelings of well-being. The mouth serves as a “window” to the rest of the body, providing signals of general health disorders. Continue Reading →

Improve Your Oral Health and Total Health with Preventive Dentistry

Quality dentistry provides health benefits for the entire body. Research shows a strong connection between oral health and overall health, so we provide dentistry that considers and improves your total health. The advantages of healthy teeth & gums should not be underestimated; they contribute to our overall well-being not only by promoting proper chewing and Continue Reading →

Preventing Early Childhood Cavities

There is a dental disease called Early Childhood Caries (Cavities) that can affect young children. Sometimes called Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, it is caused when sugary liquid surrounds the teeth too often – like when a child goes to bed with (or walks around with) a bottle. It can lead to pain and severe cavities Continue Reading →

Kids should brush teeth for two minutes, twice daily

A new public-service campaign “Kids’ Healthy Mouths” urges kids to brush their teeth for that amount of time, twice a day. Launched on Tuesday, the campaign’s TV spots, print ads, Web site, social media messages and other materials (available in both English and Spanish) point out that kids waste a lot of time every day watching television and videos, playing games on mobile devices and harassing their siblings — and that four minutes of that time could be better spent cleaning their teeth. Continue Reading →

Kids’ Healthy Mouths Campaign

Healthy kids need healthy teeth! Dental disease affects your child’s overall health and interferes with his or her ability to do well in school. CDA joined with 35 other dental organizations to create a simple message about the value of good oral health for children. The primary message encourages children to brush their teeth “2min2x” for two minutes, twice a day. Dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease with more than 16 million kids suffering from untreated tooth decay in the U.S. The mouth is the gateway to a person’s overall health, and an unhealthy mouth can be linked to diabetes and even heart disease. In the U.S., oral disease causes kids to miss 51 million school hours and their parents to lose 25 million work hours annually. Additionally, oral disease disproportionately affects children from low-income families and these children have almost twice the number of decayed teeth that have not been treated by a dentist as compared to others in the general population. Continue Reading →

Can I Prevent Tooth Sensitivity & What Can I Do if I Have Sensitive Teeth?

Tooth sensitivity is a common name for dentin hypersensitivity or root sensitivity. If hot, cold, sweet or very acidic foods and drinks, or breathing in cold air, makes your teeth or a tooth sensitive or painful then you have sensitive teeth. Is Tooth Sensitivity Common? Tooth sensitivity is very common and it has been estimated that approximately half the population experiences tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity can come and go over time. To treat tooth sensitivity, your dentist or hygienist may recommend that you use a low abrasion toothpaste specially made for sensitive teeth — a desensitizing toothpaste. These toothpastes make the teeth less sensitive if you brush with them twice a day and also contain fluoride to help protect your teeth against decay. Alternatively, your dentist may prescribe a brush-on fluoride gel or a fluoride rinse, or a high fluoride level toothpaste that is specially formulated to make your teeth less sensitive and provides extra protection against decay. These treatments happen at home when you are brushing your teeth and are inexpensive. You should ask your dentist or hygienist about the best way to treat your sensitivity. Continue Reading →