Its the holiday season and we want to wish all our patients a happy holiday season. No matter what you celebrate at this time of year, be it a traditional Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule or Festivus, we want you to be safe and enjoy your family at this important time of year. However, if you Continue Reading →
Eat a mostly whole foods diet with lots of lean protein and fresh vegetables. Avoid most processed foods, especially those that are high in simple sugars. Take your fish oil. Want to go for bonus marks? Here are a few foods, nutrients, and/or supplements that may play a specific role in oral health. Continue Reading →
Summer is here! You can maintain a healthy summer smile without having to give up many of your favorite activities and foods! Summertime enjoying the much-awaited break, slow down and perhaps soak up a little more time with family and friends. Summertime is not the time to forget about your dental care routines as could Continue Reading →
Have you ever wondered how your dental health stacks up against other people in your state? The latest poll from Gallup suggests that not every state is equal when it comes to making regular visits to the dentist. Are you at risk of losing your teeth? What the Latest Statistics Say about Who is at Continue Reading →
Everyone can benefit from following the standard guidelines for oral health: flossing daily, brushing twice daily, maintaining a healthy diet, avoiding tobacco use, and having regular dental checkups. Staying on top of your oral hygiene will help you avoid gum disease and will keep your teeth healthy and strong for a lifetime. However, particular groups Continue Reading →
(Reuters Health) – Many kids on Medicaid are not receiving dental care, and those who do often first show up with a dental emergency, according to a new study.
Less than half of a group of four-year-olds the researchers followed had ever visited a dentist, and caregivers who neglected their own oral health tended to neglect that of their children too.
“We know that both good oral health and dental problems tend to cluster and co-occur in families,” said Kimon Divaris, who led the study at the UNC School of Dentistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should visit a dentist for their first check-up when their first tooth appears, or no later than their first birthday. The AAPD recommends check-ups every six months after that to prevent cavities and other problems.
Oral health is part of general health, and dental problems in young children have been linked to other negative consequences including discomfort and pain, reduced quality of life, failure to thrive, time lost both from school and parents’ work and financial expenditures for families and the health system, Divaris told Reuters Health in an email.
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In a word, YES! Sipping drinks through a straw can certainly provide an additional layer of protection for our teeth and gums. Especially when we take to sloshing down some sugary slurry or acidic alcohol, straws can help prevent the cavity creeps from making holes in our teeth and even limit staining or discoloration. Continue Reading →