You’ve heard it a million times: You have to floss. Brushing your teeth can only reach about 60% of your tooth surfaces, which means that if you aren’t flossing, you’re only cleaning a little over half of your teeth. Flossing can help prevent cavities and gum disease, and only takes a minute to do. On […]
People taking oral contraceptives can have a wide range of side effects, including unpleasant ones like nausea or headaches, or even positive ones, like clearer skin. But did you know that taking oral birth control can affect your gum health as well?
How Oral Contraceptives Impact Gums
Oral contraceptives change the balance of hormones in the body […]
Do you take at least one medication daily? Chances are that you do — statistics show that nearly 60% of Americans take at least one prescription drug, and plenty of those people are taking more than one. If you include over-the-counter medications, those percentages get even higher. But how many of those people are talking […]
Nothing can make you feel insecure about your oral hygiene habits like talking to someone who’s never had a cavity! And, conversely, if you’re one of those people who’s never dealt with tooth decay, you might wonder what kind of poor tooth brushing or sugary diet might be leading your friends to need fillings.
But while […]
Just as humans haven’t looked the same throughout our evolutionary history, our teeth haven’t, either. Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg, a professor of anthropology at The Ohio State University, recently came out with a book that tackles the trajectory of human evolution in terms of our teeth. Her findings don’t just tell us about what our teeth used […]
The checklist of things a bride needs to do to prepare for her wedding is impossibly long. And alongside organizing a massive event for dozens or hundreds of people in an often rented venue complete with catering, music, and bar service, many brides are also concerned about looking their best.
From the perfect dress, perfectly tailored […]
It’s easy to make excuses for skipping a dental checkup if you aren’t experiencing any problems. But regular checkups are important to stay on top of oral health. Skipping checkups can exacerbate existing problems that you aren’t aware of yet. And even if your teeth are in perfect health, checkups can prevent future problems from […]
As we head into 2017, many people will be resolving to change their lifestyle to have a healthier year. But health isn’t just about going to the gym or eating kale — your oral health is part of the bigger picture of your health. For 2017, why not add some oral health resolutions to your […]
As with any disease, there are levels of treatment for periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease. But if cleanings and antibiotics don’t solve the problem, gum disease can advance and worsen such that surgery may be necessary to stop the progression of the disease and save your teeth.
Not only is gum surgery an […]
It’s the middle of the holiday season, and between shopping, travel, and event planning, teeth are probably the last thing anyone is thinking about. But the foods we indulge in over the holiday season can be some of the worst and most dangerous for our teeth!
Many people go into January with the goal of losing […]