When most people think of braces, they imagine a pimpled teenager with a mouth full of shiny metal brackets and wires. This is an image of orthodontics that has been burned into our minds thanks to teen comedies and cartoonishly exaggerated portrayals of orthodontics in pop culture. And while most of us know that adults […]
When we talk about oral health, it’s too easy to only discuss the teeth. But the environment that our teeth exist in is just as important to overall oral health as the teeth themselves. In fact, the soft tissues in the mouth can even be more important than the teeth they support.
The Role of the […]
Here in America, the smile is a staple of day-to-day life. Businesses boast “service with a smile” and publicize that they are hiring “smiling faces.” In fact, the presence of a smile on an American’s face at any given time is so expected that if you don’t have one, you may be told you have […]
If you’re running late for work or snoozing your alarm, a few minutes can pass in the blink of an eye. But for some reason, brushing your teeth for the recommended two to three minutes can seem to drag on.
Unfortunately, grown ups just have to deal with this kind of bland daily task. But for […]
Your liver serves many important roles in the body. Besides filtering toxins out of your blood, it also synthesizes proteins, produces the biochemicals you need for healthy digestion, produces hormones, and even helps with the decomposition of red blood cells. It should be unsurprising, then, that when this important organ stops functioning as it should, […]
You’re coming back to the office after lunch and you realize you have some killer garlic breath. Not to worry — just pop some chewing gum into your mouth for fresh breath that will stop your co-workers from asking which Italian restaurant you ate at.
But even if it’s a useful quick solution to bad breath […]
It seems like every week there’s a new development in dental technology that sounds like it’s straight out of sci-fi, like technology that may allow us to regrow teeth from stem cells. From the electric toothbrush to water flossing, we keep developing more effective tools with which to keep our mouths clean and healthy. So […]
It’s no longer a surprise to anyone to hear that tobacco use is dangerous for your health. But recent legislation could compromise the FDA’s ability to continue to communicate that important public health information to possible consumers of tobacco products.
New Act Exempts Dangerous Tobacco Products
The American Dental Association is one of 43 organizations urging Congress […]
If you accidentally burn off your eyebrows in an unfortunate birthday cake incident, or lose a toenail in a beachside adventure gone wrong, you don’t have to worry much — you can regrow your eyebrows and your toenails, and soon you’ll be good as new. But lose a tooth, and the solution isn’t quite as […]
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 […]