To Chew or Not To Chew

Chewing gum has been around for a long time. In fact, our ancestors used natural materials like tree resin, sweet grasses and waxes for their chewing pleasure and to freshen the breath. New England Native Americans taught early colonists to chew the gummy resin that seeps from cuts in spruce trees. 200 years ago, lumps […]

Migraines May Be Linked to Mouth Bacteria

Individuals who suffer from migraine headaches are often counseled to avoid certain trigger foods – for example, chocolate, wine and foods containing nitrates. A recent study, however, shows that it may not be the food causing the headaches but rather the bacteria from the food that is left in the mouth. The research from the […]

3 Tips for Oral Health During Pregnancy

When you are pregnant, you take extra care with your health by taking vitamins, eating right, going to your doctor checkups and getting plenty of rest. But are you thinking of good oral health care as part of your pre-natal care?   During pregnancy, the acidity level in your mouth rises which increases the risk […]

Tooth Enamel: Working Hard to Protect Your Teeth

When you smile at your reflection in a mirror, you are seeing the enamel covering on your teeth. Enamel is the hardest substance in your body and is primarily made of minerals.   Here is a quick look at what makes up your teeth:   The enamel covers the outer layer of your teeth, forming […]

Some Unusual Causes of Bad Breath

It’s fairly common knowledge that bad breath, or halitosis, can be caused by bacteria that builds up in your mouth because of poor oral health habits, as well as by eating strong foods like garlic and onion. But here’s a list of things that can make your breath less-than-pleasant that may really surprise you: Cocktail […]

Top 7 Foods that Damage Your Teeth

Certain foods are harmful to your teeth because they contain too much sugar or can even cause a dental emergency like a chipped or broken tooth. Here’s our list of the top 7 foods that are most harmful to your teeth: Ice. While ice has no sugar, chewing on ice can damage the enamel of […]

Bad Breath: An Embarrassing Problem That Can Be Solved

It may be an embarrassing problem to admit that you have, or to tell someone else that they have, but bad breath can be a serious problem. The trick to treating bad breath, medically called halitosis, is finding the origin of the condition. Most bad breath is caused by our old friend bacteria that also […]

6 Surprising Signs of Sleep Apnea

You probably know that snoring can be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. But did you know that there are many other symptoms that can point to this potentially serious sleep disorder? Sleep apnea occurs when the tongue is sucked against the back of the throat while sleeping, blocking the upper airway. When the air […]

What Causes a Toothache?

To explain what causes a toothache, let’s first look at the anatomy of your teeth. Each tooth is made of: Enamel – the hard outer covering of the tooth. It’s the hardest substance in your body! Enamel protects your teeth from plaque and acids. Enamel can’t regenerate itself as it doesn’t have any living cells […]