Get Checked for Oral Cancer During Oral Cancer Awareness Month

There is one type of cancer that is rarely on one’s radar, yet it kills almost one person every hour, every day. This is oral and oropharyngeal cancer – cancers of the mouth and upper throat – and 40% of those diagnosed with this disease won’t survive longer than 5 years. The relatively high death […]

Wearing Braces: The Do’s and Don’ts of Good Oral Care

It is not impossible to practice good oral care while wearing braces. In fact, it’s absolutely necessary! You’ve made a large investment in your child’s physical and emotional health, so it’s vital to monitor their oral hygiene habits. The good news is that even the dreaded “white spot” lesions that are caused by decalcification of […]

Ouch! My Tooth Hurts! What Can I Do?

Let’s face it – toothaches are not fun. Some tooth pain is sharp and shooting, others can be dull and throbbing. The pain can be constant or intermittent, or may be a direct response to cold or hot drinks, sweets or pressure from chewing. Tooth decay causes tooth pain when the pulp of the tooth […]

5 Common Myths About Dental Care

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Or does it? This saying that dates from 1866 is one of our most common expressions. But is it true? Apples are rich in soluble fiber that lowers glucose levels, blood pressure and “bad” cholesterol. This fruit also contains Vitamin C to boost immunity, as well as […]

When You Brush Is As Important As How You Brush

How you brush your teeth is essential to oral health. But did you know that when you brush is very important too? Brushing twice a day is part of good oral care, along with daily flossing and regular visits for dental cleanings and examinations. Brushing not only removes any food particles clinging to your teeth […]

Are E-Cigarettes Damaging to Teeth and Gums?

Millions of Americans, including teens and even younger children, use e-cigarettes as an alternative to smoking tobacco. E-cigarettes or electronic cigarettes are handheld, battery-operated electronic devices that attempt to duplicate the feeling of smoking. The device heats a liquid to generate an aerosol vapor that is inhaled. The e-liquid usually contains nicotine, propylene glycol and […]

Gum Disease Must Be Treated Carefully and Quickly

Gum disease is a serious problem that must be addressed immediately with professional care. Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line that, without the right treatment, can even affect the bone that supports your teeth. The first stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, shows gums that are red and swollen and bleed easily […]

How To Help Your Child Overcome Fear of the Dentist

Regular dental visits are an important part of oral health care. But for youngsters, a trip to the dentist can be very scary. Think about it from their point of view – having to sit in an unfamiliar room where there are strange noises and smells along with unfamiliar objects. Then a stranger comes close […]

Swap Sugary Snacks for Healthy Ones

Children love their sweets, but many choices can wreak havoc on their teeth. Sugary snacks like candy, cake and cookies can cause tooth decay. Sweet foods and snacks can contain many different kinds of sugar including sucrose, which is table sugar, and corn sweeteners or fructose. How Sugar Damages the Teeth Bacteria that live in […]