Everybody knows that brushing your teeth is essential for good oral health. Regular brushing—usually twice a day—helps clean the mouth, removing food particles and plaque and improving breath. But is one kind of toothbrush better for you than another?
Any parent knows that seemingly safe items in one’s home take on a new, potentially risky light when there’s a newborn baby, infant, or toddler in the home. After all, childproofing one’s home is a veritable rite of passage among new parents. But recent research shows that pacifiers, baby bottles, and sippy cups pose an injury risk to children that may surprise you.
If you need to replace a missing tooth—following an accident or a health issue resulting in the loss of a tooth or teeth—you have several options to consider. Among the most popular choices are dental implants, dentures, and fixed bridges, and all your options have both advantages and disadvantages.
Many people believe that smokeless tobacco—such as in the form of chewing tobacco or “snuff”—is less harmful to one’s health than cigarettes. (In 2011, a Kentucky oncologist was reportedly encouraging smokers to take up smokeless tobacco in favor of cigarettes and claiming that tobacco is less harmful when not smoked.) The link between cigarette smoke and lung cancer is well documented, but is it true that smokeless tobacco is safe?
Many of us worry about two basic things when we have to go to the dentist: that we will have cavities, and that the experience will be painful. Although cavities are definitely a concern, there are far more serious conditions that your dentist can discover at your appointment.
We think it’s safe to say no one likes that they snore. And if you do snore when you sleep, likely the biggest sufferer is your partner, not you. But this nighttime annoyance could signal a disorder called sleep apnea that causes you to briefly stop breathing while you sleep—and that can lead to fairly serious health concerns if left untreated.
Take a look around almost any public space today, and you’ll find that technology is everywhere: from smartphones to smartwatches, tablet computers to e-readers, the latest devices are—literally—in the hands of most people. The same can be said for medical professionals. In the field of dentistry, digital X-rays are on the rise and offer a host of benefits.
Just as we know “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” many of us consider it common knowledge that we’re supposed to floss daily. But only slightly more than 50 percent of adults floss daily, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).
Heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach . . . the catchy Pepto-Bismol jingle that you can’t get out of your head lists a host of symptoms that many of us have experienced. Whereas heartburn is considered a fairly commonplace affliction—according to the U. S. National Library of Medicine, heartburn affects as many as 20 of every 100 people in Western countries—and is often little more than a temporary nuisance, its more severe cousin, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a serious medical condition with serious potential consequences . . . including some that may surprise you.
Popular opinion holds that if wisdom teeth do not cause pain, it is fine to leave them be. In reality, wisdom teeth extraction is extremely commonplace and, many experts say, for good reason. The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) reports that about five million people have wisdom teeth removed every year. These permanent adult teeth, also known as third molars, grow in later than other teeth, typically between the ages of 17 and 25. They can cause pain and discomfort or they may grow in virtually unnoticed. Many dentists and oral surgeons feel that extraction is a worthwhile protective measure against future health problems.