Archive for the ‘ Oral Health ’ Category

When do I change my toothbrush?

While it may be easy to know when to replace your scuffed up shoes or faded blue jeans, knowing when to change your toothbrush isn’t always obvious. It often depends upon usage and your overall health.   By now, most of us know to brush our teeth twice daily for two minutes and floss every […]

How to Floss Your Teeth Correctly

courtesy American Academy of Periodontology Yup. You’ve heard it many times before. Brush and floss for a clean and healthy mouth. As a dentist, I personally say it, oh…roughly 30 times a day. And I really do mean it! Brushing and flossing are the most important actions you can take to protect your teeth. Flossing […]

Dental Health for Kids: Here’s what you need to know

I get a gazillion questions from parents throughout the day about their children’s’ dental health. From foods that cause cavities (sticky sweets mostly and refined carbs) and how many teeth should my kid have (20 baby teeth) to the importance of fluoride (very). But, there’s one question I get from parents more than any other: […]

Fluoride: How Much Do We Need?

Every week, I get questions about fluoride. In short, fluoride is important; our teeth and bones depend on it. But how much do we need and where should it come from? First, a quick primer. fluoride protects tooth enamel from the bacteria in plaque that can build up on and around the tooth. It strengthens […]

The Connection between Oral Health and Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a concern for everyone in the medical field, including dentists. October was Breast Cancer Awareness month. But for 1 in 8 women in the U.S., breast cancer is a year-round battle. With those odds, most of us know someone who has or will be diagnosed with breast cancer sometime in their lives. […]

5 Signs You Need to See a Dentist

Everyone, at some point in their lives, will have a problem in their mouth. Most often, problems are temporary or easily treated. But there are changes in your mouth that should cause concern and prompt a call to your dentist. Here are five symptoms you should never ignore: Toothache: In most cases, a toothache is […]

The Mouth-Body Connection

Oral health more important than you might think Many people don’t realize that oral health and general health are linked. But if you think about it, it makes perfect sense. The mouth is our gateway to the rest of the body, a pathway for good nutrition and healthy habits. But sometimes pathogens and toxins sneak […]

Pregnant? What You Need to Know About Dental Care

Dental care should be an important part of a pregnant woman’s prenatal plan With all the things going on in a woman’s body during pregnancy, gingivitis may not be on the radar of a mother-to-be…especially when she’s taken such care in her overall health. Compared to the other changes, gingivitis (i.e. gum disease) may be […]

Brushing Up! A Lesson in Oral Health

According to the Office of the Surgeon General, more than 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related health conditions, largely due to pediatric tooth decay. Across America, more than 50 percent of children under the age of 17 suffer from at least one cavity. But tooth decay and cavities are easily preventable […]

Link Between Oral Cancer and HPV

Surprising data reveals our youngsters are at greater risk than ever for developing oral cancer caused by exposure to HPV Last weekend, I took some time to catch up on a few of my favorite TV programs: Downton Abbey (season 6 ends the series!) and Jimmy Kimmel. While Jimmy is generally comic relief from my […]