Each year as kids head back to school, parents do everything they can to be certain their children are prepared for the coming year. To ensure a child’s general health, some schools require physical examinations prior to the start of school; some require children prove they are current on all immunizations and booster shots; some require vision and hearing tests. No parent would minimize the importance of a child starting the school year in the best physical shape possible. And yet, many parents overlook the importance of ensuring a child’s oral health as the academic year begins.
It’s summer, it’s hot, and everyone wants something cool and refreshing to drink. Companies that make soda and powdered drink mix spend a lot of money to convince the public that their products are the most thirst quenching. While many products can satisfy a parched throat, the aforementioned could have negative consequences on oral health. Of all beverage options, which is the best for teeth?
As a child, I was frequently told that crunchy foods were good for one’s teeth. Apples and carrots were usually the foods used as examples. I also remember thinking that, if crunchy foods were good for teeth, then surely jawbreakers, Jolly Ranchers, and Jordan almonds must be the best possible thing for my teeth, since there weren’t many foods crunchier than those.
The human body can be very mysterious. What is that thing that hangs down in the back of our mouth and what is it for? Why is there a ridge between our nose and mouth? Why are our ears such a peculiar shape? One mystery which, for many people, can be a problem, concerns wisdom teeth. What are they for and why do they have such a pretentious name?
If you’re like many Americans, your day doesn’t start until you’ve had your first cup of coffee. Because you love your morning coffee, and we don’t want to start out on a negative note, here are some good things to note about coffee:
Most dental insurance plans have a maximum dollar amount they will pay per calendar year. The maximum insurance payout can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars. As December 31 approaches, dental patients should be certain they do not have unused insurance benefits, which do not roll-over into the new year.
This year marks Dr. Robert Brei’s silver anniversary as a practicing dentist in Tucson. After graduating with honors and receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Loyola School of Dentistry in Chicago, Dr. Brei opened an office in Tucson 25 years ago. He now performs both cosmetic and routine dental procedures, including full-mouth dental reconstruction, dental implants, dental veneers, and smile makeovers.