Often, when on vacation, the routines we’ve developed at home—like daily oral hygiene—can fall by the wayside. While you may be on a fun, relaxing, and well-deserved getaway, you could be giving streptococcus mutans—the bacterium which causes tooth decay—the advantage it’s been waiting for.
You’ve probably purchased hundreds of toothbrushes in your life, but how much thought do you put into buying a toothbrush? Most people glance at the enormous number of styles on display, and—after a moment of toothbrush overload—randomly grab one and head for the checkout. Other people buy the same toothbrush they’ve been buying since the Clinton administration.
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.