If you drive, the manufacturer of your car probably suggests you get the oil changed every 3,000 miles. There are even warning lights on the dashboard that turn on every 3,000 miles to remind you. Do you follow your car manufacturer’s suggestion, or do you change the oil every 5,000 or 10,000 miles? So what’s the big deal? The car runs just as good with 3,000-mile oil changes as it does with 10,000-mile oil changes. Maybe! Except you’ll never know if your car would have lasted an extra 5-10 years had you followed the manufacturer’s guidelines. Damage to the engine can be slow and cumulative and may not be evident for several years.
How do you sleep? More importantly, how do you wake up? When you awake after what may seem like a good night’s sleep, do you have a dull headache? Do you have neck pain, facial pain, or jaw pain? Do you get earaches, or do you have a generalized pain in the area below the ears? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, it’s possible you suffer from sleep bruxism.
Sleep bruxism is more commonly known as teeth grinding, and it’s fairly common, especially in children. The problem is, it’s often difficult to know if you’re a teeth grinder unless someone tells you. Sometimes, the only way to know is by symptoms experienced while you’re awake.
What causes chipped and broken teeth? Participants in various sports often get their teeth broken—hockey comes to mind. An accident can also cause teeth to become chipped or broken. It’s clear that we associate damaged teeth with some out-of-the-ordinary event. Our teeth are certainly not going to become chipped or broken if we just sit at home with in ice-cold beverage, watching Netflix, right?
As the population has aged, dementia has skyrocketed to become the fifth biggest cause of death worldwide, with Alzheimer’s claiming 70% of those deaths. Yet we don’t know what causes Alzheimer’s.1 Alzheimer’s, which results in progressive loss of memory and cognitive function, usually over a decade or so, is devastating both to those who have it and to those they slowly leave behind.
Sometimes we hear things and we believe them because they just sound plausible: being cold can give you a cold; cracking your knuckles can cause arthritis; lightening never strikes in the same place twice; a flu shot can give you the flu; root canals are exceptionally painful. While none of the aforementioned myths are true, and the last one has been told and retold—apparently by those who have never had a root canal—for so long that most people probably believe it to be true. It’s not.
It’s been 54 years since America’s surgeon general, Luther Terry, announced that smoking caused lung cancer and heart disease and the government should do something about it. The surgeon general’s report was released in the year following the peak smoking year, 1963, when an estimated 4,345 cigarettes were consumed per adult in that year alone. Back then, people could smoke just about anywhere: in restaurants, in offices, on trains and airplanes.