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.
Tragically, people of any age can find themselves missing teeth. Whether tooth loss is from decay, periodontal disease, or injury, the loss of teeth can have a broad range of negative effects from appearance to speech to digestion. At one time, dentures were the only replacement for missing teeth. Today, however, there is a much better option: dental implants.
Every day across America, parents have to remind children to brush their teeth. That’s because parents know that teeth brushing is essential to a child’s health. Even though their teeth may not be fully in, will lose their “baby teeth” and might not like it, children must learn to brush and floss to help them build their own healthy habits and routines as they grow into their adult years.