You know those people with the perfect smiles? The smiles that perfectly show their joy or kindness or compassion? That wide open, unabashed smile? That can be your smile, too. Looking for That Perfect Smile You take excellent care of your teeth, brushing and flossing by the book. You make sure to schedule, and keep, your routine dental cleaning every six months. You've even taken to drinking your coffee through a straw, hoping to keep your teeth whiter. One thing that you can't change ...Read more
The start of a new school year also means the start of fall sports season. From football to volleyball, millions of students of all ages will soon be enjoying the thrill of teamwork and competition. Unfortunately, a new sports season also means a new season of sports-related mouth and dental injuries. An estimated 38 million children and adolescents participate in organized sports activities each year in the United States. According to the Centers for ...Read more
Making sure you brush your teeth long enough can be tricky. We are usually on auto pilot while brushing our teeth, with our minds racing on today's tasks in the morning and totally shut down and ready for sleep in the evening. However, most people don't brush long enough, which means you could end up with several cavities in spite of your twice daily ritual. What's Long Enough?
The recommended length of time to brush your teeth is 2 minutes. This may seem ...Read more
Mental stress can hurt your oral health, and this is true not just for adults, but also for children. Stress is very common in our modern world, and these stresses can come from external forces including work, school, or family dynamics. According to Dr. Donna Rounsaville, "Stress in children can be triggered by numerous things: world events, natural disasters, war, parental financial worries, a broken family through death or divorce, separation anxiety as a preschooler and academic and social pressures as a ...Read more
Summer is officially underway! It's that magical time of year when we can finally catch up on time outdoors and maybe take a family vacation or two. Summer is also when ultra-sweet treats are in abundance everywhere we turn! It's hard to resist the sugary snacks. Especially when they are so readily available! Although it is hard to resist all of them, it is worth steering clear of a few particularly unhealthy treats. Here are three summer foods to avoid: Sticky foods. Although alluring, sticky ...Read more