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The Triple Threat To Kids Dental Health

This press release was originally published by dental researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia are warning parents of the dangers of soft drinks, fruit juice, sports drinks and other drinks high in acidity.

According to the report these high-acidity drinks form part of a “triple-threat” of permanent damage to young people’s teeth.

Ditch The Acidic Drinks For Back To School Dental Health

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Credit: The University of Adelaide

As parents, we certainly care about what our kids put in their mouths and of course we always try to instill healthy eating habits, but are we aware of how damaging sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and ever fruit juices can be to our kid’s teeth and gums?

It’s easy to toe the everything in moderation line when we’re talking about Halloween candy blowout or Christmas cookie overload, but we also need to educate our kids to the dangers of gulping down those sugary slurry sports drinks, sodas, or energy elixirs.

For the first time, researchers have been able to demonstrate that lifelong damage is caused by acidity to the teeth within the first 30 seconds of acid attack.

Researchers say drinks high in acidity combined with night-time tooth grinding and reflux can cause major, irreversible damage to young people’s teeth. Read More

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Curt Schilling Blames Oral Cancer On Chewing Tobacco

While most sports fans are aware of former Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly’s battle with sinus cancer, and the recent passing of one of baseball’s greatest hitter ever – Tony Gwynn – up until earlier today most of us weren’t aware that another famous athlete is dealing with mouth cancer.

Former Boston Red Sox 2004 World Series winning pitcher Curt Schilling is currently fighting oral cancer.

We first learned Schilling had cancer back in February of this year, but we didn’t know exactly what type of cancer he was undergoing treatment for – that has since been in remission since June.

According to this CBS Sports article, Schilling announced he had been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma — cancer in the mouth — during the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon, according to Steve Silva of the Boston Globe.

Curt Schilling Blames Chewing Tobacco for Oral Cancer

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Here is some of what Schilling has to say about his battle with oral cancer and the role he feels chewing tobacco played, courtesy of Steve Silva of the Boston Globe by way of the CBS Sports website: Read More

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What Does A Healthy Smile Look Like?

A Dazzling Smile Looks Healthy

Donning a dazzling white smile doesn’t just show the world how healthy your teeth and gums are, your dental health also plays a significant role in how confident you feel.

Have you ever had yellowing teeth or maybe a discolored tooth or two?

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If so, you were probably pretty self-conscious about it. And if you’re self conscious about your smile then you’re not going to feel so great about your appearance when interacting with others.

With this smile self-esteem question in mind, we’d like to expand on this article from to hear psychologist Ann Demarais, Ph.D., and dental hygienist Kristy Menage Bernie give the scoop on why having a great smile matters – and how to get your pearly whites looking their brightest.

It has been said that simply by smiling we can instantly improve our mood, but research also shows that the better you feel about your looks, the better you feel about yourself, explains Demarais.

“When your teeth look white and sparkly, you can relax, be in the moment and laugh. You are more confident and radiant,” she says, adding that the mere act of putting your mouth in the shape of a smile changes the blood flow to the brain and actually makes you feel happier.

The fact that smiling itself boosts your mood has a further positive impact because smiling has a contagious effect.

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“When you smile, others are more likely to smile back, and are more drawn to you, thereby increasing your confidence and happiness even more.” Read More

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Back To School Smiles

Back to school season is on top of us already, can you believe it?

It seems like just five or six weeks ago we were talking about how summer is the smile season, and our favorite things about summer that make us smile.

OK, maybe it was exactly that long ago…but who’s counting.

Despite our best efforts to keep the days long and our sleeves short, autumn is just around the corner. Schools across the county will be starting up very soon, some as early as mid-August and others not until after the long Labor Day weekend.

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Before we welcome in the leaves changing colors and start passing out enough Halloween treats to trick the cavity creeps into thinking we don’t care about our kid’s teeth, let’s look at why back to school season is the perfect time for a dental checkup, cleaning, and exam. Read More

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26 Astonishing Facts About The Tongue

Tongue Facts: Which Is The Most Shocking?

Black Lab Tongue 300x300 26 Astonishing Facts About The TongueWe’ve all seen dogs with their tongues hanging out of their mouths, but the reason why may surprise you.
This is because during periods of exertion or high temperatures a dog’s tongue increases in size as it exercises due to greater blood flow, and the moisture on the tongue works to cool this blood flow, thus cooling down the dog.
So cut Buster a break next time he’s wagging his tongue more than his tail – he’s just trying to cool off a bit..

10 Facts About The Human Tongue

The tongue is an organ, just like our heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, pancreas, and other essential organs of the human body.

Our tongue is the primary organ of the human body responsible for our sense of taste; there are five elements of how humans perceive taste: salty, sour, bitter, sweet, and umami (or savory).

The tongue also has the astonishing ability to heal faster than any other part of our body, and half of the bacteria found in our mouths is housed on the tongue.

The tongue actually aids in cleaning our teeth after eating, and also plays a major role in our ability to speak.

We all need our tongues to eat, taste, speak, & swallow, but did you now our tongue prints are as unique as our fingerprints?

This is due to variations in size, width, and the amount of taste buds, making each of our tongues as different as a snowflake. The human tongue has on average 3,000 – 10,000 taste buds.

Although sticking our tongue out at someone could certainly be considered childish and offensive, in Tibet sticking out your tongue is a considered a greeting.

Despite the popular debate between tongue rollers and those incapable of doing so, the ability to roll your tongue is NOT genetically determined, studies with identical twins have proven such.

15 More Staggering Stats About The Tongue

Check out the following infographic to see 15 more facts you may not have known about the tongue: Read More

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Do This Don’t Do That With Your Teeth

Dos & Don’ts For Healthy Teeth

When it comes to taking care of your teeth and gums, can you read the signs?

Our teeth are pretty incredible when we stop to think about it, our teeth are pretty tough – given what we put them through and how they serve our quality of life on the regular.

Although tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, they’re no match for neglect, misuse, or downright abuse.

DO Brush Them 2-3 Times Per Day

And for two minutes each round – ideally after every meal.

“Make sure you wait 30 to 60 minutes after each meal, which gives the acidity time to neutralize and the teeth time to remineralize,” says Debra Gray King, DDS, FAACD, of the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. Read More

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