No matter what Holiday you’re celebrating this time of year, one thing is certain…we’re bound to eat just a little bit more than we normally would.
But what effect does all that eggnog, hamentashen, sweet potato pie, or any other sweet holiday treat we indulge in a little too much this time of year, have on our breath & oral health?
Take a look at some of the most popular holiday foods we tend to consume too much of this time of year…much to the delight of your dentists of course!
We can thank TheraBreath for this list of potentially offensive holiday foods.
As the seasonal treats stack up, dentists grow concerned for our pearly whites. Plus, in close quarters next to uncles and grandmas and cousins, one of the last things anyone wants is bad breath. So, take a look at these foods that give dentists the holiday blues: Read More
In our first installment exploring some of the most common dental health myths, we examined how tooth pain and dental x-rays are two myths to be busted.
Part two of this series identifies a couple more myths we need to dispel, much to the detriment of our dental health.
Bleeding gums is often times one of the first noticeable signs of gum disease, which left untreated can progress into full blow periodontitis – the most advanced stage of gum disease.
This goes well past the bleeding gums concerns, it has been shown that the infection & inflammation associated with gum disease (periodontitis) also has an impact on other overall health issues, such as: Read More
We are all guilty of believing one too many tall tales, but when we let dental health myths start effecting our teeth and gums, it could also negatively impact our overall health.
Let’s identify and discuss some of the most common dental health myths circulating around, then put them to bed once and for all.
This is by no means meant to be a complete list of dental health myths, and we do appreciate any input you care to contribute.
Some myths are so antiquated they don’t even deserve mention, while others may be somewhat new or not so widespread.
The only way we can disprove these dental health myths is by educating ourselves and helping to spread the awareness message throughout our social circles. Read More
Family, food, & football!
Of course those are some reasons why we may love Thanksgiving, but as for our teeth enjoying the day-long display of gluttony, let’s examine some tooth truths.
Thanksgiving brings us lots of food and conversation, and although we may struggle to keep the eating in balance with the conversation, this day of ongoing digestion doesn’t mean our dental health needs to suffer the consequences.
Here’s what we came up with as the top three foods to keep our teeth healthy and our smiles white and wide…
In most homes around the country, turkey takes top billing as the primary protein occupying our Thanksgiving dinner tables. Turkey is chock full of protein which helps us build stronger muscles and a healthy smile. Read More
There are just some things in this world that we’re better off paying a professional to do rather than going the do-it-yourself route.
Tooth extraction has to be high up there on the list. But evidently not high enough for this couple…
In this recent episode of Extreme Cheapskates – a TV show on the cable network TLC – this couple opts for some DIY dentistry from the comfort of their own living room.
No tooth extraction dummy can incorrectly perform their job without first having and knowing how to use the correct tools. Without being able to deftly wield a hundred year old pair of pliers, any foray into DIY dentistry performed will most certainly go awry.
1. Benzocaine: as the astute patient in question points out, Benzocaine is a numbing agent that will be used to numb her gums so when her husband pulls her tooth, she won’t feel anything…
2. Barber’s tool bought at a yard sale: this instrument will be used to perform the extraction, a turn of the century (the 19th) pair of pliers to enable the less than qualified husband to remove the tooth in question.
3. A standard household vacuum: this can be of the stand-up or tow variety, in fact any vacuum will do just don’t make the mistake of using that industrial strength ShopVac.
4. A flexible drinking straw & duct tape: The flexi-straw gets inserted into the business end of the vacuum, of course to do the fine suction work the husband so eloquently points out as to “suck out the blood…and whatever…” The duct tape obviously wraps everything tight, “which makes a good seal.”
Now that the essentials are out-of-the-way, let’s examine the pre-operative preparatory work involved in performing an extreme cheapskate tooth extraction.
No autoclave in the house, do not fret – as a cola scrub with some aluminum foil should sterilize the barber’s tool and just in case, the “rubbing alcohol will complete the sterilization of these instruments.” Read More
“Both gum disease and diabetes are chronic diseases, and they both make each other worse.”
Diabetes is a chronic disease which affects our body’s ability to process sugar. The resulting high blood sugar can cause problems with your eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other parts of our bodies.
In addition, diabetes can lower our resistance to infection and slow the healing process.
According to the American Diabetes Association, here are just a few of the recent statistics on diabetes:
– Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
– Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
– The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
According to the ADA’s consumer website, MouthHealthy.org, if you have diabetes, you are at greater risk of developing some oral health problems.
The most common oral health problems associated with diabetes are: Read More