Spring has finally sprung…at least for most of us in the Northern Hemisphere!
From cleaning out the garage to dusting away those sneaky little bunnies that invade every nook, cranny, and crevice, but Spring is also the perfect time to visit your dentist for your semi-annual checkup and cleaning.
Our DIY daily dental routines just don’t cut it!
Here are 3 reasons why Spring is the perfect time to dust off those chompers and give our smiles a tip-top shape up heading into Summer. Read More
Researchers continue to uncover evidence linking oral health and overall health and the latest example examines the possible relationship between periodontitis and prostatitis.
What is periodontitis?
Periodontitis is a common but serious gum infection that destroys the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth and is often the result of poor oral hygiene. Symptoms include swollen and sensitive gums, loosening of teeth and bad breath. Periodontitis can cause tooth loss and has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack or stroke and other serious health problems.
What is prostatitis?
Prostatitis is swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland, a walnut-size gland associated with the male reproductive system. Symptoms include pain or burning when urinating, difficulty urinating, frequent urination and pain in the abdomen, groin or lower back. In many cases of prostatitis, the cause is not identified. When a cause is identified, a bacterial infection is often the culprit. Immune system disorders, nervous system disorders or injury to the prostate area can also cause prostatitis.
With the arrival of Spring, in addition to a couple of holidays, April also brings us a couple dental-friendly reminders of how important it is to get screened for Oral Cancer, and the need to protect our teeth and gums when playing sports.
Guard Your Grill!
In addition to our last post discussing Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we thought it timely to also help shed some light on the importance of using mouthguards when we (or our children) suit up to play sports this Spring.
We certainly don’t want to play favorites in helping spread the awareness of optimal oral health!
According to the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, Spring often brings a flood of patients suffering with head, mouth and facial injuries resulting from sports-related accidents to doctors’ offices and emergency rooms. Read More
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 43,250 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year.
The fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients is young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals due to the connection to the HPV virus. We cannot stop this virus from spreading; our only hope to save lives is with professional involvement and public awareness.
A simple and painless test performed annually during our regular dental check-up can help identify potential warning signs of oral cancer. In addition to all of the laser-assisted tooth decay diagnoses, swishing, gargling, and tooth polishing, oral cancer screenings are now an important part of our regular dental exams and checkups.
Did you ever notice, we really don’t ‘spit‘ at the dentist anymore?
In between those twice annual dentist appointments, we can also do a little self-screening for potential warning signs.
We stand in front of the mirror every morning brushing, flossing, and whatever else we make it a daily hygiene habit of doing…taking a minute or two for a peek around the mouth and gums for some self-screening. Read More
It’s all the rave these days, oil pulling for oral health. Chug some coconut or sesame oil and swish, gargle, swoosh…then spit. Now watch years of tooth decaying plaque and yellowing teeth stains wash away!
But watch out – don’t spit that washed up oil down the drain, that’s no good for the pipes or plumbing. Your house’s pipes and plumbing that is. Rather, when you’re finished sloshing that silky slurry of sesame oil simply discharge the remnants into the trash or toilet.
Wait, maybe oil pulling is actually good for the pipes in our houses, if the toilet water doesn’t dilute the oil, why would we not wash it down the sink drain – is it simply a question of volume?
A questions for the ages, for sure. After all, oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice – an alternative system of medicine native to India – that has reportedly been around for thousands of years.
What Is Oil Pulling?
According to this 2009 study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), oil pulling has been used extensively as a traditional Indian folk remedy for many years for strengthening teeth, gums, and the jaw and to prevent decay, oral malodor, bleeding gums, dryness of the throat, and cracked lips.
And believe it or not… Read More
Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco.
On Kick Butts Day, teachers, youth leaders and health advocates organize events to:
Kick Butts Day is organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and sponsored by the United Health Foundation. The first Kick Butts Day was held in 1996. You can read more about how to participate and the history behind Kicks Butts day here – http://www.kickbuttsday.org/about/
Don’t make your attempt to quit smoking (or help someone else kick the habit) an epic fail!
By now we should all be aware of the health dangers associated with smoking – including smokeless tobacco, dip, chew, chaw, plug, snuff, – or whatever your preferred nomenclature is. Read More