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Preventing Tooth Decay In America’s Children (And Adults Too)

Preventing Tooth Decay in America's ChildrenCavities in our kids are on the decline.

Yet, the majority of America’s youth have experienced tooth decay by high school, and there is a subset of youngsters who remain at very high risk of (more) cavities throughout adulthood.

Accordingly, filling decayed teeth remains one of the top 5 most common chronic diseases in America, and for the many who are uninsured or partly insured, the most expensive to treat.

In the American healthcare budget, more is spent on fixing decayed teeth than is spent on managing many cancers.

The conventional view is that if these at-risk children were to see a dentist frequently, there would be less decay. And this is probably true.

Another common argument is that if these kids drank less pop, ate fewer sweets and consistently brushed their teeth, there would be fewer cavities. Again, this is perhaps true.

These views are commonly expressed by professional dentistry and by articles such as this one: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/doctors-warn-parents-about-dangers-tooth-decay.

But is this a realistic, or indeed, scientific, approach to preventing cavities in America’s kids and even America’s adults? Read More

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Can Acupunture Aid TMJ Disorders?

Studies on EMG Finding from Pre- and Post- Acupuncture treatment in patients with dental malocclusion

Can acupuncture help treat TMJ/TMD?

Are you constantly experiencing neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain, headaches and migraines, pain in your jaw, locked jaw, pain your mouth that seems to constantly be moving around, clicking sounds in your jaw joints, chipped or worn out teeth, or even feeling that your ears are stuffed?

Then you may just be experiencing Temporomandibular joints disorder or TMJ disorder.

We understand and know this can be very painful to handle and live with; therefore measures must be taken such as surgery, injections of steroids, and physical therapy and so on.

But what if there could be a different way of handling the pain and stressors of TMJ disorder; a more traditional and alternative way? Read More

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What Our Teeth Tell Us

We know the power of a smile, but what can pearly whites predict? One thing’s for sure: if your teeth could talk, they’d have a lot to say!

Teeth are as unique as fingerprints. In fact, even identical twins have completely different sets of chompers. Thanks to their uniqueness, your teeth tell a tale about your age, past and even your habits.

Your smiles can tell more about you than just your emotions.

Click for PDF.

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15 Facts About Kissing on Valentine’s Day

15 Kissing Facts

15 Facts About Kissing

Nobody wants to lean in for a kiss with their breath smelling like garlic, onions, or any of these foul-smelling bad breath foods.

But luckily for us – and luckier for those whom we’ll be kissing on Valentine’s Day – we don’t have to deal with a potentially kiss killing funk emanating from our mouths.

How to defend against the kiss diss?

To ensure we’re totally kissable morning, noon, or night – whether it’s Valentine’s Day, Halloween, or just another day – there are steps we can take to limiting our bad breath. Read More

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Should You Floss Before or After Brushing?

Should You Floss Before Or After Brushing Your Teeth?

 

The question is not whether to floss…that one is a given. You should floss your teeth, EVERY DAY!

The question is whether to floss before or after you brush your teeth. And that question of course hinges on whether you actually floss at all.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends flossing at least once a day to help remove plaque from the areas between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach.

Flossing  – whether before or after you brush your teeth – is important because if that sticky, foul-smelling plaque is not removed by brushing and flossing – twice or thrice daily – then that putrid plaque will eventually solidify into calculus or tartar.

As you can see on this article from lifehacker.comRead More

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6 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Making & Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

Making New Year’s resolutions is easy, keeping them is the difficult part.

Whether it’s joining the gym, improving the diet, or spending more time with friends & family, we all know how to make resolutions, but despite some of our best intentions some of us have problems actually keeping the resolution. Read More

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