Dry Mouth — Not Good for Your Teeth!

Are you frequently thirsty with a sticky, dry feeling in the mouth? During these cold winter months when the air is dry and many have colds and other viruses, you may have a condition called dry mouth. Dry mouth, also known by its formal name “xerostomia,” is a condition in which your mouth becomes unusually …

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

The campaign slogan for National Children’s Dental Health Month 2016 is the “Sugar Wars.” Help your children fight the “Sugar Wars” and reduce their risk of tooth decay with the following tips: Sugary foods and drinks should be consumed with meals. Why? Saliva production increases during meals and helps neutralize acid production and rinse food …

Three Cool Dental Technologies You May Not Know About!

It’s a New Year, and you can make a fresh start. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, it’s time to make an appointment to make sure your teeth and mouth are healthy — and find out how easy a visit to the dentist can be thanks to newer technologies designed to …

Seven Significant Holiday Hazards for Your Teeth

With the constant activity and parties, we all know the holidays can be stressful on the mind, body … and even the teeth. Here are seven hazards and how you can avoid ending up with cracked, stained or cavity-ridden teeth!  Stress Holidays can be stressful, and you may find yourself grinding your teeth. The results …

Is Flossing Really Necessary?

An October article in Time magazine titled “You Asked: Do I Really Need to Floss” discussed how some experts and research say that flossing is a waste of time. The article alluded to research that doesn’t support the assertion that flossing prevents cavities and gum disease, as well as research that found flossing does not prevent plaque, …

Could Tonsil Stones Be Causing Your Bad Breath?

Bad breath can be caused by numerous things — bacteria that breed inside your mouth, pungent foods such as garlic, smoking, medical problems and poor oral hygiene are all common causes. But there is another common cause of chronic halitosis: tonsil stones, also known as tonsilloliths. Tonsil stones are clusters of calcified material that may …

Don’t Delay Dental Treatment! (Why These Excuses Don’t Fly)

My teeth are fine; I’ll go if there’s a problem. Going to the dentist is expensive. It’s uncomfortable and/or I’m scared when they clean and work on my teeth. Do you use one of these excuses? All of these are reasons people avoid going to the dentist every six months for a check-up. And none …

To Chew or Not to Chew?

Is chewing gum bad for your teeth, good for your teeth or what? You may have heard mixed messages in the news about chewing gum, so here is the latest advice about chewing gum and your teeth. Avoid chewing gum with sugar in it. While sugar-containing gum does increase saliva flow, which is good, the …

Treat Your Toothbrush Properly!

Some really icky news came out recently from a study presented at the American Society for Microbiology Meeting. Researchers tested toothbrushes from students’ communal bathrooms at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut and found that more than 60 percent of toothbrushes in shared bathrooms tested positive for fecal matter.   Yuck. And even worse: there was an 80 …

Federal Officials Reduce Amount of Fluoride in Public Water

The addition of fluoride to the public water supply during the 1940s has been heralded as one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century, helping to prevent cavities in both children and adults. However, the amount of fluoride that is necessary in drinking water has come under debate, and for the …