As a dentist, I want to weigh in on smoking. The fight against Big Tobacco has been going on for decades. The children who were being targeted by the Marlboro Man, Joe the Camel, and other attractive commercial personalities are now middle-aged adults. E-cigs and vaping have replaced the harmful tobacco smoke inhaled by millions, but are they safer?
Does taking a breath of the cold air through your mouth makes your teeth hurt? Do cold beverages or food give your teeth a sharp ache? Maybe even foods that are sweet or sour are a problem. If any of these situations apply, you probably have sensitive teeth.
Thanks to improvements in dental care, members of the baby boom generation have a much better chance of keeping their natural teeth than previous generations. Even though, as you age the daily wear and tear on your teeth does take a toll, there is plenty you can do to maintain your healthy smile.
In my lifetime dentistry has evolved from a narrow focus on teeth and gums to an awareness of how dental health connects to a patient’s total health and well-being. We know, for example, that several types of cardiovascular diseases may be related to oral health. And lifestyle choices like smoking and diet are linked to tooth decay and gum disease. In my practice, I promote a comprehensive approach to dentistry that addresses the overall health status of my patients.
It’s sad but true. Men are far more likely than women to neglect their oral health – in some cases, for years? Lots of men don’t brush their teeth on a regular basis and avoid dental visits for cleanings and exams. Some of the healthiest and fittest guys are guilty. Flossing is even more challenging for some of these guys.
With regular dental care, your teeth can stay healthy and last for your lifetime. That’s the best reason to commit to an at-home regimen of brushing and flossing AND regular dental checkups. If you neglect your teeth, you may not become aware of any dental problems until your teeth are already damaged. Regular visits to the dentist can save you time and money, and help you maintain an attractive and healthy smile.
Everyone knows that if you want to prevent cavities, regular brushing and flossing is essential. However, it may no longer be that simple. Today, cavities are the second most common disease – the common cold is the first. Fortunately, there are other things you can add to your brushing and flossing routine that will help prevent cavities.
Whenever I see a photo of a sports team or group of young athletes, I think about their teeth. We expect athletes to be healthy – careful about their diet and workout routines. That health and fitness regimen should include taking care of teeth and mouth every day. No matter what sport or level, athletes are at risk for injuries that often require dental treatments and surgeries. Here’s how to protect your healthy smile.
February is Children’s Dental Health Month and a fitting time to remind families of the importance of good oral health. Children can be effective partners in a dental hygiene routine if they know how to brush and floss. Consistent at-home care is important for maintaining healthy teeth and it’s never too early to start.
As a dentist and father of young children, I have had to admit that, from a child’s point of view, a dental visit can be a scary event. The dental office is full of unfamiliar things – people in masks, noises, and metal instruments. It’s not surprising that some children are afraid of the experience, but they don’t need to be. Here’s why: