February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

National Children’s Dental Health Month is meant to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Why is this type of celebration—and year-round attention to children’s dental health--important? Despite the fact that it’s almost entirely preventable, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. More than 40 percent of children ages 2 to 11 have had a cavity... read more »

Update on Tobacco & Oral Health

Smoking & Health: 50 Years Later Acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris Lushniak issues a report that further examines the relationship between tobacco use and an array of health problems. January 17, 2014 Surgeon General updates tobacco, oral health links By Craig Palmer, ADA News staff Washington—The U.S. Surgeon General’s 50th anniversary review of tobacco science since Dr. Luther Terry’s landmark... read more »

New Guidelines Released for Managing Cholesterol

About one in six adults in the United States has high cholesterol—that's approximately 17% of the country's population—according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. High cholesterol significantly raises the risk of heart attack and stroke, and with heart disease remaining the No. 1 cause of death in the US, the American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association... read more »

Dentists Can Help Detect Diabetes

ADA: Dentists can help detect diabetes By DrBicuspid Staff November 4, 2013 -- A dentist can be a valuable member of a patient's diabetes healthcare team to help check for signs of gum disease and provide tips to patients on how to maintain good oral health, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). Of the 26 million people who have... read more »

Dental Friendly Halloween Treats

Looking for dental friendly halloween treats? This year try nutritious snacks, sugar free or xylitol gum and lollipops, or non food items such as stickers. If you choose to hand out candy on Halloween, try chocolate candy that tends to melt in the mouth and not stick to teeth. For example, Milky Way Bars, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Peppermint... read more »

American Dental Association Statement on Regular Dental Visits

American Dental Association Statement on Regular Dental Visits CHICAGO, June 10, 2013 – To maintain optimal oral health, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends regular dental visits, at intervals determined by a dentist. In light of a new study published in the Journal of Dental Research titled "Patient Stratification for Preventive Care in Dentistry," the ADA wants to remind consumers... read more »

CHEDDAR CHEESE MAY HELP PREVENT CAVITIES

New Research Shows Cheddar Cheese May Help Prevent Caries Though it's been well established that dairy products contribute to bone health, little research has been conducted on the relationship between dairy products and oral health. Study results published in the May/ July issue of General Dentistry, however, suggest that the consumption of cheddar cheese may help to protect teeth from... read more »

July 28th- World Hepatitis Day

• Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Today is World Hepatitis Day, which is recognized annually on July 28 in honor of the birthday of Dr. Baruch Blumberg, the Nobel Laureate who discovered the hepatitis B virus and hepatitis B vaccine. World Hepatitis Day was established to create awareness of this virus, which is often called the “silent,” “secret” or “hidden” epidemic,... read more »

Perio Protect Therapy

Periodontal disease is an infection of oral tissue caused by bacteria. Bacteria can cause inflammation, bleeding and destruction of gum tissue and bone, the supporting structures of the teeth. Damage to gum tissue and bone can result in tooth loss. The destruction of the bone forms a pocket or deep space between the tooth and gum. The pocket provides an... read more »

Don’t Like Flossing?

So you don’t want to floss, try a water flosser. Researchers at the University of Southern California Center for Biofilm found that a three-second application of pulsating water at 70 psi was capable of reducing 99.9% of plaque biofilm from treated areas… Researchers compared the plaque removing capability of the water flosser to traditional dental floss. In a group of... read more »