It’s the morning of a job interview or a big date, and all of a sudden you’ve got a huge blemish right on the corner of your lip — how embarrassing! You’re pretty sure it’s not a pimple or zit, but what could it be — a canker sore or a cold sore? How do you tell the difference? Or maybe, just maybe, you’ve got an irritated ulcer on the inside of your mouth driving you nuts. Blemishes, ulcers and sores are, unfortunately, part of the human condition. Although it’s tempting to ignore them because they’re unsightly and uncomfortable, when it comes to your oral health, it pays to pay attention to them.
Can you remember how you learned to brush your teeth? If you’re lucky, your mom or dad taught you and guided you on proper form and oversaw the task until you were old enough to do it by yourself. But not everyone had that kind of experience, so perhaps the task of teaching you how to brush your teeth was left to others in your life, or worse, you had to figure it out on your own.
Whether you’re a millennial in need of a “life skill” reminder or someone who is genuinely curious about the most efficient and effective way to take care of your smile, there’s no embarrassment in admitting you need to brush up on your home dental care skills.
Dental history is so interesting to me. I guess it should be since that’s sort of what I do with my life, the dentistry part, anyway. One really bizarre and prevalent belief among European populations is the toothworm. Do you ever feel like there’s something gnawing, chewing, digging around in your teeth when you have a bad toothache? That’s the toothworm. And you’ve got ‘em bad.
Hey, science wasn’t perfect under the Roman Empire, but it got better. Eventually. I found this neat paper on toothworms and how the belief started and circulated among pre-modern populations. I thought you might enjoy it as much as I did! (more…)
It wasn’t until college that you realized that little gap in your teeth wasn’t really as cute as you thought it was. Or maybe it’s a couple of upper teeth that shifted a little funny when you had your wisdom teeth out that really embarrass you these days. Whatever your dental stigma, it’s distressing to the point that you’re afraid to smile in family photos. Your selfies are always with your kids, with their heads carefully placed so your teeth don’t show. (more…)
This season’s holiday parties were a great chance to mingle with close friends and acquaintances from your various social circles, but all that red wine and rich food has taken a toll on your teeth. If they could tell a story, it would be a sad one filled with neglect and abuse. This doesn’t have to be the case, though. Your cosmetic cleaning can sparkle and shine through a whole host of events, if you know how to protect it.