High school students everywhere know that teeth can tell them things about the diet of the creatures that used them. Pointy teeth like canines might be for tearing meat, where flat, crushing teeth like molars are useful for grinding up fibrous plant materials. As it turns out, there’s even more that fossilized teeth can tell us about our distant past and our path to today’s mouth. (more…)
It’s a well-known thing that bacteria cause plaque on teeth, but what you might not realize is that something as common as teeth can also sometimes harbor microorganisms that have caused some of the worst plagues humanity has faced. Bubonic plague (not the same as plaque!) for example, has popped up many times even within the somewhat limited span of written history, generally with devastating ends.
They didn’t call it the Black Plague because it was a good time and made you look fabulous. Oh no, bubonic plague was disfiguring and, worse, highly contagious. Humans haven’t seen a massive outbreak like those of the Dark Ages recently, but that doesn’t mean plague is a thing of the past. It actually continues to persist globally!
Smoking is bad for your health: there’s no way around it, and every part of your body suffers when you indulge in the vice, including your teeth. Vaping, now trendy as a way to avoid some of the more harmful aspects of nicotine use, comes with its own health risks. The risks of vaping or e-cigarette usage are becoming more apparent as time passes, but it’s been clear from the start that this bad habit can still harm the health of your teeth and gums. (more…)
How you look as you age is determined by a number of factors largely out of your control — genetics, environmental exposure to hazards and toxins and underlying health issues, to name a few. Along with maintaining a healthy lifestyle, there are a few things you can do to ensure you age like a fine wine, rather than an organic banana relegated to the bottom drawer of the fridge. One of those things is making sure your teeth and gums are well taken care of.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in ancient Egypt? This oft-romanticized time had some not-so-beautiful features, including its dental work. Still, the fact that ancient Egyptians were making great strides in learning to take care of teeth is nothing short of astounding. It was a time with no pain-free dentistry– never mind cosmetic procedures that give you a beautiful smile like Invisalign or teeth whitening. Practitioners had a rudimentary understanding of anatomy and used some downright painful practices. One thing was the same, however. Then, as now, you’d have to be proactive about your dental health — except now it’s much easier to schedule a regular dental appointment!
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.
The animal kingdom is full of delightful smiles that put any movie star’s grin to shame. Some animals definitely smile to express emotion — primates like apes, monkeys and chimpanzees come to mind — but the jury is still out on the grins of other animals and whether they’re deliberately intended to convey happiness like ours. Still, these stunning smiles are some of the best in the animal kingdom.
Whether you’re a boss babe in the boardroom or are running for MVP of the PTA, chances are high you face more than your fair share of stress in a day. The demands of your career, the needs of your family and finding time for yourself can seem impossible to navigate all at once.
The link between stress and declining general health is clear, but you might not realize that anxiety and chaos in your life aren’t just giving you fewer reasons to smile: stress might also be ruining your teeth.
There’s nothing quite like a beautifully rich cheesecake or a thick, medium rare steak, but you’ve reached a point where the heartburn and acid reflux just aren’t worth the amazing flavors of your favorite dish. Your dentist expressed concerned about your tooth enamel at your last visit, is it possible that these two things are connected?