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.
Charcoal toothpaste is all the rage for people looking to get an Instagram-worthy, dazzlingly white smile. Its proponents swear by it, claiming the charcoal delivers big results with little harm — after all, it’s all natural and costs a fraction of the price of traditional teeth-whitening treatments. But like other DIY teeth-whitening methods, charcoal toothpaste has its hazards.
What could go wrong with trying to get a whiter, brighter smile? A lot of things, especially if you’re trying to do it yourself without treatment from a dental professional. Your teeth already go through a lot, between handling the work of chewing and being exposed to the acids in your food. They stand up to the bacteria that occur naturally in your mouth and tolerate a fair amount of wear and tear. Teeth are hard and durable but surprisingly easy to damage. Teeth whitening, particularly with DIY methods, can cause major harm.(more…)
Your teeth contain a myriad of secrets, many of which your dentist can tell just by glancing in your mouth. Being honest with your doctor is a prerequisite for receiving safe, adequate care — whether you’re a pack-a-day smoker who’s concerned about tooth discoloration or you have a sweet tooth that’s contributing to decay, your dentist knows what you get up to in your free time, even if you claim the contrary. Rather than trying to pull a fast one on your dental professional to spare yourself a lecture, be upfront about habits and concerns that could impact your treatment. Your dentist already knows these five things just by looking at your teeth. (more…)