When it comes to choosing a toothbrush, it’s sometimes hard to separate medical fact from marketing hype. Every commercial claims that “X out of Y dentists choose this product over others.” When everyone’s claiming that 9/10 or 4/5 dentists prefer their product over others, it’s pretty clear that their surveys probably have some statistical biases and sampling problems. It’s foolish to put too much trust in advertising, as it’s all too easy to bend and twist statistics to fit your desired narrative. It’s not that these commercials are lying, they’re just not telling you the whole story.
It’s no secret that many of the foods that come around during the holiday season aren’t all that great for your health. But many of these sugary, fatty, or high-calorie foods aren’t just bad for your overall health -- they’re also bad for your teeth. These five holiday foods should be enjoyed in moderation this holiday season, to avoid damaging your teeth.
Did you know that the cost of dental care has risen at a rate that’s twice the average rate of inflation? In 2009-2010 alone, in the wake of the housing crash and subsequent recession, dental plan enrollment dropped 5.7%. By the end of 2012, a full 40% of Americans did not have any dental insurance at all.
Do you have a serious sweet tooth? If so, it can sometimes be hard to resist the allure of sugar. The white, glistening crystalline substance we call table sugar is pure sucrose. Historically, it either didn’t exist or was very expensive, depending on what region and time period you’re talking about. But today, widespread cultivation of sugarcane and sugar beets has made sugar cheaper and more plentiful than ever before.
It’s already November, and you know what that means: it’s almost Thanksgiving. With Halloween behind us, we’re already diving headlong into the holidays. This time of year can be risky for your teeth -- not to mention other aspects of your health. This festive season brings all kinds of tasty treats and food items. From seasonal cookies and pies, to comforting savory dishes like stuffing and roast turkey, there’s a particular variety of cuisine that, for Americans, is distinctively holiday food.
Receding gums are a condition in which your gums begin to recede away from the surface of your teeth, sometimes due to a loss in gum tissue. It’s almost always a consequence of long-term poor oral health, although people with diabetes and other immunological conditions are often at higher risk of receding gums and other periodontic disease. It can cause tooth mobility, tooth loss, and cavities below the gumline.
If you need dentures, there’s no real way around it. But what if you don’t have any dental insurance? If you don’t have insurance, you’re not alone. Around 36% of people don’t have any dental benefits at all. This problem is even worse for seniors: 70% of people over 65 don’t have dental insurance.
Everyone knows that their oral health is important. We brush and floss regularly, use fluoride toothpaste, and go to the dentist twice a year. But there are actually plenty of misconceptions surrounding how to actually take care of your teeth. These common dental myths keep getting repeated time and time again, but they’re either partial truths, or entirely incorrect. Here’s the truth about 8 common tooth care myths.
Few words terrify dental patients like "root canal." Your dentist might suggest a root canal if you have damaged teeth, severe cavities, an abscess, or trauma from past dental procedures. While solving these problems is appealing, many patients balk at the perceived pain and cost of the procedure. However, root canals aren't as scary as you think.
Even though it is a simple, inexpensive, and effective way to maintain dental health, only 31 percent of adults use mouthwash according to the Oral Health Foundation. You realize mouthwash is something you should continue to use or add as part of a solid oral health care regimen, but do you really understand what you're sloshing around in your mouth? Make sure you know your options so you're choosing the best product for your needs.