Reducing post-op complications after cancer surgery

Improving patients’ oral hygiene is an option for preventing postoperative pneumonia that may be caused by aspiration of oral secretions. Whether preoperative oral care by a dentist can decrease postoperative complications remains controversial. A retrospective study was undertaken to assess the association between preoperative oral care and postoperative complications among →

Are fruit-flavored teas and flavored water OK for your teeth?

Sipping acidic drinks such as fruit teas and flavored water can wear away teeth and damage the enamel, an investigation by scientists has shown. The King’s College London team found that drinking them between meals and savoring them for too long increased the risk of tooth erosion from acid. The →

Frequent Consumption Of Acidic Beverages Damage Teeth

Flavored waters and other acidic beverages may affect dental health. In fact, a recent study showed that 100% of the beverages purchased in grocery store (there were 379 different beverages purchased!) caused moderate to severe erosion of the teeth, since all of the beverages were acidic, meaning that they all →

5 Commonly Asked Questions About Tooth Whitening

Brushing and flossing are everyday ways to keep your teeth bright, white and healthy. Still, if you might feel like your smile is lacking some sparkle or is more yellow than it used to be, you’re not alone. When the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked people what they’d most like to improve about their →

Teeth May Hurt for Many Reasons

Why would a tooth hurt? If you’re like most, you understand the obvious causes, such as decay and tooth breakage. But there are many, many causes for tooth pain … and to make matters worse, not only is is not always a problem with a tooth, it can be referred →

Tooth Discoloration May Occur for Several Reasons

The NPR (8/14, Neighmond) “Shots” blog notes that consuming coffee, tea, and red wine may stain teeth, although tooth discoloration may also stem from tobacco use, age, and trauma. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits can help with surface stains, but bleaching may be necessary to address deeper stains. When →

“Unsick Days” Encouraged For Preventive Health Visits

One of the disturbing trends in recent years has been the number of people feeling like they can’t – and therefore don’t – take time off from work for preventive health visits, both medical AND dental. At first, I thought that this was merely an economic concern, since the economy →