Nearly A Third Of Americans Never Floss Their Teeth

US News & World Report (5/2) reports that a new nationally representative analysis aimed to determine how often people floss their teeth, finding that 30 percent of the population floss daily, over 37 percent floss less than daily, and nearly 33 percent say they never floss. For the analysis, researchers →

Seriously Beware of What You’re Drinking!

Can you believe summer starts now? Wow! That means nearly half of the year is over! With the recent high temperatures, it’s easy to grab something cold to cool you down. However, beware of what you are drinking to cool you down! In a recent study published in the Journal →

Consulting With Dentist Prior To Any Tooth Whitening Regimen Advised

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution stated that although “tea, red wine, and blueberries” may provide health benefits, they may also contribute to teeth changing color. The article noted that several options for whitening teeth are available, adding that even for mild stains, “it’s a good idea to check with your dentist before →

Coffee, Tea, Red Wine Among Major Teeth-Staining Culprits

Yahoo! News provided a list of 15 foods and beverages that can stain teeth, including berries, coffee, tea, red wine, curry, hard candies, tomato sauce, cherry juice, soda, balsamic vinegar, beets, popsicles, sports drinks, grapes, and lemons. According to the article, coffee, tea, and red wine, for example, contain tannins →

Mouth Sores May Indicate Difficult-To-Diagnose Condition

In an article for the Philadelphia Inquirer (2/7), Dr. Eric T. Stoopler, an associate professor of oral medicine, discusses a patient who suffered from treatment-resistant mouth sores and skin lesions and “died of respiratory failure about a year after he first noticed the mouth sores.” Before his death, “immunological blood →

Excessive Home Tooth Whitening Can Cause Permanent Damage

The Vancouver (CAN) Sun (1/7, Ellis) reports that “the craze for whiter teeth is leading some people to overuse home bleaching kits and cause permanent tooth damage, says a University of British Columbia dentistry professor.” Adriana Manso, a clinical assistant professor in the faculty of dentistry, says that, under supervision, →

Facts You Should Know 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 →

Studies Do Not Show Causal Relationship Between Tooth Loss, Poor Cardiovascular Health; More Research Needed

In a report of The American Dental Association (10/21/15) … ” although some news stories claim “to demonstrate an association between periodontal disease and one or more forms of cardiovascular disease,” both “periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease are complex conditions that share common risk factors.” The article reports that while →

Dental Care for People Over the Age of 50

For people over the age of 50, it is “essential to overall well-being and a healthy future” to take care of their teeth and eyes, adding that failure to do so “can lead to progressive and painful health problems, or even blindness.” American Dental Association Consumer Advisor spokesperson Dr. Sally →

E-Cigarettes Hinder Smoking Cessation

As use of electronic cigarettes continues to climb, especially among youth and young adults, researchers at Wake Forest (N.C.) School of Medicine sought to determine whether there was a relationship between e-cigarette use and smoking cessation in a sample of college student smokers. They published their findings in the August →