With summer in full swing, barbecue season is upon us. While there are many reasons to watch what you eat at the barbecue (hello, heartburn), it’s also important to take your teeth and gums into consideration, especially if you know you already have gingivitis or a more severe form of gum disease. Below are a handful of foods that will either help or hinder your oral health. Be aware and happy eating!
Don’t forget: Father’s Day is this Sunday! Have you already gotten your gift, or are you one of us who’s scrambling to think of a last minute present for dad? Whether or not you have that perfect jacket or set of golf clubs picked out, there’s something else you can do to show dad you care: ensure he’s taking care of his dental health. With June also being Men’s Health Month, now is the perfect time to get dad (grandpa, brother, etc.) thinking about men’s overall health.
As men age, monitoring their health becomes even more important. With illnesses like heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and dementia looming, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Did we mention erectile dysfunction? Yeah, there’s some scary ones to watch out for.
Gum disease is a condition that as many as 85% of American adults suffer with, signifying an undeniable epidemic of the disease. And yet, many peoples’ reaction to learning they have gum disease is underwhelming.
What most don’t realize is the connection between gum disease and countless other serious conditions. Learning about the links between gum disease and these other “scarier” diseases, as well as the overall importance of oral health, is key to ensuring people change their lifestyle habits to improve their gums and general health.
Spring is just around the corner, and with it, spring cleaning. From decluttering a countertop to taking a hard look at organization, it’s time to celebrate the end of winter.
However, another important cleaning this spring is also likely due: your dental hygiene appointment. And it’s a crucial one not to miss, especially if you want to prevent gum disease.
You have probably heard all your life that you should get your teeth cleaned every six months. You have heard it because it’s true. Getting the tartar and plaque buildup removed from your teeth is essential to your oral health. Failure to take care of your hygiene appointment can lead to more serious conditions with your gums, conditions that can affect your overall health.
Before you scoff at the notion, consider this: Nearly half of the adults over age 30 in the U.S. have gum disease (47%) according to the CDC. Not only that, but gum disease also affects over 70% of adults over the age of 65.
The debate about the merits of flossing all started last August with The New York Times. The prestigious paper ran a story that implied that it might not be necessary to floss to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bone loss. The dental community responded with a unified and resounding, “Yes, it is.”
The NY Times article referred to the latest dietary guidelines published by the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services that excluded flossing in their recommendations. The Associated Press reported that the government agency dropped flossing because officials had never researched whether flossing truly helped in upholding dental health.
February is an important month for your gums. Why? February is Gum Disease Awareness Month, Heart Health Month, Black History Month and National Children’s Dental Health Month. And guess what? They’re all related to your gums.
This February is the fifth anniversary of Gum Disease Awareness Month. Started by the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry (IALD), the mission was to raise awareness about the disease that affects 85% of U.S. adults.
Tens of millions of Americans have it. Odds are you do, too. We’re talking about Gum Disease and we want to educate people on the serious and widespread nature of this condition in honor of the 5th Anniversary of Gum Disease Awareness Month.
Gum disease is more common than most people know. It outnumbers the cases of cancer, heart disease and even arthritis. However, the clear majority of people are neither aware of its prevalence nor the consequences it can have on your overall health if left untreated.
Picture it: You’re standing at the head of your 7th grade glass, about to give a presentation on the history of the Supreme Court. You panic, because you feel unprepared. Didn’t you graduate middle school years ago? Just then, your teeth begin falling out onto the floor.
Does the sound of a dental instrument make your skin crawl? Does the scent of antiseptic make you want to run for the hills? Are you putting off routine maintenance of your oral health because the thought of sitting in a dental chair makes you uncomfortable?