The state of vaping
You may have recently received breaking news alerts about e-cigarettes, or vaping, being considered a crisis in America. While vaping has been advocated as a healthier way to quit smoking, the FDA has recently put out alarm bells about its content and its effect on teenagers, which has many wondering what exactly vaping is and what is going on.
How to: Change electric toothbrush heads
Do you prefer an electric toothbrush? You’re not alone. A 2017 study found that nearly one-third of people use them, and often, dentists recommend electric toothbrushes to those with gum recession, unique mouth shapes, and a habit of brushing too hard. Regardless of your brush preference, bristles wear at the same rate – which means you should be changing out those electric toothbrush heads every three months. Need help staying on top of it? Here’s a handy guide.
Say “lights out” to kids’ teeth grinding
Is the stress of the new school year causing your kid to grind their teeth? If it is, your child isn’t alone. An estimated 15 to 33 percent of children will grind their teeth at some point, compared to roughly 8 percent of adults. The majority of teeth grinding (also called bruxism) will happen after kids have dozed off to dreamland, which can make it tough for them to know it’s happening. Luckily, parents can help by learning how to spot grinding and how to help their kid overcome it.
Better breakfasts for brighter smiles
Morning time can be the most hectic part of the day for families. Before rushing off to school, many kids sit around the table (or stand up at the counter) to fuel up with the most important meal of the day. But one of the most common breakfast options – cereal – can have some unintended consequences for teeth.
Natural bad-breath busters
Do you find yourself fighting bad breath often? You’re not alone. Whether from gum disease, dry mouth, or just a nice garlicy lunch, bad breath – also known as halitosis – affects up to half of Americans. If you’re looking for natural ways to fight halitosis, we have a list for you:
Finish your summer right – see your dentist!
Each year, 100 million Americans forego a dental visit, and that’s a big problem when it comes to maintaining a healthy smile. Before your calendar fills up with school activities, athletic events and more, schedule routine dental appointments for your kids and yourself! No matter how good your oral hygiene habits are, a dental visit provides benefits that regular brushing and flossing simply can’t.
Understanding dual coverage
If you’re covered by two dental benefits plans, you have dual coverage. It’s not uncommon, but it can get a little complicated. Here’s how it works:
Are all toothpastes the same?
From ancient Egypt to early Greece, humans have long used pastes and scrubs to clean teeth, freshen breath and support a healthy mouth. While we’ve evolved beyond the toothpaste ingredients of crushed bones or burnt eggshells that our ancestors used (phew), we still rely on toothpaste for the same reasons. With all the options out there and all that they promise, it’s natural to wonder: Are all toothpastes the same? Does it really matter which one I use?
Protecting your smile in the sun
August is pool/beach/lake season – which makes it the perfect time to read up on the importance of sun protection. Did you know a particularly important part of your body to protect from the sun is your smile?