Keeping your mouth clean during National Dental Hygiene Month
October is National Dental Hygiene Month, when we focus on dental hygiene and celebrate the work of dental hygienists – and what better time to do that than the month of tricks, treats and candy? Only your dental hygienist can keep your mouth as clean as possible, so be sure to schedule a dental cleaning twice every year. In the meantime, check out these easy ways to maximize your dental hygiene in October!
Safely disposing of unused prescription opioids is crucial. Here’s how you can do it.
If you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed, chances are good that you’ve been prescribed opioids. Opioids can be effective in relieving acute pain after you’ve had surgery. But they are also powerful, and can be powerfully addictive.
Types of dental X-rays
Do you find yourself wondering, leaned back in a dental chair with a lead apron on, what kind of X-ray your dentist has ordered, and why?
Help your employees get the most out of their benefits
Because dental benefits have the potential to improve both oral and overall health, it’s important that employees make the most of their coverage. These simple steps can help encourage employees to leverage their dental benefits as effectively as possible:
Sjörgen’s syndrome and your oral health
In honor of Healthy Aging Month, we’re taking a look at Sjörgen’s syndrome and its oral health effects.
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.