Poll Shows Dental Hygiene Highly Correlated With Americans’ Well-Being.


The Washington Post (2/23, Chokshi) reports the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which ranks 190 metropolitan areas by the well-being of their residents based on a survey of more than a quarter-million Americans, was released Tuesday and found the most satisfied Americans share at least one unintuitive characteristic: good dental hygiene. The Post says places where people have good dental health also tend to be places where they report being generally fulfilled. The article goes on to list cities and states that rank highly in terms of well-being. At the top of the list for cities are; Naples, FL, Salinas, CA, and Sarasota, FL. Florida, California, Colorado, and Texas were home to many of the communities with the highest well-being scores. Dan Witters, research director for the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, said dental care habits are a “surrogate” for well-being, adding, “People who take good care of their teeth generally think they have higher well-being lives.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/02/23/what-the-most-fulfilled-americans-have-in-common/

Pediatric Fevers Not Caused By Teething, Analysis Concludes


CNN (2/19, Kounang) reported online on a new study in the journal Pediatrics that confirmed high-grade fevers are not a sign of teething, but could be a sign of another illness. American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Pediatric Oral Health and Research and Policy Center director Dr. Paul Casamassimo said, “If a child has a really high fever, or is in significant discomfort, or won’t eat or drink anything for days, that’s a red flag for concern.” CNN provided tips for managing teething, including use of infant pain relievers, while cautioning regular use thereof could lead to tooth decay.

Read more here: http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/19/health/baby-teething-no-fever/

Lost Filling or Crown


Dental Emergencies & Sports Safety

Fillings are materials used to fill cavities in the teeth. Crowns cover the tops of damaged teeth. Sometimes, fillings or crowns fall out. In some cases, a filling or crown may come loose because there is decay underneath it. The decay destroys part of the tooth, so it no longer has a tight hold on the crown or filling.

Read more here: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/dental-emergencies-and-sports-safety/article/lost-filling-or-crown

Protect Your Mouth


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Pregnancy, Oral Health and Your Baby

When you’re pregnant, it seems everyone has advice for you. People tell you what to eat, how to prevent morning sickness, how to keep stretch marks at bay. It’s likely, however, that no one has ever told you how important it is to take care of your teeth and gums.

In fact, some people still believe that the state of your mouth will decline during pregnancy and that there’s nothing you can do about it. The saying goes something like, “You lose a tooth for every baby.”

Read more here: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/life-stages/oral-care-during-pregnancy/article/pregnancy-oral-health-and-your-baby

Ten Signs You Have the Best Dentist


With so many dentists to choose from, how do you know you’ve chosen the right one? For starters, the best dentist is more focused on what to do rather than what not to do when working with a patient. If you’re wondering whether or not yours is top of the line, consider these 10 things all good dentists do for their clients.

Read the Ten Signs Here: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/basics/dental-visits/article/sw-281474979429851

WSJ Reviews New Toothpaste That Turns Plaque Green


The Wall Street Journal (2/8, Johannes, Subscription Publication) reviews a new toothpaste that binds to plaque and shows it as green, aiming to improve oral hygiene by showing people areas they missed while brushing. The article states that researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago conducted a short-term study of Plaque HD, finding plaque was reduced by 51.3% after people brushed with the toothpaste for up to 10 days. American Dental Association spokeswoman Dr. Mary Hayes has not tried the toothpaste, but says it could serve as a consistent reminder to patients. Dr. Hayes adds that areas between the teeth and at the gumline are common areas patients miss.

Read original article: http://on.wsj.com/1QQHPGN

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 tests suggested the patient’s mouth sores and skin lesions were actually symptoms of an conditioncalled paraneoplastic pemphigus, usually caused by an underlying cancer, and a biopsy revealed lymphoma. Dr. Stoopler said that “this patient’s case underscores the importance of regular dental exams and prompt evaluation of oral sores that don’t heal quickly on their own” adding that these lesions may be the first signs of a possibly life-threatening condition.

MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on mouth sores.

New Study: Coconut Oil Better Than Toothpaste


Coconut oil, from the research I have done, is by far the best of the best. Coconut oil is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal! Studies have shown that coconut oil destroys the bacteria that can cause tooth decay.

It is absolutely amazing that just one spoonful of coconut oil can clean your teeth and help prevent tooth decay more effectively than brushing your teeth or rinse the mouth with any brand of mouthwash and fluoride without any side effects as well.

Read full article here: http://complete-health-and-happiness.com/new-study-coconut-oil-better-toothpase/

JADA Study Finds Association Between Sugary Drinks, Erosive Tooth Wear

coca-cola-462776_640 PRNewswire (1/25) hosts a release from the American Dental Association stating new research from The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) shows that sugary drinks are associated with erosive tooth wear among teenagers in Mexico. After providing a food questionnaire to teenagers living in Mexico, the study authors examined the teenagers for erosive tooth wear, finding the overall prevalence of erosive tooth wear was 31.7 percent, with sweet carbonated drinks – soda – causing the most erosion. JADA editor Michael Glick, D.M.D., said, “The oral health of children is always top of mind, and we’ve seen recently that sugar is a leading problem when it comes to their overall health and dental health.” Glick adds, “This study shows an association between high intake of sweet drinks and poor oral health. This issue needs to be taken seriously.”MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on how nutrition affects children’s teeth

Why is Oral Health Important for Men?


Men are less likely than women to take care of their physical health and, according to surveys and studies, their oral health is equally ignored. Good oral health recently has been linked with longevity. Yet, one of the most common factors associated with infrequent dental checkups is just being male. Men are less likely than women to seek preventive dental care and often neglect their oral health for years, visiting a dentist only when a problem arises. When it comes to oral health, statistics show that the average man brushes his teeth 1.9 times a day and will lose 5.4 teeth by age 72. If he smokes, he can plan on losing 12 teeth by age 72. Men are also more likely to develop oral and throat cancer and periodontal (gum) disease.

Read more here: http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=m&iid=312&aid=1266

Children and Tooth Decay: Three Bad Habits

As a parent, you try to do the right things for your kids. In addition to taking your little ones to regularly scheduled doctor appointments, packing healthy lunches and making sure your kids get enough exercise, it’s your top priority to help your children grow up happy and healthy as best you can. You should also make sure your family’s daily habits are not taking a toll on your kids’ dental health. Children and tooth decay don’t go together, so make sure you’re not unwittingly teaching your kids poor dental hygiene.

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5 Fruits That Are Good For Your Teeth


  1. Apples stimulate the production of saliva, reducing tooth decay by lowering bacteria
  2. Bananas are packed with vitamins, minerals and potassium
  3. Watermelon is full of gum supporting Vitamin C
  4. Oranges can help control acidity levels in your mouth
  5. Strawberries are natural tooth whiteners that contain both an astringent and vitamin C