December 12th, 2017
Men’s Health (12/7, Weiss) discussed reasons why a tongue may turn white, stating that it usually stems from poor oral hygiene. Brushing the tongue regularly will help remove the buildup. Other conditions may affect the color and appearance of a tongue, such as fungal and yeast infections and cancer. The article advised seeing a dentist or physician for any changes on the tongue that persist.
The Oral Health Topics on ADA.org and MouthHealthy.org provide information on oral and oropharyngeal cancer for dental professionals and for patients. To learn more about oral and oropharyngeal cancer, register for a CE course on HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer. MouthHealthy.org also provides information on thrush.
December 6th, 2017
Have you been putting off that last bi-yearly dental check-up? This time of year is hectic for many people, so it’s understandable that you may have overlooked that last dentist appointment before the New Year. However, December is actually the perfect month to visit your dentist. Scheduling an appointment before the New Year can help ensure your smile is ready for another year of being gorgeous!
If improving your oral care is on your New Year’s resolutions list, visiting your dentist in December makes your goal all the more achievable. Small practices you incorporate into your oral health routine like flossing, using mouthwash, or even getting a new toothbrush can help improve the health of your smile! When you visit your dentist in December for a check-up, you’re starting the New Year right when it comes to oral healthcare. Nothing is more attractive than a healthy smile—so make it to your dentist before January to start a healthy New Year!
November 30th, 2017
Harvard School of Dental Medicine DMD Candidate Mirissa Price wrote in the Huffington Post (11/25) on how to give your children “health, happiness, a lifetime of smiles,” including four “easy-to-do changes for healthier smiles and healthier kids.” Price recommended the use of toothpaste containing fluoride, citing ADA guidelines on how much toothpaste to use. She also said children should “visit the dentist by age 1 or by the time your child has his/her first tooth.” Finally, she said to drink fluoridated tap water and also to “help your child floss when two of his/her teeth touch.” For “tips on how to floss,” she said to check out the Mouth Healthy site from the American Dental Association.
MouthHealthy.org offers information and resources on caring for children’s teeth. The Oral Health Topics on ADA.org and MouthHealthy.org also provide additional information on interdental cleaners, including floss, for dental professionals and patients.
November 13th, 2017
WMAR-TV discusses on its website and in a broadcast how drinking bottled water can affect health and teeth, featuring information from ADA spokesperson Dr. Sally Cram. “The concern is if you’re drinking a lot of bottled water, and it’s acidic, it could be eroding the enamel on your teeth and causing tooth decay,” said Dr. Cram, who also discussed the disadvantages of drinking beverages without fluoride. “For oral health, fluoride is really the best thing you can do for your teeth. It’s shown over the course of 70 years to reduce tooth decay both in adults and children up to 25 percent,” said Dr. Cram. “So, if you’re not drinking the public water supply, and you’re only drinking bottled water, you might not be getting that fluoride.” The article links to MouthHealthy.org for additional oral health tips.
The Oral Health Topics on ADA.org provides additional information on dental erosion for dental professionals. The ADA has also released a brochure on tooth erosion.