Besides brushing your teeth, flossing is the next most important investment for healthy teeth and gums. However, people do not floss nearly as regularly as they should. According to a recent survey less than 50% of Americans floss daily and more than 10% do not floss at all. Patients typically floss before visiting the dentist; however, months of not flossing regularly can cause significant damage to your gums and teeth, potentially leading to tooth loss and periodontal, or gum disease. Flossing does not only remove any food debris left after brushing between teeth, but more significantly helps remove dental plaque from teeth, which causes tooth loss. Dental plaque is bacteria that build up on tooth surfaces. [Read More…]
NEW YORK, NY, USA: Jalen’s mother realized that having a beautiful smile would change everything for her son. Accidents resulting in trauma to his mouth as a child had left him with a broken smile. With each passing year, she watched him retreat into a shell of silence and pain. She had tried to get him the dental care he needed, but the family had faced hard times over the years and they were unable to afford it.
Jalen was a hardworking student and a talented artist, but poor oral health was robbing him of his self-esteem and ability to concentrate in school. Distracted by constant agony and shame, he struggled socially and academically. Fearing ridicule, he was intimidated by the prospect of making friends and afraid to ask for help with his studies. Then, the unfortunate loss of his beloved grandmother further shattered his fragile spirit. Realizing his future was in jeopardy, Jalen’s mother vowed to find a way to help her son. Then, tragedy struck once again. Before she could realize her dream of seeing her son smile again, she died. [Read More…]
Wisdom teeth are typically the final set of molars people get in their early twenties – two in the back on the top gum line and two on the bottom gum line. They are called wisdom teeth, because they come in when the person reaches a mature age. It is said that wisdom teeth date back to the stone age, when peoples’ diets consisted of very rough, hard foods that needed to be ground properly to be digested, making jaws stronger and bigger, leaving more space for four extra teeth. Since dentists didn’t exist back then, the wisdom teeth would realign teeth by pushing them back together as they grew in, filling in the spots where teeth had previously been lost due to tooth decay. However, since our diets have changed over time and foods have become more accessible and processed, mouths don’t require the four extra teeth. We now have the need to remove wisdom teeth because they can cause realignment of existing tooth structures and jaw problems. [Read More…]
Many parents simply don’t have the time to make homemade balanced meals for their children three times a day. Therefore, a quick trip through the drive thru can be a lifesaver on busy days. However, are Happy Meals a good alternative to chose to ensure your child is still getting the proper nutrients and vitamins he or she needs? Generally speaking, a Happy Meal should not be a substitute for growing children. As with everything we eat, moderation is the key.
Parents should not feel guilty if they occasionally get their children a Happy Meal. With after school programs, work schedules and multiple chores and errands to run, there are bound to be days when something needs to go. When this happens, Happy Meals should be given as a treats and portion sizes should be regulated. If your child eats balanced nutritionally valuable meals regularly, then a Happy Meal will not lead to your child being another statistic in the obesity epidemic our country is currently fighting. If stopping at McDonalds is a must, get your child the smallest burger and even the smallest fries or chose another side, such as apples or oatmeal. Watch for the salads as they can be loaded with extra calories from dressings and added ingredients which takes away from the nutritional value in vegetables. [Read More…]