When thinking about oral health we almost always think about the teeth and gums, but another huge component of oral health is the tongue. This great muscle is responsible for some of our most essential functions; swallowing, tasting and talking.
Numerous studies have linked poor oral health to complications during pregnancy. Low-birth rate and pre-term birth have been linked to periodontitis. Many expectant mothers do not receive proper oral health counseling nor visit the dentist during pregnancy.
It’s no secret that smoking cigarettes can have lasting damaging effects on the entire body. The mouth is often regarded to as the gateway to the body. The inhalation of carcinogens, tar and smoke can resonate throughout the body, starting in the mouth.
While summer break is most certainly a time to rest, relax and adventure with family, the disruption in routine can cause some kids (and parents) to let their hygiene fall by the wayside. Keeping up with dental hygiene throughout the summer is important for maintaining good health throughout the year.
It is no surprise that multiple university studies suggest that as much as 75% of Americans actively experience some level of fear when it comes to dental treatment. These tips can help ease fears surrounding dental visits.
A child’s first set of teeth, developed when the jaw bone forms in the second trimester in the womb, is extremely important for speaking, chewing, and setting a healthy start for permanent teeth to grow into. Gum health also begins from an early age, and can affect how teeth develop. Learn when it's time to bring your child to the dentist.
Latino children experience tooth decay rates at a far higher rate than their non-Latino White and African American peers. Learn how to prevent tooth decay and teach your children how to properly take care of their teeth.
For centuries Aztec and Mayan cultures indulged tongue piercings. Today, as much as 16% of the Western population has a pierced tongue. Experimenting with new looks is commonplace, however, as with any body modification it is important to be informed about proper care, cleaning and the associated risks.