Millions of us, including middle-income individuals and families, lack dental insurance. For those most directly affected, the consequences are pain, missed school and work and, all too often because of the connection between oral health and overall health, serious medical conditions later in life.
Hold on -- does that mean I'm claiming that candy could save your life? The answer is yes. But not just any candy: a sugar-free chewing gum designed specifically to fight cavities.
Fortunately for you, even if you weren't as lucky in the genetic lottery as Brad Pitt, there are a number of tactics you can avail yourself of in the service of making the most of what you were given.
Runners have a contagious energy, an unusually positive outlook on life, and let's face it -- they look good in their spandex shorts. But, according to dentists and health professionals, runners and other endurance athletes are more prone to tooth decay and dental problems than the rest of the population.
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Going to the dentist can be expensive and, for many people, downright scary. But if you're one of the millions of Americans delaying dental care out of fear of the costs, there are some solutions.
In addition to the escalating cost of dental care, a big reason why many Americans don't get the checkups and preventive care they need is the growing shortage of dentists in the U.S. We need 6,000 new dentists to eliminate the shortage. There's little chance we'll get them, however, at least anytime soon.
With millions of Californians gaining health and dental coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the demand for doctors and other providers is greater than ever. Recent advances in technology have made telehealth an important tool in connecting children to health care providers.
Mothers don't like to talk about cavities because we view them as evidence of what we perceive to be bad parenting. How could we let those precious little baby teeth decay? Even the sound of the word -- "decay" -- makes us shudder.
The efforts by India's new crop of health care entrepreneurs to sell medical services directly to the more than 1 billion medically underserved people at the base of the country's economic pyramid.
Americans understand how expensive dental care has become, which partially explains why only 36 percent of all adults in the United States are expected to visit a dentist this year -- and why, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, one in four nonelderly Americans have untreated tooth decay.
A daily glass of wine has been linked to cardiovascular heart health benefits and slower aging. Unfortunately, that glass of wine isn't doing much for your teeth. While it's common knowledge that red wine has pigments that can stain the teeth, what many people don't realize is that both red and white wine can stain your teeth.
March 31 marks the end of open enrollment for 2014 coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but many Californians aren't waiting until the deadline to sign up for health coverage.
Fairly restrictive and even sometimes painful, braces do not make eating a fun experience.
Step one involves a toothbrush, some dental floss, a little toothpaste and a commitment to use them a couple of times a day. It's also important to visit a dental professional for preventive care at least once a year. That last part is not so easy or inexpensive for many people.