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Oral Health

A Doctor's Dilemma: It's Not Just Funny Teeth and Bunny Ears

Humairah shah | Posted 06.08.2016 | Parents
Humairah shah

I still recall our elementary school in India requiring that our nails be trim and clean, hair neatly tied in white ribbons and shoes polished to a gleam. We would have daily inspections. In dental college I learned how oral health affected our overall well-being and how much more important oral hygiene screening would have been, especially when compared to well-polished shoes!

America's Silent Epidemic Will End When Public Officials Stop Kowtowing to a Single Special Interest

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Dental care is expensive. That's not a big problem for the affluent, most of whom have dental benefits anyway. But, it's a very big deal for the less well off. As a consequence, many if not most people without dental benefits forego preventive and routine care. And a lot of them wind up in hospital emergency rooms when pain caused by diseased teeth and gums becomes unbearable.

Why You Should Pay Attention to Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week -- April 10-16

Pamela Tom | Posted 04.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Pamela Tom

Some may think another cancer awareness week is like Hallmark's Friendship Day -- nice, but not necessary. National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week will take place April 10-16, 2016, and it's more important than ever because there actually is a big lack of awareness.

When Did You Last Use the F (Floss) Word?

Mirissa D. Price | Posted 04.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Mirissa D. Price

Listen, I hear you when it comes to flossing. I don't always want to do it, and I have never enjoyed my dentist's well-meaning lectures to make flossing a habit. But, as much as I understand the dread of that flossing conversation, I am going to keep the conversation alive.

The Key To Ageless Beauty Begins With This

Marjorie Hope Rothstein | Posted 03.30.2016 | Fifty
Marjorie Hope Rothstein

For many boomers, excessive smiling has left its mark on our faces. We have all earned these lines and they are actually a sign of a well-lived life. But the key to beauty comes from the inside out. It's about health, wellness and feeling good. It's the whole picture that counts.

4 Tips for Avoiding Bad Breath When You're On the Go

Dr. Harold Katz | Posted 02.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Katz

People who lead busy lives should remember the following things to help them keep their mouths clean.

Taking Concussions Head-On: Part II

Philip Stashenko, DMD, Ph.D. | Posted 02.09.2016 | Science
Philip Stashenko, DMD, Ph.D.

Previously, I discussed the serious issue of concussions in sports - at all levels - and some of the efforts being pursued to combat it. Much is being done, but one simple and effective path bears further exploration.

Taking Concussions Head-On: Part I

Philip Stashenko, DMD, Ph.D. | Posted 01.29.2016 | Science
Philip Stashenko, DMD, Ph.D.

Whether the focus is on prevention, diagnosis or treatment, there are opportunities throughout the innovation ecosystem to get involved to resolve this issue and protect this generation of athletes.

Blimey! Americans Have Worse Teeth Than The Brits

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 12.18.2015 | Healthy Living

The stereotype that English people have crooked, yellow, terrible teeth has been played out for decades in television and movies. From "The Big Book o...

Birth Control Pills May Cause Bad Breath -- And Worse

Caroline Beaton | Posted 11.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Caroline Beaton

Former president of the American Association for Dental Research, Dr. Robert Genco, calls periodontal disease -- an advanced form of gum disease that affects half of Americans -- a public health concern. "[It] is one of the most prevalent non-communicable chronic diseases in our population."

Why This Dentist Recommends Oranges for a Healthier Smile

Mark Burhenne | Posted 07.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Burhenne

Does your dentist lecture you at every visit about flossing more? Your dentist is right -- not flossing can be serious and can contribute to bad breat...

Why Everyone Should Consider Tongue Scraping

Claire McCormack | Posted 07.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Claire McCormack

It is a quick, simple and extremely inexpensive practice (all you need is a $7 tongue cleaner!) that reaps many benefits. I call tongue scraping the "unsung hero of oral health."

Here's Where Your Bad Breath Is Actually Coming From

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living

Got a case of bad breath? You're not alone. An estimated 65 percent of Americans suffer from halitosis, or bad breath, according to the Washtenaw D...

The 7 Worst Foods For Your Teeth

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Sara Schwartz | Posted 03.26.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Don’t eat candy. Brush twice a day. Coffee stains your teeth. Proper dental hygiene practices are no secret, though...

A Reflection: Healthy Teeth and Happy Children

Eric Cope | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Eric Cope

I still remember the excitement my wife and I felt when we saw the first glint of enamel poking through our son's gums when he was still in diapers. He had teeth.

Let's Make Sure Our Kids Have Healthy Smiles

Kristina Guerrero | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Kristina Guerrero

I have been lucky in my life. I have been lucky in ways that I could not have imagined. I grew up in Sunnyside, a small town in south-eastern Washingt...

The 6 Biggest Dental Problems For People Over 50

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Andrea Atkins | Posted 09.28.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Smile! There’s good news from the world of dentistry: Older American are keeping their teeth longer than ever befor...

A Free-Market Solution to Alleviating America's Oral Health Crisis: Dental Therapists

Wendell Potter | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

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.

Enough Already! Tobacco Dipping Snuffs Out Lives

Dr Sanda Moldovan | Posted 09.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr Sanda Moldovan

So many young people, especially high school-age boys, are influenced by seeing their baseball heroes dipping that it's become as natural to them as another staple of baseball life: hot dogs.

The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Beth Levine | Posted 04.21.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Your toothbrush looks innocent enough sitting on your bathroom sink. But before you put it in your mouth, consider th...

Why a Trip to the Dentist Costs So Much Now -- And What We Can Do About It

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

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.

Anna Almendrala

Oil Pulling Might Be The Next Big Thing -- Or Not

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living

Is the ancient Indian practice of oil pulling a cure-all or snake oil? Oil pulling, or the practice of swishing oil around your mouth every day, h...

Resolving to Take Better Care of Our Teeth Could Save Our Lives -- And Billions of Dollars

Wendell Potter | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

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.

Oral Health Care Basics: Getting to the Nitty Gritty

Dr. Harold Katz | Posted 10.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Katz

It's easy to forget about the basics of well-maintained teeth and gums in a society that focuses on overarching preventative and treatment options. It's not to say that those measures are not beneficial, but it won't get you far if you aren't following the golden rules of oral health.

Creating Healthier Children and Families Through L.O.V.E.

Mernell King, BSEd | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Mernell King, BSEd

A parent who has the tools to make appropriate decisions about the healthcare of their child has been given self-confidence and self-esteem. I believe when a person has self-esteem mountains can be moved.