Saliva plays an important role in maintaining good oral health. It washes away food particles, cleans teeth, and neutralizes harmful acids. Without saliva, the risk of tooth decay and gum disease increases. When your mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva, you suffer from xerostomia or dry mouth. To determine the cause of dry mouth, your dentist… Read more »
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Research shows that maintaining proper diet and exercise can increase your overall well-being and life expectancy. Dentists encourage their patients to eat a healthy diet, not only to prevent cavities and gum disease, but also to promote good overall health. Studies show good oral health contributes to good overall health. While the road to better… Read more »
Easter is a great time for family and friends to gather and enjoy a feast. Since Americans are becoming more conscious of their oral and overall health, we look for deserts that are good for our bodies and teeth. Enjoy this low-fat carrot cake recipe for your Easter feast. Ingredients Cake 1 20-ounce can crushed… Read more »
Studies have shown that poor nutrition increases a woman’s risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. When women typically diet, they may deplete their bodies of essential vitamins and minerals. Doctors and dentists recommend women incorporate foods full of vitamins and minerals because the body will use food-sourced vitamins more efficiently than supplements. Our… Read more »
Lack of sleep worsens periodontal disease. During a study conducted in Japan, 219 factory workers were evaluated to determine the affect their lifestyles had on their oral health. Researchers examined lifestyle habits, including: exercise, alcohol consumption, tobacco use, amount of sleep, nutrition, stress, number of hours worked, and eating breakfast. The study revealed the number-one… Read more »
Maintaining a proper pH level in your mouth can prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Continual consumption of foods with low pH levels can also lead to irreversible dental erosion. I’m Dr. James Stewart, a dentist in Livonia, MI., and I want to discuss why acidic foods should be consumed in moderation.
We have discussed numerous times the importance of caring for your teeth. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing two times a day, flossing daily, and attending six-month cleanings and checkups to help you maintain your teeth for a lifetime.
As spring quickly approaches, allergy suffers begin to complain of sinus problems. Under certain circumstances, people may feel as if they have a toothache when in actuality, they are experiencing a sinus infection. People struggle to differentiate a toothache from a sinus infection because sinus cavities are so close to upper teeth.
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) estimates that three out of four Americans have some sort of gum disease. Despite this high number, only three percent of those suffering from gum disease will seek treatment. Since studies have shown that gum disease is linked to potentially life-threatening diseases, like diabetes, heart disease, certain forms of cancer, maintaining healthy teeth and gums is essential.
With obesity in America on the rise, many people are trying new diets, and many are becoming vegetarians. As with all dieters, vegetarians run the risk of taking in insufficient nutrients essential for healthy teeth.