Healthy Habits

Want to avoid cavities? Brushing twice a day with toothpaste, flossing once a day, and limiting sugary snacks and beverages is how you do it. It’s simple but sometimes life gets busy and you might be tempted to skip it. Don’t. A bright smile makes you feel good inside and out. Make sure to see your dentist regularly, too.  read more

3 Things All Athletes Should Do for Their Teeth

Child playing minor hockey in the arena

Helmet? Check. Knee pads? Check. Mouthguard? Check! Mouthguards usually cover your upper teeth and protect your teeth, lips, tongue, face and jaw against injuries, so they need to be part of your uniform in any sport you play. read more

8 Non-Dairy, Calcium-Rich Foods for Your Teeth

Caring for your teeth means more than brushing and cleaning between them every day. It also means paying attention to the foods you eat.

One of the most important nutrients for healthy teeth is calcium. Calcium strengthens the hard outer shell of your tooth called enamel, which is your teeth’s defense against erosion and cavities. To protect your teeth and get the 1,000-2,000 mg daily recommended amount of calcium, many people turn to dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt.  read more

Nutrition: What You Eat Affects Your Teeth

Your mouth, teeth, and gums are more than just tools for eating. They’re essential for chewing and swallowing—the first steps in the digestion process. Your mouth is your body’s initial point of contact with the nutrients you consume. So what you put in your mouth impacts not only your general health but also that of your teeth and gums. In fact, if your nutrition is poor, the first signs often show up in your mouth. Here are a few helpful things to know about how what you eat can impact your dental health.  read more

 

When Should I Start Brushing My Child’s Teeth?

It’s never too early to care for your son or daughter’s teeth. ADA dentist Dr. Maria Lopez Howell discusses how you can keep your child’s smile healthy from the start.

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Watch the video “10 Things to Know About Your Tot’s Teeth” — click here

 

Cold and Flu Season: 5 Ways to Care for Your Mouth When You’re Sick

When he’s feeling under the weather, ADA dentist Dr. Gene Romo says one thing always helps him feel a little more like himself. “Brushing my teeth when I’m sick actually makes me feel better,” he says. “My mouth feels clean, and in a way, I feel like my health is starting to improve.”

When you have a cold or the flu, taking care of your body is your top priority—and that includes your mouth. “It’s important to take care of your dental health all year round, but especially when you’re sick,” Dr. Romo says.

Here are some simple ways to care for your dental health when you’re not feeling well:  read more

Does Bottled Water Have Fluoride?

Drinking water with fluoride can reduce your risk of cavities by 25%! Still, not all bottled water has “nature’s cavity fighter.” ADA dentist Dr. Matthew Messina explains what to look for when buying or drinking bottled water.  read more

6 Ways to Keep Your Smile Bright This Holiday Season

holiday stocking

Smile-Friendly Stocking Stuffers

Your stocking forecast this year will almost certainly include a dusting of sugar. (The National Confectioners Association says 77% of people include candy in holiday gifts.) Giving candy? Consider chocolate. It washes off your teeth more easily than stickier sweets like candy canes. And when you’re stuffing those stockings full of chocolate Santas, don’t forget to include an ADA-Accepted toothbrush or toothpaste>>read more

6 MouthHealthy Holiday Snacks (That Are Almost Too Cute to Eat)

holiday recipes_egg_snowmenSweet as the holidays may be, sugar-packed treats can wreak havoc on your pearly whites. This season, ring in the festivities with healthy and fun holiday snack options that fill your mouth with joy.

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