Friday, September 26, 2014 - 10:33

It used to be that having wisdom teeth removed was a rite of passage. High schoolers and young adults once dreaded the inevitable day that their third molars would be taken out. Depending on your age, you may remember the awful exaggerations about lengthy recoveries, swollen cheeks and liquid diets that circulated around the lunch table when another peer joined the ranks.

These days, however, many dentists take a more conservative approach, applying the live-and-let-live philosophy to the usually benign presence of molars 1, 16, 17 and 32.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 15:09

Other than the occasional dandelion leaf in an exotic salad, weeds don't usually make it onto the modern American menu. And why should they, when we have plenty of variety at the grocery store? We have drawn a clear line between fruits and vegetables and, well, all that other stuff.

Research published in the journal PLOS may just have people reconsidering "all that other stuff" after all. Recently, scientists examined ancient dental plaque found in bodies buried in Sudan. Using a sophisticated method of chemical analysis, they looked at the dental calculus to learn more about the way people lived over a span of several thousand years. What they found was surprising.

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 10:05

Pinterest users can't get enough of the beautiful photos and seemingly great ideas found on the website to improve their homes, health and lives. We know a person doesn't have to be a professional baker to teach someone to make a scrumptious cake, but can self-proclaimed health enthusiasts offer sound dental and medical advice? In this feature, we look at ideas from the blogosphere made famous on Pinterest and give you our take.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 16:36

We often remind our readers that oral health is tied to overall health. Often, key nutrients that reduce risks for heart disease, cancers and diabetes are found to benefit oral health as well. Remember our post on Brussels sprouts? Well, here's another reason to eat them.

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 10:00

From game-based exercise programs to simple actions on your TV and home computer, touchless video game technology has moved from all play and no work, to all work, all play, and everything in between. And soon, you may be able to see it in action at your dentist's office.

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 09:13

So what's your routine? Floss, brush, spit, swish? Or maybe it's floss, swish, brush, spit, swish? Or are you more of a brush, spit, swish, floss, swish kind of person?

So much of what we do to encourage good oral health is habits—brush regularly, floss regularly, schedule dentist appointments regularly. A healthy mouth and teeth are not necessarily in the details of how you do those things, but that you do them, day in and day out.

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:35

The use of lasers has changed so many aspects of technology and dentistry. Soft-tissue lasers often replace the scalpel, and some dentists use hard-tissue lasers in place of drills for preparing cavities. What if—instead of being part of filling cavities—lasers were used to reverse them?

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 13:31

We have mentioned in other posts how much variety there is now in orthodontics. No longer simply brackets and wires—although those still work—the possibilities in orthodontic treatment have skyrocketed. In modern orthodontics, teeth can be aligned earlier, or later, less invasively, and less noticeably with advancements like interceptive orthodontics and Invisalign.

Well, we've recently run across another interesting development to bring straighter smiles to more people. Claiming to reduce treatment time by up to 50 percent, a new FDA-approved device speeds up the straightening power of braces, retainers, trays and other appliances.

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 10:36

This time of year, marketing starts to shift from an orientation around summertime to a focus on the school year. If you look at advertisements around you, you'll notice instead of hot dogs, condiments, sodas and ice cream, ads for breakfast pastries, cereals and lunchbox snacks.

The common theme is convenience and portability. What busy parent or caregiver doesn't want convenience and portability? The trouble is many of the lunchbox favorites are laden with sugar and other refined carbohydrates, which can contribute to tooth decay. So how can you make good choices to fill lunchboxes without filling their mouths with cavities?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 12:28

While you are filling those last sweet weeks of summer with preparation for the school year, check your calendar for those important appointments for your child. Set aside a specific time to make the calls you need all at once. You may need to take care of some of these appointments before school starts, while others can be scheduled in advance for convenient dates during the school year or a break.