ORAL HEALTH ARTICLES
We've compiled a range of informational articles to keep you (and your mouth) healthy. Check back often for periodic updates.
Because many diseases can cause specific signs and symptoms in and around the mouth and jaw, dentists see clues that may point to critical health issues. As a result, increasing numbers of dentists are urging their patients to seek medical tests that seem unrelated to their dental checkups.
Did you know, your oral hygiene habits may affect your baby’s health? Some studies have shown that women with gum (periodontal) disease may be up to 7.5 times more likely to have a pregnancy complication.¹ As many as 18% of the 250,000 premature low birth weight infants born in the United States each year may be attributed to infectious oral disease.²
Snacking between meals on foods high in sugar can lead to cavities. That’s because sugary snack foods are usually high in sucrose, a form of sugar that the bacteria in your mouth feast on, generating more bacteria and increasing acid levels. The acid eats away at the enamel of your teeth and eventually leads to cavities.
Community water fluoridation is a safe and cost-effective way to fight tooth decay and improve oral health. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions and information about fluoride:
Taking care of your children’s oral health is key to their long-term general health. Here are some tips for your child’s dental health:
Here are some things to keep in mind to help you maintain a healthy smile as you grow older:
Piercings within the mouth are associated with a variety of risks. Please consider these risks carefully before deciding whether to have your tongue pierced.
It’s important to take action quickly in emergency dental situations. Below are a few tips on how to handle tooth injuries and pains:
According to the American Cancer Society, more than a third of all women and nearly half of all men in the United States will hear the devastating news of a cancer diagnosis during their lifetimes.¹ This group includes the nearly 36,000 Americans who are diagnosed with oral cancer each year.² Yet oral cancer is one of the more treatable cancers when it is detected in its early stages.
Bet you never thought about what taking good care of your teeth could mean to your heart health. A number of recent studies have revealed a link between periodontal (gum) disease and heart disease.
The information contained here should not be used as a substitute for the care and advice of your dentist or physician. We encourage you to visit your dentist regularly and discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding your oral health.