Category Archives: Oral Health

Smartphone Dental Apps

How did we ever live without our smartphones? It seems like there is an app for everything, including your dental care!  While the apps discussed here are available for iPhones there are similar apps available for other types of smartphones. There are apps that will time you for 2 minutes while you brush your teeth… Read More »


Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We all know that the traditional feast is not so great for our hips or our health but how do the parts of the Thanksgiving meal affect your smile? The good parts: Cranberries actually contain compounds that prevent bacteria from sticking to teeth. Since bacteria are the cause of gum disease and… Read More »


Stress and Your Smile

Stress comes in all shapes and sizes. We can feel stressed by little annoyances and major, life altering events. Dealing with the stress is a blog subject for other types of professionals – but I can tell you a little bit about how stress can affect your oral health. Stress and anxiety can lead to… Read More »



Do Your Kids Brush Their Teeth Every Day?

Only 44% of American kids brush their teeth two or more times per day according to a survey completed by the Ad Council. This means that more than half of our kids are at risk of dental problems – it is estimated that more than 16 million kids in the US suffer from untreated tooth decay.… Read More »


2 Lifestyle Changes That Affect Gum Health

Besides brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist, the top 2 lifestyle changes you can make to improve your gum health are: quitting smoking and getting enough sleep. The first one seems pretty obvious – smoking is horrible for your oral health (and the rest of you). All of those chemicals in cigarette smoke hit your… Read More »


Tooth Fairy – There’s an App for That

Yup – there’s an app for everything and now there is even an app for the Tooth Fairy. It probably isn’t what you are thinking though… You still need to put the tooth under the pillow, no virtual teeth for this Tooth Fairy yet. This app was created by Visa in conjunction with a survey… Read More »


Pick Up a Pack of Sugarless Gum

Ted Sorenson says, “Presidential candidates don’t chew gum” – But maybe they should!  Recent studies suggest that Obama and Romney may want to pick up a pack, so long as it’s sugar free, of course.  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, as well as the ADA, has endorsed the use of chewing gums containing xylitol… Read More »


Straight Talk About Crooked Teeth

Let’s talk about crooked teeth. There are lots of reasons to fix crooked teeth other than making your smile prettier but many people can’t stand the idea of spending years in braces. Did you know that many crooked smiles can be straightened out in only six months? Wanting a beautiful smile is a good reason… Read More »


Is Ryan Lochte’s Grill Bad For His Teeth?

Ryan Lochte showed off his red, white and blue American flag grill at the London Olympics but is it bad for his teeth? Grills have bee popular in hip hop culture for several years and are basically a decorative cover that snaps over the teeth. According to the American Dental Association “They generally are removable… Read More »