How Sugary Drinks Harm Your Smile – American Dental Association

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The Truth About Sugary Drinks and Your Smile

By Ida Gorshteyn,
UCLA School of Dentistry student

Sweetened beverages have become a treat that many Americans have every day. The truth is that these drinks are not healthy, especially for our dental health and smiles. Everyone has harmful bacteria in their mouths that eat the sugars we consume. The bacteria get energy from the sugar, but in the process produce acid. The acid they make can damage teeth, causing cavities to form or erosion to occur.

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Coping with Dental Anxiety – American Dental Association

Dental Anxiety: 3 Ways to Stop Fearing the Dentist

If you ever get nervous just thinking about going to the dentist, you’re not alone. Perhaps you’re scared the visit might hurt or you haven’t been in a while and not sure what the dentist will find.

Whatever your reason, the right dental team will make sure your dental and your emotional health are taken care of. The more you delay – or just don’t go – to the dentist, the higher your risk of developing dental problems that will make gearing up for future dental visits more difficult. In fact, seeing your dentist regularly can actually make the entire process – from making an appointment to sailing through it – much easier on many levels.
Use these strategies at your next appointment to help ease your anxiety and strengthen your smile.

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Non-Dairy Foods That Contain Calcium – American Dental Association

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.

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Top Risk Factors for Oral Cancer – American Dental Association

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The Top 7 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

Tobacco

Whether you smoke it or chew it, tobacco use increases your risk dramatically. Smoking can cause oral cancer, as well as cancer in other parts of the body. Pipe smokers are also at a higher risk for developing cancer in their lips. Smokeless tobacco, like chew, can lead to many issues in your mouth, the most serious being cancer of the cheeks, gums, and lips.

Source: Top Risk Factors for Oral Cancer – American Dental Association

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Top Risk Factors for Oral Cancer – American Dental Association

Age

Most people who are diagnosed with oral cancer are 55 or older, according to the American Cancer Society. HPV-related oral cancers, however, are often diagnosed in people who are younger.

Source: Top Risk Factors for Oral Cancer – American Dental Association

Top Risk Factors for Oral Cancer – American Dental Association

Man discussing oral cancer screening with his dentist

The Top 7 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

You know your dentist is looking for cavities during regular check-ups, but you may not realize your dentist can screen for cancer at the same time. It’s estimated that approximately 49,750 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer and cancers of the throat, tonsils and back of the tongue in 2017.
Regular visits to your dentist can help you detect such cancers early, and changing a few potentially harmful habits may help reduce your chances of developing them. Read on to find out the top risk factors.

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Is Homework Bad for Kids Health? | 1Dental Blog

Is Homework Bad for Kids Health

Is Homework Bad for Kids’ Health?

Post In: Health By Natasha GayleMarch 8, 2017

Students reading this probably screamed, “Yes!” upon seeing the headline, if not for the simple fact that homework is usually not a favorite pastime for kids. Likewise, I’m sure many parents have hoped this to be true to some extent (and that change would be made from it) so they didn’t have to harass their kids about getting their homework done anymore. Am I right?

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Non-Dairy Foods That Contain Calcium – American Dental Association

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.

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Foods That Affect Your Dental Health – American Dental Association

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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.

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