Fruits and Veggies Help Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy

by Jason 6/11/2012 10:57 AM

We all know that fruits and vegetables are the foundation of a healthy diet – they are low in calories and dense in nutrients, which means they are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber.

Many of us, however, struggle to consume the recommended daily minimums of fruits and vegetables. Here is a quick reminder of how fruits and vegetables are important to our bodies and our smiles.... more...

Dentists May See First Signs of Acid Reflux

by Jason 6/4/2012 10:21 AM

Everyone knows that painful burning sensation radiating from inside the chest–heartburn. Persistent symptoms, more than twice weekly, may be a sign of Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease, or GERD. However, not everyone with GERD suffers from heartburn. In fact, you may have GERD and not even know it.

Commonly called acid reflux, the condition is caused when the esophageal sphincter, which separates the stomach from the esophagus, allows acid to seep out of the stomach. Many times this acid causes heartburn, but not always. In the absence of heartburn symptoms, sometimes the first indication that an individual suffers from GERD is the erosion of the hard enamel surface covering the back teeth or molars.... more...

Fighting Germs with Your Toothbrush

by Jason 5/29/2012 9:26 AM

We have been told time and time again that washing our hands is the key to keeping germs at bay, but did you know it is important to keep your mouth clean too?

Most people catch a cold or the flu when they put their bacteria-covered hands in their mouths. Your mouth is a warm, dark, moist space, making it a breeding ground for bacteria that could end up in your bloodstream and weaken your immune system.

Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily and use mouthwash. Also be aware that toothbrushes hold germs and infections, so make sure you replace your toothbrush every three to four months or anytime you have been sick. ... more...

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