Bad Habits That Can Wreck Your Teeth

Developing good habits is a good thing. Developing bad habits, not so much. Some good habits include practicing proper oral health, exercising, and eating healthy. Some bad habits include smoking, picking your teeth or nose in public, burping out loud, not covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and the list goes on. There… Read more »

What Is An Orthodontic Dentist?

Most people go to a general dentist for professional cleanings, yearly exams, extractions, or fillings. There are actually nine fields of dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA) including orthodontics. Each field specializes in a different aspect of oral or oral-facial treatment. Endodontics, for instance, focuses on diseases of the tooth pulp and surrounding… Read more »

Are Tooth Whitening Ingredients Safe?

Have you ever heard of bleachorexia? It is when someone bleaches their teeth chronically and it causes damage. That, however, is an extreme. If you get your teeth whitened only occasionally then the whitening ingredients in tooth whitening products are generally safe. Tooth whitening is very popular because it is a simple way to brighten… Read more »

Is Your TMJ Talking Too Much?

TMJ stands for temporomanibular joints. Your temporomandibular joints are the jaw joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull. Because of these joints you can open your mouth to talk, chew, yawn, eat, and drink.  Put your fingers in front of each ear and open your mouth. Can you feel your jaw joint? Temporomanibular… Read more »

How Genetics Affect Your Teeth

Your body is made up of genes which affect every aspect of your life. They determine the color of your hair, eyes, your height, the shape of your face, your body type, your personality, what diseases you might develop, and they even affect your teeth. That’s right, your genes can affect whether or not you… Read more »

Is There Something Better Than Toothpaste?

Toothpaste has a long history. It is not a modern development as you might think. Although we brush our teeth with more modern ingredients, toothpaste has been around since ancient times. Some cultures used crushed shells, sand, or other abrasives to brush their teeth. The Asian cultures used more aromatic and palatable ingredients. The Romans… Read more »

What’s This About Seaweed?

Seaweed has been of pharmaceutical, industrial, and botanical interest for centuries. Its high nutrient content made it a popular food in Asian countries. The Japanese, Romans, and Chinese used it to treat medical issues. Seaweed is high in vitamin K, an important source of minerals, and is low in sodium. Recent research indicates that seaweed… Read more »