Pregnancy is a time of great joy! There’s a lot to think about and get ready to welcome the new member of your family. Unfortunately, you may be so busy and excited that it’s easy to forget about the health of your mouth. A healthy smile is important, and especially for expectant moms. During pregnancy,…

What happen when permanent teeth don’t grow. According to recent estimates, some 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth—that’s around three quarters of U.S. adults over age 20. Some teeth are lost due to decay or accidents, while others may have been extracted to resolve dental issues such as crowding in the jaw…

Sadly, about 27% of seniors over the age of 65 have no remaining teeth, as per the NIDCR. A study by CW Douglas indicated that in 2000, 35.4 million people in the US wore dentures, and the number will increase to 37.9 million by 2020. The Silberg Center for Dental Science advises that loss of tooth among…

My dentist consultant suggested that “drilling” is a “scary” term and we might use others that have less of a “cringe” factor. Maybe it’s “preparing the tooth, adjusting the tooth enamel, removing the decay, or smoothing the tooth surface with a diamond instrument.” After a recent dental visit, I went to meet with a colleague….

Celiac disease is one of the most common chronic genetic autoimmune disorders in the world and can affect children and adults. Individuals with this disorder have permanent intolerance to gluten, which is a protein in wheat, rye, barley and related grains. The gluten leads to damage of the small intestine lining. Heredity plays a role…

In the US, the growing gap between the rich and the poor is now so entrenched that it shows up just about everywhere, even in something as simple as a smile. Are you part of the 1%? A large portion of American spending on dental work is now cosmetic procedures (paywall) for the wealthy—including extravagant splurges on $1,000-a-pop veneers, “gum contouring,” and…

Everyone knows that eating a good mix of vitamins and minerals is vital for optimum health, but did you know that these nutrients are just as essential for your dental health or how can your vitamin protect your smile? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47.2% of American adults have some form of…

Smoking weakens dental pulp’s ability to fight illness and disease, according to the Case Western University School of Dental Medicine, further weakening the teeth’s defense mechanisms. “That might explain why smokers have poorer endodontic outcomes and delayed healing than non-smokers,” said Anita Aminoshariae, DDS, MS, associate professor of endodontics and director of predoctoral endodontics. The…

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