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After-School Snacks for Every Schedule

By Craig Smith
September 1, 2017

Back-to-school season signals sports, schedules, and one other important staple — snacks. If you hear, “I’m hungry!” the minute your child hops in the car, you’re in good company. It’s common for kids to have an appetite after school. School-aged children eat early in the day, oftentimes before noon. It’s no wonder they crave mid-afternoon munchies! ... read more


Mouthguards: Sports equipment that protects the smile

By Craig Smith
August 18, 2017

It’s easy to take some things for granted until they’re suddenly gone. Have you ever thought about how it would feel if you lost one or two of your front teeth? You’d probably avoid smiling. It would be uncomfortable talking with someone face-to-face. It wouldn’t be easy pronouncing certain words. And how about eating an ... read more


4 Ways to Nail School Picture Day

By Craig Smith
August 4, 2017

The school year is underway. Fresh haircuts and new clothes fill the halls. It must be that time again — picture day! Closed eyes, forced smile, squinty face — these are all familiar photography faux pas. Skip the smile skepticism! With minimal coaching and a pinch of parental prep, your child’s “say cheese” can be ... read more


How to Clean Your Teeth Like a Caveman

By Craig Smith
May 12, 2017

Could brushing your teeth be far more ancient than we thought? New evidence from a rare find deep in the mountains of northwest Spain sheds light on how ancient peoples dealt with dental problems. The concept of toothbrushing has been around for millennia, and for good reason: dental problems bring pain, infection and true danger ... read more


Sipping, Snacking and Tooth Decay

By Craig Smith
May 5, 2017

Many parents across the country will issue a common refrain at dinnertime tonight: "You’d better eat that--it’s good for you!" There’s another old favorite in the parental arsenal of dietary admonitions: "Don’t eat that—it’ll rot your teeth!" Now more than ever, kids are faced with a bewildering array of food choices -- from fresh produce ... read more


Diabetes and Oral Health

By Craig Smith
April 28, 2017

Research suggests that some people with periodontitis (severe gum disease) have a harder time keeping their blood sugar levels under control, whereas other people, whose blood sugar is not well controlled, may have trouble with gum disease. Gum Disease Plaque is a thin layer of bacteria that constantly forms on everyone’s teeth. Gum disease develops ... read more


Oral Piercing: Not as safe as you think

By Craig Smith
April 21, 2017

Piercing may seem daring, cool and totally safe because some celebrities use piercing to flaunt their particular style or attitude. But piercing the tongue, lips, cheeks or uvula (the tiny tissue that hangs at the back of the throat) is not as safe as some would have you believe. That’s because the mouth’s moist environment—home ... read more


Quitting Tobacco: You can do it!

By Craig Smith
April 14, 2017

Do you smoke or use chewing tobacco? Rarely a day goes by without a magazine, newspaper, or TV news report carrying a message about tobacco-related medical problems — the dangers of lung disease, cancer, heart problems and low-birth weight babies. Perhaps you even tune out those messages because you don’t want to quit just yet—or ... read more


Sippy Cups and Your Child’s Teeth

By Craig Smith
April 7, 2017

As soon as teeth appear in the mouth, decay can occur. One of the risk factors for early childhood caries (sometimes called baby bottle tooth decay or nursing mouth syndrome) is frequent and prolonged exposure of a baby’s teeth to liquids, such as fruit juice, milk or formula, which all contain sugar. Tooth decay can ... read more


Enamel and Erosion

By Craig Smith
March 31, 2017

Your teeth’s enamel may be tough, but your teeth still need your help to protect them from erosion. Read on to learn more. What is tooth enamel? Enamel is the white looking outer covering of the tooth crown. This protective shell is the hardest tissue in the human body. What does tooth enamel do? Tooth enamel ... read more


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