3 Reasons It’s Important to Care for Your Teeth Starting Now

By: Naomi Webb, www.tgdaily.com Losing teeth may not seem common, but it is. Studies show that by the age of 50, the average American has already lost 12 teeth. There are a lot of reasons that teeth are lost, and these can include: Tooth decay, Injury, Gum disease, and Smoking also leads to tooth loss. Caring for your teeth is a must, and it’s a habit that every parent should be sharing with their kids, too. When you take good care of your teeth, you’ll: Reduce your risk of serious health problems. Serious health problems are linked to bad oral hygiene and dental health. Studies have shown a link between gum disease and diabetes, oral cancer, heart disease, dementia and…


Your Kid’s Bedtime Routine Could Make Them Healthier

By: Vanessa Taylor, www.romper.com Kids are notorious for not always enjoying their bedtime routine — from hating baths to rebelling against sleep itself. It can be tempting for parents to give up on the routine altogether, wondering what’s the point of fighting every single night, but don’t give up! A new study has found that your kid’s bedtime routine could help them sleep better, improve their performance in school, and set them up for success as they age. Co-authored by psychologist Dr. Julia Allen, “Bedtime Routines Child Wellbeing & Development” found, according to The Herald, “Lower levels of anxiety, anger, and fatigue being reported by parents with optimal bedtime routines.” To reach this conclusion, researchers involved 50 parents of kids…


Bite on these 5 tips for sensitive teeth this summer

By: www.news-journal.net A frozen ice pop on the porch. A tart and sweet lemonade at a picnic. A chilled beer with friends at the game. Perfect summer moments to make you smile, right? Not if you are one of the 40 million Americans who has sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common dental complaints for people across the country, but many think that living with discomfort or even pain is unavoidable. The good news is that there are tried-and-true options, as well as some breakthrough solutions that are changing the way people manage sensitive teeth. Start with some of these five tips to keep smiling all summer long. 1. Limit acidic drinks. If fresh-squeezed OJ sounds more…


Vitamin A helps maintain healthy teeth

By Madeleine Burry, www.prevention.com Ever wonder how you can make your way around your home in the middle of the night without crashing into a wall? Thank good ol’ vitamin A. The fat-soluble nutrient helps maintain night vision, among a trillion other things. “Vitamin A does a lot in the body,” says Lisa Samuels, RD, founder of The Happie House. It aids immune function and helps maintain healthy vision, teeth, bones, skin, and nails, Samuels says. Vitamin A also supports cell growth and plays a critical role in the maintenance of various vital organs including the heart, lungs, and kidneys, according to the National Institutes of Health. Though vitamin A deficiency is rare in the United States, ensuring you include…


Brush your dog’s teeth? Yes, Fido’s whole mouth will thank you

By Nicole Villalpando, www.mystatesman.com You’ve probably heard that you should brush your dog’s teeth. But why? And how often? Every day, says Dr. Adriana Mendoza, a veterinarian at Firehouse Animal Health Center in Leander. “With canines, there’s absolutely no reason not to,” she says. Brushing their teeth helps prevent dental tartar from building up, which can lead to infection and tooth loss. Brushing their teeth prevents dental disease. See, dogs are just like us. What about cats? “I’ve only found one cat owner that is able to brush the cat’s teeth religiously,” Mendoza says. Start brushing when the dog is young if you can and start by letting him taste the canine toothpaste. It’s usually poultry or peanut butter flavor….


Baby’s saliva can predict tooth decay, study finds

By: RUBY NYIKA, www.stuff.co.nz Schools are banning all drinks except for milk and unflavoured water in an effort to quell rampant rates of tooth decay amongst young children. But the ban is proving too late for many children, with one primary school principal saying far too many of his students are arriving for their first day with rotting teeth. The solution may be found in a new study which has discovered saliva samples taken from the mouth of 1-year-olds can predict future decay. The study was led by New Zealand-born professor Mark Gussy, an oral health professor at Melbourne’s La Trobe University, who said visiting a dentist by the age of two might be too late. Gussy said some infants…


Here’s a Look at the Colgate Smart Toothbrush You Can Get From the Apple Store

By: Juli Clover, macrumors.com One of the surprises of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was a smart toothbrush from Colgate, which, as it turns out, was designed to be an Apple Store exclusive. The new $100 Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush is both Colgate’s first smart iPhone-connected brush and the first personal hygiene product you can get right from an Apple Store. Toothbrushes that connect to your iPhone have become a thing over the course of the last couple of years, and you can now get smart brushes from most of the major brands, including Philips and Oral-B. I’m no stranger to smart toothbrushes — I’ve previously reviewed the Oral-B SmartSeries, the Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected, and the Sonicare DiamondClean Smart,…


Five healthy food swaps

By: www.independent.ie Making simple swaps in the foods that we eat can make all the difference to our diet and motivation. When we see one easy change work, it can spark a chain reaction in our confidence and reap huge health benefits. The key to success, according to national dietetic advisor for the HSE Margaret O’Neill, is to tackle change in bite-size chunks. “Pick one change at a time,” she says. “Start with one thing and try to stick with it – we know that behaviours can take a while to change: it can take two to three weeks to bed in. “Some people will be able to cut down from five biscuits a day to one; for others, it’s…