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Archive for July, 2016

Jul27

Are Your Teeth Responsible for That Headache?

Swallowing doesn’t seem like strenuous exercise, but consider the fact that people do it on average 2000 times a day and suddenly it starts adding up. Most people can handle this rigorous exercise routine, but people with missing teeth or poor tooth alignment have to put a little bit more effort into swallowing, resulting in headaches and jaw pain from strained muscles. The resulting pain can manifest itself in the eyes, ears, sinuses, cheeks, or the sides of the head.

Obviously not all facial pain is a result of missing or misaligned teeth. If you feel pain in the jaw and head, experts recommend you go see a dentist in order to rule out other possible causes of pain such as, TMJ, stress, muscle spasms.

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Jul18

Easing Your Childs fear of the dentist with these simple tricks

One of the more common phobias is definitely a fear of going to the dentist, and it’s not just young kids who get a bit cagey at the idea of getting in that exam chair. However, the dentist is obviously a much more confusing and difficult to understand process to a young mind. By using these simple tricks, and being sure to choose the right Boston-area pediatric dentist, you can prevent your child from dreading the dentist and make sure they grow up with the right attitude towards good dental hygiene!

Start them young: Find a dentist that you plan on taking your child to for the foreseeable future, and make sure to introduce them to their dentist early on. This introduction ideally takes place before any actual appointment takes place. This humanizes the dentist, and allows them/you to explain to the child the concepts of oral health and why it is crucial.

Choose your words carefully: Make sure to maintain a positive tone with your word choice. Make sure to make your child understand that their friend (the dentist) is going to clean their teeth with a ‘special toothbrush’. Avoid negative words like ‘pain’ or ‘hurt’, and focus on the positive.

Practice at home: Before their first cleaning/checkup, stage a “pretend” dentist visit with your child. Explain to them what the dentist will do and why, and make sure to make it fun! This will help them develop a positive attitude towards the experience, and give them a better understanding of why they have to go to the dentist.

Avoid bribery: Although it may be tempting to coax your child through the stress of the dentist with the promise of reward, it’s best to avoid this technique. By offering a bribe you immediately enforce the idea that the dentist visit is an unpleasant experience that needs to be compensated for. Instead constantly commend your child on his/her bravery, maturity, and good attitude throughout the visit.

Emphasize the importance: Make sure to convey the importance of regular dental check-ups to your child. Be sure to highlight how visits will keep their teeth strong and healthy, and prevent problems down the road.

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Jul12

What sports drinks are doing to your teeth

While many people drink sports drinks, thinking that it will improve their athletic prowess, it is actually hurting their oral health.

Sports drinks are packed with acid. Repeatedly exposing your teeth to the acid in sports drinks will eat away at the enamel on your teeth. Energy drinks are even worse on your teeth.

A 2012 study found that after just five days of repeated exposure to sports drinks, the damage to enamel was very evident. The authors of the study found that energy drinks caused twice as much damage to the enamel as sports drinks did.

It is reported that between 30 to 50 percent of U.S. teens consume energy drinks, and that 62 percent consume at least one sports drink a day. This is bad news for enamel. Unless teens cut back on their consumption of sports drinks and energy drinks, then their oral health will likely suffer.

So next time you reach for a little energy drink pick-me-up before work, remember what it does to your beautiful, glossy enamel.

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Jul6

Your Brain on Candy

While candy is a well-known culprit when it comes to tooth decay and cavities, it is also known as the downfall of many weight loss plans. When times get tough, we seem to always reach for the unhealthy treats, and it turns out that there is a scientific reason for us.

A study done by scientists at the Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research at the University of Zurich found a link between stress and a desire for less healthy foods. Stress can cause teeth grinding but it can also cause us to reach for the cookie jar.

An increase in cortisol levels makes us more willing to eat junk food than healthful snacks. It also causes us to forget about the long-term repercussions of our choices. When under stress we choose to deal with the immediate need and so our future plans to lose twenty pounds and to have healthy teeth.

Stress is a major factor in harming your teeth and your overall health. So, next time you get stressed out, go for a stroll and then decide if that piece of chocolate is what you really need or if you just need to relax.

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