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How to Cut Back on Sugar

In a 2015 report, the Dietary Advisory Committee recommends that sugar should make up only 10% of our daily calorie intake at the most. So if you consume 1800 calories per day, less than 180 of those calories can come from sugar. The problem is, we eat way more than that on average. The CDC says that men eat an average of 335 calories from sugar per day, and women eat about 240. This means that most of the population needs to cut back on sugar.
 
This doesn’t just mean saying no to that extra piece of birthday cake. Sugar is in a lot of foods that don’t even ...

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Oral Health for Older Adults: Staying Healthy as You Age

Oral health for older adults is becoming even more important than it already is. By the year 2030, 73 million people or 20% of Americans will be age 65 or older. As of 2010, about 25% of people over the age of 65 had lost all of their natural teeth. While this rate has decreased over the past few decades, it’s still important to know that losing your teeth doesn’t have to be a natural part of aging. You can take the right measures to ensure your mouth stays as healthy as possible, and your teeth stay put.
 
Modern science has yet to figure out a way for humans ...

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12 Scary Statistics About Sugar Consumption

It’s no secret that the US has a love affair with sugar. And sometimes it’s hard to realize just the amount of sugar you eat on a day-to-day basis. Seeing the numbers can impact your decisions when it comes to the food you eat. Would you drink a 20 oz bottle of soda if you could picture the almost 17 teaspoons of sugar in there? Here are a few more statistics that may help decrease your overall sugar consumption.

According to the USDA, the average American consumes 150 to 170 pounds of sugar every year.

Between 2005 and 2010, approximately 13 percent of adult’s total caloric intake came from added sugars. According ...

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How to Make Sure Your Kids Stay Cavity Free

As a parent, hearing that your child has a cavity can be difficult. No one wants to have their child go through any dental procedure at a young age. And yet, there are still many things parents don’t know about how to keep their kids cavity free. Here are a few ways to make sure your kids stay cavity free.

Start When They're Young

Even before your little one has teeth, you should be cleaning their gums with a washcloth every night. This will get your child used to the routine right off the bat, and keep their gums healthy while their teeth begin to erupt.

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Do I Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

“You’re going to have to have your wisdom teeth removed.”

Those aren’t the words you really want to hear. And it’s natural to have questions. “Why?” is the biggest one, especially if you haven’t had any problems with them… yet.

Be sure to ask every single question you have when a dentist tells you that you need a major procedure like wisdom teeth removal. The most important part of your relationship with your dentist is that you feel comfortable with everything.

In case you haven’t had the chance to ask your dentist, or you are just preparing for the future, here are some reasons we recommend wisdom teeth removal surgery.

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Even Without Sugar, Diet Soda Is Bad for Teeth Too

Just because soda is sugar-free, that doesn’t mean that it’s not bad for your teeth. A new study has been released that states that sugar-free drinks, like diet soda, can cause dental erosion. The authors argue that there should be labeling on these products that tell the consumers this so they can make more informed decisions about their dental and overall health.

It’s widely understood that sugar is bad for teeth. So it would be logical to believe that a diet sugar-free can of soda is the better choice for your pearly whites. The problem is that these diet sodas are often highly acidic. And the acid they contain can soften ...

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First Cavity? What You Need to Know About Getting Your First Filling

If you’ve never had one before, hearing you have a cavity can be a dreadful feeling.

How did it happen? Is it serious? What happens next? Will it hurt? Is it expensive?

Here are a few answers to those questions that might prepare you for your first cavity, so you don’t panic when you hear the news.

How Did it Happen?

Put simply; a cavity is a hole in your tooth. It’s caused by demineralization. When you eat food, any particles that are left on your teeth are digested by the bacteria that is in your mouth. The byproduct of that digestion is acid. That acid attacks your enamel and erodes your teeth, causing ...

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7 Things Your Dentist Knows When You Open Your Mouth

Ever think it’s kind of weird that your dentist or hygienist asks you questions while your mouth is wide open? Maybe they don’t need to hear your answer–they could already know it by looking at your teeth. Here are a few things your dentist knows about you without you having to tell them.

1. You could have diabetes
 
Those diagnosed or undiagnosed with diabetes can have an increased risk when it comes to their oral health. Some common oral health symptoms of diabetes are gum disease, dry mouth, thrush (a fungal infection), taste impairment, and tooth decay.

Its recommended that those diagnosed with diabetes brush twice a day and floss at ...

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Studies Show That Athletes Have a Higher Risk of Tooth Decay

In recent years there has been more and more evidence illustrating that athletes have a higher risk of tooth decay and oral health problems. A 2014 study states that athletes have a higher risk for dental erosions, caries (cavities) and changes in their saliva. The study also found that there is a correlation between how often and how vigorously an athlete worked out and their susceptibility to tooth decay.

Some have speculated that athletes’ consumption of sports drinks could be the reason for their poor dental health, but it seems as though the changes in their saliva may be the root cause.

When someone exercises for a prolonged period of time, their ...

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Deep Teeth Cleaning or Scaling and Root Planning: What is It?

Your dental hygienist might recommend deep teeth cleaning if you have signs of periodontal disease. To test for this, your hygienist will measure the pocket depth of your gums where they meet your teeth.
 
At your dental cleaning every six months, you may notice your hygienist recording some numbers while they probe your gums. They are recording your gum pocket depth.

Healthy pockets should be no more than 3 millimeters deep. If your gum pocket depth is more than 4 millimeters deep, you could be prescribed deep teeth cleaning. This is a proactive treatment for periodontal disease and is crucial to prevent any further complications.

What is It?
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