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Mar 26 / Katie Gayle

Funniest Wisdom Teeth Removal Videos

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Wisdom Teeth Funny Video Collage

While your child might be anxious about going in for their wisdom teeth removal surgery, it can be hard to tell if they are nervous about the procedure itself or the potential for post-surgery, sure-to-be-embarrassing moments caught on film for all to see. Well, here we’ve got some of the best, most laugh-out-loud, post-removal videos the world could offer:

Mar 24 / Katie Gayle

Are Bad Teeth Genetic?

 Photo  by Louish Pixel /  CC BY-NC-ND

Photo by Louish Pixel / CC BY-NC-ND

Have you ever wondered if your kid has bad teeth because you do? Here’s the short answer: yes and no.

What it really comes down to is your definition of “bad teeth.” If you are thinking of crooked or misshapen teeth, then yes, that is likely a genetic disorder. On the other hand, if you associate having bad teeth with stained or decaying teeth, then no, that is not caused by genetics. That is simply caused by bad dental habits. Here’s the difference:

Mar 19 / Meredith Jolly

A Parent’s Guide to Teething

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Photo by Fendy Zaidan / CC BY-NC-SA

Many of us have experienced the joy of seeing our baby’s first teeth; however, before those cute little teeth come in, teething happens. When babies begin teething, it can be a painful ordeal for both parent and baby. Late nights and grumpy kiddos tend to rock parents’ worlds for several months, but fear not! We have compiled a parent’s guide to teething to help you conquer those few challenging months with your little one. We are here to answer the big questions you may face while loving on your teething baby.

Mar 11 / Natasha Gayle

A Young Leprechaun Teaches Kids to Brush Their Teeth

Leprechaun final

Jade is a young leprechaun, small but good.

He obeys his parents, doing whatever they would.

Jade’s dental health is important to them and to him.

Mar 11 / Sarah Mace

Poor Habits for Kids Dental Health

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Photo by Andrew Seaman / CC BY-ND

Helping a child form healthy dental habits can be stressful. There’s a lot to do and a lot to remember when it comes to your kids dental health. Promoting good dental habits from day one is easier said than done. Here are some examples of poor dental habits, as well as some ideas for parents to help get their kids back on track and on the road to great dental health. Also, check out this article on hygiene essentials for busy parents for more tips.

Mar 10 / Meredith Jolly

Home Remedies for Receding Gums

Coconut Oil - Home Remedies for Receding Gums

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Receding gums can cause intense pain and sometimes it is hard to get into a dental office soon enough to relieve that pain. Luckily, there are a few home remedies for receding gums that can be used to help reduce pain, swelling and even aid in repairing damaged gum tissue. Most can be done just once a day after regular brushing and flossing. Adding one of these simple, inexpensive remedies to your daily routine could save you a lot of heartache and pain while you are waiting to get into a dental office.

Mar 5 / Katie Gayle

Don’t Take a Spring Break from Your Teeth

Child's Shovel and Pail at the Beach

Spring Break – the kids are off of school and ready for fun! Whether that fun is heading to camp for a week or simply not going to school, kids have a tendency to forget one crucial thing: dental health. There are many things to keep in mind to help your kids maintain quality dental health, including:

Mar 3 / Katie Gayle

How to Make the Dentist Fun for Kids

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Photo by Michael Newman / CC BY-NC-ND

To a five-year-old, going to the dentist can seem like a scary thing. An adult in a mask with shiny tools that “poke” around in their mouth… It’s a bad enough image to say, “I don’t want to!” For this very reason, it’s important to not only educate your child about the dentist but to also help them get excited about dental care and trips to the oh-so-dreaded dentist.

Here are a few steps on how to make the dentist fun for kids:

Feb 26 / Katie Gayle

Home Remedies for Sensitive Teeth

 

When you take a sip of iced tea or hot chocolate, does a shot of pain go through your teeth? If you eat something sweet or something bitter, do your molars ache? At the risk of sounding far too infomercial-y, if you said yes to either of the previous questions, you probably suffer from tooth sensitivity.

What exactly is tooth sensitivity, you ask? The sensitivity is caused by irritation of the nerves of a tooth – at times, this can be caused by regular dental cleanings. The irritation is due to more pressure on the tooth than usual. Damage can also be caused by biting down too hard onto something, grinding teeth or other actions that wear on the enamel (the outer, hard coating) of the teeth.

The part we are all most familiar with is the pain of tooth sensitivity – usually when we eat or drink things of extreme temperatures, or acidic substances.  Since the enamel is worn down, our teeth become sensitive to such conditions and can stay that way for several months.

If you do have sensitive teeth, there are many home remedies for sensitive teeth that you can try to relieve the pain, such as:

Feb 24 / Katie Gayle

Caring for Your Teeth at Work

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Photo by Texas A&M Engineering / CC BY-NC-ND

Have you ever grabbed some popcorn from the break room, bit down and gotten a kernel stuck in your tooth? How about eating a garlic-filled lunch and then been self-conscious about your breath for the rest of the day? As weird as this may seem, it’s okay to have dental hygiene products at your desk at work.

No matter where you are – work, school or home – it is important to take care of your oral health at all times. Here are some ways you can begin caring for your teeth at work:

Feb 19 / Katie Gayle

What Do Your Teeth Say About You?

What Do Your Teeth Say About You?

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Did you know that you can tell a lot about a person by their teeth? For instance, the shape of certain teeth might indicate whether you are young or old (central incisors), or whether you are male or female (lateral incisors). Pretty neat, huh?

Remember: Incisors are the front 4 teeth on the top and bottom rows, and the canines are the teeth directly after those – most recognizable by their pointiness.

Along with shape, other characteristics of your teeth might point to what kind of personality you have. Keep in mind that none of these are exactly precise, but it might give you a general interpretation.

Below is a list of certain traits that your dental habits/genetic makeup might indicate of you:

Feb 17 / Katie Gayle

Caring for Your Pets Teeth

 Photo  by Mike and Annabel Beales /  CC BY-ND

Photo by Mike and Annabel Beales / CC BY-ND

Did you know that your pet’s dental health is just as important as your dental health? If you got a pet for Valentine’s Day (or even if you didn’t) you should look into how to take care of your pet’s teeth. Unfortunately, ignoring your pet’s dental health has the potential to lead to much bigger and yuckier problems.

Some of the oral conditions that your pet could end up with are the following:

Feb 12 / Katie Gayle

Valentine’s Day Candy that Is Good for Your Teeth

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Photo by MarLeah Cole / CC BY

Raise your hand if you have a sweet tooth! Now raise your hand if your teeth suffer from it. Consuming large amounts of sugar can rot your teeth quicker than you can say, “Be my Valentine.” While the consequences usually don’t look good for your oral health, all is not lost for those of us with a major sweet tooth. Lucky for us, there are alternative candies and snacks that won’t harm our teeth.

When Valentine’s Day rolls around, one of the most classical gifts people give is candy. Good for the taste, bad for the teeth. Look below at the infographic of statistics on Valentine’s Day chocolate from previous years:

Feb 9 / Katie Gayle

Loving Your Teeth for Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day Coffee

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Valentine’s Day is a day of excitement, giddiness, hopefulness, dreaminess and…. Well, maybe I’m getting carried away. While the day itself might not be a scene from a Nicholas Sparks novel, you never know what fun things could happen. So naturally, you want to look your best. Here are some ways you can improve your smile and love your teeth on Valentine’s Day:

Feb 5 / Katie Gayle

Valentine’s Day Gifts that Won’t Rot Your Teeth

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Photo by ~Pawsitive~Candie_N / CC BY

You know that feeling – your heart flutters, your palms sweat, you can’t wipe that stupid smile off of your face. You are just hoping for a gift this Valentine’s Day.  Maybe a note, or a rose, or a box of chocolates–ding, ding, ding! That’s the one we want to talk about today: the candy side of Valentine’s Day, or to some, the cavity side.  In order to rescue your dental health, we’ve come up with a list of Valentine’s Day gifts that won’t rot your teeth.