The holiday season is here and it can be a tricky time for your teeth. No matter what you celebrate at this time of year, be it a traditional Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Yule, the “most wonderful time of the year” may not be so wonderful for your dental health.
Your toothbrush could be home to millions of nasty bacteria, lurking deep down in between it’s bristles, but how many of us know how to keep it clean? You may not view your toothbrush as a germ carrier, but depending on how humid your bathroom is, germs & viruses that can prolong colds, sore throats, flu and oral infections, can flourish on the brush; surviving for days in an infective state unless proper care is exercised.
A child’s primary teeth play a crucial role in dental development. It’s essential to remember that your child’s primary teeth serve as place holders for their adult teeth that will follow. Without them, a child cannot chew foods properly and may experience difficulty speaking clearly. Primary teeth are also vital to the development of your child’s jaws.
Gum or periodontal disease is a very real and potentially dangerous condition. Infections in the mouth can play havoc elsewhere in our bodies. Recent research has shown that there is a link between periodontal (gum) disease and other chronic inflammatory conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even Alzheimer’s disease.