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3 months ago

"Teach Me How To Brushy" touts importance of oral health

(CBS News) Sure, you may know how to "dougie," but do you know how to brushy?

A new song called "Teach Me How to Brushy" - set to the tune of Cali Swag District's "Teach Me How to Dougie" - is attempting to teach young kids how to take care of their teeth in a fun way. The dental implants Moriches PSA was created by the Oregon Dental Association.

"We wanted to create a fun, interactive tool parents can use to get their kids excited about good dental habits," Oregon Dental Association president-elect Dr. Jill Price, one of the stars of the video, said in a statement to ABC News. "The mouth is a major health center in the body; unhealthy mouths can lead to diabetes, heart issues, and worse. But rather than lecture parents and expect that lecture to reach their kids, we wanted to create a hub for good facts that families will actually want to check out."

The video comes with its own Facebook page, which has suggestions for adults and kids to help them maintain better oral health, including tips on foods and drinks that are best for teeth.

The video comes out at a time when officials have emphasized the need for greater oral health. Former Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher recently told HealthPop that 50 million Americans still live in areas where there isn't adequate access to oral healthcare. He stressed that with 40 percent of minorities and poor having untreated dental conditions, it's just as important now than ever to make sure that oral needs get met.

Teaching proper oral care at a young age can lead to a lifetime of healthy habits. A recent study foundmore preschool-aged children are showing up to dentists with 10 or more cavities, despite the fact that there have been increases in oral healthcare through different initiatives, including adding fluoride into our drinking water. But, Satcher pointed out, more preventative care such as using sealants and teaching the importance of flossing and brushing are still necessary.

6 months ago

Root Canal!

Who says that all the adventure and intrigue have vanished from life by the time you're middle-aged? Balderdash! As long as you have teeth in your mouth, there's plenty of potential for suspense and mayhem.

My own dental adventure began innocently enough. I was processing books at the library where I work while cheerfully chomping on a delicious piece of vanilla taffy, when I suddenly felt an odd sensation inside my mouth. I couldn't identify what it was... but I knew that something dental had just gone wrong.

Little did I know that one of my crowns was coming loose!

(Cue the dramatic "all hell is about to break loose" soundtrack.)

A few more bites and

7 months ago

"new Study, Prevent Heart Disease With Dental Care?"

What does the health of your mouth have to do with your overall health? In a word, plenty. A look inside or a swab of saliva can tell your doctor volumes about what's going on inside your body.

Some eating habits can wreak havoc on your body and your teeth. For example, snacking throughout the day can increase the risk of tooth decay. Sipping soda and frequent nibbling on snack foods increase the rate of harmful acid attacks on tooth enamel. And repeated binge eating- impulsive gorging or continuous eating- can do the same.

Limit snacks, particularly those high in simple sugars, and eat a balanced diet

Every time you eat, particles of food become lodged in and around you

1 year ago

Think Dentures Can Replace Your Teeth? Think Again. | Thomas P. Connelly, D.D.S.

I want to talk today about dentures, but probably not in the way you expect. I want to talk about dentures as opposed to your regular teeth, and how they are not nearly the same.

The reason I decided on this topic was because I hear -- quite often -- patients saying things like "oh, I wish you could just pull my teeth and give me dentures," or something similar. Usually the people saying this need extensive (and expensive) dental work, and they figure that dentures are an easy fix. After all, dentures seem like a no-brainer, right? No cavities, no root canals, no bridges, etc. No expense of going to the dentist every six months, no insurance worries when your dentist tells you that a

2 years ago

Can You Trust Your Dentist?

We often always consider our healthcare options once we move to a new place, but finding a dentist is never something high on the set of priorities. Even though I got a toy after my visits as a child, I always associated these dental visits with Novocaine shots in my mouth and unpleasant drilling and filling my cavities. You will observe the differences.