Archive for June, 2015

What Was Dental Health Like in the Middle Ages?

When we think of medieval times, we picture peasants with rotted and missing teeth but Tim O’Neill, MA Medieval Literature, says during the Middle Ages, a white smile and pleasant breath were admirable attributes. During the Middle Ages, there’s evidence that people used toothpastes, powders, treatments, and even mouth washes for halitosis! Sugar wasn’t widely […]

Bruxism, Grinding or Clenching Teeth, and Dental Health

If you’ve awoken with a sore jaw or your dental health professional has noticed your teeth are ground down or damaged, you may be clenching your teeth during the day or grinding them while you sleep. The condition of subconsciously grinding or clenching teeth is known as bruxism. People who grind their teeth at night […]

eCigarettes & Dental Health

eCigarettes or “vaping” has become a popular alternative to cigarettes. Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of illness and death in the US. Inhalation of tar and other toxic chemicals is linked to cancer and heart disease, as well as many other health issues. Enter eCigarettes, electronic, battery-operated devices that simulate the act of […]

Soda and Your Teeth

As summer’s heat waves are around the corner, we often grab a soft drink or sports drink when we’re thirsty. Did you know the beverage you choose can impact your dental health? According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, carbonation, sugar, and acids in soda can weaken tooth enamel and encourage the growth of […]

Dehydration, Water, & Sports Drinks

With the increased humidity and heat, it’s important to stay hydrated. According to the Mayo Clinic, if you’re exercising or even just doing everyday activities in humidity, your sweat can’t evaporate to cool down your body temperature. Children, older people, and endurance athletes are more prone to dehydration. How much water do you need per […]