For many families, a lost baby tooth means a visit from the Tooth Fairy and the exchange of money for the pearly white. But have you ever wondered how the friendly, businesslike fairy came to be? While tales of Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny have long been traced back by historians and folklorists, the … Continue reading Meet a Smile Icon: The History of the Tooth Fairy
In the whirlwind of shopping for school supplies, clothes, and groceries, a balanced lunch can fall to the sidelines. It may seem easier to turn to the school cafeteria, but the average school-provided lunch often doesn’t measure up to a healthy homemade one. This doesn’t mean lunch has to be expensive: packing your own lunch … Continue reading School Lunch Ideas for Great Teeth
Happy Fourth of July from all of us at Dr. Susan Tikson’s office! For some people, July 4th is synonymous with parades and concerts, while for others, it is all about the backyard barbecues. It’s been estimated that about 74 million Americans grill out every Fourth of July. No matter what your final destination is … Continue reading Enjoy Fourth of July Barbecues While Caring for Your Smile
Summer is here which means trips to the pool, outings at the park and road trips to visit family and friends. So what do all of these summer excursions have in common? Kids will be hungry, but healthy snacks aren’t always available at concession stands and drive-thru windows. So what’s a parent to do? Dr. … Continue reading Great Summer Snacks for Kids
This year, nearly 50,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with oral and oropharyngeal cancer. It’s important to distinguish oral cavity cancers from oropharyngeal cancers because they often have different etiologies and prognoses. The 5-year survival rate for oral and oropharyngeal cancer is about 65%, and has improved dramatically over the last few decades. Still, … Continue reading Oral Cancer Awareness Month
Are you self-conscious about your not-so-pearly whites? Do you avoid smiling when you have your picture taken? Something as simple as the color of your teeth can affect your everyday life. The good news is, there are many different options when it comes to whitening your teeth. The first step to a brighter smile is to visit your dentist to help determine the cause.
Do you ever find yourself waking up in the morning with a tight, sore jaw or headache or earache? Chances are you have bruxism. This common disorder causes you to clench or grind your teeth during the night or day and can lead to jaw problems and damaged teeth. Most people clench instead of grind their teeth. More than 80% of the population is affected by some sort of TMD (temporomandibular disorder).