We usually think of mouth guards for our school ages athletes as something only necessary for football and hockey, but the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a sports mouth guard for all your competition, regardless of age and the American Dental Association recommends mouth guards for the following sports. Acrobatics Football Martial Arts Skiing…

Gum disease, by definition, is inflammation of the gums and abnormal loss of bone that holds your teeth in place. Gum disease is caused by toxins secreted by bacteria in “plaque” that accumulate over time along the gum line. This plaque is a mixture of food, saliva and bacteria. There are two types of gum…

Children's Dental Health Month Since 1941, people have been observing National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM). What started as a one-day observance on Feb 3rd in Cleveland, Ohio, progressed into a weeklong event by 1955, and has now turned into a nationally observed month. Every year during the month of February, thousands of dental professionals,…

Any adult with Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) insurance knows the struggle of having dental work completed. In the past if you had AHCCCS and were 21 years of age or older there were no dental benefits unless medically necessary. As of October of this year this is no longer the case. If…

If you are like some Americans, you may have an overwhelming feeling of fear when the dentist or any type of dental procedures are mentioned. Many people, in fact, go years without seeing a dentist due to their anxiety. Unfortunately, this means that their oral health diminishes and more extensive work needs to be done…

Many of us think that Gatorade is a close substitute to water, that apple juice is better than soda, and that energy drinks are a “must” some days. But how true are these assumptions? I have put together a chart below to help you better understand the amount of sugars that go into many common…