According to Delta Dental, September is National Healthy Aging Month. In honor of the annual campaign, we wanted to focus this blog on how to take care of your teeth as you age. Unfortunately, as with the rest of the body, the mouth, teeth, tongue, and gums deteriorate with age. Fortunately, however, you can take proactive steps to ward off the effects of aging. In fact, with the right approach, your oral health at age 70 could best someone who is in their 20s.
Oral cancer is any cancer that develops in the lips, gums, tongue, inner lining of the cheeks, roof of the mouth and floor of the mouth (under the tongue). Also related, mouth cancer is one of several types of cancers which are grouped into a category called head and neck cancers. This year, doctors and dentists will diagnose an estimated 54,010 adults (38,800 men and 15,210 women) in the United States with oral cancer.
The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) recently revealed research which links cases of arthritis to dental amalgam fillings. Dentists used to routinely use silver-colored fillings. However, even today, 50% of dentists still use mercury in the United States. Amalgam fillings are most often used now in areas servicing financially disadvantaged children and adults. The reason for this is because amalgam fillings cost less than their composite counterparts.
Without healthy gums, your teeth lack structural integrity. For that reason, allow us to take this opportunity to share how you should take care of this important and all-too-often neglected part of the mouth. Unfortunately, people often experience gum disease without pain. The reason this is problematic is because, unless you’re regularly visiting the dentist and conscientiously flossing and brushing your teeth, you may go for a long period of time before discovering the issue. And the longer gums go neglected, the more serious the underlying problem can become.
Each June, the Dairy Council sponsors National Dairy Month. A month-long celebration of all things dairy, the campaign calls attention to the many contributions the dairy industry makes to the American health and economy. As a dental office, we would like to extend that sentiment to include everything that dairy products do to help build strong bones and healthy teeth!
Dairy products contribute to our health in several ways:
To encourage lifetimes and generations of healthy smiles, the American Dental Association (ADA) and Colgate are collaborating in June to celebrate Oral Health Month. The campaign theme is: Share More Time, Share More Smiles. The celebration is aimed at educating Hispanic families about the importance of proper oral care. Dentists across America (including those us at Blue Ocean Dentistry) also encourage the public to share photos on social media to benefit the ADA Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile program.
The campaign’s theme, “Lead by Example,” speaks to parents, since they influence the health and wellness of their families. The campaign also communicates that an effective way to teach children good oral care habits is by modeling.
National Dental Health Month is held each May, to call attention to dental care. The campaign celebrates preventative care, as an important tool for optimal oral health. In the early 20th century, a few progressive dentists are credited for having promoted the idea of preventative care. Their work help transformed the health of the nation over the next 100 years. First implemented in public schools, regular oral hygiene and patient education have been shown to significantly reduce tooth decay and mouth disease.
Since April is National Alcohol Awareness Month, allow us to focus this blog post on the relationship between alcohol on teeth. Sponsored by the National Council for Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), Alcohol Awareness Month is designed to increase awareness and understanding about the causes and treatment of the nation’s top public health problem: alcoholism. The theme for 2021 is “Changing Attitudes: It’s not a ‘rite of passage.’” The target audience is youth and their parents.
If you’ve ever watched the television show, Survivor, you’ve seen people scraping their teeth with twigs. Contestants do this because their time in the wilderness keeps them far from luxuries, such as toothbrushes and dental floss. Rubbing their pearly whites with sticks is actually a great substitute for regular dental care. But if you’re home, you probably have access to more effective and modern dental hygiene tools. One of the most important of these is floss.
March is National Nutrition Month. Spearheaded annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the campaign focuses on education and information. This year’s theme is “Personalize Your Plate.” In our ongoing effort to promote good health, we are happy to share about the important role nutrition plays in healthy teeth and gums.