UV Safety Month: Don’t Overlook Oral Health

It’s UV Safety Month – a great time to remember that it’s essential to protect skin from the sun’s rays. When you’re outside this summer, remember to apply sunscreen to an often-overlooked part of the body: your lips. In fact, 63 percent of sunscreen users don’t protect their pucker.1 Sun exposure to lips can increase… More »

Exercise can be great for your lungs. It also strengthens muscles, helps prevent heart disease and obesity, builds endurance and even improves your mood. But it may not be so great for your teeth. According to the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, athletes who train frequently tend to have more cavities and tooth erosion than those who train or exercise less…. More »

Along with many overall health benefits, sweet-satisfying fruits have benefits for your smile, too! Give these fruits a try this summer: Strawberries are full of gum-building vitamin C. Vitamin C is required for the production of collagen, a protein that maintains gums strength and integrity — and strong gums are an important part of oral… More »

Major League Baseball parks across the country have banned smokeless tobacco, a play that will help encourage fans and players to kick a habit that’s bad for oral and overall health.1 The biggest winners of the new rule may be our nation’s kids, who will no longer see and want to mimic their favorite baseball… More »

Ingredients: 2 cups fresh watermelon, cubed 1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped Directions: In a blender, combine watermelon and strawberries. Blend until smooth. Let mixture sit for 5 minutes before pouring into popsicle molds. Freeze for 6-8 hours and enjoy!

Delta Dental of Illinois provides simple tips to help ensure children’s oral health habits don’t take a vacation When school breaks for the summer, too often, good oral health habits follow suit. According to parents in a nationwide survey by Delta Dental, nearly 30 percent say summer vacation is the most difficult time to get… More »

Wisdom teeth, or “third molars,” are the final set of adult teeth to push through the gums in the back of both sides of the jaws. They usually emerge between the ages of 17 and 21 to complete your full set of 32 teeth. Problems arise, however, when there isn’t enough room for the wisdom… More »

The list of “dos and don’ts” for pregnant women is long – and sometimes contradictory. For example, you may have heard that pregnant women should postpone any dental work until after the baby arrives, but waiting to get treatment for dental issues can actually cause more damage. Here’s the truth behind that myth and three others. … More »