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Bulimia’s Effect on Teeth

A life of bingeing and purging Bulimia is an eating disorder in which people binge-eat large amounts of food. Then they purge — throw up, fast, or engage in some other “purging” behavior such as using laxatives or exercising to excess — in an attempt to rid their bodies of all the extra calories. Constant cycles […]

How to Get Rid of Cavities

What causes cavities? Dental cavities, or caries, are tiny holes in the hard surface of the teeth. They are caused by bacteria on the surface of teeth creating acid out of sugar. The most common culprit is a bacterium known as Streptococcus mutans. The bacteria form a sticky film known as plaque. The acids in plaque […]

Chipped Tooth

Overview Enamel — or the tough, outer covering of your teeth — is one of the strongest substances in your body. But it does have it limits. A forceful blow or excessive wear and tear can cause teeth to chip. The result is a jagged tooth surface that can be sharp, tender, and disfiguring. Causes of […]

Identifying and Treating a Dead Tooth

Overview Teeth are made up of a combination of hard and soft tissue. You may not think of teeth as living, but healthy teeth are alive. When the nerves in the pulp of the tooth, which is the inner layer, become damaged, such as by injury or decay, they can stop providing blood to the […]

Guard Your Health: Health and Wellness for Soldiers and Families

Maintaining mission readiness, while balancing dual responsibilities as citizens and Soldiers, can present challenges for Army National Guard (ARNG) Soldiers and their families. Enter Guard Your Health, a website dedicated to the unique health and wellness needs and experiences of Army National Guard Soldiers and their families. The website provides a central online hub for the […]

What does a physician have to say about teeth? Lots!

Our friends at The Mighty Mouth have done a fantastic job using video to promote good oral health. Some of our favorites are those featuring Dr. Ben Danielson, a pediatrician in Seattle, Washington with lots to say about the oral health of kids and expectant mothers. Dr. Ben Danielson reviews smart snacks for a healthy mouth: Choosing […]

Exploring a 2Gen Approach to Improve Dental Health

When children struggle to get the dental care they need, the obstacle often can be traced to challenges being faced by their parents or caregivers. The Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP), a nonprofit policy institute, has launched an initiative to examine these connections and explore whether multi-generational policy solutions can improve oral health. In a new […]

Pediatricians Prefer Prevention

Guest Blog Post by Lori Byron, MD, FAAP, Member Executive Committee, Council on Environmental Health, American Academy of Pediatrics Good overall health includes good oral health! Fortunately, dental health has improved radically in the past century. Unfortunately, Black, Latinx, and Native American children, and those from families with low incomes, continue to experience health disparities, oral […]

New Resources: Common Questions About Fluorosis and Fluoride

Parents have questions, and we have answers. The Campaign for Dental Health has just released new, simpler versions of two of our handouts for parents and caregivers, in both Spanish and English. Enhanced graphics, bold formatting, and a reduction in the amount of text makes these quicker and easier to read. Fluorosis Facts (Spanish) – Explains sources […]

Breaking News! Water Fluoridation Helps Reduce Decay in U.S. Kids and Teens

A new analysis has found that community water fluoridation (CWF) reduces decay by as much as 30-39% in children’s baby teeth (primary dentition) and by 12-24% in permanent teeth. The analysis was complex. It merged National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) results with Water Fluoridation Reporting System (WFRS) data and ran multivariate analyses with […]