My dentist must hate me. Every time I go and she wants to do X-rays, I refuse. Nope, I don’t want them, they can’t be good for you, I don’t want that radiation in my body. To which she responds by trying to tell me it’s perfectly safe and can help detect any issues. Unless there’s a problem that you can see, I’m not budging, I say. This goes back and forth for a few minutes (don’t they make a note of this in their charts or something?), and then she finally concedes. I know they all think I’m a freak, but next time, I want to bring a new research study that suggests people who had certain kinds of dental X-rays in the past may be at an increased risk for brain tumors. I knew it! More
Topic: dental health
With Halloween comes fear, mainly of cavities and weight gain. But if you’re not careful, you could end up with a real horror show on your hands: Gum disease. It’s something that is surprisingly easy to develop, even if you’re a devoted gym rat and eat a totally clean, low-sugar diet. E, a successful executive in Toronto who prides herself on her pristine physical health, told us that she visited her dentist only to get shocking feedback from her hygienist: That while she appeared to take great care of her health, her oral health was in shambles, and would require serious attention to get back on track. She’s been able to repair the damage done from forgetting to floss, but often, the outcome isn’t so pretty. (Remember our story about the 34-year-old with the gums of an 85-year-old? She had to have incredibly painful oral surgery.) More
Remember the 34-year-old with the gums of an 85-year-old? She doesn’t have them anymore. But it took two gum graft surgeries to rectify her excessive gum recession (which, as her dentist informed her, could be caused by genetics or orthodontistry). And the process wasn’t fun. Read on for the rest of what happened between her and her periodontist… More
I never thought I would have to worry about my gums until I was 85, around when my liver failed so Iâ€™d be inching toward the grave anyway. At a certain age, mouths are overrated. I knew there might be a root canal here and there before then, a crown for good measure. But I didnâ€™t get more cavities than the next chick. More
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The top food source of omega-3s is fish. Fish oil supplements are also high in the beneficial fatty acids. More
As we know, poor dental health may be linked to heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. They didn’t know that back in the 1960s, but apparently they still took their dentist visits seriously. Just be glad not everyone on your morning bus isn’t so interested in your dental hygiene.
Check out this post from Cat Marnell at Lemondrop.
Continuing the Lemondrop bad-teeth debate: If you ever want to feel really depressed, go visit a celebrity dentist! I found this out the hard way a couple years ago when, as a magazine editor, I visited the famous Dr. Fang, DDS, renowned for his glamorous celebrity clients, glossy veneers, and E!-network-worthy fake tan.
His tony uptown Manhattan office was extra-sexy, with sleek white leather furniture like a Palm Springs porno set and random Playboy magazines scattered amidst the Ws and Allures. The message? This was not a dentist’s office for your dumb kids and their lame cavities, OK? Hygiene = out! Looking sexy = in, and if you forgot it, the weird framed photos of Karolina Kurkova looking gape-mouthed everywhere would certainly remind you. More
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Today’s Question: Sometimes pain in your teeth can stem from unusual sources. Which of the following activities could indirectly lead to tooth pain: Lifting weights, painting your house, or cooking? More
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Next time your dentist tells you you’re due for a filling, curse your gender (and your babies, if you have any). According to a study published in ScienceDaily, women are more likely than men to get cavities, largely because of … More