Don’t Ditch Your Dental Floss

Don’t Ditch Your Dental Floss

Recently, the dental industry was rocked by reports that flossing your teeth may not be as important as dentists make it out to be.

“The AP report looked at five analyses of 25 studies in total that compare the use of a toothbrush with the combined use of a toothbrush and floss. The reviews found that evidence supporting the health benefits of flossing is “very unreliable” and of “very low” quality. Other studies cited by the American Dental Association and American Academy of Periodontology as proof of the benefits of flossing used outdated testing methods, lasted for too short a time, or studied too few people to be deemed reliable.”

Keep Flossing For Now

You should be reminded though that this doesn’t show evidence that flossing isn’t essential to your daily oral healthcare routine. It just tells us that not enough time has been spent researching the subject of flossing. At the end of the day, it’s important to remove that extra plaque and leftover food particles clinging to your teeth and gums.

To learn more about the debate over flossing refer to Sorry Haters, But You Can’t Stop Flossing Your Teeth Just Yet.

DIY Teeth Straightening Can Cause Irreversible Damage

DIY Teeth Straightening Can Cause Irreversible Damage

There’s a new trend in the oral health world—teens are attempting to straighten their teeth at home without the advice of a professional. These kids are using household items such as rubber bands or paper clips to get a straight smile and skip the orthodontist altogether.

“Orthodontists are warning parents and patients of the dangers in the recent trend of at-home teeth straightening techniques, saying that in some cases these do-it-yourself braces can cause irreparable damage to your teeth.”

An Orthodontist Should Be Your First Call

Orthodontists are now having these teenagers come into their office and after surveying the damage have to explain that the effects cannot be reversed. Things such as rubber bands can actually proceed up into the gums and kill the root of a tooth. The kids can even lose teeth which can cost anywhere into the five-figure range to replace—much more than the price of proper braces. Bottom line—when it comes to teeth straightening, always seek professional help.

To learn more about this dangerous trend refer to Orthodontists warn against uptick in DIY teeth straightening.

Local Boy Scores No-Hitter

Local Boy Scores No-Hitter

When it comes to the sport of baseball, there’s something you never talk about until the game is over, and that’s a no-hitter. You never want to jinx this rare accomplishment for a pitcher, and luckily in Zeeland West’s first game of the season, no one did.

“Kody Bomers threw a complete game, no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader for Zeeland West against NorthPointe Christian, 9-0.”

A Game He’ll Never Forget

Kody Bomers did what so many professional pitchers dream of doing—not letting a single player from the opposing team get a hit. No matter where the season takes Zeeland West this year, a no-hitter is a huge achievement, and Bomers, the team, the town, and all baseball fans should be proud of this young athlete.

To learn more about Zeeland West’s first game of the 2018 season refer to Prep Rewind: Zeeland West’s Kody Bomers throws complete game, no-hitter in win.

No Matter How Hygienic You Are, Don’t Skip The Dentist

No Matter How Hygienic You Are, Don’t Skip The Dentist

You wake up quickly brush your teeth and you’re on your way with a pearly white smile, right? Wrong. There’s way more prep that goes into keeping your teeth healthy than that. Even if you are somewhat of a perfectionist when it comes to your teeth, your teeth still can’t get all the care they need at home.

“As permissible as your schedule is, make it a habit to visit a dental care clinic regularly for full oral checkup and teeth cleaning. There are dental problems that you may not be able to identify on your own. Adhering to this can save you a whole world of hurt in the long run.”

Regular Dental Visits Are a Necessity

Brushing your whole mouth, not just your teeth is great dental hygiene, so is flossing regularly, maintaining a teeth-friendly diet, and choosing water over sugary drinks as well as alcohol. That being said, no matter how much care you give your teeth, you should still have check-ups done by a professional. Not only do they ensure there are no underlying problems or major health concerns, you’ll also get a professional cleaning that tidies up the messes in your mouth you never even knew you missed.

To learn more about how to take proper care of your teeth refer to 6 Great Dental Hygiene Tips For Healthy, White Teeth.

What Happens If Your Children Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep?

What Happens If Your Children Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep?

When it comes to kids, just how important is a regularly scheduled bedtime? Whether or not your child gets enough hours of sleep each night effects more than you know.

“Regular sleep deprivation often leads to some pretty difficult behaviors and health problems—irritability, difficulty concentrating, hypertension, obesity, headaches, and depression. Children who get enough sleep have a healthier immune system, and better school performance, behavior, memory, and mental health.”

Sleep Is a Major Health Concern

Your child’s sleep is more important than if they’re going to be crabby the next day. An effective amount of sleep is essential for your kids to function and do their very best. It’s not just about how they act though. It’s about how they feel because getting enough sleep is just as important to their health as eating a healthy diet and exercising. Their health doesn’t end at bedtime, and neither does yours.

To learn more about how to make sure your whole family is getting enough sleep refer to Healthy Sleep Habits: How Many Hours Does Your Child Need?

Oral Hygiene Can Help Control Type 2 Diabetes

Oral Hygiene Can Help Control Type 2 Diabetes

So much of the time, overall health begins with oral health.

“A clinical study conducted by researchers of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the UB shows that control of type 2 diabetes improves when the patient attends to dental hygiene.”

Oral Hygiene Is Essential to Your Health

Now that research has now shown that those suffering from type 2 diabetes can help control the disease by managing their oral health, it’s time to once again put an emphasis on how important regular oral hygiene can be. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing, and using mouthwash is essential to keeping your diabetes under control. This routine should be combined with regular visits to your dentist as well as your regular doctor. Who knew something as simple as a daily oral health routine could improve your control over such a dangerous disease?

To learn more about this study refer to A study proves oral health improves diabetes.