Category Archives: Dental Facts

Who Was the First Woman Dentist?

By Jenifer Dorsey Lucy Hobbs Taylor, born Lucy Beaman Hobbs, was the first American woman to earn a degree in dentistry. It’s fitting that her birthday, March 14, falls during National Women’s History Month. A true pioneering sprit, Hobbs not … Continue reading

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Is Chewing Gum Bad for Your Oral Health?

By Jenifer Dorsey Whether or not chewing gum is bad for your teeth depends on what type of gum you are chewing. Chewing gum, unlike eating candy, can actually have some dental benefits. According to the American Dental Association, chewing … Continue reading

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What are the Origins of the Tooth Fairy Tradition?

By Jenifer Dorsey It’s a ritual of many American childhoods: When you lose a baby tooth, you place it under your pillow. While you sleep, the Tooth Fairy visits and exchanges it for money. There’s a lot of speculation about … Continue reading

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Should I Brush My Teeth Before or After Breakfast?

By Paul Tiller My assumption has always been that as long as you brush your teeth sometime each morning, you are doing a-ok. I usually undertake my a.m. brushing session soon after breakfast, although I have never thought much as … Continue reading

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What Causes Toothaches?

By Jenifer Dorsey True or False? A toothache means you have a cavity. Answer: It depends. You may have a cavity and feel no pain in or around your teeth. You may have oral pain caused by something other than … Continue reading

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Good for Nothing? Nah, Even Wisdom Teeth are Good for Something!

By Paul Tiller Wisdom teeth are widely seen as a nuisance, pesky holdovers from our distant past that now only seem to cause us pain and trouble. Most dentists share a similar opinion on the value of wisdom teeth. Little … Continue reading

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Prevention Efforts Help Take a Bite Out of Oral Disease

By Paul Tiller For as much as health-related issues weigh on our minds, the importance of good oral health does not seem to receive its fair share of attention. This is unfortunate, especially considering how prevalent dental disease is among … Continue reading

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Whiten Your Smile, Without Busting the Bank

By Paul Tiller Our smile is one of the first things people notice about us. That is why so many people consider it vitally important to keep their teeth looking healthy and clean. While some are perfectly willing to pony … Continue reading

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Adult Dental Visits Decline, Dental Benefits a Likely Culprit

By Jenifer Dorsey It’s easy to let six months, a year, and even multiple years fly by and realize you haven’t been to the dentist for an exam and cleaning. If there’s no pain, everything must be fine, right? Wrong. … Continue reading

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Where Do Lost Teeth Go? New Footage Tells All.

By Jenifer Dorsey Have your children ever asked you what the tooth fairy does with their teeth? A new YouTube mockumentary from the Smithsonian Institution aims to answer this question once and for all. Video footage provides children with historical … Continue reading

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