Author Archives: Steven Altman, DDS

The Power of Smiling

Smiling is often thought of as the result of a positive outlook or happy situation. While you are certainly more likely to smile when things are looking up, the power of your pearly whites can work in both directions. Sometimes, smiling will give you a boost of chemicals that can help produce positive emotions even […]

Millennials don’t know how to brush their teeth.

Millennials aren’t so great at brushing their teeth, even when they’re asked to brush to the best of their ability. That’s the finding of a new study in BMC Oral Health that evaluated the toothbrushing habits of young adults. Researchers from Germany recorded dozens of young adults brushing their teeth supposedly to the best of […]

6 Simple Ways to Stop a Toothache Fast

These hacks can give you some relief while you wait to see your dentist There are a whole slew of body pains that hurt like hell, but a toothache is going to rocket to the top of any list. And if you’re not a huge fan of going to the dentist, a toothache can be […]

U.S. sugary drink consumption is declining

Sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption is declining, according to a new study from Harvard University researchers. While Americans are drinking fewer sugary beverages than they were a decade ago, consumption still exceeds the limit recommended by the U.S. government. Americans appear to be getting the message about the dangers of added sugars, according to new research […]

Top 5 Worst Halloween Candy for Your Teeth, According to Dentists

by Carly Zinderman, originally published in Reader’s Digest Chewy candies The reason candy, in general, is harmful to teeth is that bacteria in the mouth burn the sugar, creating acid as a byproduct, explains Matthew Messina, DDS, spokesperson for the American Dental Association (ADA). The acid then dissolves tooth enamel, which is what causes cavities. […]

Is bottled water RUINING your teeth?

We test pH levels of seemingly innocent brands – and the results may surprise you… By Maggie O’neill For Dailymail.com 11 August 2017 It is widely known that soda, beer and coffee are bad for your teeth. Bottled water, however, seems harmless. But dentists warn that is not always the case. Some of the most […]

4 oral healthcare points for your pregnant patients

1. Oral health can affect pregnancy outcome A pregnant women’s oral health can affect the outcome of her pregnancy. Studies have found associations between periodontal infections and preterm birth, or babies being born early. However, research has not shown that pregnancy outcomes improve with dental treatment. “A mother who has poor oral health has a […]

Kid-Tested, Dentist-Approved: 6 Teeth Cleaning Tips from Dentist Parents

Click here for more Family Dentistry As a parent, you may have more in common with your dentist than you think. Many moms and dads—even dentists—struggle to keep their children’s mouths and teeth clean. ADA dentist Dr. Gene Romo is a father of four – ages 13, 10, 8 and 2. “As you can imagine, […]

These States Are the Happiest and Healthiest

David Johnson Feb 01, 2017 Have you gone to the dentist in the past 12 months? Your answer to that question is a key predictor of your health and livelihood, according to a new report from Gallup and Healthways that ranks states by well-being. “People who go to the dentist are generally better at evaluating […]

Infrequently Asked Questions: Why do we have wisdom teeth?

And what makes them so wise? With millions of wisdom teeth extracted every year, it’s worth asking: If they’re such a (potential) danger to our health, why do we have them at all? Curious, we reached out to Jefferson University Hospital’s Robert Diecidue, chairman of oral and maxillofacial surgery, and Daniel Taub, vice chair of […]