DR. CRAIG: Now hold on just a minute. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. It's true that there is no standard checkup
Straightening your teeth to improve your smile and general health shouldn't be taken lightly. It should be on the front burner of your overall physical health and hygiene, as it's one of the first thing people see on your face.
Dentists everywhere ashamed by the killer of Cecil the Lion...
People in the Middle Ages considered healthy, white teeth a sign of beauty and wrote of sweet smelling breath as a desirable attribute. So, not surprisingly, we have extensive evidence that people liked to keep their teeth clean and a large amount of evidence of tooth pastes, powders and treatments, as well as mouth washes and treatments for halitosis.
Gummy vitamins in moderation won't hurt too bad, but it won't make you immune to sickness and doesn't give you an excuse to skimp out on your daily fruits and veggies. Eat a balanced diet, stay active and wash your hands frequently for your best, healthiest self.
My dentist only gives out "soft" bristle toothbrushes. Dentists will always tell you to use a soft brush. It makes you wonder
If your children eat candy, make sure it's under a controlled environment. Have drinking water available to them (to buffer the huge hit of acids that ensue within minutes of candy consumption) and a toothbrush nearby (for the mandatory tooth brushing session within 20 minutes of the candy consumption).
We've made great progress, with each generation enjoying better dental health than the one before, but there's still a dangerous divide between those with good dental health and those without.
Like most sane people, I'm terrified of the dentist. It's a reasonable fear. After all, dentists reach into your open mouth with pointed metal objects and jab around until you spit blood.