May is Better Speech and Hearing Month. For 75 years, concerned health professionals and organizations have highlighted the importance of our two main forms of interpersonal communication—and the problems that can result when things go wrong with them. In fact, Helen Keller noted that her lack of speech and hearing was more troubling than blindness, because blindness separated her from things, while speech and hearing impairments separated her from people. It’s a sobering thought.
In the month of May, every year since 1963, folks all over the country have taken the time to recognize the contributions older adults make to our society. So, if you were born in the first year that Older Americans Month was celebrated, you’d now be entering your sixth decade—old enough to start thinking about how to maintain the appearance and the function of your teeth for the rest of your life.
Every year you probably tell yourself you’re going to save your tax refund. Maybe for that long overdue vacation or a down payment on that new car you’ve been eying. Or maybe just for a rainy day. According to a CNN Money article, Americans spent their 2011 refund return on five major areas – paying down debt, savings, everyday expenses, major purchases and vacations.
Online dating continues to surge as a way to meet new people or potential mates. Adults ages 50 to 65 make up one quarter of all match.com members, according to an article on money.usnews.com. That’s just one of many online dating services. But if you’re missing teeth, or if your dating profile is missing a photo, you may be missing out on love.
Sometimes, even a well-meaning person will get a fact wrong. That’s a misunderstanding. When they tell someone else, it’s a bit of misinformation. Repeat it often enough and it becomes a myth. Dental implants, like many other things, have accumulated a small body of myths around them. Let’s try and clear up a few of those myths right now.
Easter is over but are you now thinking about all the ramifications of those Peeps and jelly beans you’ve eaten? The Easter Bunny has a way of just dropping off those sugary baskets and hopping away. But it isn’t just your waistline that might be paying for all that yummy candy and chocolate you’ve consumed. Your teeth might be suffering, too.
According to the ancient Roman calendar, March was the first month of the year. Today, we no longer celebrate New Year’s Day in March – but it may be time to make some resolutions anyway. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has declared March National Nutrition Month, and they’re putting the focus on helping you make better food choices and achieve a healthier lifestyle. So what does all this have to do with your teeth?
What’s the big deal if you lose one tooth? If you started with 32, like the average adult, then you can lose one and still have 97% of your teeth remaining. Isn’t that good enough?
The answer is: It all depends! It’s probably okay as long as you are only losing your wisdom teeth. But if you are losing one of the other 28, you may be surprised to hear that it isn’t okay. In fact, it’s not good at all.
March is National Nutrition Month. It’s a time for us to focus on making informed food choices while developing good eating and physical activity habits. The goal is to "Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day." And our mouths serve as our gateways to proper nutrition. Yet, adults ages 20 to 64 have an average of 3.28 decayed or missing permanent teeth, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. But
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