The National Confectioners Association (NCA) is estimating $2.5 billion in candy sales this year throughout the U.S. This estimate is a $450 million increase from 2013. That is a lot of candy reaching our children’s mouths! Fortunately for the children’s teeth, the NCA reports that 40 percent of parents nationally take effort to limit their child’s candy consumption, and most encourage brothers and sisters to share their candy verses having all the candy to themselves.
In extreme cases of gum inflammation, periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, can form. This disease is considered more dangerous than gingivitis for a couple of reasons. First, it requires a more invasive treatment – sometimes to the point of gum surgery. Secondly, periodontal disease affects the bones that support the teeth.
Headaches affect 57 to 82 percent of teenagers, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. These headaches are caused by multiple factors, including the act of chewing gum. A recent study published by the Pediatric Neurology journal reported, “Excessive daily gum-chewing may be associated with chronic headache and should get more attention in the medical literature.”
With the start of football season just around the corner, parents are shopping for the best safety equipment to ensure that their children are as protected and comfortable as possible. One of the most important tasks of the offseason is selecting the right mouth guard to protect a player’s teeth, mouth and jaw.
Headaches are often associated with allergies, dehydration, or illness, but oftentimes, headaches can also be the result of joint and muscle stress in the mouth. Considered a neuromuscular problem, the joints and muscles that hold the teeth in place may be forced into a position of resistance whenever the patient bites down, or even closes his or her mouth.
Summer always seems to go by so quickly. Before we know it, the beginning of the school year is here and that’s why Arizonans should take steps today to make sure their families have health coverage heading into the school year.
As our children prepare for back to school, routines are going to change and new schedules are going to form. The demands of homework, extracurricular activities, and sports often cause children and teens to go off their daily routines. Meal times, sleeping schedules, and regular hygiene habits alter, of which, all three factors are extremely important for proper health and mental development.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine states that 40 percent of adult men and 24 percent of adult woman are habitual snorers. This common phenomenon can be very disruptive to family members’ sleep and can often cause loved ones to sleep in a separate room. What many people may not know is that snoring may be a risk factor for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and many other health problems.
Attorney General candidates Republican Mark Brnovich and Democrat Felecia Rotellini debate at the East Valley Tribune office in Tempe on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2014.Question 2: What are your thoughts on the restriction on RU486 and should the state continue to pursue the case to the Supreme Court?