Pregnancy: How do I keep my mouth healthy

By Dr. Larisa Naderiani, Dentist and Public Health Professional   A healthy baby starts with a healthy mom. This is true for your teeth and gums, just as it is for the rest of your body. Your growing baby is a part of you, so he or she will benefit from your good health. That’s why it’s so important to keep yourself healthy, including your mouth. Here are five tips for good dental care for pregnant moms-to-be. Keep them on your fridge or bathroom mirror as a reminder! 1. Tell your dentist that you are pregnant. The dentist needs to … Continue reading

Smoking threatens children’s health

Image courtesy of Flickr

Smoking kills, even if you don’t smoke. As a result of widespread tobacco use, approximately 443,000 Americans die each year from tobacco-related illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease, according to a 2008 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 11 percent of these deaths resulted from secondhand smoke exposure.

“[Secondhand smoking] is a very serious problem,” said Geri Healey-Dame, System Director of Respiratory Care for Hallmark Health System. “I believe it’s pretty significant. We see a lot of patients with lung disease. They can be people who have never smoked, but work in a smoking environment, like waitresses and bartenders.” Continue reading