July 1, 2011 |
Cavities are more complex than we thought. Sugar is still the leading culprit — and genetics, diet, immunity, susceptibility, oral hygiene and fluoride exposure play roles — but a large and growing body of research suggests that oral decay is also an infectious disease. Numerous studies have found that cavity-causing bacteria can be passed from primary caregivers to infants and toddlers during a period in which the children's immune systems are not fully developed — putting young children at a higher risk of cavities.
July 7, 1988 |
Q: My old female Afghan has occasional spells of dry coughing, as though she's trying to clear her throat. Also, she seems thirstier than in the past. I am fearful that it may be a heart cough or that the need for water could indicate diabetes. We got the dog when she was 6 or 7 and were told then that she has always been sedentary. She is 11 or 12 now and is still lying around. She is very shy except with me, and I hate subjecting her to the strain of visiting a vet.
July 14, 1991 |
For many moms and dads, playing the tooth fairy is a snap: Retrieve the loot and leave a coin. But Tom and Kathy Swantko wanted to make the most of their daughters' make-believe years. So, the Reseda couple created a package of 12 different messages--written in calligraphy on fairy-dusted paper--to tuck under sleepyheads. That's right, Letters From the Tooth Fairy.
March 2, 1998
Even though they do not have any teeth yet, premature babies can expect to have dental complications as they grow older. About 6% of babies are born before their due date and below 7.2 pounds; of these, up to 70% will have enamel hypoplasia when their teeth erupt, according to a recent dental study. Enamel hypoplasia will cause teeth to look brownish, be softer, less smooth, or more prone to decay or chipping.
April 7, 1996 |
The Chinese toss the tiny teeth onto roofs. Mexicans offer them to el raton, a gray mouse, and Swedes sweep them under the rug. If these rituals sound strange, how about the American custom: bartering with a nocturnal fairy? The Tooth Fairy made her debut in the United States around the turn of the century, rooted in the belief in fairies imported by immigrants from Great Britain. But while unique, our custom is no fly-by-night.
October 4, 1997 |
In the TV movie "Toothless," Kirstie Alley plays a deceased dentist doing penance for her misspent life by serving time as the tooth fairy. The real question is: What did Alley do to deserve such a gummy mess? Not even the free-spirited, comedic appeal of the "Veronica's Closet" star can save this hollow tale of redemption--the first original production in ABC's new "Wonderful World of Disney" series (it opened last week with "Toy Story"). Alley portrays Dr.
July 19, 1999 |
I just got back from the dentist. (No cavities, you'll be glad to know, though a tad more flossing wouldn't hurt.) While I was there, my dentist, Dr. Anthony Abdalla of Pasadena, took a trip down memory lane. When he was a kid, he told me, his dad had a fearsome set of electrician's pliers for removing loose baby teeth. Young Anthony worried about the size of those pliers, so he took matters into his own hands. He used candy. "I'd chew up some Sugar Daddies, bite into them, then go yank!
April 7, 1989 |
Most people can't remember when they lost their two front teeth. Terri Lyne Carrington can never forget. Scores of newspaper and magazine profiles written about the 24-year-old drummer remind her that at age 7--because of the natural and, for most kids, insignificant, loss of two baby teeth--she gave up the saxophone and took up the drums. One year later, 8-year-old Terri Lyne was going to jazz clubs and sitting in on jam sessions--on her bio, it's called her time of "paying dues."
April 13, 1996 |
Cincinnati Red owner Marge Schott recently said whimsically, "Wouldn't it be nice if we were all dogs?" This is the same Schott who said she felt "cheated" that a game at Riverfront Stadium was being postponed after umpire John McSherry's death. Comment from Peter Gammons of the Boston Globe: "My dog is insulted by the thought of being in the same species as Marge Schott." Trivia time: Who are the four former UCLA players drafted by the Lakers in the first round?
December 25, 1990
For ages, pacifiers have calmed fussy infants and offered parents a better night's sleep. But with pacifier use comes parental concern: Will pacifier use in infancy mean outlandish orthodontia bills later on? Is a pacifier just a crutch? Here, two experts discuss pacifier use and abuse. Dr. Wanda Claro, Irvine pediatric dentist and orthodontist "Pacifiers are better than thumbs. If the child needs a pacifier to calm himself, let him have one.