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sodamachine200WARNING: Soda Can Cause Obesity, Diabetes and Tooth Decay

If California lawmakers approve a bill introduced last week, soda and other beverages sweetened with added sugars would carry a health warning similar to the danger labels for cigarettes and alcohol.

"STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay."

(Keep reading for recipes for refreshing alternatives to soda.)

Gumdisease200February, the month of love, is the perfect time to focus on the heart.

The heart is a vital, muscular organ that pumps blood to various parts of the body. A sick heart can spell disaster for overall health; heart disease is the #1 killer of men and women in the U.S.

Surprisingly, one of the keys to a healthy heart is a healthy mouth. That’s because gum disease roughly doubles the risk of heart disease.

How are the heart and mouth are connected? And what can we do to prevent gum disease? 

It’s never too late to improve your dental health. Until, that is, it’s too late.

tooth200Death by dental abscess is rare in the developed world, yet it happens. And severe dental decay can trigger dental infections which, untreated, lead to sinus infections, brain abscesses and blocked airways. 

(Guess which group is bigger: the percentage of people who resolve to floss daily? Or the percentage who say they never make New Year's resolutions?  Click here to find out and  keep reading for healthy tooth tips.)

peppermint‘Tis the season of decadent sweets and visions of sugar plums! But sugar-laden holiday treats are especially hard on teeth.

That's because sugar mixes with bacteria to produce acid that attacks tooth enamel. Even worse, sticky plaque constantly forming on teeth makes those harmful acids cling to the teeth, causing even more decay. (Maybe those sweets don’t sound so sweet after all!) 

To get you and your pearly whites through this time of year, Delta Dental of Washington shares a few tooth-healthy tips:

Ha! Nearly 80 percent of parents admit they delve into their child’s Halloween candy stash. And that’s not even counting the parents who don’t 'fess up—or the ones who stock up on bags of treats weeks before Oct. 31 and can’t resist snacking.Tip 3 Tooth Fairy

While it’s OK for you and your kids to indulge a sweet tooth every now and then, it’s important to realize some treats can harm teeth more than others.

This Halloween, keep your mouth healthy and your sweet-tooth satisfied with the following tips from Delta Dental of Washington: