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Eating and drinking habits change all the time and within the last decade, there has been a prevalence of soda drinking. Years ago, buying a soda was rare on a day-to-day basis and most soda was only consumed at special events such as parties or celebrations. Today, it is not uncommon for soda to be consumed at every meal or three to four times a day.
Not only has soda consumption increased, but also the size of the sodas is increasing, too. At the beginning of soda's popularity, standard bottle sizes were 6.5 ounces; now you can buy bottles of 10, 12, 16 and 26 ounces.
What is HPV?HPV is an abbreviation for the human papilloma virus. HPV is a virus that is transmitted through sexual contact (either genital or oral). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 40 types of the virus and currently more than 79 million Americans are infected. Most people who have HPV show no symptoms and many do not even know they have the virus. Other people become infected with warts on the skin or warts in the genital area.
A toothache is a sharp pain that is felt in and around a tooth. The pain varies from person to person, but is usually a sign of a problem with the gums or teeth. The most minor toothache is pain caused by sensitive teeth. A slight tingle or pain may be felt by eating or drinking something hot, cold, sweet or sour.
Sometimes pain in the teeth can be caused by sinus problems. This may be the case if the pain is limited to the maxillary (top) teeth and occurs in several teeth at one time. Decay also can cause toothaches and pain.
Another cause of toothaches is bruxism, or grinding of the teeth that causes toothaches or sensitivity. Bruxism not only causes pain in the teeth, but it can also cause pain in the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. Whatever the pain is from, you should never ignore a toothache.
Throughout your lifetime, there have been many advancements such as TVs, cars, cell phones, computers, etc. Advancements have even been made with toothbrushes, so why are you using the same old manual toothbrush that was invented thousands of years ago? Experts believe that electric toothbrushes are more efficient and better at removing plaque than manual brushes when using the correct technique and brushing for two minutes twice a day.
It is possible to brush your teeth adequately with a manual toothbrush, but if you have dexterity issues such as arthritis or other conditions that limit your movement or cause pain, an electric toothbrush would be a great alternative.
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