Neglected Teeth

By Jayzle-May, age 13, California

We all know that eating healthy, exercising, drinking water, taking vitamins, etc., are all good for our health. We also know that oral health is basic hygiene. Sometimes we might forget to floss this one time or brush our teeth once instead of twice. Neglecting oral health is dangerous to your health. Without proper care, you can get gum disease.

Gum disease, or gingivitis, is a disease you don't want. One of the reasons why people get this disease is because of poor dental hygiene. Gum disease can cause other problems in your body, like respiratory problems, and even lower your life expectancy. If you're older, gum disease can increase the risk of a heart attack. Some symptoms of gum disease are swelling, bleeding gums, mouth sores, or your gums might turn a purplish color. Gingivitis can be uncomfortable for some while painless for others. With all the consequences that come with gingivitis, it's something you shouldn't wish for and you should try to avoid.

Gingivitis is caused by a number of things like uncontrollable diabetes, pregnancy, and poor oral health. No one can completely make themselves immune to gingivitis, but we can take steps to lower our chances of getting gingivitis. Brushing your teeth twice or more a day and flossing at least once a day will accomplish this. Receiving regular checkups with the dentist is also important.

Live Long, Strong, and Beautifully.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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