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The Not-So-Sweet Impact of Sugar on Your Oral & Overall Health

February 2, 2024.Individuals
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Valentine’s Day is a time to be sweet to those you love, whether that means your significant other, your friends, or your family. But there are a few not-so-sweet drawbacks to the love-filled holiday, and that’s the oral and overall health risks of some traditional Valentine’s Day treats. Candy conversation hearts, red velvet cheesecake, and chocolate martinis are all associated with celebration, but they’re also loaded with excess sugar. This matters because consuming too much sugar too often can contribute to: Plaque and tartar buildup Tooth decay Gum disease Overall health problems such as diabetes and heart disease Luckily, there are plenty of ways to limit sugar without losing the romance. Let’s review some oral and overall health risks and how you can avoid them. Sugar’s Impact on Your Oral Health The oral health impact of sugar can last long after the taste. That’s because sugar from candies, sodas, carbohydrates, […]

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Achieve Your Oral Health Goals in 2024

December 22, 2023.Parents
woman brushing her teeth

A new year can be a blank slate – the perfect time to take stock of your current day-to-day and map out future plans. What goals or hopes do you have related to your career, friends and family, fitness, and oral health over the next 12 months? What you choose is up to you – from volunteering or getting better sleep to eating healthier or saving more money, a resolution can be about any trait you want to improve. However, it’s important to think about how to reach those goals as well. Studies show that 80% of New Year resolutions fall short – but they don’t have to! Instead, try these time-tested goal-setting techniques and help your resolutions flourish. New Year, New Goals, New You! By thinking through your resolution in advance, you can make it more concrete and achievable. Use the thought-starters below as you decide how to approach […]

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Discover the Perks of Healthy Holiday Shopping

November 20, 2023.Individuals
Family celebrating

The end of the year is full of holiday cheer, but it can also feel a little hectic. Wrapping up year-end to-do lists during the holiday swing isn’t always easy! But it’s important to stay focused on your oral and overall health. While that means caring for yourself, it also means considering the special people in your life with oral health-related presents. After all, a healthy smile is a gift that keeps on giving! TruAssure members can save money on holiday shopping with TruPerks: Savings on electronics, entertainment, travel, and other gifts with the LifeMart Member Discount Program. Exclusive deals on Philips Sonicare products including electric toothbrushes, water flossers, and more. Smile-Worthy Presents for Any Age   Is there someone on your list who has you stumped? No matter who they are, you can find a little gift-giving inspiration in the list below! For Kids: Making Oral Hygiene Fun These […]

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Give Thanks for Your Smile

October 26, 2023.Parents.#healthy eating

Every November, millions sit down around the dinner table to share the ways they are thankful for one another. They also enjoy a Thanksgiving feast, one of the most anticipated meals of the year! With traditional dishes like mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie, Turkey Day is overflowing with everyone’s favorite comfort foods – but unfortunately, those foods are often also loaded with starches and sugars that can damage your teeth, contribute to gum disease, and negatively influence your health in general. So, as you sit down to your Thanksgiving dinner and consider what you’re grateful for, take a moment to recognize the connection between your diet, your smile, and your overall well-being. Your Mouth in Action One thing to give thanks for during the meal? The way your teeth, mouth, and tongue work together to make sure you can chew, taste, and enjoy your food: Incisors are […]

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Types of Dental Specialists

October 2, 2023.Individuals.#Dental Specialist

When you think of dentistry, your family dental office may come first to mind. A visit to the dentist will often include teeth cleanings and preventive checkups, but the profession expands much further, and your general dentist is just one specialty in the field of dentistry. In honor of National Dental Hygiene Month, which is observed every October, we’ve outlined the most common types of dentists and dental specialists to help you make better-informed choices about specific dental concerns and when to see each one. General dentists (also known as a family dentist) are primary oral health providers, and the most common type of dentist. They play a critical role promoting good oral health habits and preventing dental issues by early detection and treatment of any conditions that could become more serious and costly down the road. Their main responsibilities include routine cleanings, X-rays, and educating patients about proper oral […]

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