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Why Oral Health Matters for Men

May 23, 2024.Individuals
Two men running and smiling

Hey men, listen up! Did you know June is Men’s Health Month? Let’s celebrate by learning more about why men – even more than women – need to be extra vigilant about their oral health care. Men are more at risk When it comes to oral health, there’s a surprising difference between the genders – and that’s sobering news for men, who are more likely than women to experience oral health issues like cavities, gum disease, dental trauma, and oral cancers.[1] There are many potential reasons for this – including unhealthy habits. Studies have shown that men are more likely than women to: Forget to brush and floss.[2] Skip routine dental visits.[3] Drink alcohol and use tobacco. Spend time in the sun absorbing UV rays.[4] Ignore oral health issues until they get worse.[5] Play contact sports without wearing a mouth guard. Ride a bike or motorcycle without a helmet. There […]

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Don’t Let Stress Affect Your Smile

April 30, 2024.Individuals.#Dental routine
Woman relaxing on couch

There are a lot of great reasons to focus on your mental and emotional well-being – it can strengthen your relationships, boost your productivity, and reduce your risk for anxiety and depression. But did you know that caring for your emotional health can also support your oral health?  Several oral health conditions can stem from, or be complicated by, excess levels of stress. These include: Canker sores Dry mouth Gum disease (periodontitis) Teeth grinding (bruxism) Say “yes” to self-care Self-care isn’t selfish. In fact, making sure you have time and space for yourself is a vital part of reducing stress. How you approach self-care should be unique to you, but here are a few tips for getting started: Try to exercise regularly. Even a short walk allows you to enjoy the scenery, while still bringing benefits of movement. Practice relaxation techniques such as yoga, guided meditation, or deep breathing. Eat […]

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The Harmful Effects of Alcohol and Tobacco

March 26, 2024.Individuals
man drinking and smoking

Most people already know that smoking is a major health risk and excessive alcohol can cause many health problems. But you may not know the other ways they can make an impact – for example, how can drinking and smoking change your physical appearance? How do substances harm your teeth and gums? Are there ways to reduce risk? If you want to maintain or improve your oral and overall health, it’s useful to review the harmful and potentially dangerous effects these habits may have on your smile – then you can use the knowledge as a powerful motivator to break free and embrace a healthier you! Smoking, Drinking, and Your Physical Appearance The unhealthy ingredients and chemicals in tobacco and alcohol products can alter your appearance in ways that you might not guess. Exposure to smoke from tobacco can: Change your collagen levels, leading to loose-looking skin under your eyes […]

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Kick off the School Year with a Smile!

July 12, 2023.Parents.#back to school
Students raising their hands in a classroom.

As schools prepare to resume classes this fall, parents should make sure their kids are healthy and well to start the school year right. That includes scheduling a routine dental checkup. Importance of preventive oral health care Dental problems can interfere with children’s eating, speaking, and learning abilities. Regular dental screenings and cleanings can help to prevent cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems. Back-to-school is also a great time to review how pre-estimates can be utilized when determining costs of various treatments that might arise before the end of the year. Benefits of routine dental checkups Routine screenings help to identify any potential problems early on. Early detection and treatment of dental problems can help prevent more severe problems from developing. Dentists can also help educate children about the importance of good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing techniques and healthy snacking. During a routine cleaning dentists remove […]

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Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month!

October 6, 2022.Individuals.#dental care

October is typically most recognized for Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating with bags full of candy. But did you know October is also National Dental Hygiene Month? An entire month dedicated to promoting healthy mouths, gums, and teeth. All of which allow us to enjoy a little well-deserved sweet treat at the end of the month! Here are a few ways to celebrate – and better understand dental hygienists’ role in supporting healthy and happy smiles. Oral and overall health are linked It is essential to keep up good dental hygiene regardless of age. Your oral health is connected to your overall health. Studies show that gum disease is linked to many health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. In fact, more than 120 diseases can be detected by the dentist during a routine dental exam — an important reason to visit the dentist for routine exams. Learn more about […]

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