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Diabetic related health problems can occur in your mouth. Understand what to look for and how to help prevent oral health issues if you have diabetes.

November 4, 2019.Individuals.#dental exam

Diabetes affects more than 30 million people in the United States and one in four of them do not know they have it.1 It affects your body’s ability to produce or use insulin, a hormone that allows your body to turn sugar into energy. Excess sugar in your blood can lead to health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, kidney disease and oral health issues. Oral health problems associated with diabetes. Diabetics are more likely to experience gum disease at an earlier age than those who do not have the disease. Periodontal disease can also change blood glucose levels, making diabetes more difficult to manage. Understand how too much blood sugar can cause pain and infections in your mouth causing problems for your: Teeth. Due to high sugar or glucose blood levels, harmful bacteria can grow which can cause bad breath and also cause a soft, sticky […]

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Teen oral health

October 2, 2019.Individuals.#braces

With school, sports and social outings, it’s easy for teens to lose sight of their oral health. Maintaining good oral hygiene is important at every stage of life, including the teen years.  Use these tips to help your teen have a healthy smile into adulthood. Brush twice and floss once a day.  Following this oral health routine daily should be the norm.  Regular visits to the dentist are important, too, for a professional cleaning and a thorough oral examination. Eat and drink healthy. Teens should choose a variety of foods from the major food groups, drink mostly milk or water and limit sugary snacks. Teens tend to eat often so help them opt for healthy snacks like fruit, veggies or cheese. Soft drinks and sports drinks should also be limited because of their high sugar content, which can lead to tooth decay. Wear a mouth guard. Mouth guards should go […]

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Keeping your mouth healthy for a lifetime

September 9, 2019.Parents.#adult

Oral health is important no matter what your age. Taking proper care of your teeth and gums can help keep the rest of your body healthy by maintaining the balance of good oral bacteria and keeping infections at bay. Following these tips coupled with regular dental visits will help keep your mouth healthy for a lifetime. Infants and Toddlers Baby teeth are important. They help children speak and chew properly and hold space for the permanent teeth growing below the gums.1 Read more. Prior to teeth erupting, wipe baby’s gums with a wet washcloth daily. Once the first baby tooth has erupted, begin brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. Children should visit  the dentist within six months of the first tooth or by age 1. To prevent “baby bottle” tooth decay, do not put a child to sleep with a bottle full […]

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Oral Hygiene – it’s best to follow a routine

August 7, 2019.Individuals.#back to school

Back-to-school time brings routines and order to a more relaxed summer household. As you establish new routines for the day, don’t forget your or your child’s oral health! The importance of establishing an oral hygiene routine Work, school, activities, and family time are often part of busy lives. Some days, you may feel you have no time to spare, but your smile and your overall health depend on simple dental care habits, such as brushing and flossing.1 Developing a good oral health routine and sticking to it daily will prevent dental problems, such as tooth decay. In fact, cavities are one of the most prevalent diseases among children. But even adults benefit when they are mindful of their daily oral hygiene. Start a routine and stick to it – First thing in the morning and last thing at night works well for most. There are no hard and fast rules […]

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The Importance of Protecting Your Lips in the Sun

July 9, 2019.Individuals.#lip balm

You probably know that it’s important to wear sunscreen on your face and body to protect your skin from the sun. Were you aware that the delicate skin on your lips make them particularly vulnerable to the sun? In fact, your lower lip is 12 times more likely to be affected by burning from the sun and skin cancer than the top lip.1 Protect your lips with the daily use of a lip balm or lipstick that offers a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or greater. Because you eat, drink and may lick your lips, you’ll need to reapply often. A good rule to follow is to reapply every hour. While ultraviolet rays are most intense during the summer months, the use of an SPF lip balm protects your lips year-round and can help keep them moist during cooler weather. Prevent sunburn by seeking the shade, especially between 10 […]

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