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The Link Between Oral and Overall Health

March 12, 2018.Individuals.#diabetes

You may want to think twice before postponing your next dental visit. During a dental check-up, your dentist does more than simply clean your teeth and check for cavities. During a routine dental exam, your dentist can spot specific signs and symptoms of more than 120 diseases that may suggest serious health issues. Below are health conditions with oral signs and symptoms that can be identified through a dental exam: Anemia: A mouth with pale gums may lead a dentist to believe a patient has anemia, a condition where the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells circulating throughout its system. Another indicator is a tongue that has lost its normal bumpy texture and now appears smooth. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia: According to the American Dental Association, dentists may be the first health professionals to notice signs and symptoms of eating disorders. Frequent vomiting and nutrient deficiencies associated […]

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Don’t Take a Spring Break from Your Teeth

March 5, 2018.Individuals.#children

March is typically spring break time for kids in school and their families. Breaks from school can sometimes mean break from regular routines, like oral health routine. Oral bacteria doesn’t take a vacation, so help your child maintain good oral health during spring break with these tips. Reestablish oral health routines for the entire family Preventive dental care is the best way to prevent dental issues down the road, like cavities. Scheduling a dental appointment for your child before spring break can help remind them to take care of their teeth during the break. Make a list for your child to help them remember good habits when it comes to their teeth and include the following: Brush twice daily and floss once daily. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Limit sugary drinks and stick to milk or water. Pack smart for spring break Always include the oral health essentials […]

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Periodontal (Gum) Disease Awareness Month

February 20, 2018.Individuals.#dental health

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a leading factor in tooth loss and is also associated with other chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. The main cause of periodontal disease is harmful bacteria found in the plaque that accumulates on teeth. The disease can range from a mild stage, known as gingivitis, to a more severe stage, known as periodontitis. Prevention, and in some cases reversal, of the disease is possible by maintaining good oral health habits and visiting the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. According to the American Dental Association, the following risk factors contribute to the development of periodontal disease, and the following warning signs may help identify the condition: Tobacco (smoking or smokeless) Systemic diseases like diabetes Medications like steroids, specific types of anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs and some calcium channel blockers Poor fitting bridges Crooked teeth Defective fillings Pregnancy or oral contraceptives […]

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

February 9, 2018.Individuals.#children

Good oral health is important to everyone’s overall health and children’s oral health is no exception. Maintaining good oral health habits at an early age, along with regular dental visits, can help prepare a child for a lifetime of good oral health. Every year, February is designated as National Children’s Dental Health Month making it the perfect time to spread the word about how parents and caregivers can help maintain and improve children’s oral health. Despite the fact that tooth decay is preventable, it remains the most common chronic disease of children and teens from age 6 to 19. Establishing an oral health routine early is important. We’re sharing tips on how to make learning about oral health fun for the whole family. Use dental tools that appeal to them The next time you shop for dental supplies, like toothbrushes and toothpaste, let your child pick out a new toothpaste […]

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How Adults Can Benefit From Braces

January 22, 2018.Individuals

Many people think that braces are only for kids or teenagers. But today, more adults are investing in their oral health than ever before. In fact, the number of adults seeking braces has increased significantly in recent years. At the same time, more people are also attempting do-it-yourself methods of straightening teeth. This can cause irreparable damage to teeth. If you’re interested in straightening your teeth, make sure to consult your dentist first.

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