What’s Up with All that Poking at My Gums During Cleaning?

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Have you ever wondered why your dentist starts rattling off a series of numbers to the hygienist in the middle of your cleaning? 2, 2, 3, 2, 4, 5! What’s going on there? What your dentist is doing is checking the depth of gum tissue pockets that surround your tooth. It’s a proactive way to…

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The Tooth-Friendly Diet

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Try these foods to help build strong teeth and healthy gums What you eat affects your mouth not only by building healthier teeth and gums, but also by helping prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Learn how to eat the best diet for your teeth, including the foods to eat, beverages to drink, and what…

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3 Tips for Healthy Summer Smiles

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Summer sun brings summer fun. While warm months are perfect for spending time together, summer vacation can also throw off your usual dental routine. Here are three ways to prevent summertime tooth decay: Stay on a routine Whether your kids are staying up to catch fireflies or a fireworks show, resist the temptation to skip…

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Dental Anxiety: 3 Ways to Stop Fearing the Dentist

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If you ever get nervous just thinking about going to the dentist, you’re not alone. Perhaps you’re scared the visit might hurt or you haven’t been in a while and not sure what the dentist will find. Whatever your reason, the right dental team will make sure your dental and your emotional health are taken…

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Diabetes and Oral Health

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Diabetes and Oral Health During the past 10 years, much research has been undertaken on the link between diabetes and periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is the sixth leading complication of diabetes. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you are 3 to 4 times more likely to develop periodontal disease, with a higher rate of…

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Abscess – What is it?

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What Is It? An abscess is a limited area of pus formed as a result of a bacterial infection. The body’s immune system reacts to the infection, and sends white blood cells to the area to try to get rid of the bacteria. Pus is a mixture of live and dead white blood cells, enzymes…

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Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)

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What Is It? Bruxism is clenching or grinding your teeth, often without being aware that your are doing it. In the United States, bruxism affects an estimated 30 to 40 million children and adults. Some people grind their teeth only during sleep; this condition is called “nocturnal bruxism” or “sleep-related bruxism.” Others grind their teeth…

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Bad Breath: Do You Have It? You May Not Know You Do

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Bad Breath: Do You Have It? You May Not Know You Do Most people are unaware of the fact that they have bad breath, or “halitosis” as dental professionals refer to it. Actually, one in four people have bad breath and some studies have reported that approximately 50 percent of the adult population does have…

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All About Cavities

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What’s In Your Mouth? To understand what happens when your teeth decay, it’s helpful to know what’s in your mouth naturally. Here are a few of the elements: Saliva: Your mouth and teeth are constantly bathed in saliva. Although we never give much thought to our spit, this simple fluid is remarkable for what it…

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Dental Plaque Linked to Cancer Risk

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Dental plaque appears to be a significant predictor of death from cancer, study shows. Poor oral hygiene may be associated with increased risk of cancer and premature death, researchers found. Among healthy adults in Sweden plaque build-up increased the relative risk of premature death 79 percent, Birgitta Söder, PhD, of the Karolinska Institutet in Huddinge,…

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