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If you are what you eat, then your teeth will also benefit from what you don’t eat, or maybe what you don’t eat too much of. What you eat eat and drink every day can be as important to your daily oral hygiene as flossing or brushing every day. Some foods you eat are considered...
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Why wait for a New Year to start doing something positive to improve your health this year. The beginning of a new year is a popular time to make resolutions to be healthier, but making changes to improve your health can happen whenever you’re ready. In fact, you can make a resolution, or two, to...
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If anyone says that there’s no such thing as seasonal depression, they haven’t survived a winter here in the Northwest. The good news for those of us living around here: Spring is almost here. That means we’re only about 4 more months away from consistent sunlight. When do locals say summer starts in Seattle? The...
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Did you know that your mouth has it’s own ecosystem? On any given day, your mouth is home to more than 6 billion bacteria. That’s pretty impressive, considering the total human population is about 7.3 billion. And a lot of these types of bacteria – there are about 700 different species – enjoy calling your...
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What’s painless, doesn’t take much time, is good for your overall health, and can save you money? Professional teeth cleaning! Really? Why should you make the trip to the dentist, especially if you already brush and floss (correctly), after every meal? Because dental plaque, the sticky bacteria that builds up on your teeth, starts forming...
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Living with physical pain is, unfortunately, a rite of passage for many adults. Fortunately, for most of us, the pain usually goes away, but sometimes it’s chronic, or more severe. And more often than not, pain is a sign that there’s something more serious going on in. Besides chronic back pain, few things are as...
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Preventing gum disease and keeping this stealthy villain away may require super-hero efforts. Gum disease (aka periodontal disease) is now considered to be one of the most common diseases in our country. 85% of Americans suffer from some form of it, yet most aren’t aware they have it, until, well, they already have it. Why?...
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Father’s Day may come and go, but men taking care of their health is a tough, year-round job. Because June is Men’s Health Month, it’s a good time to remind men to take better care of themselves. And because good oral health is directly linked to longevity, the timing is perfect for this reminder: Take...
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When diabetes is not controlled properly, high glucose levels in saliva may create problems that lead to an increased risk of tooth decay. Your teeth are covered with plaque, a sticky film of bacteria. After you eat food that contains sugars or starches, the bacteria react with these sugars to release acids that attack tooth...
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Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that covers our teeth and, when we eat something, these bacteria release acids that attack the tooth enamel. When these attacks are repeated over time, the enamel will break down and this will eventually lead to cavities. When plaque is not removed through daily brushing and cleaning it...
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