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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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Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. There is a very slight gap between the tooth and the gum. Periodontal diseases attack this gap and cause a breakdown in the attachment of the tooth and its supporting tissues. When the tissues are damaged, the gap develops into a pocket and,...
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Many people think that when they get older, they are going to lose their teeth and need dentures.  This couldn’t be further from the truth! Advancements in dental techniques and the increased focus on preventive dentistry means older adults are keeping their natural teeth longer than ever before. A survey by the National Institute of...
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Though many of us say we brush our teeth regularly, you get the best results by making sure you brush properly. Here are the steps you should follow: First, place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Then, move the brush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide) strokes. Brush the outer tooth...
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Close to 37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. The 5 year overall survival rate for oral cancer is 52%, but when discovered early, it increases to 80-90% The death rate associated with this...
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