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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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You may not be impressed with your saliva. In fact, you’ve probably often heard of it referred to as plain spit. So what’s the big deal about your saliva? Plenty! Your saliva is actually your body’s unsung super-hero. Even when you’re sleeping, your saliva works hard to protect your mouth and your overall well-being. Before...
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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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Mouth sores can be very annoying and painful and can have many causes. The causes can range from infections – bacterial, viral or fungal – to a loose orthodontic wire or a denture that doesn’t fit or a sharp edge from a broken tooth or filling. But mouth sores may be symptoms of an underlying...
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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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You probably don’t give too much thought to the saliva in your mouth but, if you think of it like a bloodstream you’ll realize how important it is. Like blood, saliva helps build and maintain the health of the soft and hard tissues. It removes waste products from the mouth and offers first-line protection against...
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Dr. Oz talks about the seriousness of Oral Cancer, and what to look for. Click on the link to see a short video on the risks, and how to give yourself an oral cancer check. 1 person every day dies of oral cancer, and there is a new epidemic of HPV related oral cancer incidences....
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Once you start wearing dentures, your oral health and hygiene routine is not over. Dentures should be taken care of just like real teeth. When you take your dentures out, you should brush your gums, tongue, and the roof of your mouth with a soft-bristled toothbrush. You should rinse the dentures well with water and...
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