Financing Oral Health Care

For some patients living paycheck to paycheck, it can be hard enough to scrape by paying for basics like food and shelter, let alone some dental procedures such as oral surgery. For those patients, it often comes down to a choice: Wait and let the problem get worse or make some tough decisions to pay for a procedure sooner than later.

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Preventing Tartar Buildup

We all get it - that icky yellow buildup that sits at the base of the teeth and causes them to appear yellow. It’s called tartar or dental calculus, and nobody is immune to it, not even the very best brushers among us. But what is it, really? And how can you get rid of it?

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Poor Oral Health Tied to Liver Cancer

A new study conducted by researchers at Queens University Belfast in Ireland has linked poor oral health to liver cancer. Liver cancer joins a growing list of potentially fatal illnesses recently tied to poor oral health, including Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

Researchers believe the link has to do with the bacteria in the oral and gut biome, while others hypothesize it may be due to a poor diet, possibly caused by people who are missing teeth due to poor oral health eating only soft foods.

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Back-to-School Oral Health Packing List

Believe it or not, fall is right around the corner and so too is either the most wonderful or most dreaded time of year, depending on who you ask. It's back-to-school season - time to start thinking about what to send your college kid back to school with this year. From bedding to books, clothing to comforters, there’s no shortage of what to pack. But before you seal up that suitcase, make sure you’re sending your collegiate with all the necessary oral health essentials!

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Why Wearing Prescribed Retainers Is So Important

Retainers. Love them or hate them, they serve an important purpose. Yes, they keep your teeth aligned, that we all know. But did you know there are a multitude of other reasons you should continue to wear that retainer, even when you don’t really want to?

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New Study Examines Nature vs. Nurture in Cavities

A new study aimed at determining whether teeth are more prone to cavities thanks to genetics has found that genetics probably don’t play as much of a role in the development of dental caries as experts first thought.

The study was conducted by the University of Melbourne and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute at Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, and followed 345 pairs of twins from the 24-week gestational age to 6 years old. What they found was at age 6, 32 percent of the children in the study had cavities (also known as dental caries) and 24 percent had what are considered "advanced cavities."

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Why Do We Get Canker Sores?

Ouch! If you are like most people, you get canker sores from time to time. But you probably wonder why you get them - especially if you’re one of the unlucky people who gets painful canker sores or who accidentally bites them while chewing. Canker sores can be a big source of pain, worry and misinformation. If you’ve ever wondered what canker sores really are (and what they really aren’t), how to prevent them, and how to make them heal faster, this blog is for you!

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Two More Great Reasons to Maintain Oral Health

It seems like not a day goes by that you don’t read emerging oral health news and discover yet another illness or condition linked to poor oral health. From difficulties conceiving to an increased risk of diabetes and stroke, neglecting your oral health can take a major toll on the rest of your body. Now a new study has revealed two more reasons you should pay attention to your oral health: cancer and dementia.

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Help! My Braces ...

In life, as they say, accidents happen - and that’s never truer than when living with braces. Braces are the best way to fix a misaligned bite for a healthy, beautiful smile, but with all that extra equipment in your mouth, it can be an invitation for mishaps and accidents. Here are some common (and maybe not-so-common) braces problems, and what you should do if they happen to you.

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Wisdom About Wisdom Teeth Removal

Getting your wisdom teeth is a memorable right of passage for any adult or young adult - and so is the ice cream diet that likely followed for the next few days. But while polishing off a pint of Ben and Jerry’s sure did make a painful situation a whole lot sweeter, humans cannot survive on ice cream alone – or they shouldn’t, anyway.

Thankfully there are plenty of healthier alternatives to that old standby, and we bet they’ll leave your mouth feeling good!

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What Is Black Hairy Tongue?

A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine highlighted an interesting case of a rare medical condition called "black hairy tongue." Unsurprisingly, the condition basically makes you look like you’ve got a black hairy tongue - hence the name. But, what causes this bizarre condition, and are you at risk?

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Hydrogen Peroxide Whitening Could Harm Teeth

A recent study on the effects of hydrogen peroxide on teeth has left a lot of people wondering how to safely keep their pearly whites whiter. Hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient in most popular whitening agents, including those over-the-counter whitening strips. Unfortunately, according to the study, which was conducted at the University of Stockton in Stockton, New Jersey, that oh-so-effective active ingredient is actually potentially damaging to the collagen layer of the teeth in between the enamel and the dentin.

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What a Pain: Oral Shingles

An estimated one in three American adults will develop the excruciatingly painful condition known as shingles in their lifetime. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 90 percent of adults in the United States have already been exposed to shingles, also known as herpes zoster, and about 1 million new cases of shingles are reported each year. While shingles typically appears on the torso and face, it has been found in places such as the eyes and even the mouth, causing a whole host of unpleasant side effects. So, what is this debilitating illness, and what can you do if you get shingles in the mouth?

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X Marks the Spot

One of the hallmarks of most dental exams is the taking of X-ray images. But why does your dentist take X-rays? And are they safe? If you’ve ever wondered why and how we take these images, X marks the spot for all your X-ray questions!

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How Stress Harms Teeth

It’s no myth that stress can manifest itself into physical symptoms. From acne to hair loss to body tension, stress doesn’t just take its toll on us emotionally - it can take its toll on our bodies in ways we never imagined. But did you know that stress can also take a toll on another very specific area of the body: the mouth? According to Psychology Today, it’s true! Here’s how what’s stressing you could also be harming your oral health.

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Pregnancy and Oral Health

If you are pregnant, first of all, congratulations! Pregnancy obviously brings about some big changes – including to your oral health routine. That’s because pregnancy hormones can sometimes wreak havoc on the gums, making gingivitis and bleeding gums much more likely. Even if your teeth and gums are in perfect health, you still may experience the phenomenon known as pregnancy gingivitis. But never fear - there are some things you can do to help reduce your risk of both pregnancy gingivitis and full-blown gingivitis while pregnant.

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What Are Overdentures?

If you are missing teeth and are not a good candidate for dental implants due to bone deterioration or loss, you may be considering getting dentures. But if dentures don’t seem like your cup of tea, there is another option that bridges the gap between dentures and dental implants: overdentures. Find out what these clever prosthetics are and who is a good candidate for them.

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April Is National Facial Protection Month

If you or a loved one are part of the 95 percent of Americans who engage in a sport, not only are you having fun, but you’re also doing something positive for your health. From increasing blood flow to lowering your risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and more, playing a sport can also help with weight management. Sports are even good for your mental health - and a great way to expand your social network. With so many different sports to choose from, some activities don’t have a whole lot in common with each other, but there’s one thing that all sports have in common: When playing a sport - any sport - you should always protect your teeth. Every single time, for every single sport.

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Addicted to Sugar?

With so many addictions making headlines across the country and around the world, some addictions are unfortunately overlooked and treated as less serious than others. One example is sugar addiction. Yes, you heard right - sugar addiction is real and can wreak havoc on your health, from your blood sugar to your weight to your oral health.

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Tips for Healthier Gums

When it comes to oral health, it’s no secret that a lot of emphasis is rightfully placed on caring for the teeth. But just caring for your teeth is not enough. There is another part of the mouth that often gets neglected – and it requires just as much care as your teeth. It’s your gums! Here’s why your gums are vital to not just your oral health, but also your oral health - and what you can do to keep them healthy.

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