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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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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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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How to Choose a New Dentist

Moving to a new city can be extremely stressful, even under the best circumstances. In addition to the actual move, there’s a lot of work to be done once you get settled. From navigating your way around to finding new friends, stores and services, moving can be very overwhelming, making it easy to forget important details. But relax - if you’re looking for a new dentist and aren’t sure what questions to ask, we’ve got you covered with this helpful guide.

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How to Winterize Oral Health Routine

With fall here on an ever-so-brief stopover on our way to winter, even here in San Diego temperatures are dropping a bit - and that can only mean one thing: It’s time to winterize your oral health routine. Here’s how:

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