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Vitamin D for Oral Health

The importance of vitamin d for oral health. It is estimated that a significant percent of the adult population is deficient in vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin.” Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium, therefore it’s essential for healthy teeth and gums. Much has been written about the importance of having sufficient vitamin D and [...]

Oral Cancer Awareness

Each April, most of the nation’s top dental associations join together with the Oral Cancer Foundation to raise awareness for oral and oropharyngeal cancers (cancer of the back of the oral cavity and upper throat). This year an estimated 54,000 new cases of oral cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. Of those individuals, 43 [...]

World Oral Health Day

World Oral Health Day will again be celebrated around the globe on March 20. Organized by the FDI World Dental Federation, it is the largest global awareness campaign on oral health. Take charge of your oral health Control your risk factors Oral health can be maintained by being aware of your risk factors and taking [...]

Wisdom Teeth Removal in Older Adults

Wisdom teeth, the large flat molars in the back of your mouth, usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25. Scientists believe that wisdom teeth were essential for our early ancestors’ diets. But as our jawlines’ shape and size evolved over time, our mouths became smaller. This left us with less room for these extra teeth [...]

Better Oral Health in the New Year

The New Year is always an exciting time for change and resolutions — a time when many people vow to live a healthier life. The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to work on dental resolutions to improve your oral health.  Here are some suggestions to reinforce proper dental care habits. Improve [...]

Say Cheese for Better Oral Health

Cheese can help prevent cavities in a few ways. It has been shown that eating cheddar cheese after a sugary food makes the dental plaque less acidic within two minutes of consumption. Other cheeses that have been shown to help in decreasing the acidity in plaque are Gouda, Blue Cheese, Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, and Swiss. [...]

Diabetes and Gum Disease Connection

Read more of the article about the Diabetes and Gum Disease Connection  visit https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/diabetes November is National Diabetes Month People who have diabetes know the disease can harm the eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other important systems in the body. Did you know diabetes can also cause problems in your mouth?People with diabetes have a [...]

Stress-Related Dental Conditions

A recent survey conducted by the American Dental Association found that more than 70% of dentists surveyed were seeing an increase in stress-related conditions among patients. These included teeth grinding, and clenching. A little more than 60 percent of dentists saw an increase in other stress-related dental conditions including chipped and cracked teeth and TMD [...]

Dental Implants Restore Your Smile

Are you considering getting dental implants to improve or restore your smile? A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. Teeth implants are used to hold a prosthetic tooth in place. Implants function in a similar way to a natural tooth root. The results are artificial teeth that look, feel, [...]

Tooth Sensitivity Causes and Treatments

For people with tooth sensitivity, eating or drinking certain substances or those at certain temperatures causes discomfort or pain in their teeth. At least 40 million adults suffer from sensitive teeth in the United States, according to the Academy of General Dentistry.  The pain is often sharp and sudden, but temporary. Tooth pain occurs when hot [...]

Missing Teeth and Dementia

Good Oral Health, Including Dentures, May Protect Against Cognitive Decline SOURCE: New York University, news release, July 8, 2021 Tooth loss is a risk factor for cognitive impairment and dementia—and with each tooth lost, the risk of cognitive decline grows, according to a new analysis led by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing [...]

Early removal of unerupted wisdom teeth results in positive gum outcomes

Certain gum disease-related variables improve five years after the early removal of nearby unerupted wisdom teeth in young patients, according to a new study. In the study published in the March issue of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the official journal of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), average probing pocket [...]

Smile with a Dental Implant

Don’t underestimate the benefit of a smile.  Smiles can improve your health in many ways. Smiling lowers stress, improves mood and encourages positive thinking.  Smiles increase opportunities for more social connections which improves emotional health.     When one smiles, there is often a slight increase in oxygen and heart rate, followed by muscles relaxing and [...]

Gum Disease and High Blood Pressure

New research finds that gum disease may make an otherwise healthy person significantly more likely to develop high blood pressure. Recent research published in the March 2021 American Heart Association Hypertension journal shows that periodontitis, gum disease, is linked to higher blood pressure in otherwise healthy individuals. According to the study,  researchers studied 250 otherwise [...]

Vitamins For Oral Health

Want healthy teeth and gums? Make sure your diet features these key vitamins. These nutritional building blocks are essential for your dental health. Supplements are also widely available. Calcium Calcium is a mineral that helps build bones and provide structural support. In your mouth, calcium helps harden your enamel and strengthen your jawbone. What to [...]

Children’s Dental Health

Following are some frequently asked questions related to oral surgery and children’s dental health and conditions. What are the advantages of digital x-rays? While Digital X-Ray equipment is much more expensive than traditional x-rays, it offers patients tremendous advantages, including less exposure to radiation, better picture quality, shorter “chair time”, better dental records, and no [...]

Tongue Cleaner

This information was obtained online from www.colgate.com.  So you brush your teeth every day, but it doesn’t seem to be enough to make your breath as fresh as you’d like it to be. What could you be missing? A tongue cleaner is one vital part of your oral care routine that you don’t want to neglect, [...]

Biopsy and Oral Cancer

Oral Cancer makes up about 3% of all cancers.  However, 90% of all oral cancers are squamous cell carcinoma, a type of malignant tumor, diagnosed by biopsy. Early detection usually comes from your dentist who will examine your mouth and tongue looking for unusual lesions. Should there be a lesion that is suspect, you will [...]

Dental Care Dangers

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) dentistry has been popping up in social media and online videos for several years. The American Dental Association and the World Health Organization (WHO) is again warning consumers to steer clear of doing at-home dentistry. This trend has become even more prevalent since the pandemic. At one point, WHO recommended that patients delay routine dental [...]

Teeth Grinding and Dental Damage is Increasing During the Pandemic

New data from a study at the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute indicates that there has been a rise in stress-related dental conditions, like tooth grinding and cracking, during the coronavirus pandemic.    Even though the increase in grinding and other tooth problems cannot be directly attributed to the coronavirus pandemic, it seems to indicate [...]