Archive | 2011

A Smile a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

The power of a smile has been shown to do more than just convey happiness. The healing presence of a smile can help relieve stress, lower blood pressure and even prevent diseases. Need another reason to smile more? Smiling and laughter have both been proven to release endorphins. Endorphins are your body’s natural pain reducers; […]

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Our Nation’s Children: Are We Keeping Our Kids’ Smiles at Their Best?

One fact is consistent no matter where you live in this country: It can seem like pulling teeth to get your little ones to the dentist’s office! The good news is that many children do indeed get to the dentist despite their protests. In fact, 78 percent of children ages 2 through 17 saw their […]

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Top Health Risks Affecting Americans’ Oral Health

Do you ever have those days when you feel like a well-oiled machine—healthy and moving at your best possible speed? And then there are the days when one part feels less than optimal, even halting to a painful grind. It’s true: Your body is a connected machine, and when it comes to keeping your overall […]

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Celebrate National Smile Month

Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer for many. Independence Day falls in the middle. And, we all wind down the season come Labor Day. There’s one summer event to celebrate, however, which lasts the entire month of June: National Smile Month! Originally known as National Smile Week, the celebration was first started in the United […]

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What Do Sunscreen & Toothpaste Have in Common?

If you said, “They’re both sold in tubes,” you would be right. However, sunscreen and toothpaste share a far more important trait: they both highlight the healthy benefits of preventive care. Preventive care seeks to protect against threats to your health by taking precautions ahead of time. Simple as that. It’s better to slather on […]

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Why Do Babies Smile?

The arrival of a new baby brings so many exciting firsts. But long before you experience your baby’s first steps or first words, you will get to enjoy your baby’s first smile. And nothing lights up a room more than an adorable, toothless grin. I’m sure you’ve heard many times, “Oh, that’s not a real […]

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Having a Baby? Why You Don’t Want to Neglect Your Oral Health

If you’re pregnant – or planning to become pregnant – chances are you know some of the basics about being healthy for you and your baby. Eat a balanced diet. Don’t smoke. But did you know that your oral health becomes increasingly important when you’re planning to become pregnant and during pregnancy? Here are some […]

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Hey Mom, Cavities are Contagious

As a mom, you pass a lot onto your children. Your looks. Your love for food. But did you know you can actually pass bacteria from your mouth to your child’s? Much like a cold, the bacteria in your mouth are contagious. It happens when you transfer your saliva into your child’s mouth. Typically, this […]

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Do It For Your Teeth: Bad Habits to Bite For Better Health

Humans are creatures of habit. Once a routine is set, it’s pretty easy to stick to it. Of course, it’s also easy to get stuck in the rut of bad habits. Many common habits have serious side effects for your health, but also for your teeth. Could the health of your mouth be that little […]

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Myth Busters: Oral Health Edition

Dentistry has come a long way in the past several decades with innovative advancements in technology and treatment methods. Unfortunately, what hasn’t changed are dental myths and misconceptions. Don’t fall for these foolish fallacies anymore! “Cavities are caused by soft teeth, which are genetic.” FALSE. This tall tale probably stems from similarities in the oral […]

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