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People who control their diabetes through diet, exercise & medicine are less at-risk for gum disease.

The Link Between Diabetes and Gum Disease

Diabetics already have a lot to keep track of: blood sugar levels, nutrition, eyesight and weight loss or gain, just for starters. Unfortunately, people suffering from diabetes are also at higher risk for gum disease. Whether they’re type 1 or type 2, diabetics tend to get periodontal disease more easily and develop it earlier in […]

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Satisfy your holiday sweet tooth without doing too much damage to your teeth or your waistline

Mouth Healthy Recipe: Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Pie

Here’s a way to satisfy your holiday sweet tooth without doing too much damage to your teeth or your waistline. With a dose of pumpkin and some low-fat dairy, it’s a definite nutritional improvement over most traditional pies. Ingredients 2 1/2 cups broken gingersnap cookies 2 T vegetable oil 1/3 cup plus 2 T light […]

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How to Combat the Scariest Halloween Sweets

Halloween is undoubtedly one of the scariest times of year for teeth. Thanks to trick-or-treating and spooky parties, many children (and adults) indulge in candy more often than usual in October. Sticky sweets are some of the worst cavity-causing culprits because saliva and ordinary drinking don’t easily wash away their residue. Hard candies and other […]

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Serve up something that’s spooky & healthy this Halloween!

Mouth Healthy Recipe: Squashed Guts

With so many sweets haunting tabletops and trick-or-treat bags at Halloween, it’s nice to serve up something that’s spooky and healthy. These squashed guts will not only be a hit with your little monsters, it’s a better choice for their fangs as well. Ingredients 1 spaghetti squash 1 can of tomato sauce Directions Halve a […]

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Fight the plaque monster to keep your smile healthy!

Fighting the Plaque Monster

It attacks your teeth. It can be hard to get rid of. It’s invisible. It may sound like the star of the latest monster movie, but plaque is actually a completely normal problem that affects everyone. Plaque is a naturally occurring film of sticky bacteria that covers the surface of your teeth. When sugars or […]

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If your spouse's snoring keeps you up at night, sleap anea might by the culprit.

Things That Go Bump in the Night: How the Dentist Can Help Snorers

Not all nighttime noises are made by bogeymen or monsters under the bed. Sometimes the source of the noise keeping you awake is within arm’s reach–and your dentist could help you put a stop to it. If you or your spouse snores–30 to 45 percent of the population does–it’s possible that a good night’s sleep […]

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A smile does a lot more than tell someone about your mood.

The Science of Smiling

Believe it or not, a smile does a lot more than tell someone about your mood. Simply lifting the corners of your mouth can make strangers happier, improve your own mood and may even extend your lifespan if you do it often enough. After studying the effects of smiling, scientists have come to some not-so-surprising […]

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Try this healthy meatloaf recipe for dinner!

Mouth Healthy Recipe: Healthy Meatloaf

Meatloaf is often a family favorite, but it’s not exactly the healthiest choice when it’s made with fatty meats and other high-calorie ingredients. This made-over recipe not only decreases the fat and calories, it manages to sneak in some added protein as well. Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 small onion, […]

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Longing for a brighter smile? There are plenty of teeth whitening options available!

Lighten Up: Find the Best Teeth Whitener for You

Even if you’re religious about brushing and flossing the recommended amount, your teeth can still take on a hue that’s better suited for bananas. Smoking, drinking coffee, tea, red wine, soda and even eating healthy foods like berries can leave your teeth looking less than their best. Luckily, there are many whiteners available that will […]

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The best gum for your teeth is xylitol gum. Second best? Sugar-free gum.

The Gum Your Dentist Wants You to Chew

Want healthier teeth? Chew gum made with xylitol, a sweetener made from the bark of birch trees. Studies show that xylitol doesn’t contribute to tooth decay formation like normal sugars – and it may also prevent the usual decay-forming oral bacteria from doing damage. Here’s how it works When you eat something that contains sugar or starch, […]

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