Archive | May, 2013

Tongue Rings Can Put Your Oral Health at Risk

Body modification surged in the early 1980s with the development of safe and sterile piercing environments. What’s more interesting is the origin of body modification. Would you believe that Western carnies brought their traveling sideshows to American and European audiences who were enthralled with the strange jewelry all over the performers? What started as a […]

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Energy Drinks Boost Energy but Zap Enamel

Energy drinks have surged in popularity thanks to sponsorship efforts, with top brands like Red Bull and Monster spending large sums of money to achieve brand placement. While soda sales steadily declined in 2012, energy drink sales have been booming and now brands like Monster Energy are marketing their products as beverages instead of dietary […]

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Kids Get in Free at D-backs Games This Weekend

Our marketing partners, the Arizona Diamondbacks, are offering free tickets to kids 12 and under with the purchase of a full-price adult ticket. The offer is valid for games May 25-26 for any section in the ballpark, excluding the All-You-Can-Eat section. Kids are encouraged to arrive early on May 26 to catch the Sunday Sluggers Show, presented […]

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Before the Modern Toothbrush

Knee-deep in the world of X-box and iPhones, it’s hard to imagine a time before the conveniences of modern technology, let alone a time when the simplest of inventions weren’t commercially available. Interestingly enough, a 2003 survey conducted by Lemelson-MIT found that technologically advanced items like cars, computers or our beloved iPhones lag in importance when compared […]

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Dentist Spotlight: Dr. Tim Loving & Dr. Lisa Loving

This month, we’d like to introduce you to Delta Dental dentists Dr. Tim Loving and Dr. Lisa Loving. This husband-and-wife team runs Loving Family Dental in Fountain Hills. Do you brush and floss as much as you recommend? Dr. Tim: No, my flossing is not what it should be. Dr. Lisa: I do! What is […]

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Are Your Prescription Drugs Harming Your Oral Health?

Have you used tetracycline to fight acne or an infection? How about Nexium for GERD? You may be among the millions of people who use medication to manage a disease or condition. Although every drug your doctor prescribes has been evaluated and approved by the FDA, it’s important to know that the prescription medications you […]

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Top 10 Reasons Dental Claims Are Delayed

The Problem: Incomplete, inaccurate, unreadable or outdated forms The Solution: Use the most recent version of claim forms. To ensure you’re using the current version, download a claim form in the Dentist Connection. When filling out the form, double-check that all fields are completed and accurate. If you need to make comments, questions or notes, […]

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Menopause and Your Mouth: How Menopause Affects Women’s Oral Health

Hot flashes and night sweats are two menopause annoyances utilized for comedic relief in TV shows and movies like That 70’s Show and Mrs. Doubtfire. While the comedic dramatizations are chuckle-inducing, there are other serious changes associated with menopause — including problems with your oral health — that are no laughing matter. Research has long […]

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Straighten Up: Your Retainer or Mouthguard Needs Cleaning

Have you ever searched for your retainer or mouth guard only to find it under your bed, in a napkin or in the trash? Even in the best of circumstances, orthodontic retainers can develop a build-up of potentially harmful microbes if they aren’t properly cleaned. This is also true for the trusty mouth guards we […]

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Senior Oral Health Care: Some Things Never Change (And Some Do!)

The most common chronic disease during childhood is exactly the same in people ages 65 and older: tooth decay. Nine in 10 people 65 or older have cavities, and 25 percent of those people have decay that has yet to be treated. In fact, 25 percent of people 65 or older haven’t even visited the […]

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