Archive | January, 2014

Skirt the Spit: Chewing Tobacco and Your Oral Health

If you grew up watching major-league baseball, you probably asked the question, “Why is their spit brown?” Famous baseball players made smokeless tobacco mainstream, as the substance increased saliva production in a dusty environment and aided in moistening mitts or preparing spitballs. According to an article in Slate Magazine, baseball players’ use of chewing tobacco […]

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Smoking with Diabetes May Increase Oral Health Risk

Did you know that smokers may be at an increased risk for Type 2 diabetes? While more research needs to be done to establish an association, there’s reason to believe that a family history of diabetes combined with a smoking habit can lead to this disease. What’s worse? Diabetics who smoke are at increased risk […]

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Lead with Your Smile

As we take time to remember the life and leadership of Martin Luther King Jr., take a look in the mirror. What does your smile say about you?  Does it inspire you to lead? A smile may be more powerful than you think. A recent Penn State University study found that when you smile, you […]

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Gestational Diabetes: Does Your Oral Health Suffer?

Gestational diabetes, or temporary diabetes developed around the 24th week of pregnancy, puts both mother and baby at a higher risk of developing diabetes at a later stage in life. During this period, high sugar levels in the blood can increase the expectant mother’s risk of developing oral infections, gum diseases, tooth decay, dry mouth […]

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Battle of the Sexes: Oral Health Edition?

The battle of the sexes has been a long-lasting tug of war over who does what better. Now, that battle has moved into the bathroom to determine who takes better care of their teeth: men or women? According to a study by the British Dental Health Foundation, 35% of men regularly skip brushing at night! That may […]

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Smoking Linked to Poor Oral Health

“Kissing a person who smokes is like kissing an ashtray!” While this statement might be a hyperbole, it’s a sentiment many non-smokers share and it turns out, may be rooted in fact. More often than not, smokers tend to have poorer oral hygiene than their non-smoking counterparts. With every puff of smoke they inhale, smokers […]

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Follow the Path to a Healthy Smile in 2014

If you are like 40% of Americans, chances are you have a list of New Year’s resolutions you intend to adhere to in 2014. It may be to lose weight or to spend more time with family and friends, but have you considered resolving to care for your smile? After all, eHarmony recently conducted a […]

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