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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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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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5 Holiday Tooth Traps to Avoid

Holidays are packed with parties and merry making. Just imagining the yummy spread makes my mouth water. Before diving in, take a moment to think about your teeth. Are they going to pay the price for all that mindless grazing? What does it take to be kind to your teeth this holiday season? Let’s take […]

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3 FAQ’s About Oral Health and Breast Cancer

With the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Journey kicking off in Phoenix tomorrow, our hearts are with all the brave people battling this devastating disease. If you have recently been diagnosed, here are three frequently asked questions about the effects cancer treatment can have on your oral health. Q. I will be undergoing treatment for breast […]

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2 P’s to Avoid: Periodontal Disease and Pre-Diabetes

Many people have the misconception that taking care of your oral health only affects your teeth. Unfortunately, our bodies work as a system, and poor oral health inevitably leads to poor overall health. Pre-diabetes is only one of the many systemic connections between mouth and body. Denmark researchers found that people who had gum disease […]

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Breast Cancer: Chemotherapy and Your Mouth

Chemotherapy is a common treatment option for breast cancer. While early treatment undoubtedly can help save your life, it is important to be aware of the effects it can have on your oral health too. What is Chemotherapy? Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment option. It is used to kill cancerous cells, but it also tends […]

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Healthy Aging Month: Poor Oral Hygiene May Increase Stroke Risk

September is Healthy Aging Month, so it’s the perfect time to take charge of your health. While you may know that a healthy mouth leads to a healthy body, the depth to which the mouth-body connection dives is deeper than we could have imagined. According to the American Heart Association, periodontal (gum) disease is a […]

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myDentalScore Identifies Your Risk for Oral & Dental Diseases

In the past, almost everyone developed tooth decay, and as people aged, tooth loss from decay and gum disease was routine. Today, thanks to scientific advances and preventive therapies like community water fluoridation, fluoride toothpaste and dental sealants, there has been dramatic and continuing improvement in the oral health of Americans. Many people still suffer […]

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The use of tobacco products can put you at greater risk for developing oral cancer.

Oral Cancer: Could You be Putting Yourself at Risk?

Did you know that cancers of the mouth and throat account for about three percent of all cancers in the United States? Did you also know that most oral cancers are largely preventable? However, there are certain risk factors that affect the likelihood of developing the disease, and some may surprise you. The use of […]

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