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June 02, 2022

LGBTQIA+ Heart

Transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) individuals face higher rates of oral health concerns such as gum disease, tooth infection, and oral cancer according to a study published in BMC Oral Health. According to the study, TGNC individuals may be more likely to engage in behaviors such as tobacco and alcohol use, both of which increase risks for infection and disease exponentially. Commonly marginalized, TGNC adults are also less likely to...

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May 05, 2022

Dingy, stained, and discolored teeth are a distraction. They are also one of the easiest things to correct, often responding well to topical treatments such as teeth whitening.

How to Whiten Teeth

Topical stains are the most common reason for tooth discoloration. You can help prevent the issue by reducing your intake of dark foods and beverages or using a straw to consume things like coffee, tea, and wine. You can help remove surface stains by brushing after every meal and snack.

When daily maintenance fails to prevent all stains, teeth whitening becomes...

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April 04, 2022

Oral Cancer Awareness Month Ribbon

Oral cancer is responsible for around 13,500 deaths in the United States every year. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, nearly one person every hour dies from this disease. Approximately 54,000 adults in the U.S. are diagnosed with oral cancer yearly. Of these, only 57% will still be alive in five years.

Over half of all oral cancer diagnoses involve men. According to Cancer.Org, this translates to an average of 38,800...

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March 16, 2022

Woman Undergoing Dental Treatment While Sedated

Dental sedation is a safe and effective way to address discomforts including dental phobia, increased anxiety or discomfort surrounding dental visits, and more. Sedation may also be a good fit for people who have sensitive teeth, a high tolerance for numbing medications, or an overactive gag reflex. It’s good for people with TMJ or those whose jaws may become sore during longer treatments, and can even be useful for...

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February 14, 2022

Woman using hands to make a "heart" shape over her heart

February is American Heart Month, an effort on part of the American Heart Association to raise awareness of heart disease, its risk factors and prevention, and research for its cure. This makes it a great month to consider the ways your oral health impacts the health of your heart – and to take steps to make sure you are doing everything possible to keep your mouth and body at peak health.

While...

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January 12, 2022

Smiling woman, pointing at teeth

A smile makeover is a complex cosmetic and restorative treatment that can be used to address myriad functional and aesthetic issues with the teeth and gums. Typically used when more than one issue is impacting the health and appearance of the smile, several treatments are combined to customize each smile makeover procedure. The best way to learn which procedures will...

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December 10, 2021

Man sinking in water

Do you have vivid recurring nightmares involving breath? According to recent research, these may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition affecting an estimated 18 million people in the United States. As one of the most commonly missed or misdiagnosed disorders, it is incredibly important to be aware of all signs and...

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November 17, 2021

Woman smiling and pointing at teeth

Friday, November 26th is National Flossing Day. You read that right, National Flossing Day. And while a day dedicated to the habit of flossing may seem silly, it’s actually quite important. In fact, the only nationally representative analysis to determine Americans’ flossing habits found that a mere 30% of the population perform the task daily, while just over 32% of people report not flossing at all....

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October 05, 2021

Consider the Switch Witch This Halloween

One of the greatest joys of Halloween for children is Trick-or-Treating. Unfortunately, the mass amounts of candy that come home can pose a serious risk to a child’s oral health.

Sticky, hard, and sour candy varieties pose big problems for tooth enamel, braces, and restorations, and all types of candy can increase the risk of tooth decay. But many parents are, understandably, hesitant to take a child’s bounty away, even when...

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September 07, 2021

Do Dental Implants Last Forever?

When you are missing one or more teeth, you have several options for replacement. Most, like dental bridges and dentures, sit on top of the gums, helping to prevent adjacent tooth slippage and restoring both function and aesthetics to the smile. However, as time passes, the bone below the missing tooth will begin to...

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