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Women's Overall Health & Oral Health

Is There a Link Between My Oral Health and My Overall Health?
The Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health states that good oral health is essential to good general health. And specifically for women, a growing body of research has linked gum disease to a variety of health problems that affect women. Because gum disease is a bacterial infection, it can enter the bloodstream and may be a factor in causing other health complications:

  • Heart disease: People with gum disease may be more at risk for heart disease and have nearly twice the risk of having a fatal heart attack. Heart disease is also the number one killer of American women.1
  • Stroke: ...

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Spring Clean Your Dental Health Routine

Warmer weather, budding trees…signs of spring are all around us! The first few glimpses of spring-like weather may send us into a spring cleaning frenzy around our homes and yards. Before you grab your bucket, squeegee, and mop take a moment to think about your dental health routine. Could it use a little sprucing up? Today we’ll share a few tips to “spring clean” your dental routine so your smile is healthy, vibrant, and ready for the new season!

Replace your toothbrush

The American Dental Association recommends you replace your toothbrush (or brush head, if you use an electric toothbrush) every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed ...

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Fun Dental Facts

  • The award for the most dedicated dentist must go to Brother Giovanni Batista Orsenigo from Rome, a monk who was also a dentist. He kept all the teeth he extracted over the 40 years that he was working. In 1903 the number was counted and found to be 2,000,744 teeth, an average of nearly 200 extractions per day!

 

  • Toothbrushes with nylon bristles were first developed in 1938. However toothbrushes made from other materials existed long before that. In China, for example, bristle toothbrushes existed as long ago as the 15th century. Materials first used included bristles from hogs, horses and badgers.

 

  • Whitening products for teeth date back to the Middle Ages. But ...

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Kicking the Tobacco Habit is Good for Your Mouth

While the current percentage of Americans who smoke cigarettes is the lowest it’s been in decades, those who continue the habit remain at risk for heart and lung disease. Additionally,
while we know smoking is also bad for our oral health, most don’t understand just how bad it is…
More Than Just Stained Teeth
From its seemingly mild side effects (bad breath, tooth discoloration, buildup of plaque and tartar), to the more sinister (increased risk of oral cancer, loss of bone within the jaw, gum
disease and any number of resulting complications) – tobacco is indeed an oral health risk. Tobacco can cause serious health issues by breaking down the ...

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Why Do We Take Dental X-rays?

It may seem odd that your dentist requires x-rays of your teeth to be taken every so often since most dental concerns are at a surface level. Yet there are several issues that your dentist cannot see without the use of an x-ray.

Why Dentists Take X-rays

To find cavities and tooth decay – While decay can become apparent on the surface of the tooth, it can be difficult to tell the extent of the damage by examining the surface of the tooth alone. Since decay shows up on an x-ray, they are useful in finding which teeth have cavities, the amount of decay, and how far into the tooth it has ...

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