22Mar, 2017

3 lesser-known benefits of flashing your amazing smile

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The Consumer Guide to Dentistry lists eight different components of a smile, practically from ear to ear, beginning with the frame (lips) and ending with the buccal corridor (that’s the dark space between the corners of the mouth and the upper teeth, for those who might not know). While smiling might seem like a complicated process, especially when you consider that it takes anywhere from 11 to 17 muscles just to prop up both sides of your lips, the life benefits that smiling provides are immeasurable. “A beautiful smile is […]
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16Mar, 2017

Dentist-Physician Collaboration Fundamental to Dental Sleep Medicine

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Collaboration with physicians is key to the success of dental sleep medicine. In order to be an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy relies upon cooperation between board-certified sleep medicine physicians and qualified dentists who have the necessary knowledge and technical skill to provide high-quality care for patients with sleep-disordered breathing. It cannot be emphasized enough that dentists and doctors must collaborate from the start. If a dentist identifies that a patient is at risk for sleep apnea, then the patient needs to be referred to a […]
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13Mar, 2017

Periodontitis Linked to Greater Ischemic Stroke Risks

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Adults with periodontal disease may be at greater risk for ischemic stroke, according to the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Researchers there assessed 6,711 adults who had not had a stroke for mild, moderate, or severe periodontal disease and followed them for 15 years to monitor the number and types of strokes that later occurred. The researchers noted 299 ischemic strokes, including 47% that were thrombotic, from a clot within the brain’s blood vessels; 26% that were cardioembolic, when a clot forms in the heart; and 20% that were […]
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3Mar, 2017

How Fast Food Impacts Your Patients’ Oral Health

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Fast food has become a staple of modern eating. When your patients have a busy schedule, it is so much easier for them to hit the drive-through than prepare something fresh at home. Unfortunately, fast food is not the healthiest option, and you should discuss it with your patients. Not only can eating fast food lead to health problems, such as obesity and diabetes, it also can increase your patients’ risk of developing cavities and gum disease. If you have regular fast food eaters among your patients, you should share these examples […]
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