21Apr, 2017

What Our Gums Say About Our Overall Health

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Having all our teeth is a very good sign. Don’t think your oral health is as important as the health of the rest of your body? Think again. Researchers have turned to 57,000 women over age 55 in the Women’s Health Initiative program to conduct the largest study of its kind on the relationship between oral health and mortality, and, reporting in the Journal of the American Heart Association, they note that “how many teeth you have in your mouth at a given point in time” is a pretty good indication […]
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4Apr, 2017

How dentists can help fix America’s opioid epidemic

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opioid-related drug overdoses have tripled from 1999 to 2014. Additionally, opioids were present in 60.9 percent of overdose deaths in 2014. It is increasingly apparent the United States has an opioid abuse epidemic on its hands, and dentists may be surprised to find themselves in the middle of this rapidly-growing problem. Opioids are powerful painkillers that range from legal prescriptions including Oxycodone and Vicodin to illegal narcotics like heroin. Unfortunately, many patients are unaware of the proper ways to discard […]
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