20Feb, 2019

What can cause gum pain?

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The gums are soft, fleshy tissue that support and protect the teeth. Gum pain can be a sign of irritation, infection, or injury to the gums and teeth. Gum pain can often be a temporary symptom, but other times a person may require dental treatment to prevent further health complications. In this article, we discuss some of the possible causes of gum pain. We also cover treatment, home remedies, prevention of gum pain, and when to see a dentist. Causes Gum pain can range from a minor irritation to severe […]
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5Feb, 2019

The 4 Types of Teeth and How They Function

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Most of us take our teeth for granted — until something goes wrong. Not only do our teeth help us chew and digest food, they also play an important role in speech, and impact our health overall. By brushing up on your dental health knowledge, you’ll be taking the first step toward giving your teeth the attention they deserve. How much do you know about your pearly whites? The Development of Teeth Humans have two sets of teeth: primary (or baby) teeth and permanent (adult) teeth, which develop in stages. […]
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9Jan, 2017

5 Weight Loss Tips That Are Also Good for Your Teeth

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If you’ve decided to lose a few pounds after the New Year’s Eve ball drop, you’re not alone. Weight loss is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions made every year. Making smart food choices, paying attention to portion size and exercising are the steps you can take to shed pounds, and these changes can benefit more than just your waistline. They can also be good for your teeth. Read on for small swaps that can make a big difference on the scale and in your smile. When You’re […]
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15Dec, 2016

Flossing and the Art of Scientific Investigation

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It’s bad enough that expertise is under attack these days from populist political movements that dismiss specialist opinion as just another establishment ruse. But lately expertise is being criticized from another direction, too — from would-be defenders of science. Consider the recent controversy over flossing. In August, a widely read Associated Press report suggested that, contrary to the advice of dentists everywhere, flossing didn’t necessarily foster good oral health. The report looked at 25 studies that had generally compared toothbrushing and flossing with toothbrushing alone and concluded that the evidence […]
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23Oct, 2016

American Association of Orthodontists Ranks the Acid Levels in Popular Drinks

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Soft drinks—even diet drinks, sports drinks, and fruit drinks that are low in sugar or sugar free—include acids that can damage teeth. To help orthodontic patients manage these risks, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) has prepared a list of the pH levels of more than 30 popular beverages. “It’s tempting to reach for soft drinks. People around us drink them regularly, they are easily purchased in vending machines and at convenience stores, and many are heavily advertised,” said Morris N. Poole, DDS, and president of the AAO. “Sugar is known to be […]
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12Oct, 2016

Selfies While Brushing Your Teeth Lead To Better Dental Hygiene

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The “selfie” fad may be causing a number of unfortunate incidents across the globe but it also has its upside. According to a new study, recording video “selfies” while brushing teeth can help improve a person’s oral health. The study’s participants used stands to hold their smartphones and film themselves as they brushed their teeth. Even though the period of time for which the participants brushed did not change, the researchers found an overall eight percent improvement in their skill. The brush strokes were noted to be more accurate and […]
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9Aug, 2016

New link between periodontal and cerebrovascular diseases

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A new study has revealed a relationship between chronic periodontitis and lacunar infarct, two common diseases in the elderly. Chronic periodontitis is an inflammatory disease of the gums, whereas lacunar infarct is a type of cerebral small vessel disease that can lead to a stroke. Additional research is needed to understand this link. It is hypothesized that periodontitis leads to systemic inflammation and, as a result, the health of the blood vessels could be affected. On the other hand, chronic periodontitis and lacunar infarct may share common vascular risk factors […]
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25Jul, 2016

Pregnant Women Likely to Have Gingivitis

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Women who are pregnant are likely to have moderate to severe gingivitis and may need regular care to maintain their oral health and avoid adverse pregnancy outcomes, according to research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry. The study also found that gingivitis is relatively stable in the late first and second trimesters. Maternal age and study site were significant factors in gingival bleeding during the first 2 trimesters, but pregnancy stage and ethnicity were not, debunking common assumptions. “Conventional wisdom indicates that gingival inflammation increases progressively […]
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7Jul, 2016

What to do if and when a tooth gets knocked out

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Knocked-Out Teeth More than five million teeth are knocked out every year in children and adults. With proper emergency action, a tooth that has been knocked out of its socket can be successfully replanted and last for years. Review, remember and share these steps to saving a knocked-out tooth. Your knowledge and quick action will likely increase the likelihood of saving the tooth! If this has happened to you, see an endodontist or nearest available dentist within 30 minutes of the injury! Steps to saving a knocked-out tooth: 1. Pick up […]
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26May, 2016

Getting straight A’s in smiles. Invisalign corrects crooked teeth without metal or wires

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Canfield Middle School counselor Leigh Sales understands what many of her students are going through each day. That awkward transformation from gawky middle schooler to sophisticated teen can be painful. While Sales, 45, may no longer be in the throes of puberty, she knows all too well the transitions today’s teens endure. She’s going through one of those transitions herself – the quest for perfect teeth.Thankfully, that process is much easier than it was when Sales was in her teens. Instead of cumbersome metal braces and uncomfortable headgear this time […]
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