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General oral health

  • The Diabetes and Oral Health Connection
    Nov. 7, 2019

    The Diabetes and Oral Health Connection

    General oral health

    More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes and nearly one-third also suffer from severe gum (periodontal) disease.1 Because diabetes limits the body’s natural ability to fight off infection, good oral health habits are especially important to help keep diabetes in check.

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  • Why cigars can be just as dangerous as cigarettes
    Nov. 1, 2019

    Why cigars can be just as dangerous as cigarettes

    General oral health

    Once largely the domain of older men, cigar smoking is now also popular with teens. In fact, a higher percentage of high school students than adults say they smoke cigars, with flavored cigars likely driving youth appeal.Unfortunately, this habit can not only lead to oral health problems, but it’s also addictive and can be just as dangerous as smoking cigarettes. Teens are especially vulnerable to nicotine addiction.

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  • Another good reason to avoid substance abuse
    Oct. 17, 2019

    Another good reason to avoid substance abuse

    General oral health

    From “meth mouth” to a host of other problems, one of the most obvious effects of drug abuse is the damage it can do to oral health. Fortunately, treatment and support are always available to help beat addiction. And there are many ways to help avoid substance abuse and its effects altogether.

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  • An alternative to opioids for dental discomfort
    Oct. 2, 2019

    An alternative to opioids for dental discomfort

    General oral health

    To fight the opioid crisis in the United States, the Department of Health and Human Services recently provided almost $2 billion in funding to expand access to treatment and make more effective use of data.[1] The dental community is also doing its part to help combat the issue.

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  • How much is stress costing your business?
    Aug. 9, 2019

    How much is stress costing your business?

    General oral health

    While it’s not surprising that stress in the workplace has a negative effect on productivity, the full extent of the problem can be startling. Stress costs employers more than $300 billion annually. That’s due in part to employees who report high stress levels being less engaged, less productive and missing more work than those who don’t have excessive stress. In fact, 1 million workers are absent every day due to stress, with stressed employees taking more than 4.6 sick days per year compare

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  • How your mouth influences your health from head to toe
    Aug. 5, 2019

    How your mouth influences your health from head to toe

    General oral health

    A healthy smile improves social interactions, communication and the ability to perform well in work and school. But there are many more reasons to maintain great oral health. The National Academy of Medicine reports that oral health is connected to good overall health and oral diseases can exacerbate health problems outside of the mouth.

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  • Why You Might Think Twice Before Eating Too Much Ice Cream
    Jul. 17, 2019

    Why You Might Think Twice Before Eating Too Much Ice Cream

    General oral health

    Why you might think twice before eating too much ice cream There are few treats more tempting than a cold dish of ice cream during the hottest days of summer. It’s no wonder 90% of American households indulge in this frosty dessert.1 In honor of National Ice Cream Month in July, here’s the scoop on how ice cream can have an effect on oral health.

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  • Teeth 101 - Facts About Different  Types of Teeth
    Jul. 2, 2019

    Teeth 101 - Facts About Different Types of Teeth

    General oral health

    Most adults have 32 teeth and children have 20. We know we should brush twice a day for at least two minutes each and floss daily. But, many of us don't know how some of our teeth got their names. Canine, eye and wisdom might seem like odd names for teeth. Learn how they got their names.

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  • Remove These Snacks from your Break Room Today!
    Jun. 12, 2019

    Remove These Snacks from your Break Room Today!

    General oral health

    Let's face it, most people enjoy sugary snacks. But they aren't so enjoyable for your teeth. Here are some easy ways to protect your employees' smiles and their overall health.1 Clear away the bad Take a closer look at what’s in your break room. Chances are there are too many sugary and starchy snacks.

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  • The Absolute Best Farmers Market Picks (and Some of the Worst)
    Jun. 7, 2019

    The Absolute Best Farmers Market Picks (and Some of the Worst)

    General oral health

    Do you love shopping at your local farmers market? You’re not alone. They’re so popular that there are now more than 8,700 farmers markets nationwide.1 While it should be easy for you to find one near you, it’s not always as easy to decide what to buy.

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  • Adults Could Brush Up on Dental Terminology
    Jun. 3, 2019

    Adults Could Brush Up on Dental Terminology

    General oral health

    Consider checking your dental IQ before your next visit to the dentist. A new Adult’s Oral Health & Well-Being Survey indicates that a significant portion of the American population is not familiar with certain key dental terms. This unfamiliarity may lead to unease in the dental chair during discussions with your oral health care professional.

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  • Should You Avoid Some Fruit?
    Jun. 1, 2019

    Should You Avoid Some Fruit?

    General oral health

    With so much produce in season right now, it’s a good time to consider the effects of fruit on your smile. Not only are fruits better for you than sweets, they can also reduce your cravings for sugary snacks. Most fruits are mouth-friendly, especially crisp ones like apples that help clean plaque from your teeth and freshen breath.1 However, some fruits may have surprising effects on your smile.

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  • Don't Ignore this Crucial Oral Health Check
    May 7, 2019

    Don't Ignore this Crucial Oral Health Check

    General oral health

    A surprising number of Americans ignore this crucial health check. Your dental checkup is not only good for your health, it’s also good for your wallet. Preventive services, like checkups, are 100 percent covered by most dental plans. Yet, many people leave money on the table by not going to their dentist often.

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  • Four Ways You Could Be at Risk for Tooth Loss
    May 1, 2019

    Four Ways You Could Be at Risk for Tooth Loss

    General oral health

    Older Americans are keeping their teeth longer than ever.1 Here’s more good news: Some causes of tooth loss can be in your control. That’s why it is so important to maintain a good oral health routine and visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.

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  • The secrets to keeping oral side effects from interrupting your cancer treatments
    Apr. 11, 2019

    The secrets to keeping oral side effects from interrupting your cancer treatments

    General oral health

    Chemotherapy and radiation are often used to treat cancer. These treatments can cause issues with your mouth, altering your ability to eat, talk and swallow. You’ll want to promptly address these problems, so they don’t cause a delay in treatment. That’s why it’s vital to understand the most common side effects of cancer treatments.

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  • Dangers of Tobacco
    Apr. 9, 2019

    Dangers of Tobacco

    General oral health

    An estimated 438,000 Americans die each year from diseases caused by smoking.1 Using tobacco products increases the risk of getting cancers of the head and neck. According to the American Cancer Society, no form of tobacco is safe.

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