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General oral health

  • Do these 3 things after wisdom teeth removal
    Mar. 16, 2020

    Do these 3 things after wisdom teeth removal

    General oral health

    Wisdom teeth — a third set of molars in the back of your mouth — usually appear between ages 17 and 25. Some people have them taken out, while others never have the need. In fact, about 5 million Americans have theirs removed in the course of a year.

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  • Smile! There’s a way to create a more positive workplace.
    Mar. 10, 2020

    Smile! There’s a way to create a more positive workplace.

    General oral health

    Do you help make your employees smile? Happy workers make for a more successful business. When workers feel respected and valued, they’re more likely to be happy and engaged. Workplaces that lack a positive atmosphere have higher absenteeism, more accidents, increased errors and defects, decreased productivity and lower profitability.

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  • Reasons for root canal treatment
    Mar. 6, 2020

    Reasons for root canal treatment

    General oral health

    A root canal is a common procedure used to treat inflammation or infection of the tooth’s sensitive inner pulp tissue, which is made up of blood vessels and nerve fibers.1 Pulp inflammation can result from a number of causes including deep decay, cracked teeth, or trauma. While many feel uneasy about the idea of a root canal, the procedure is a safe and straightforward way to remove diseased pulp tissue and is a better alternative to tooth extraction.

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  • The reasons behind your dentist's advice
    Mar. 2, 2020

    The reasons behind your dentist's advice

    General oral health

    By now you are likely familiar with dentists’ recommendation to brush twice a day for two minutes, floss daily and pay regular visits to their office. Here are the reasons behind these important nuggets of wisdom.

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  • The link between gum disease and heart disease
    Feb. 6, 2020

    The link between gum disease and heart disease

    General oral health

    Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States, and studies show a relationship between heart disease and gum disease. February is American Heart Month and a great time to learn how a healthy smile can lead to a healthy heart. Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, is an infection and inflammation of the gum tissues and bone that hold your teeth in place. In its early stage, it’s called gingivitis and can cause inflamed, red gums that bleed.

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  • How to keep toothaches from being a pain to your business
    Feb. 5, 2020

    How to keep toothaches from being a pain to your business

    General oral health

    Distracted workers cost American businesses millions of dollars every year. And there’s little that’s more distracting than the pain of a toothache. Get to know more about toothaches so you can help save your employees some pain and keep them productive.

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  • Three Ways to Make 2020 Your Healthiest Year Yet
    Jan. 15, 2020

    Three Ways to Make 2020 Your Healthiest Year Yet

    General oral health

    If your New Year’s resolution includes taking better care of your health, a visit to the dentist may be just as important as a visit to the gym. That’s because there’s a direct connection between your oral and overall health. Your mouth provides clues about what’s happening in the rest of your body. It can even be the first place that signs of problems such as diabetes or heart disease show up.

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  • How healthy teeth are linked to rocks
    Jan. 14, 2020

    How healthy teeth are linked to rocks

    General oral health

    Fluoride — a key mineral for strong teeth — originates in rocks. It’s then released into soil, water and air. So if fluoride is naturally found in water, why is it added to our water supplies and toothpaste? Before we answer, let’s explore why the American Dental Association labeled fluoride “nature’s cavity fighter.”

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  • The essential mineral for a healthy smile
    Jan. 8, 2020

    The essential mineral for a healthy smile

    General oral health

    When you think about calcium, the first thing that may come to mind is its role in building strong bones. Yet it does so much more than that. Calcium is needed to help your heart and nerves work properly and for your blood to clot.

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  • Wet your whistle . . . and other ways to relieve dry mouth
    Dec. 3, 2019

    Wet your whistle . . . and other ways to relieve dry mouth

    General oral health

    Do you get dry eyes, dry skin and dry mouth this time of year? Many people tend to blame the cold, dry winter air that seeps into homes in much of the country. But it’s not actually the main cause of dry mouth.

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  • Four ways to keep your mouth healthy during cold and flu season
    Dec. 2, 2019

    Four ways to keep your mouth healthy during cold and flu season

    General oral health

    If you’re like the average adult, you’ll get two or three colds a year, and they’ll last between seven and 10 days.1 And when flu season hits, about 8% of people in the U.S. get the flu.2 It might be easier to get through cold and flu season, while protecting your smile, when you try these tips to ease symptoms and avoid mouth complications.

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  • 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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