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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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  • Oral health issues that may arise with age
    Sep. 6, 2018

    Oral health issues that may arise with age

    General oral health

    As you age, your body can experience shifts in health that affect your mouth in ways you might not expect. In honor of Healthy Aging Month, take a look at few conditions people may encounter with age that can affect their oral health – including bone loss and dry mouth. Bone loss  As you age,... More »

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  • What Your Tongue Can Say About Your Oral Health
    Nov. 7, 2017

    What Your Tongue Can Say About Your Oral Health

    General oral health

    Your tongue can say a lot – even without speaking a word. The color, texture and patterns of your tongue can provide insight into the state of your oral and overall health. Here are some things your tongue may be trying to tell you. White coating.  A tongue that appears white is usually the result... More »

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  • Caring for Loved Ones – and Their Oral Health
    Nov. 1, 2017

    Caring for Loved Ones – and Their Oral Health

    General oral health

    Happy National Family Caregivers Month. At any given time, more than 65 million people in the U.S. care for a chronically ill, disabled or aging family member, spending an average of 20 hours per week providing care.1 If you're part of the 29 percent of the U.S. population caring for loved ones,2 it's important to... More »

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  • Medications Can Affect Oral Health
    Sep. 1, 2017

    Medications Can Affect Oral Health

    General oral health

    As we age, many of us find ourselves with health conditions that require medication – and while medications can improve overall health, some may have adverse side effects on oral health. One of the most common side effects of many medications is dry mouth, which does more than just make you crave a cold glass... More »

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  • Dental Insurance Still Key for Retirees
    May 1, 2016

    Dental Insurance Still Key for Retirees

    Dental benefit information

    More than 44 million1 individuals in the United States are age 65 or older. Practicing good oral health habits is an essential part of maintaining good overall health at any age. Being retired doesn't mean retiring good oral health routines. Maintaining one's teeth and gums by brushing and flossing daily and visiting the dentist regularly is... More »

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  • Discuss Your Doses
    Jul. 27, 2015

    Discuss Your Doses

    General oral health

    You talk about the medications you are taking with your physician – and you should do the same with your dentist. Though it may seem like prescription medications, such as antibiotics, decongestants and antidepressants, have very little to do with your oral health, many of them have side effects you and your dentist may want... More »

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  • Let Go of Winter Mouth Woes
    Jan. 20, 2015

    Let Go of Winter Mouth Woes

    General oral health

    The holidays are over, but the chilly winter weather is still going strong. Sledding, skating and snowmen are among the most enjoyable winter hobbies. While winter can bring grins, the frigid temps tend to trigger mouth problems. Much like a snowflake, each person's set of teeth is unique. Some are sensitive to cold air, while... More »

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  • Is Your Breath Trying to Tell You Something?
    Jan. 21, 2014

    Is Your Breath Trying to Tell You Something?

    General oral health

    Bad breath is no joke. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to stop stinky breath before it starts. Watch what you eat You probably already know that what you put in your mouth can give you foul breath long after the plates have been cleared. Garlic, onions and coffee are a few... More »

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  • Seniors Oral Health
    Sep. 12, 2013

    Seniors Oral Health

    General oral health

    As we age, many times our dental health takes a backseat to more pressing matters. What may surprise you though, is that senior oral health is pretty darn important. Not just so you have a healthy smile, but to avoid the uncomfortable side effects that accompany gum disease. If you think you might be suffering... More »

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  • Oral Health Tips for Expectant Mothers
    Aug. 15, 2013

    Oral Health Tips for Expectant Mothers

    General oral health

    As any woman who has been pregnant can tell you, there are many health changes that come with carrying a baby. Oral health is no exception. Here are five things to know if you or your significant other are expecting. 1) Be aware of pregnancy gingivitis symptoms. Expectant mothers experience hormone changes that can exaggerate... More »

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  • Summertime Safety
    Jun. 4, 2013

    Summertime Safety

    General oral health

    Summer is typically a relaxing time of year, but just because you're taking it easy in the sunshine doesn't mean you can ease up on oral health care. In fact, there are a few things you should be even more vigilant about in the summer. Slather on SPF And we don't just mean your arms... More »

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  • St. Patrick's Day Celebrations Can Harm Your Teeth
    Mar. 14, 2013

    St. Patrick's Day Celebrations Can Harm Your Teeth

    General oral health

    St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner and you might soon be tempted to imbibe in a pint of green beer. Before you take your first swig, keep in mind the trouble you might cause in your mouth. Tooth decay is a big problem related to alcohol consumption because of the sugars and acids... More »

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