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Jul 19

Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease another Reason to Brush Your Teeth and Take Your Statin

By Mike Lomax | Uncategorized

Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease another Reason to Brush Your Teeth and Take Your Statin

If you are an adult then there is a good chance that you have some form of periodontal disease.  It is estimated that 47% of adults are affected by periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease is a disease of the gums of our mouths.  It can range from a simple form with local inflammation to severe forms that can cause significant damage to the tissues around the teeth and the bones. read more

Jun 02

Tobacco Use and Your Oral Health

By Mike Lomax | Uncategorized

It’s no secret that smoking is bad for your overall health but using tobacco products can have serious consequences on your oral health, too.

In addition to affecting your overall health, tobacco use and smoking can cause a number of oral health issues, ranging from oral cancer to discolored teeth.

“You can get yellow teeth [and] a yellow tongue,” says Thomas Kilgore, DMD, professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and associate dean at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. “You see a lot of staining on the tongue.” read more

May 23

Common Dental Health Troublemakers

By Mike Lomax | Uncategorized

Are you wrecking your teeth without even knowing it? If you suck your thumb or suck on lemons, you’re doing your pearly whites wrong. And did you know that biting your nails is not only bad for your fingers, it can actually hurt your teeth, too?

While some of these dental health “don’ts” can do immediate damage to your teeth (by cracking or breaking them), the effects of others may add up over time, harming your dental health in the long run. So put all 10 of these bad habits to rest — for your teeth’s sake.

Thumbs Down on Thumb Sucking

Children who still suck their fingers or thumbs after their permanent teeth start coming in — usually around the age of 5 or 6 — could be causing permanent changes that affect tooth and jaw structure. Specifically, thumb sucking can cause a misalignment of the teeth, explains Richard Price, DMD, a retired dentist from the Boston area who is a consumer advisor and spokesperson for the American Dental Association. This misalignment can lead to a number of issues, including difficulty chewing and breathing problems — so help wean your child off his thumb. read more

May 23

All About Cosmetic Dentistry

By Mike Lomax | Uncategorized

Cosmetic dentistry offers everything from tooth whitening to complete smile makeovers. Learn about your options here.

Cosmetic dentistry isn’t just for celebrities and the wealthy — there’s now a wide variety of options and price ranges that put a better smile within reach for millions of people.

“Cosmetic dentistry has gone mainstream,” says Kimberly Harms, DDS, consumer advisor and spokesperson for the American Dental Association (ADA) and a dentist in private practice in Farmington, Minn. “Just about every dentist does at least some cosmetic dentistry procedures these days.” read more

May 23

Why Falling Asleep Without Brushing Your Teeth Is Actually Pretty Darn Gross

By Mike Lomax | Uncategorized

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing those pearly whites twice a day, but what happens if you don’t?

You probably already know that the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing those pearly whites twice a day. You also probably know that brushing your teeth is one of the easiest ways to avoid scaring off your date.

But brushing is important for reasons beyond fresh breath. Skip a session, and you’re on your way to encouraging the growth of bacterial buildup in the form of plaque, which can lead to cavities and gum disease. read more

May 23

Talk Therapy to Tackle Fear of the Dentist

By Mike Lomax | Uncategorized

A study found this type of treatment helped many overcome phobias about dental visits.

Many people are familiar with the fear that can precede a visit to the dentist, but new research shows that talk therapy can help when that anxiety becomes a crippling phobia.

In the study, British investigators tried an approach called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a short-term treatment typically involving six to 10 sessions.

“CBT works by providing individuals with skills to address their fear,” said lead researcher Tim Newton, a professor of psychology at King’s College London Dental Institute. read more

May 23

Toothpaste 101

By Mike Lomax | Uncategorized

Brushing your teeth is the cornerstone of good oral health. Learn about the different types of toothpaste and how to select one that’s right for you.

Toothpaste is not always paste. It can be a gel, powder, or paste that you brush your teeth and gums to help get rid of accumulating plaque and improve your oral health.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), toothpaste is important to oral health because it helps to remove plaque and its bacterial buildup on teeth and fights off periodontal (gum) disease. Most toothpaste also contains fluoride, which bolsters tooth enamel and fights tooth decay. read more