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Tooth Decay: Is It Your Genes or Is It You?

Just because a health problem is labeled “genetic” doesn’t mean that you’re fated to get it. Genes are potential…until they’re triggered. And this is why there’s so much preventive power in lifestyle choices – the food we eat, the habits we keep. Twins provide a great example. By looking at differences in genetics and lifestyle […]

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Better Health (and Healthcare) Means Reuniting Mouth & Body

There was a sobering headline on Bloomberg last week: According to the latest statistics, we now spend nearly $10,000 on healthcare per person each year, yet our life expectancy is far lower than dozens of other developed nations. We’re number one in the world in spending, yet 27th in terms of life expectancy, just below […]

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So Coconut Oil Is the Bad Guy Now?

Late last week, the internet went temporarily crazy with headlines like this one: Unfortunately, that’s not exactly what the paper being reported on was all about. The paper was an advisory from the American Heart Association on dietary fats and heart disease, and it was really no different from their usual position: replace saturated fat […]

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Reduce Your Risk of Becoming an Oral Cancer Statistic

If you’re like most, you get lots of health screenings from lots of providers each year. Gynecologists run annual Pap smears. Urologists screen for prostate cancer. Primary care physicians conduct annual physicals to look for all kinds of potential health concerns. So why would it be any different with your dentist? Of course, as we […]

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Cellphones, Salivary Glands, & Cancer

Meet the parotid gland: It’s the largest of your salivary glands, and there’s one on each side of your mouth. They’re on the insides of your cheeks, just in front of your ears. That makes them particularly vulnerable to cellphone radiation. Through the years, a fair amount of research has been done on the role […]

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Why Your Immune Response May Be Dependent on your Decision to Chew, or Not to Chew

If your life demands that you gulp down your food and hit the ground running, a new study suggests that the old admonishment to “chew your food” is good advice. Turns out, the simple act of chewing your food before swallowing it can boost your immune system. Chewing is the beginning of the digestive process. […]

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When It Comes to Resolutions, Don’t Forget Your Teeth

It’s a new year – a time when, like a lot of people, you may be considering a fresh start in many areas of your life. Health goals are most common – losing weight, exercising more, cutting back on sugar, meditating, relaxing, increasing leisure time or developing a commitment to a spiritual practice. As you […]

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Giving Thanks for Your Healthy Smile

One thing we are deeply grateful for this Thanksgiving is our patients. We appreciate the trust they place in us. We’re honored that they’ve chosen our office out of many to provide for their oral health care needs. So to our patients, we say thank you. Each and every one of you is a gift. […]

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5 Tips for Taming Chronic Acid Reflux

If you’ve got chronic acid reflux or GERD, chances are you’ve wound up with a scrip for a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). From a dental standpoint, there’s good sense in controlling reflux. After all, the stomach acid can destroy the enamel on your teeth, leaving the dentin exposed and vulnerable to decay. Chronic acid reflux […]

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Reconciling A Divorced Mouth

If you’re like most people, you’ve at least partly internalized the “expert view” that divorces your teeth from your body, acting as though they have nothing to do with each other. You don’t have to justify the split. After all, the body is an incredibly complex organism. And it’s because of this complexity that the […]

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