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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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Gum Disease & Diabetes: “A Two-Way Relationship”

We’ve known for a long time that diabetes and gum disease often occur together. Now new research continues to show just how strong that association is. For instance, one recent study of more than 300 dental patients found that those with gum disease were more likely to have type 2 diabetes than those who had […]

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Is Your Mouth Too Small for Your Tongue?

We live in an era of medical specialists.  Cardiologists, endocrinologists, oncologists, gastroenterologists – each tends to focus on parts rather than the whole being. Yet as science continues to evolve, there is ever more evidence that oral health is intimately linked to overall health. While the cardiologist who focuses on hearts may never take mouths […]

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When Should Your Child See a Dentist?

If you’re a new parent, you have a lot on your plate. As part of your new responsibilities, you’ll at some point wonder when to bring your child to the dentist. You may have heard that dental organizations recommend parents schedule their child’s first appointment before the first birthday. These organizations believe that early intervention […]

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The Best Kept Secret: The Hygiene Visit

Unlike so many Hallmark holidays, National Dental Hygiene Month just doesn’t get much recognition. That’s a shame considering that your biologically trained dental hygienist is instrumental in helping you achieve your overall health and wellness goals. To be clear, we’re not just talking oral health – or systemic health, for that matter – but whole […]

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Your Health Ally, Your Hygienist

What’s the secret to social acceptance, upward mobility, meaningful relationships, quality employment options, and positive self-esteem? Your smile. Yes, poor oral health really can determine whether you reach the top rung of your potential ladder – or not. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a “top rung” kind of person, lots can get […]

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Does Everyone Need Their Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Getting your wisdom teeth removed seems almost like a rite of passage to adulthood. Those third molars usually start pushing through in the late teens – with some stress on the word “usually.” A good number of people don’t have the full set of four, if any at all. (For why that might be, check […]

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