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Oral Cancer and Diabetes

 

With nearly 10 percent of the population in America suffering from type II diabetes, chances are you’ve already heard a lot about the illness. With an estimated 1.5 million new diagnoses each year, diabetes is now the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. But aside from the dangers of diabetes itself, the disease can also increase your risk of developing a co-morbid or secondary condition. In fact, a new study in the journal Diabetologia has revealed that having diabetes can increase the risk of developing oral cancer in women by 13 percent and their overall risk by 27 percent. The news wasn’t much better for men, with an increased rate of all cancers of 19 percent.

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How Neuromuscular Dentistry Could Save Lives

When you think about temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and how it affects the rest of the body, you may think of migraine headaches, neck and back pain, poor posture, and even tinnitus (ringing in the ears). But what you may not be thinking about could literally kill you.

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Why Brushing Alone Isn’t Quite Enough

You’ve been hearing for years that to maintain your oral health, you should brush twice daily for at least two minutes. But what if we told you that’s not right? Well, OK, it is right - but it's not the full story. While you absolutely should keep brushing two times a day for two minutes at a time, minimum, you should be doing a lot more. Here’s the why and how of it all.

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Mental Health May Affect Oral Health

When you suffer from a mental health condition, it’s not uncommon for a lot of things to fall to the wayside. From neglecting people and activities you once loved to neglecting hygiene and oral health, mental health disorders can take a toll on more than just your mind. That’s the subject of a new study published by researchers at the University of Western Australia in Perth.

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Impostor Dentist Raises Important Questions

 

A shocking case out of Georgia has raised some important questions about what patients should be looking for in a dentist. It all started when a Georgia woman was charged in two counties for practicing dentistry without a license.

The woman allegedly ran an unlicensed dental practice for seven years before she was finally shut down. One patient even landed in the hospital with an infection after having two teeth removed! This past August, the woman was indicted on one count of forgery, three counts of writing unlawful prescriptions, three counts of insurance fraud and 40 counts of practicing dentistry without a license.

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Five Things We Can All Be Thankful for This Year

It’s Thanksgiving time again, a time to be with loved ones and to take stock of our lives and what really matters. Unfortunately, with the stress of the holidays, it can sometimes be hard to find a reason to be thankful this time of year. But even when you’re over it all and ready to hibernate until spring, we can all still be thankful about these five things!

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Why Does My Jaw Ache?

 

When your jaw hurts, it can throw your whole life out of balance, especially if you don’t know why your jaw is hurting or when it will stop. Thankfully, many causes of jaw pain are temporary and don’t require much intervention, but occasionally jaw pain is a sign of something a bit more serious. But how do you know the difference - and when should you see a doctor? If you’ve got jaw pain, check out these possible reasons why, and what you should do to stop it.

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October Is National Dental Hygiene Month

 

Let’s face it: Taking care of your teeth can be an investment. Toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, a fancy ultrasonic brush, a water flosser, spare brush heads - it adds up. Naturally, you want to protect that investment, but more than that, you want to know that your products work correctly when you need them, and that they don’t get contaminated with germs and bacteria simply by sitting out on your bathroom counter. So, how do you store your oral care products so they stay safe and effective for as long as possible?

In honor of National Dental Hygiene Month this October, we decided to be meta and share some useful tips about the best way to ensure the hygiene of your oral hygiene products.

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Back-to-School Oral Health Hacks

 

There’s probably no more exciting - and stressful - time in a child’s life than back-to-school season. But along with all the mixed emotions and new routines, sometimes important things like our teeth can take a backseat. Don’t let the excitement and chaos of the new school year hurt your kids’ oral health this fall. Try these back-to-school oral care hacks to keep their oral health right on track.

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Oral Health and Athletics

 

You’ve got your gear bag, your water bottle and your game face, but what about your oral health? If you’re an athlete, don’t discount the importance of oral health on your performance. That was the topic of a recent panel at the Perio Link Night conference this June in Amsterdam.

The panel brought together professional athletes and medical experts to discuss the impact of oral health on sports performance. Skeptical about this connection? Here’s why you shouldn’t be.

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Don’t Lose That Retainer

 

Let’s face it - losing your retainer is a lot easier than it sounds, and it sounds pretty easy. With their translucent plastic and thin wires, many retainers easily blend into your teeth and gums, but they also blend into many surfaces you put them down on, including the No. 1 place most people, at least kids, lose their retainers: cafeteria lunch trays.

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Does Oral Health Need a Summer Switch-Up?

 

Summertime is here, along with days at the beach, trips to the amusement park, barbecues and camping underneath the stars. But along with all the fun and relaxation the season brings, there are new challenges to your oral health, too. Before you step out the door on that family vacation, check out these oral care tips to keep your smile dazzling all summer long!

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New Survey Shows Oral Health Is Top Confidence Booster

 

This past winter when Delta Dental published its annual Adult’s Oral Health & Well-Being Survey, it shed some light on American adults’ opinions on oral health - and how the condition of their smile impacts other areas of their lives. The survey asked 1,008 American adults for their impressions on many different facets of their oral health and oral care routine. Here are some of the most interesting answers:

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Safe, Effective Options for Whiter Teeth

 

For some people, the pursuit of whiter teeth is just as frustrating as searching for the fountain of youth. Maybe that’s because studies have shown that discolored teeth can add years to your appearance - and whiter teeth may even shed a few years off. In fact, a recent report by Hexa Research estimates that the global teeth-whitening market will reach an astonishing $7.4 billion by the year 2024!

With all that money being spent on whitening our teeth, what actually works? After all, if those strips really made our teeth as white as we wanted, we probably wouldn’t need to keep buying them. So, what’s a safe and effective way to get whiter teeth without having to continuously spend money on products that don’t work?

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Why Is My Jaw Clicking?

 

If you’ve ever taken a bite of food only to hear - and feel - a strange clicking or popping sound when you chew, you may have wondered what was happening, and if you should be concerned. The good news is that, believe it or not, occasional clicking or popping during jaw movement is pretty common, and when experienced only occasionally is not usually cause for concern. But there are times when this sensation could be a red flag that something is wrong. Here’s why your jaw may be clicking, and how to tell if you should see your dentist.

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The TMJ/Orthodontic Connection Orthodontists Sometimes Miss

 

When most people undergo orthodontic treatment, they expect the problems in their mouth to go away. As their teeth get straighter, the wear on their teeth becomes more natural and even. Their confidence improves, and everything just feels better. But what many patients don’t realize is that unless their orthodontist is well versed in the muscles and joints of the face and jaw, their happiness over their new smile could be short-lived.

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The TMJD-Mood Disorder Connection

 

You may have heard the term "mind-body connection" and wondered what it meant. The truth is, it has different meanings for different people. For some, it is the connection between spirituality (the mind) and health (the body). For others, it is the power that having a positive attitude can have over keeping the body strong and fighting illness. But when it comes to temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ disorder or simply TMJD, the mind-body connection can have a much different meaning, especially if you happen to have both a TMJD and a mood disorder.

That’s because, believe it or not, your TMJ disorder can heavily influence your mood disorder - and vice versa. Here’s how your brain can wreak havoc on your jaw, and how taking care of one problem - your TMJD or your mental health - can help you improve both.

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What Exactly Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

 

It’s that one seemingly innocent little word that has the potential to cause so much hesitation when it comes to taking care of our teeth: "cosmetic." Cosmetic dentistry might not sound like something for everyone, especially those who already have a healthy, beautiful smile. But believe it or not, cosmetic dentistry isn’t just for people with imperfect teeth. Cosmetic dentistry is for everyone - and it encompasses a wide variety of different procedures.

So, what is considered cosmetic dentistry, anyway?

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May Is National Osteoporosis Month

 

You’ve probably heard of the bone disease osteoporosis. In fact, the debilitating illness affects an estimated 3 million new people each year, most of them women over the age of 60. Osteoporosis is more common in women who are thinner and smaller, meaning it also disproportionately affects women who are Asian and Caucasian than women of other ethnicities.

Osteoporosis literally means "porous bones," but in fact, all bones are porous. The difference between a healthy bone and a bone with osteoporosis, however, is that when you look at a bone with osteoporosis under a microscope, you can see the honeycomb-like webbing of the osteoporosis bones is wider and more porous than it is in a healthy bone.

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About Dr. Simpson: The Importance of Getting to Know Your Provider

Have you ever noticed when you visit our practice that you simply don’t have to wait as long to be seen as you do at other providers? That’s not a coincidence - it’s because, as a dentist, in addition to providing the highest-quality care possible, Dr. Michele Simpson strives to create the most positive experience possible for every patient, every visit. She also loves to get to know her patients on a personal level. Getting to know the patient and finding common interests makes coming to work a lot more fun, but did you know that building a rapport with your medical practitioner can actually improve the quality of your medical care? Here’s how!

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