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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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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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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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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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At-Home and Discount Tooth Whitening Could Destroy Teeth


If sales of teeth-whitening products are any indication, there are a lot of people out there who want whiter teeth. In fact, teeth whitening is a $1.4 billion-a-year industry in the United States. But dentists are cautioning that cutting costs on teeth-whitening products can often backfire, leaving patients with painful injuries and, in some cases, permanent damage.

 

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What to Consider When Considering Invisalign

Do you have teeth that are out of their ideal alignment? Do you have a bad bite? Are you interested in straightening your teeth, but unwilling to deal with traditional wire and bracket braces? Invisalign may be the solution!

Founded in San Jose, California, in 1997, Invisalign braces have quickly become a household name. In the 20 years since their founding, Invisalign braces have perfected over 2.6 million smiles around the world. But despite their popularity, there are still a few misconceptions about Invisalign. If you are interested in straightening your teeth without the hassle of getting traditional braces, check out these lesser-known facts about Invisalign.

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How Good is Good Enough When It Comes to Flossing?

If the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s 2016 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is any indication, people in America really don’t like flossing. According to NHANES, only about 30 percent floss their teeth daily, with another 37 percent reporting they floss less frequently than daily, and 30 percent stating they never floss at all.

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What’s the Deal with Apple Cider Vinegar?


It seems like you can’t read anything these days without hearing about apple cider vinegar and how well it works to cure a variety of ailments. But how can a condiment do so much? After all, apple cider vinegar supposedly works to cure everything from indigestion to hiccups, dandruff to acne. In fact, some people say it can lower cholesterol. On the cosmetic side, apple cider vinegar supposedly makes your hair shinier and your teeth whiter.

 

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Know the Warning Signs of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)


Do you experience a weird clicking sound when you open and close your mouth? Does your jaw ache, or do you have trouble opening your mouth wide? Do you suffer from a sore neck or headaches that occur behind your ears? You could be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. Often erroneously referred to as TMJ, TMD is a condition of the temporomandibular joint (the actual TMJ). So, how do you know if you have TMD? Check out this list of common TMD symptoms and see if you might be at risk.

 

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Whiter Isn’t Always Healthier When It Comes to Teeth


A gleaming white smile is something we all aspire to. In fact, Americans spend over $1 billion a year on whitening treatments, strips, trays and toothpastes trying to get whiter teeth. But did you know that whiter teeth don’t always equate to healthier teeth? Here’s why.

 

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Could Hot Drinks Increase Cancer Risk?


Are you one of those people who just aren't awake without that morning cup of coffee or tea? Well, according to the World Health Organization, depending on how hot you drink your beverage of choice, you could be putting yourself at an increased risk of developing cancer. In a study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, researchers found a link between very hot beverages - exceeding temperatures of 149 degrees Fahrenheit - and esophageal cancer, which is the eighth most common form of cancer, and the sixth deadliest.

 

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Braces and Sports

If you or someone you love is new to sports or to braces this winter, there are a few things you should keep in mind before getting active. Just like your naked teeth, your braces-wearing mouth needs protection while playing many common sports. From football to hockey, basketball, wrestling and roller derby, it is essential that you properly protect your teeth and your braces if you participate in sports. But before you reach for that trusty old boil-and-bite mouth guard, make sure you read this guide to choosing the right guard for braces.

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Sealing the Deal: Do Kids Really Need Dental Sealants?


If you’ve ever been told by your dentist that your child’s teeth will benefit from sealants, you may be wondering what they are, and if they’re worth the expense. If you’re curious about sealants, here’s a guide to everything you’ve ever wondered about this beneficial treatment option.

What Are Sealants?

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Why Bedside Manner Matters


Imagine this: You’ve been experiencing a great deal of pain in one of your back molars for several days. You thought you could wait out the pain in hopes that it would go away, but instead it only seems to get worse. You’re already somewhat afraid of going to the dentist, but you can’t take it anymore, so you check Google for a top-rated dentist in your area and call the practice. 

 

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When Is the Right Time for Kids to Get Braces?


If you’re the parent of a child with a less-than-perfect smile, you may be considering straightening your child’s teeth with braces. But with so much misinformation out there about these orthodontic devices, it can be hard to tell if and when your child actually needs braces - and what kind of braces are best.

Whether you’ve discussed braces with Dr. Simpson or with an orthodontist, or you’ve never considered braces before, here are some indicators that your child may be ready to start straightening his or her smile.

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Could Aspirin Cure Cavities?


If you’re one of the 91 percent of Americans with dental caries or cavities, you know what a pain they can be. But good news may soon be on the way from a team of researchers at Queens University in Belfast, Ireland. The study, which was discussed at the British Society for Oral and Dental Research annual meeting in September, claims that dentists may someday be able to use aspirin to heal dental cavities.

 

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TMJ and Halloween Candy


With overflowing buckets of Halloween candy hanging around the house for weeks, and the winter holidays on the way, there’s plenty of potential for aggravating your TMJ disorder by eating the wrong treats. It can be difficult to know what’s safe to eat and what has the potential to worsen your TMJ symptoms.  If you’re swimming in snacks but don’t know which ones are safe, check out this guide to TMJ-friendly (and not-so-friendly!) treats.

 

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Not-So-Scary Halloween Treats to Try This Year


Halloween season should be a time of frights and delights - but not at the expense of your teeth! If you are tired of handing out cavity-causing candy (and keeping it in your house, where it’s hard to resist), consider handing out these candy-free alternatives this Halloween.

 

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Ultrasonic Versus Spin Brushes: Which Is Better?


Whether you’re tired of getting mediocre results from a manual toothbrush or your trusty old electric toothbrush is starting to show its age, if you’re considering getting a new electric toothbrush it can be very overwhelming - especially if you don’t know the main differences between brush types. If you’re ready to buy a new brush but aren’t sure what kind is best, keep reading!

 

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