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Smokers More Likely to Need Root Canals

It's never fun to hear the words "root canal" coming out of your dentist's mouth. But if you've recently been diagnosed as needing a root canal treatment, it may be comforting to know that you're not alone. Like you, it's estimated that about half of the adult population in the U.S. will need a root canal treatment by the age of 50.The go...

Smoking and Tooth Loss: Ways to Win the Battle

We have all been told that smoking is bad for our overall health. But did you know that it's bad for your dental health? Few smokers are aware of the risks to their teeth caused by smoking, so if you are a smoker and are concerned about maintaining healthy teeth and gums, you are already ahead of the game!In addition to causing unsightl...

Women Account for 90% of TMJ Sufferers

You've never heard of it, but your dentist says the frequent headaches, muscle pain and popping sound you hear when you open and close your mouth is called TMJ disorder. The good news is you're not alone. Over 10 million people in the U.S. experience TMJ disorder, and the majority of that number is women; in fact, women in their childbearing y...

The Aging Mouth: What’s Normal, What’s Not?

If you're like most seniors, you know that some changes to your body are a normal part of the aging process and others aren't. The same applies to your dental health. That's right, the health of your teeth matters as you age, too! So it's easy to understand why you might be wondering what changes are normal and what might signal something more s...

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Dental Care Checklist – Seniors

Even if you've had a lifetime of professional dental care, it's never a good idea to stop! You might be paying extra attention to your overall health now; be sure to give your teeth some, too. √ Visit your dentist regularly. Regular dental exams/checkups and teeth cleanings are just as important as ever -- ev...

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Seniors at Higher Risk for Dental Cavities

You may think that as an adult you don't have to worry about cavities anymore -- but dental cavities aren't just child's play!As we entered the new millennium, it was discovered that seniors were actually getting more dental cavities than children. Today, children and seniors are still the two highest at-risk groups for tooth decay....

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Wisdom Teeth and Teens: What Every Smart Parent Should Know

Like dental braces, the removal of wisdom teeth is one of the dental "rites of passage" for teens.Wisdom teeth -- or third molars -- are our final set of molars and usually start to emerge between the ages of 16 and 25. They are known as "wisdom" teeth in most cultures because of their late arrival compared to other adult molars....

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Your Baby Teeth Primer: 5 Things Every Parent Should Know

If you've got an infant or toddler, you're probably on high alert to spot and treat some of the more common afflictions of childhood -- from coughs and colds to ear infections and more. You've been trained to arm yourself with the facts, practice basic healthy habits and be on constant lookout for potential problems. So why should you be any les...

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Your Child’s First Dental Visit: Tips for Moms & Dads

With all the new experiences children might encounter at the dental office, it's no surprise that parents might be a little anxious about their child's first dental visit. But if you're thinking about your infant's dental health, you're already a gold star parent. Setting up your child's first dental visit is a step in the right direction, and e...

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Got Milk? Study Finds New Way to Fight Periodontal Disease

We all know that drinking milk at a young age helps us grow strong bones and has been linked to healthy weight loss, but did you know that the ongoing consumption of dairy products also promotes periodontal health? A Japanese study published in the Journal of Periodontology demonstrated that individuals who regularly consume foods con...

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