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Why do Men avoid the dentist?

December 30, 2020 | Author:

According to a recent study by the Cleveland Clinic, men aren’t going to the doctor for regular checkups as they should. 72% of survey respondents said they’d rather do household chores like clean the bathroom or mow the lawn than go to the doctor. Similarly, three-quarters of men who are married or in a domestic […]

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Are Spicy Foods Good for You?

December 4, 2020 | Author:

In the desert southwest, the tiny chili pepper is mighty in flavor and cultural significance. From packing heat into salsa and sauces to hanging decoratively on the walls of homes and restaurants, these bright, shiny-skinned peppers are the spice of life in Arizona. Part of the plant genus Capsicum, the chili pepper is a flowering […]

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Will cleaning your tongue help reduce the risk of heart disease, arthritis, and other inflammatory diseases?

November 18, 2020 | Author:

Scientific literature continues to highlight the connection between the health of our mouths and the health of our bodies. For example, there has been extensive research on the profound impact that oral health can have on health risks such as heart disease. It’s all about balance Your mouth and the rest of your body are […]

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What You Need to Know About Fluorosis

November 4, 2020 | Author:

Our mouths contain bacteria that use sugars in the foods we eat and the beverages we drink, to produce an acid that harms our teeth.  Fluoride protects our teeth and is an important mineral, especially for children. However, too much fluoride can cause something called dental fluorosis which can harm our teeth.    Dental fluorosis […]

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Thumbsucking and using a Pacifier

October 15, 2020 | Author:

Thumbsucking is a natural reflex for children. Babies feel secure and happy while sucking on thumbs, fingers, pacifiers, or other objects as this may help them to learn and explore about the world around them. Young children may also suck their thumb to soothe themselves and help them fall asleep. How can My Child’s Teeth […]

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What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

September 30, 2020 | Author:

You may have sensitive teeth, if the taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee is sometimes a painful experience. Possible causes include: Tooth decay (cavities) Fractured teeth Worn fillings Gum disease Worn tooth enamel Exposed tooth root In healthy teeth, a layer of enamel protects the crowns of your teeth—the part above […]

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Food and drinks that spell trouble for oral health

August 31, 2020 | Author:

Acids play an important role in oral health, however when hearing the word ‘acid’ we might be likely to recall the various chemicals we saw in glass bottles in science class at school. We may also think of it as the thing that can cause heartburn and indigestion.  There are several foods and drinks that […]

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Osteoporosis and Oral Health

August 4, 2020 | Author:

Certain medications can influence dental treatment decisions and it’s important to let your dentist know about all the medications that you take.  In the case of antiresorptive agents—medicines that help strengthen bones—these medications have been associated with a rare but serious condition called osteonecrosis (OSS-tee-oh-ne-KRO-sis) of the jaw (ONJ) that can cause severe damage to […]

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Is Water Flossing the Perfect Tool for Better Oral Health?

July 16, 2020 | Author:

Good oral health involves more than having a beautiful smile; it is key if we are to enjoy food, feel confident about interacting with others and avoid oral pain. Statistics however show that many Americans could improve in this department. Over 90% of Americans have had at least one cavity, and one in four has […]

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COVID-19: Looking after yourselves and others through better oral hygiene

June 16, 2020 | Author:

Maintaining great personal hygiene has never been more important, given the current pandemic situation that many of us across the world find ourselves in. Advice around how to do this is something that we all should take note of. Especially, regular handwashing with soap for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer gel when […]

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