Brushing and Flossing: It Hurts So Good—But Should It?

Brushing and Flossing Hurts

When brushing and flossing hurts it may be something else. Know that slightly-sore-but-oh-so-satisfying feeling that can follow a good, thorough cleaning at the dentist? Too many of us look to replicate it at home on a daily basis. It’s a practice called over-brushing, and it could lead to some serious problems. About seven out of […]

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Why You Should Avoid Home Whitening Kits

Avoid Home Whitening Kits

Let’s look at home whitening kits and why you should avoid them. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that we, as a society, value a good-looking smile. In a recent survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 99.7 percent agreed that a smile is an important social asset. The flipside of that is that […]

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Meeting the Dental Needs of Transgender and Transitioning People

Meeting the Dental Needs of Transgender and Transitioning People

For the first time, the standard bearers of the dental field are asking themselves if we’re adequately prepared to meet the needs of transgender and transitioning people. The honest answer in most cases is we are not. In fact, as the transgender population blooms—one recent estimate put it at 1.4 million people in the United […]

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How an Eating Disorder Can Impact Your Oral Health

an Eating Disorder Can Impact Your Oral Health

More than 10 million Americans are living with an eating disorder, yet less than half will ever seek treatment for it, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. If you think that could never be you or someone close to you, consider this: A 2007 study surveyed 9,282 Americans about an array of mental […]

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How to Spot Gum Disease in Kids and Teens

Gum Disease in Kids

While it’s true that periodontal disease is largely a threat to adults, gingivitis, a mild form of periodontal disease, is often found in kids and teens. In fact, more than half of teens have some form of gum disease, according to a recent estimate. Which is why it’s important as a parent to be aware […]

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How Can a Periodontist Help with My Sleep Apnea?

Can a Periodontist Help with My Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea affects more than 18 million American adults, and at least 200,000 more are being diagnosed with it every year, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. Concerning as those numbers are, they’re probably on the conservative side because it’s suspected that the vast majority of sleep apnea cases go undiagnosed and, therefore, untreated. […]

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Periodontal Disease May Spark Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Says

Periodontal Disease May Spark Alzheimer’s Disease

Periodontal disease may help initiate Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago found that untreated periodontal disease caused inflammation and the degeneration of brain neurons in mice that’s similar to the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in humans. “Other studies have demonstrated a close association between periodontitis and […]

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Why It’s So Important to Prevent Plaque Build-up

Prevent Plaque Build-up

More than 80 percent of American adults suffer from periodontal disease caused by plaque build-up, according to one count. Are you one of them? Plaque hardens within just a few hours of forming on your teeth, and turns into tartar in less than a couple of weeks. That build-up can lead to periodontal disease and […]

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What Can I Do About My Gummy Smile?

What Can I Do About My Gummy Smile?

Ever wondered what you can do about your gummy smile? How many photos of you are there out there with your lips pursed together in something that’s supposed to resemble a smile? So many you probably lost count because you’ve been doing it for years. Your friends and family have stopped pleading with you to […]

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Various Causes of Bleeding Gums

bleeding gums

Why Are My Gums Bleeding? You’re gazing into the mirror over the bathroom sink, lost in the ritual of your morning routine. Your hands are tugging a piece of floss, tightly strung between your two index fingers, from one side of your mouth to the other. But your mind’s back in bed or already deep […]

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