Men’s Dental Health

June is Men’s Health Month and unbeknownst to many people, men’s dental health can differ from women’s in many ways. According to the Journal of Periodontology, men are less likely to have visited the dentist within the past year than women. Additional research shows that women are more diligent about keeping up with their oral…

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Why Do I Have Sensitive Teeth?

Tooth sensitivity is characterized by a sharp painful sensation that occurs when the teeth are exposed to hot and cold drinks and/or food. Sensitive teeth are very common and usually not a cause for serious concern unless you have an undiagnosed oral health condition. Undiagnosed dental diseases often get worse and don’t tend to clear…

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Are Porcelain Veneers For You?

Porcelain veneers are customized, tooth-colored coverings that are bonded to the teeth to improve their look and functionality. Veneers can correct a multitude of cosmetic dental concerns including crooked, discolored, small/short, misshapen, chipped and/or broken teeth. While results vary, porcelain veneers can last up to fifteen years and are stain-resistant which adds to their appeal.…

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Geographic Tongue

Geographic tongue refers to a condition that causes a patchy, bordered-like appearance on the surface of the tongue. The tongue is covered in small raised bumps called papillae, but because the papillae is missing in the patchy areas, the tongue appears smooth. Although the appearance of the tongue can be alarming, geographic tongue is no…

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Recreational Drug Abuse & Dental Health

Recreational drug abuse has long been known to have negative consequences for addicts’ overall health. Unbeknownst to many users, oral health is also severely impacted by drug abuse due to behavioral changes such as dental hygiene neglect, resulting in dental diseases. Depending on the user’s drug of choice, common dental health effects include dry mouth,…

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The Link Between Smoking & Gum Disease

Smoking cigarettes is a major cause for concern among dentists and healthcare providers worldwide. Not only does smoking create a host of respiratory and cardiovascular health issues, but it wreaks havoc on oral health. According to the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, smoking is one of the leading causes for periodontal (gum) disease. Aside…

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Mental Health & Dentistry

Psychiatric illnesses negatively affect dental health if proper preventive measures are not taken. According to the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, people suffering from severe mental illness are 2.7 times more likely to lose their teeth than the general population. Although, patients who are not considered severely mentally ill may still have anxious reactions when it…

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5 Bad Dental Habits to Break

Throughout the average person’s life, we fall into habits that can have positive or negative impacts on our health. Habits often form from a repetitive action and can be difficult to break. When it comes to dental health, poor habits can actually break your teeth and harm your jaw. The following common habits are important…

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General Anesthesia For Dentistry

General anesthesia for dentistry provides a safe and effective method for treating dental conditions in patients that request or require care while they are unconscious and relaxed. There are several indications for the use of general anesthesia during dental treatments. Indications vary from the presence of severe dental anxiety and phobias, to developmental disabilities. General…

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Medications & Oral Health

Certain kinds of medications can affect the way different foods taste, salivation, and gum health. Therefore, it’s important to ask your doctor about the side effects of the medications that you are taking. Depending on the drug, there are ways around some of the negative effects on your oral health. Make sure to speak with…

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