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Protect Your Oral Health This Fall

Fall is finally here, and the country is starting to cool off and open back up. The fall means fall sports and outdoor fun, but heading outdoors can have its downsides, too. If you plan on going outside into nature this fall, don’t forget to take some precautions. Here’s a list of sun-safe tips that …

Do We Need a Sugar Tax?

“Tis impossible to be sure of any thing but Death and Taxes.” So said Christopher Bullock, way back in 1716 in The Cobbler of Preston. The same thing rings true today. We have taxes on all sorts of things these days, including in some areas, on sugar. The United Kingdom, for example, has a tax …

Back to School Oral Health Tips

It’s officially back-to-school season, which means homework, bus rides, and extracurriculars are back in full swing again. These factors can really add up, packing your childrens’ schedules and making it difficult for appointments and sometimes, for self-care. But don’t let a busy fall schedule get in the way of your kids’ oral hygiene. Here are …

COVID-19 And Your Oral Health

With the pandemic still raging, it’s hard to turn on the news or go on social media and not hear anything about COVID-19. Whether it’s new infection rates, new mutations of the virus, or some other data, the coverage of this sometimes-deadly virus has left many of us stressed and depressed. Maybe that’s why some …

Does DNA Play A Role In Periodontitis?

When it comes to our DNA, there’s still a lot we simply don’t know. Not for lack of trying, but there just hasn’t been enough research into these fascinating building blocks of life. But recently, scientists sought to discover what role, if any, DNA has on our oral microbiome, and if DNA makes us predispositioned …

Caring for Teeth During Healthy Aging Month

It’s Healthy Aging Month, and as your dental practice, we want to see you in the best of health, no matter what your age is. Healthy aging can mean many things to many people but is especially important in older adults. From eating right to getting the right amount of sleep and everything in between, …

These 5 Things Could Worsen Sleep Apnea

When you have sleep apnea, naturally you want to do everything you can to make your sleep apnea better, not worse. This may include treatment options such as sleep orthotics or CPAP therapy, or it can include lifestyle changes that may not eliminate symptoms altogether, but that can seriously reduce them. For those looking to …

Alternative Therapies and Sleep Apnea

If you have sleep apnea, chances are you’ve tried at least one thing to reduce or eliminate the side effects of this frustrating condition. Between the lack of quality sleep to the sluggish, tired feeling you may have become accustomed to, sleep apnea can upset your daily life, even when you’re not asleep. That’s why …

Oral Hygiene Could Help Prevent Stroke

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 795,000 people have a stroke each year, with 130,000 of those causing death. In fact, stroke is responsible for one in every 20 deaths in the United States. But the good news is that strokes may be preventable, at least that is according to data from a new …

Social Media and Oral Health

With sites like TikTok, Facebook, and Instagram hosting literally billions of users, it’s no wonder that social media has become such a big part of our lives. Social media influences everything from our dietary choices to our clothing and even health decisions, too. Recently, many young adults ‘went viral’ for sharing photos of their teeth …

Soda and Your Teeth

According to some data, approximately one in five Americans drinks at least one serving of soda per day, with many drinking much more. Soda, as you may have already heard, is packed with sugar and acids like tartaric acid, citric acid, and phosphoric acid, all of which eat away at the enamel of your teeth, …

The Pandemic’s Toll on Teeth

The pandemic has not been easy on any of us, whether we have gotten ill, cared for an ill loved one, are a front-line worker, or have been given extra responsibilities at home with our children. No matter our individual situation, it’s easy to say that it’s been difficult for everyone. This includes our mental …

These Products Could Endanger Your Oral Health

We all want healthy, strong teeth. But sometimes, what we eat can be detrimental to our oral health, and to our healthy teeth goals. Even foods we think are good for us can be deceptive, containing hidden carbohydrates, sugar, and even acid that eats away at the enamel of our teeth. Here are just a …

Sleep Apnea Could Increase Odds of Sudden Death

Sudden death. It sounds terrifying because it is terrifying. But unfortunately, nobody can predict when it will occur. But a new study from Penn State University has now found that untreated sleep apnea can in fact double your risk of sudden death. While this is bad news for those with untreated sleep apnea, it can …

OSA Could Cause Vascular Aging

We all know that sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that can be very dangerous if left untreated. Marked by snoring, difficulty breathing, and many other comorbid conditions like diabetes, cancer, stroke, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease, sleep apnea is a common condition that affects an estimated 34 percent of middle-aged men and 17 percent of …

African American Men May Be At Higher Risk for Severe OSA Symptoms

A new study from the Annals of the American Thoracic Society has found some disturbing discoveries: that African Americans are at a higher risk of more and more severe sleep apnea symptoms than other races. The study examined 890 patients from the University of Cleveland Medical Center sleep laboratories who had been newly diagnosed with …

Sleep Apnea in Childhood Could Mean Future Hypertension

A lot of what we do when we’re young can catch up to us later in life. Tanning, for example, can cause skin cancer and premature aging. Not taking care of our teeth can cause cavities and the need for restorations (not to mention replacing those restorations), and sports injuries in our youth can follow …

Flossing May Prevent Cognitive Decline

Flossing. We all know how important it is, but many of us simply don’t do it regularly. There are myriad reasons why we neglect this important step in our oral health care routine, but we are only doing ourselves a disservice when we don’t floss. Flossing doesn’t just clean the roughly 30 percent of our …

It’s Time To Schedule Your Dental Exam

It’s been a long year and a half, and many of us are ready to get back to life as usual. With the widespread availability of the COVID-19 vaccine, many Americans are beginning to be more social, gathering together with friends, seeing movies, visiting family, and taking vacations. But before you hop on that next …

Oral Health Guidance Improves Diabetic Care

If you have diabetes, you likely know the many triggers that can make your diabetes symptoms worse. That’s why it’s important to closely monitor your blood sugar and be seen regularly by your doctor, especially if you are experiencing symptoms that are worse than normal. One complication of diabetes that is well-known is periodontitis. Periodontitis …