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April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Oral cancer is now the eighth most common cancer among men and the 14th most common among women around the world. In countries like India, where there is widespread poverty and limited access to doctors, that number is significantly higher. In fact, it is estimated that a full 30 percent of all cancers in India will be oral cancers by 2020, making it the third most common cancer in the country of over 1.3 billion people.

So, what is causing this increase in oral cancer rates around the globe, and what can you do to protect yourself from this very preventable - but often silent - killer?

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What Is Dental Bonding?

 

When you think of bonding, what comes to mind? Perhaps a nice campfire retreat with your family? Getting acquainted with your new baby? Well, when it comes to dentistry, bonding means something a little different. Dental bonding is a resin composite that is adhered (or bonded) to the tooth to repair chips, cracks, decay and discoloration on the teeth. It’s called bonding because the resin is literally bonded to the tooth, creating a natural-looking surface that is usually undetectable to the naked eye.

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All About Dentures


 

It’s been estimated that up to 40 million American adults wear a full set of dentures - and each year, that number increases. Dentures, both full and partial, are prosthetic teeth that secure to the inside of the mouth to replace teeth that have been lost or that maybe never developed in the first place. But while dentures look a lot like a natural set of teeth, the way you care for them is very different.

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Could Some Mouthwashes Cause Diabetes?


A recent study published in the scientific journal Nitric Oxide has uncovered an alarming link between the mouthwash millions of Americans use every day and the disease diabetes. The study was conducted by the Department of Pathology and Center for Free Radical Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

 

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At-Home and Discount Tooth Whitening Could Destroy Teeth


If sales of teeth-whitening products are any indication, there are a lot of people out there who want whiter teeth. In fact, teeth whitening is a $1.4 billion-a-year industry in the United States. But dentists are cautioning that cutting costs on teeth-whitening products can often backfire, leaving patients with painful injuries and, in some cases, permanent damage.

 

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Why Proper Jaw Spacing Is So Important

The benefits of a beautiful, evenly aligned smile are easy to see. But did you know that when it comes to a perfect smile, there’s more than meets the eye? It’s true! A beautiful smile goes far beyond just looks - having a beautifully aligned smile has health benefits, too. It can help eliminate the pain associated with crowding, bruxism (also known as tooth grinding) and even temporomandibular joint disorders (aka TMJ disorders, or simply TMD). That’s one of the main reasons that, when it comes to aligning your bite, early intervention is best.

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What to Consider When Considering Invisalign

Do you have teeth that are out of their ideal alignment? Do you have a bad bite? Are you interested in straightening your teeth, but unwilling to deal with traditional wire and bracket braces? Invisalign may be the solution!

Founded in San Jose, California, in 1997, Invisalign braces have quickly become a household name. In the 20 years since their founding, Invisalign braces have perfected over 2.6 million smiles around the world. But despite their popularity, there are still a few misconceptions about Invisalign. If you are interested in straightening your teeth without the hassle of getting traditional braces, check out these lesser-known facts about Invisalign.

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How Good is Good Enough When It Comes to Flossing?

If the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s 2016 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is any indication, people in America really don’t like flossing. According to NHANES, only about 30 percent floss their teeth daily, with another 37 percent reporting they floss less frequently than daily, and 30 percent stating they never floss at all.

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British Dental Health Crisis Highlights Need for Better Dental Access for Children Worldwide


Funding cuts to the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) have left major shortages in dental access for British children. According to a new report by the British Dental Association, scores of children needing dental services ranging from regular exams to dental surgeries are simply no longer able to get them, as approximately half of Britain’s NHS-funded dental clinics have been forced to stop accepting new patients due to funding cuts.

 

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Another E-Cigarette Explosion Renews Questions About Safety

When Matt Yamashita of Pearl City, Hawaii, went to use his e-cigarette before hitting the basketball court, he got a surprise he won’t soon forget. That’s because instead of creating the steam vapor he was expecting, his cigarette exploded in his mouth, taking with it four teeth and requiring 40 stitches in his mouth. Yamashita will also require surgery for dental implants to replace the missing teeth once his primary injuries have healed. But what caused this explosion - and could it have been prevented?

Dr. Michele Simpson of Wilmington, North Carolina, has a theory, but she says most e-cigarette smokers aren’t going to like it.

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What’s the Deal with Apple Cider Vinegar?


It seems like you can’t read anything these days without hearing about apple cider vinegar and how well it works to cure a variety of ailments. But how can a condiment do so much? After all, apple cider vinegar supposedly works to cure everything from indigestion to hiccups, dandruff to acne. In fact, some people say it can lower cholesterol. On the cosmetic side, apple cider vinegar supposedly makes your hair shinier and your teeth whiter.

 

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Know the Warning Signs of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)


Do you experience a weird clicking sound when you open and close your mouth? Does your jaw ache, or do you have trouble opening your mouth wide? Do you suffer from a sore neck or headaches that occur behind your ears? You could be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. Often erroneously referred to as TMJ, TMD is a condition of the temporomandibular joint (the actual TMJ). So, how do you know if you have TMD? Check out this list of common TMD symptoms and see if you might be at risk.

 

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Why Cosmetic Dentistry Isn’t Just Cosmetic


If you’ve ever considered getting veneers to improve the color and shape of your front teeth, you may be surprised to learn that not everyone is a good candidate for them. That’s because veneers are simply a covering for your teeth. If your teeth need more than just aesthetic work, or if there are conditions present in the mouth that would lower the success rate of your veneers, Dr. Simpson may advise you to put your aesthetic dentistry procedure on hold until corrections can be made.

 

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Whiter Isn’t Always Healthier When It Comes to Teeth


A gleaming white smile is something we all aspire to. In fact, Americans spend over $1 billion a year on whitening treatments, strips, trays and toothpastes trying to get whiter teeth. But did you know that whiter teeth don’t always equate to healthier teeth? Here’s why.

 

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Could Hot Drinks Increase Cancer Risk?


Are you one of those people who just aren't awake without that morning cup of coffee or tea? Well, according to the World Health Organization, depending on how hot you drink your beverage of choice, you could be putting yourself at an increased risk of developing cancer. In a study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, researchers found a link between very hot beverages - exceeding temperatures of 149 degrees Fahrenheit - and esophageal cancer, which is the eighth most common form of cancer, and the sixth deadliest.

 

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Oral Bacteria Linked to Esophageal Cancer

Another important reason to take care of your teeth has just been revealed, and many dentists are hoping it will encourage patients to pay closer attention to their oral health. According to a study published in the December 2017 issue of the journal Cancer Research, when no other risk factors were present (such as the patient having a high BMI, or regularly smoking or drinking alcohol), patients who had certain oral bacteria in their mouth had an increased risk of developing esophageal cancer. In fact, that same bacteria found in patients with gum disease was present in the esophagus of patients with esophageal cancer.

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Braces and Sports

If you or someone you love is new to sports or to braces this winter, there are a few things you should keep in mind before getting active. Just like your naked teeth, your braces-wearing mouth needs protection while playing many common sports. From football to hockey, basketball, wrestling and roller derby, it is essential that you properly protect your teeth and your braces if you participate in sports. But before you reach for that trusty old boil-and-bite mouth guard, make sure you read this guide to choosing the right guard for braces.

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Sealing the Deal: Do Kids Really Need Dental Sealants?


If you’ve ever been told by your dentist that your child’s teeth will benefit from sealants, you may be wondering what they are, and if they’re worth the expense. If you’re curious about sealants, here’s a guide to everything you’ve ever wondered about this beneficial treatment option.

What Are Sealants?

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National Children’s Dental Health Month: Teens and Teeth


If you’re like most parents, you probably struggle to get your teen to talk to you about pretty much anything, let alone oral health. But oral hygiene habits begin at home, and even though your teen thinks he or she is an adult, it’s still up to you to make sure your teen is doing his or her best to maintain oral health. In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month in February, here are some tips about helping your older children take proper care of their oral hygiene - even when you don’t care for their tone.

 

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FDA Approves Sleep Apnea Implant


If you’re one of the estimated 22 million Americans with sleep apnea, you are probably already aware of the lack of comfortable options to treat the condition. From awkward and uncomfortable sleep masks to breathing tubes and oral appliances, many patients choose to simply not wear their apnea device, even though wearing it could save their life.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes repeated pauses in breathing during sleep. According to research from the University of Wisconsin, untreated, severe sleep apnea can increase a sufferer’s risk of death by three times the rate of those who don't have the disorder. Worse yet, having sleep apnea can worsen other medical conditions. Data have shown that of the roughly 610,000 people who die of heart disease each year, an estimated 38,000 also had sleep apnea. Having sleep apnea can even increase your risk of hypertension, stroke and heart attack.

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