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Healthy Lessons for Girl Scout Badges

Whether you’ve been a Girl Scout yourself or are lucky enough to be raising one, you’re probably already aware that there are ways to earn badges for almost everything under the sun. But while interests change with each passing generation, there are some badges that remain evergreen in both interest and importance. Girl Scouting can teach your daughter many valuable lessons about how to care for herself and her community. 

If you are looking for ways to teach your daughter more about excellent oral health and hygiene, check out these popular Girl Scout badges and some ideas about how to earn them!

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Why Bedside Manner Matters

Imagine this: You’ve been experiencing a great deal of pain in one of your back molars for several days. You thought you could wait out the pain in hopes that it would go away, but instead it only seems to get worse. You’re already somewhat afraid of going to the dentist, but you can’t take it anymore, so you check Google for a top-rated dentist in your area and call the practice. 

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When Is the Right Time for Kids to Get Braces?

If you’re the parent of a child with a less-than-perfect smile, you may be considering straightening your child’s teeth with braces. But with so much misinformation out there about these orthodontic devices, it can be hard to tell if and when your child actually needs braces - and what kind of braces are best.

Whether you’ve discussed braces with Dr. Simpson or with an orthodontist, or you’ve never considered braces before, here are some indicators that your child may be ready to start straightening his or her smile.

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Did Teeth Really Grow in a Man’s Throat?

Teeth can grow in some pretty strange places. They have been found everywhere from tumors to eyes to even in brains. But an unusual case in China now has people asking, Can teeth really grow in the throat?

The case involved a man referred to only as Mr. Zhang, who began to have difficulty breathing. Zhang went to Dr. Zhu Xiangping at Jiangsu Subei People’s Hospital in Jiangsu Province, China, where it was revealed that Zhang had what appeared to be dozens of teeth growing in his throat.

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Could Aspirin Cure Cavities?

If you’re one of the 91 percent of Americans with dental caries or cavities, you know what a pain they can be. But good news may soon be on the way from a team of researchers at Queens University in Belfast, Ireland. The study, which was discussed at the British Society for Oral and Dental Research annual meeting in September, claims that dentists may someday be able to use aspirin to heal dental cavities.

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Why Do We Need Saliva?

To some, it may be kind of gross. To others, maybe just a little weird. But we all produce saliva, whether we like it or not. As strange as it may seem, saliva production is a vitally important function of our exocrine gland system.

Saliva is a fluid produced in the salivary glands of the mouth, cheeks, gums, tongue and lips. It is made of water, mucous, minerals, proteins and the enzyme amylase. 

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TMJ and Halloween Candy

With overflowing buckets of Halloween candy hanging around the house for weeks, and the winter holidays on the way, there’s plenty of potential for aggravating your TMJ disorder by eating the wrong treats. It can be difficult to know what’s safe to eat and what has the potential to worsen your TMJ symptoms.  If you’re swimming in snacks but don’t know which ones are safe, check out this guide to TMJ-friendly (and not-so-friendly!) treats.

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Not-So-Scary Halloween Treats to Try This Year

Halloween season should be a time of frights and delights - but not at the expense of your teeth! If you are tired of handing out cavity-causing candy (and keeping it in your house, where it’s hard to resist), consider handing out these candy-free alternatives this Halloween.

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Periodontal Disease Linked to an Increased Risk of Cancer in Women

A recent study by BMC Oral Health found that older women with periodontal disease were at a higher risk of developing certain cancers than women with healthy gums, even if the women with periodontal disease had never smoked.

The study followed nearly 66,000 women between the ages of 54 and 86, some of whom reported having gum disease. The researchers followed up with the women via survey over an eight-year period following the initial response. Those who initially reported having gum disease had 14 percent more cases of certain cancers than those who did not have gum disease.

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Study Shows More Detailed Link Between Diabetes and Tooth Loss

If you’re one of the estimated 29 million Americans who suffer from the insulin-regulating disease diabetes, you are probably already aware of the many high risks the disease carries, including the elevated risk of tooth loss due to periodontitis. But while the connection has long been known and well documented, until recently, doctors have not been able to explain why such a connection exists.

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Ultrasonic Versus Spin Brushes: Which Is Better?

Whether you’re tired of getting mediocre results from a manual toothbrush or your trusty old electric toothbrush is starting to show its age, if you’re considering getting a new electric toothbrush it can be very overwhelming - especially if you don’t know the main differences between brush types. If you’re ready to buy a new brush but aren’t sure what kind is best, keep reading!

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Is It Time to Reconsider Dental Implants?

If you’re missing one or multiple teeth, chances are you've considered replacing them. Replacing lost teeth not only looks and feels better, but it is also better for your teeth and jaw. That’s because when you leave open spaces in your mouth, you can experience bone loss and the shifting of the rest of your teeth. Shifting teeth isn’t just an aesthetic problem, it can also cause uneven wear, excess tooth decay, and even headaches and jaw pain.

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Smile-Friendly Snacks for Back-to-School Season

With millions of children across America heading back to school this time of year, it’s time to start thinking about what to feed your kids when you send them out the door. Whether you pay for hot lunch or prefer to brown-bag it, there are a wide array of options to choose from that taste great and won’t harm your child’s teeth. If you’re looking for some snack inspiration that won’t end up in the trash can, check out this list of tooth-healthy snacks!

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Decade-Old Braces Wire Removed From Woman’s Stomach

People swallow some weird things. From teeth to magnets, coins, toothbrushes and, believe it or not, a fidget spinner (swallowed by a ten-year-old girl in Texas), doctors and dentists have seen it all. But a case of swallowed braces wire in Nedlands, Western Australia, is puzzling even the most seasoned medical professionals, thanks to a unique set of circumstances.

When a 30-year-old woman arrived at Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital in Nedlands, Western Australia, complaining of abdominal pain recently, doctors at first suspected gallstones. The pain soon subsided, and the patient was released, only to return two days later with the same pain. Doctors then ordered a CT scan and were shocked to find that it wasn’t gallstones causing the pain, but a long, narrow object (initially believed to be a fish bone) puncturing the woman’s intestines. The object had pierced the intestine in several places, becoming twisted in the organ. This created a serious bowel blockage known as a volvulus, which required emergency surgery to correct.

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A Good Smile is Still a Major Player in Modern Dating

Dating site Match.com has released its seventh annual "Singles in America" dating survey, and it’s got a lot to say about what single Americans are looking for in a partner.

The survey, which quizzed singles on everything from their social media habits to who should pick up the check, also inquired about what qualities are important in selecting a partner.

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Which Type of Dental Floss Is Best?

When it comes to most things in life, it’s great to have options. Dental floss is no exception, except when you have no idea what the difference is between all those little plastic boxes in the toothpaste aisle. So, what’s the difference between waxed and unwaxed, toothpicks and flossers, and is one any better than the others?

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The World’s Most Famous Teeth

For nearly a century, movies have been capturing our hearts and imaginations in a way no other medium could. From fantastic wardrobes to stunning makeup effects, so much can be conveyed about a character without that person ever speaking a word of dialogue. In that spirit, we have compiled a list of the most memorable teeth in Hollywood history! 

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Back to School for Dentists? Why Continuing Education Matters

You’re probably already aware of the importance of continuing education for yourself and your kids, but did you know that it’s also extremely important for your dentist, too? After all, with new advances in dentistry occurring almost every month, if your dentist isn’t continuing her education, she's doing herself and her patients a disservice.  

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Think Before You Drink: The Best and Worst Sodas for Your Teeth

Despite slight declines in soda sales in recent years, Americans still spend an average of $5 billion a year on soda, coffee and energy drinks, and the average American drinks 44 gallons of soda per year. In fact, it is estimated that 27 percent of our daily fluid intake is pure soda. With all that soda, it’s no wonder 92 percent of adults have had at least one cavity in their permanent teeth.  

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New Oral Cancer Test Could Be Coming to a Dental Practice Near You

With oral cancer rates increasing around the world, researchers are working diligently to find faster and more accurate ways to detect this potentially fatal disease before it’s too late. Here in America, oral cancer has become so common that according to the National Cancer Institute, one American dies from oral cancer every 60 minutes. But while in decades past, oral cancer was most frequently caused by lifestyle choices like drinking alcohol and cigarette smoking, oral cancers due to the human papilloma virus, or HPV, are on the rise.

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Michele Simpson DDS

Wilmington Dental Office

3317 Masonboro Loop Rd • Suite 140 • Wilmington, NC 28409

(910) 550-3959