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Impostor Dentist Raises Important Questions

 

A shocking case out of Georgia has raised some important questions about what patients should be looking for in a dentist. It all started when a Georgia woman was charged in two counties for practicing dentistry without a license.

The woman allegedly ran an unlicensed dental practice for seven years before she was finally shut down. One patient even landed in the hospital with an infection after having two teeth removed! This past August, the woman was indicted on one count of forgery, three counts of writing unlawful prescriptions, three counts of insurance fraud and 40 counts of practicing dentistry without a license.

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Why Does My Jaw Ache?

 

When your jaw hurts, it can throw your whole life out of balance, especially if you don’t know why your jaw is hurting or when it will stop. Thankfully, many causes of jaw pain are temporary and don’t require much intervention, but occasionally jaw pain is a sign of something a bit more serious. But how do you know the difference - and when should you see a doctor? If you’ve got jaw pain, check out these possible reasons why, and what you should do to stop it.

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October Is National Dental Hygiene Month

 

Let’s face it: Taking care of your teeth can be an investment. Toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, a fancy ultrasonic brush, a water flosser, spare brush heads - it adds up. Naturally, you want to protect that investment, but more than that, you want to know that your products work correctly when you need them, and that they don’t get contaminated with germs and bacteria simply by sitting out on your bathroom counter. So, how do you store your oral care products so they stay safe and effective for as long as possible?

In honor of National Dental Hygiene Month this October, we decided to be meta and share some useful tips about the best way to ensure the hygiene of your oral hygiene products.

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Back-to-School Oral Health Hacks

 

There’s probably no more exciting - and stressful - time in a child’s life than back-to-school season. But along with all the mixed emotions and new routines, sometimes important things like our teeth can take a backseat. Don’t let the excitement and chaos of the new school year hurt your kids’ oral health this fall. Try these back-to-school oral care hacks to keep their oral health right on track.

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May Is National Osteoporosis Month

 

You’ve probably heard of the bone disease osteoporosis. In fact, the debilitating illness affects an estimated 3 million new people each year, most of them women over the age of 60. Osteoporosis is more common in women who are thinner and smaller, meaning it also disproportionately affects women who are Asian and Caucasian than women of other ethnicities.

Osteoporosis literally means "porous bones," but in fact, all bones are porous. The difference between a healthy bone and a bone with osteoporosis, however, is that when you look at a bone with osteoporosis under a microscope, you can see the honeycomb-like webbing of the osteoporosis bones is wider and more porous than it is in a healthy bone.

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About Dr. Simpson: The Importance of Getting to Know Your Provider

Have you ever noticed when you visit our practice that you simply don’t have to wait as long to be seen as you do at other providers? That’s not a coincidence - it’s because, as a dentist, in addition to providing the highest-quality care possible, Dr. Michele Simpson strives to create the most positive experience possible for every patient, every visit. She also loves to get to know her patients on a personal level. Getting to know the patient and finding common interests makes coming to work a lot more fun, but did you know that building a rapport with your medical practitioner can actually improve the quality of your medical care? Here’s how!

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New Report Reveals Startling Disparities in Prison Dental Care

The oral health needs of American prisoners are not being adequately met, according to a report in the American Journal of Public Health. The report highlights a strong correlation between poor oral health among inmates and higher rates of chronic illness among the same population.

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Energy Drinks Sapping the Life from Teeth

What comes to mind when you hear the words "energy drink"? Maybe ,like many, you imagine a rush of endorphins strong enough to power you through an intense workout or soccer game. Maybe it calls to mind that much-needed boost of alertness to push through that late-night study session or due-in-like-two-hours term paper you just started. No matter the image, what it probably doesn’t make you think about is an increased rate of oral health problems and higher rates of obesity. But, according to researchers, these maladies are exactly what those so-called energy drinks are causing.

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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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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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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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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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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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Surprising Reasons Fillings Could Fail


For many people, there are few things more frustrating than hearing they need an old filling replaced. After all, you already went through the pain to have it put in the first time - who wants to go through that again for the same tooth? Unfortunately, despite what we may have been led to believe, fillings aren’t meant to last forever. But for some people, filling failure happens more often and in some cases sooner than anticipated. So, what causes this premature failure, and what can be done to prevent it? 

 

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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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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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