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Summer Oral Health Tips

Swimming, skating, sun and state fairs - these are the things that summer is made of. But sometimes, that vacation mode takes over and we forget to do the routine things we’re used to doing during the rest of the year. This summer, as you head outdoors for fun in the sun, don’t forget about your oral health routine - or these summer-safe tips for your mouth!

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Childhood Trauma and Oral Health

A postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan has revealed the results of a heartbreaking new study about how childhood trauma affects adult oral health. The researcher, Haena Lee, used data from the 2012 Health and Retirement Study to correlate the condition of patients' oral health to events that occurred in their childhood.

To do this, Lee looked at survey respondents' answers about whether they have teeth, their education level, their poverty level and their childhood experiences. She then used the data to examine three aspects of each person’s life: the person’s most impressionable formative years; the "accumulation model," which studies the accumulation of the negative events the subject experienced; and the subject’s socioeconomic status throughout life. Her findings were nothing short of devastating.

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Oral Health and Depression

An estimated 300 million people worldwide and 16.2 million in America alone suffer from the mental health disorder clinical depression. Depression can strike anyone at any time. It can be motivated by any number of causes, both external and internal. Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the country, striking nearly 7 percent of the adult population at any time. Unfortunately, researchers estimate that only about 37 percent of those affected actively seek treatment, leaving over 60 percent of sufferers struggling to do everyday tasks. Some of those tasks include self-care and basic hygiene.

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Getting Dental Implants Is Easier than Ever

Do you have missing teeth, or are you having teeth removed? There’s never been a better time to consider dental implants. Even if you’ve heard that you can’t get dental implants because you’ve had missing teeth for too long, there are still ways to get the beautiful, natural-looking dental implants you’ve always dreamed of. If you’ve heard these common caveats before, don’t despair - there’s still hope. Here’s why:

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Stay Sharp About Oral Piercings

A big trend among teens and young adults that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon is oral piercings. From lip rings to tongue studs, there are many different ways to express yourself through jewelry, but while kids may think it looks cool, it can be very bad for their oral health. Here’s what you should know if your child wants an oral piercing.

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Save Money on Oral Health Care

For most of us, saving money where we can is a good thing. From couponing and shopping sales to bargaining for automobiles to refinancing your mortgage, a penny saved is a penny earned. Any savvy shopper can find savings almost anywhere, but did you know you don’t have to be a professional bargain hunter to cut costs - even when it comes to caring for your oral health? If you’re looking to save a buck on your pearly whites, here are some practical tips for being frugal with your oral health.

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Build a Dental First Aid Kit

If you’re like many people, you already own a first aid kit. Full of bandages, ointments and more, most first aid kits can dress external wounds in an emergency. But despite all their supplies, most first aid kits are missing some vitally important supplies: dental supplies. Here’s why you should think of your teeth when packing first aid supplies.

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Onlays Vs. Inlays

If you have a bad cavity, Dr. Simpson may recommend a dental filling called an inlay or an onlay, depending on the cavity’s severity. But what is the difference between inlays and onlays - and why would your dentist choose one over the other?

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Why So Sensitive?

It can come out of nowhere - that sharp, shooting pain in your teeth and gums that is triggered by cold and sometimes even hot foods. It’s sensitive teeth, and believe it or not, it can strike anyone at any time. But what causes sensitive teeth, and what can you do to prevent your teeth from hurting and keeping you from indulging in the hot and cold foods you enjoy?

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What Is Cracked Tooth Syndrome?

If you’re lucky, you’ve never experienced a chipped or cracked tooth, but while such injuries are usually one-offs, sometimes it's possible to have more than one chipped or cracked tooth at the same time - without even realizing it. Doesn’t seem possible, does it? But it is. It’s called Cracked Tooth Syndrome, and if it sounds serious, that’s because it is!

Cracked Tooth Syndrome occurs when a tooth or teeth exhibit tiny cracks that are either only visible on X-ray or that fall below the gum line and are extremely difficult to get to. Cracked Tooth Syndrome can affect any of your teeth, but it most frequently occurs in the molars.

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Five Unexpected Health Benefits of Getting Braces

 

When you think about why people get braces, you probably think of the obvious benefit: straighter teeth. But what you may not realize is that wearing braces and undergoing orthodontic treatment has genuine benefits to overall health. So, the next time your teen complains about his or her orthodontics, share these valid reasons why a temporary metal-mouth is so worth the wait.

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Mental Health May Affect Oral Health

When you suffer from a mental health condition, it’s not uncommon for a lot of things to fall to the wayside. From neglecting people and activities you once loved to neglecting hygiene and oral health, mental health disorders can take a toll on more than just your mind. That’s the subject of a new study published by researchers at the University of Western Australia in Perth.

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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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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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Oral Health and Athletics

 

You’ve got your gear bag, your water bottle and your game face, but what about your oral health? If you’re an athlete, don’t discount the importance of oral health on your performance. That was the topic of a recent panel at the Perio Link Night conference this June in Amsterdam.

The panel brought together professional athletes and medical experts to discuss the impact of oral health on sports performance. Skeptical about this connection? Here’s why you shouldn’t be.

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Don’t Lose That Retainer

 

Let’s face it - losing your retainer is a lot easier than it sounds, and it sounds pretty easy. With their translucent plastic and thin wires, many retainers easily blend into your teeth and gums, but they also blend into many surfaces you put them down on, including the No. 1 place most people, at least kids, lose their retainers: cafeteria lunch trays.

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Does Oral Health Need a Summer Switch-Up?

 

Summertime is here, along with days at the beach, trips to the amusement park, barbecues and camping underneath the stars. But along with all the fun and relaxation the season brings, there are new challenges to your oral health, too. Before you step out the door on that family vacation, check out these oral care tips to keep your smile dazzling all summer long!

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Safe, Effective Options for Whiter Teeth

 

For some people, the pursuit of whiter teeth is just as frustrating as searching for the fountain of youth. Maybe that’s because studies have shown that discolored teeth can add years to your appearance - and whiter teeth may even shed a few years off. In fact, a recent report by Hexa Research estimates that the global teeth-whitening market will reach an astonishing $7.4 billion by the year 2024!

With all that money being spent on whitening our teeth, what actually works? After all, if those strips really made our teeth as white as we wanted, we probably wouldn’t need to keep buying them. So, what’s a safe and effective way to get whiter teeth without having to continuously spend money on products that don’t work?

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What Exactly Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

 

It’s that one seemingly innocent little word that has the potential to cause so much hesitation when it comes to taking care of our teeth: "cosmetic." Cosmetic dentistry might not sound like something for everyone, especially those who already have a healthy, beautiful smile. But believe it or not, cosmetic dentistry isn’t just for people with imperfect teeth. Cosmetic dentistry is for everyone - and it encompasses a wide variety of different procedures.

So, what is considered cosmetic dentistry, anyway?

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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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