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A recent news story about a young truck driver who died after a tooth infection spread to his lungs got me thinking about my own experience with patients of late. Over the past few months I have treated a dramatic increase in the number and severity of dental infections requiring strong antibiotics, root canal …

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Getting older increases our risk for several health problems, including those with our oral health. Even if you’ve been taking great care of your smile for years, you could still experience an increased risk of tooth and gum problems as you age. Visiting your dentist can keep your smile healthy and ready to shine …

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Gum disease isn’t just for adults. It can affect kids of any age who have either their primary or adult teeth. The beginning stage is gingivitis, which can progress to more advanced stages of gum disease if not treated. Ensuring your children take care of their teeth is one way to prevent gum disease, but this …

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Research has been proving just how much your oral health is connected to the rest of your body. This science shows that poor oral health can affect your entire body and actually increase your risk for chronic diseases and common illnesses. This is because the bacteria and plaque that are involved in poor dental …

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Gum recession is one of the signs of gum disease that’s often difficult to notice until it’s progressed. This is because the gums can recede over a period of several years, lowering the chance that you’ll notice the difference in your smile! However, it’s important to know the signs of gum recession so that you …

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Periodontitis is a gum infection that’s part of gum disease (also called periodontal disease). Periodontitis can cause significant damage to the gums and even your jawbone if left untreated. Although this condition is fairly common, it’s also preventable! You can prevent gum disease and periodontitis simply by …

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Getting your teeth cleaned twice a year may not seem like a priority—you might have to take time off work, you might not have any problems, it feels like twice a year is too often. However, skipping those twice-yearly dental appointments has more of an impact on your oral health than just missing a professional …

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Pregnancy is both an exciting and challenging time! During your pregnancy, you want to take the best care of your body and your child possible. Unfortunately, many pregnant women tend to neglect their oral health because of all the other worries they have during their pregnancy. However, this is the time that …

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Whether you use an electronic toothbrush or a standard one, your toothbrush is what removes plaque and bacteria to help keep your teeth, gums, and even you tongue clean. Over time, your toothbrush is exposed to the millions of bacteria in your mouth as well as food particles, plaque, and even blood from gum …

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Despite the fact that nearly 30% of American seniors are missing all of their teeth and another almost 180 million are missing at least one tooth, losing teeth as you age is not natural! Your teeth are firmly rooted in your jaw and meant to provide you with a lifetime of use. While there are several culprits …

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