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Menopause is the start of hormone changes that end a woman’s menstrual cycle and her fertility. Menopause can begin as early as the 40s, although the specific age that menopause happens will vary from woman to woman. Hormone changes—namely decreasing estrogen—in the body can impact a woman’s entire body, including …

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If you’ve been trying to conceive, you’re probably hyperaware of any signs your body might be giving you that you’re going to be a mom until you can take that pregnancy test! While most people keep an eye out for typical pregnancy symptoms such as fatigue or a missed period, your teeth and gums might be more …

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Gum swelling is a term for inflammation of the gum tissue that can have numerous causes. Healthy, normal gum tissue should be firm and pink. If your gum tissue is swollen, it may appear puffy and red, and may even bleed when you brush. What exactly causes gum swelling? The following causes may be responsible for …

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Focusing on your teeth when cleaning your mouth every day is good, but giving just as much attention to your gums is better! This doesn’t mean aggressively brushing your gums, but you should clean your gums to help maintain healthy gum tissue. Gums are an integral part of our mouths, helping to support the teeth, …

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We tend to have many concerns about our bodies as they age. With our risk for chronic disease, gum disease, certain types of cancer, and cognitive decline increasing with age, it’s no wonder that we’d be worried about our smiles as we go through life. So what’s the truth about what happens to our teeth as we …

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Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a devastating infection that is actually the leading cause of tooth loss for older adults. There are indeed different types of gum disease, all of which result from similar bacteria and all of which can severely damage your smile. The good news is that all forms of …

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You know that drinking too much isn’t good for your body, but drinking an excessive amount of alcohol is also bad news for your oral health. Having a drink every once in a while or even a few times a week isn’t a big deal, but daily consumption or abuse of alcohol can actually lead to gum disease and tooth loss. …

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