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An infection of the gums can be painful and threaten your oral health. While some people who have a gum infection won’t experience symptoms, the majority will. These signs and symptoms could include a bad taste in the mouth, bad breath that won’t go away even after brushing or using mouthwash, and inflamed gum …

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Over 50 million adults are estimated to use marijuana, a substance that’s still considered illegal in much of the United States. Although this substance is thought by many to be safer than smoking cigarettes or using other forms of tobacco, the truth is that marijuana still has negative impacts on the body, …

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It can be alarming to notice that your tongue is a different color than you remember—in some cases, the difference is subtle; others, dramatic. Tongue discoloration happens when papillae—the structures that give the tongue its texture on the surface—become discolored. Discoloration of the tongue can happen for a …

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Tooth extraction is a serious surgical procedure that demands appropriate aftercare. Failure to follow your dentist’s aftercare advice can lead to painful complications, significantly increasing the time to recover completely. Effective tooth extraction aftercare can alleviate the pain, reduce the risk of …

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Vaping, the practice of using e-cigarettes—an electronic form of the real thing—has become much more popular in recent years. Consumers are convinced these smoking devices are less harmful than traditional cigarettes, making their use prevalent among teens and adults alike. Since e-cigarettes and vaping are …

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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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Oral cancer is a broad term that includes any type of cancer that afflicts the area. This would include cancer of the lips, tongue, throat, tonsils, and mouth. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 45,000 people were diagnosed with oral cancer in the US in 2015. What puts a person at risk for this …

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If a person is having trouble with their gums, the root cause may be a personal habit: tobacco use. Study after study reveals that tobacco causes poor gum health. Consider the following connections between tobacco and gum disease. Smoking and Periodontal Disease Smoking can affect the normal function of the cells …

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It is no secret that tobacco products are running rampant in today’s society as nearly every corner bombards us with the latest nicotine-filled substance. We repeatedly hear of the devastating effects of cigarettes and cigars on our lungs, but it’s time we take a closer look at the horrifying impacts …

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