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The Link Between Oral Health and Male Testosterone

As scientific advances allow us to continue learning more about the human body, we’re discovering a strong link between oral health and overall wellness. In other words, being lazy about brushing your teeth and skipping the dentist can do a lot more than just give you bad breath. Studies have shown that unhealthy bacteria and inflammation within the mouth can worsen other conditions, including cardiovascular disease and endocarditis, an infection of the outer lining of the heart.
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Oral Flora? Meet the Microbiome in Your Mouth

What’s living in your mouth? Human beings live with microorganisms. In fact, scientists now tell us that we live in a symbiotic relationship with mostly bacteria, but there are also viruses, fungi, and protozoa (for example, the amoeba that you learned about in school). Scientists believe your specific cadre of bacteria and other organisms is unique to you and stays stable over time. Nobel Prize winner, Joshua Lederberg named this interconnected community of microorganisms the microbiome. When microbiomes are stable and have the right variety of microorganisms, we are much more likely to be in good health.
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Kissing and Germs

The mistletoe is down, the winter weather has you wanting nothing more than a cozy fire and the one you love, and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If this is not the season for love, nothing is. It’s also the season for the flu, for colds, and for other things you probably don’t want to spend another second thinking about. This is the time of year you probably want to spend a bit more time with the one you love, and that means there might be a little more kissing involved.
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Right From the Start: The Importance of Baby Teeth

What’s the Big Deal With Baby Teeth? So what’s the big deal about taking care of baby teeth, if they’re just going to fall out anyway? Even though baby teeth will eventually fall out to make room for permanent teeth, keeping them healthy is important for your child’s development. Children’s baby teeth help them chew easily, speak clearly, and hold space for their permanent teeth to grow in later. Perhaps the biggest importance of baby teeth is to set the stage for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Establishing dental hygiene habits for young children and toddlers creates a
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Getting The Most Out of Your Dental Benefits

The end of the year is here, and that means you’re making lists and checking them twice. It’s a fun time. Christmas parties, New Year’s traditions, shopping, and spending time with family. It’s hard to focus on anything but enjoying this time of the year as the kids gear up to spend a few weeks at home and your schedule is jam-packed with fun. It’s a great time of year to say, “I’ll worry about it after the start of the New Year,” when it comes to anything other than fun.   However, sometimes you have to focus on things
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Crying Teeth – What to do About Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is very common and develops slowly over time from common issues like enamel wear and receding gums. Most victims are adults between the ages of 20 and 50, although children suffer from this sensitivity as well. Normally, it starts when the soft, inner section of your tooth, which is also known as dentine, is exposed. The dentine is found under the gums and enamel. There are thousands of tiny channels running through the dentine towards the center of your tooth. When the dentine gets exposed, the nerves inside the tooth get stimulated by external triggers, leading to short,
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The 13 Worst Habits That Hurt Your Teeth

Could you be hurting your teeth without realizing it? It’s more likely than you might think. Lots of tooth-damaging habits are very common, and most people have been guilty of at least one or two of them at some time. It might seem as though habits like chewing ice or biting your nails are no big deal, but in reality, these harmful habits can do major damage to your teeth over time. What makes these habits so bad? Well, compared with other parts of your body, your teeth aren’t very resilient. They’re protected by an outer layer of enamel, but
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Evidence-Based Dentistry: The Facts

Evidence Based Dentistry: The Facts The modern practice of clinical dentistry has come an incredibly long way from the days of the village “surgeon-barber.” This was the person typically called upon for tooth-extraction — virtually the only oral health remedy for the vast majority of people in recorded history. In this early part of the 21st century, clinical dentistry and other forms of health care are undergoing a dramatic evolution, some might call it a revolution, which is referred to as evidence based care. Evidence based practices are currently in the process of changing much of how dentistry, as well as other professions, are
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