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Dental Problems Can Affect a Person’s Overall Health

Medical science now recognizes a link between good oral health and the overall health of the body. The health of the body is threatened when bad bacteria grow to the extent that they outnumber the good bacteria in the mouth. Healthy gums and strong bones will serve as a barrier to the travel of bacteria into the body. Bad Oral Bacteria However, bad oral bacteria can travel directly from the mouth to the lungs; there is not any barrier to prevent this from happening. Bacteria that enters the lungs can cause increased symptoms of respiratory problems and even pneumonia. Emphysema
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Three Types of Restorative Dentistry You May Need

Restorative dentistry is a field of dentistry that’s focused on restoring your smile to its optimal state. There are multiple procedures that fall under the umbrella of restorative dentistry. Each of these procedures treats teeth in different ways and carries with it its own benefits and drawbacks. Today, we’d like to highlight three common types of restorative dentistry that you may need. We’ll discuss tooth fillings, dental crowns and dental implants. Each of these types of restorative dentistry can restore your shine to its previous glory, or take it to new levels. Tooth Fillings A tooth filling is when the
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Keep your teeth clean in between brushing

When you pay close attention to your oral health, you can do more than simply brush your teeth after meals and floss twice a day. Your mouth and teeth need the right nutrients in order to stay healthy, and the proper hydration throughout the day. If you have healthy eating habits, you can keep your teeth clean between brushings. While you should stay away from sugary, sticky foods and drinks, you should also add in foods like crunchy raw vegetables to maintain your oral health. What you put in to your body has a big impact on how you feel,
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How Gum Disease Can Impact More than Your Mouth

It is a common misconception that gum disease can only impact the health of your gums and mouth. However, it can impact your overall health, making it even more important to maintain proper dental hygiene and ensure you visit your dentist regularly. When left untreated, gum disease can cause you to lose your teeth but it can also impact is much more. Your Lung and Respiratory System Health In 2011, there was a study done that linked periodontal disease (gum disease) and respiratory illness. Some of the illnesses it was linked to included pneumonia, acute bronchitis, and even COPD or
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3 Things Your Dentist Can Learn About You Just By Looking In Your Mouth

If you have an appointment with the dentist, chances are you’re wondering whether you have plaque build-up or cavities. While your dentist will certainly be looking for plaque and cavities, he or she will be looking for a lot more than just that. Believe it or not, the mouth is a good indicator of an individual’s health. Diseases like diabetes, anemia, and even cancer can be detected by a dentist during a regular examination. Here are three things your dentist can learn about you just by looking in your mouth. 1. You Don’t Floss Many people who don’t floss on
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Gingivitis: Causes and Prevention

When dentists talk about Gingivitis, what they’re referring to is inflammation of the gums. This usually happens because of bacterial infections. Simply put, people often suffer gingivitis because of poor oral hygiene. There can be significant negative health implications if this condition goes unchecked. Gingivitis can cause the gums to recede away from the teeth. And, it can lead to an even larger dental problem called periodontitis. Should gingivitis escalate into periodontitis, you could be facing tooth loss. To avoid going down this unhealthy road, let’s discuss what causes gingivitis in the first place and how to prevent it. Causes
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Take Dental Visit Precautions After Joint Replacement, Heart Issues

It may seem strange that people who have had a hip or knee replacement surgeries would need to take special precautions before a dental appointment, but it’s true. The mouth and the hip may be a torso apart, but the blood stream connects them. The mouth is teeming with bacteria that generally aren’t harmful to us as long as they stay in the mouth or flow directly into the stomach. But dental procedures tend to cause at least some degree of injury to the gums that creates bleeding. If you stop and think about it, even gentle flossing results in
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What to Expect at your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist  

It may be surprising to many new parents, but the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child’s first visit to the dentist occur no later than their first birthday. Early dental visits can highlight any problems before they become too severe and help you learn proper methods for tooth care. This is one of the best ways to protect your child’s teeth and oral health. The first dental visit for your child may feel overwhelming for some parents. By knowing what to expect, you can prepare beforehand and feel comfortable when you arrive with your child. What to
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The Ultimate Toothpaste Guide  

With all the different varieties of toothpastes on the market it is difficult to know which type is best to keep you and your family members teeth and gums healthy. Below we have provided a breakdown of the different variations available to help you decide what is the best fit for you. Fluoride Purchasing a toothpaste with fluoride is key to preventing tooth decay. Fluoride is what protects the enamel on your teeth from the acids that your body produces as well as acids from food and beverages you consume. In addition, fluoride can help strengthen your teeth. Almost all
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What is the American Dental Association’s Seal of Approval

With an explanation of how the seal is acquired and some of the best products that are dental approved, such as mouthwashes, dental floss, teeth whitening products, toothpastes and toothbrushes. The American Dental Association’s (ADA) Seal of Approval is assigned to dental products that pass rigorous testing of scientists and is found to be one of the best products for its use. Along with the ADA staff for laboratory and science, over 100 scientists evaluate the dental products. Scientists look for key points in a product evaluation such as finding the product to be both safe and effective in its
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