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July 3, 2017 No Comments

The Foods That are Good and Bad for Your Teeth at Your 4th of July Barbecue

With summer in full swing, barbecue season is upon us. The mother of all backyard BBQs has to be 4th of July, with friends, family, great food and fireworks to enjoy and celebrate our nation’s independence.

While there are many reasons to watch what you eat at the barbecue (hello, heartburn), it’s also important to take your teeth and gums into consideration, especially if you know you already have gingivitis or a more severe form of gum disease. Below are a handful of foods that will either help or hinder your oral health. Be aware and happy eating!

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June 16, 2017 No Comments

Men’s Overall Health: The Best Gift Dad Can Get for Father’s Day

Don’t forget: Father’s Day is this Sunday! Have you already gotten your gift, or are you one of us who’s scrambling to think of a last minute present for dad? Whether or not you have that perfect jacket or set of golf clubs picked out, there’s something else you can do to show dad you care: ensure he’s taking care of his dental health. With June also being Men’s Health Month, now is the perfect time to get dad (grandpa, brother, etc.) thinking about men’s overall health.

As men age, monitoring their health becomes even more important. With illnesses like heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and dementia looming, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Did we mention erectile dysfunction? Yeah, there’s some scary ones to watch out for.

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April 18, 2017 No Comments

Gum Disease No Big Deal? These Connections to Other Serious Illnesses May Change Your Mind

Gum disease is a condition that as many as 85% of American adults suffer with, signifying an undeniable epidemic of the disease. And yet, many peoples’ reaction to learning they have gum disease is underwhelming.

What most don’t realize is the connection between gum disease and countless other serious conditions. Learning about the links between gum disease and these other “scarier” diseases, as well as the overall importance of oral health, is key to ensuring people change their lifestyle habits to improve their gums and general health.

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March 20, 2017 No Comments

It’s Time for Spring Cleaning—And Don’t Forget Your Teeth!

Spring is just around the corner, and with it, spring cleaning. From decluttering a countertop to taking a hard look at organization, it’s time to celebrate the end of winter.

However, another important cleaning this spring is also likely due: your dental hygiene appointment. And it’s a crucial one not to miss, especially if you want to prevent gum disease.

You have probably heard all your life that you should get your teeth cleaned every six months. You have heard it because it’s true. Getting the tartar and plaque buildup removed from your teeth is essential to your oral health. Failure to take care of your hygiene appointment can lead to more serious conditions with your gums, conditions that can affect your overall health.

Before you scoff at the notion, consider this: Nearly half of the adults over age 30 in the U.S. have gum disease (47%) according to the CDC. Not only that, but gum disease also affects over 70% of adults over the age of 65.

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The Flossing Debate and Why There Shouldn't Be One
March 14, 2017 No Comments

The Flossing Debate and Why There Shouldn’t Be One

The debate about the merits of flossing all started last August with The New York Times. The prestigious paper ran a story that implied that it might not be necessary to floss to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bone loss. The dental community responded with a unified and resounding, “Yes, it is.”

The NY Times article referred to the latest dietary guidelines published by the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services that excluded flossing in their recommendations. The Associated Press reported that the government agency dropped flossing because officials had never researched whether flossing truly helped in upholding dental health.

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February 24, 2017 No Comments

How are Hearth Health Month, Black History Month and Gum Disease Awareness Month All Related?

February is an important month for your gums. Why? February is Gum Disease Awareness Month, Heart Health Month, Black History Month and National Children’s Dental Health Month. And guess what? They’re all related to your gums.

This February is the fifth anniversary of Gum Disease Awareness Month. Started by the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry (IALD), the mission was to raise awareness about the disease that affects 85% of U.S. adults.

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February 14, 2017 No Comments

Gum Disease: The Silent Killer You Might Already Have

Tens of millions of Americans have it. Odds are you do, too. We’re talking about Gum Disease and we want to educate people on the serious and widespread nature of this condition in honor of the 5th Anniversary of Gum Disease Awareness Month.

Gum disease is more common than most people know. It outnumbers the cases of cancer, heart disease and even arthritis.  However, the clear majority of people are neither aware of its prevalence nor the consequences it can have on your overall health if left untreated.

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WI Fights Gum Disease
January 6, 2017 No Comments

Together We Can Fight Gum Disease

Gum disease is serious. So are our supporters. Let’s build off this groundswell and help save lives.

49 states in the United States now officially stand behind the grassroots movement to raise awareness of gum disease and its treatment options by proclaiming February as Gum Disease Awareness Month. Hundreds of dental clinicians are showing strong support for this important cause; and, the social media world is taking notice, with more than 15,000 followers joining the crusade.

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