5 Smart Tips to Overcome Dental Anxiety

​ About 20 percent of patients simply dread visiting the dentist, according to WebMD . As sad as this makes us (because we love helping our patients so much!), we understand. For many of these people, their fears stem from one or more of these difficult and very real feelings and experiences that may include: Fear of getting hurt Worries and anxiet...
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Dental Health and Aging

The body experiences many changes as we age. These changes aren't just seen on our skin or felt inside our body - they are also experienced in the mouth. Sometimes these changes are visible and sometimes they are not, such as when nerves begin to become smaller and the teeth become more sensitive to cavities and other dental problems. The need for ...
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What Oral Health Does to Overall Health

​ About 52 percent of the global population suffers from about 291 different oral diseases. According to the FDI World Dental Federation, dental caries, or cavities, account for about 44 percent of these cases, making it the most prevalent oral health problem in the world. Some other conditions that affect many people include gum disease, bad breat...
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Are Dental X-rays OK During Pregnancy?

​ Pregnancy is both an exciting and challenging period for moms-to-be, with the body going through a lot of changes. This means that for generations moms-to-be have been told to take special care and consideration when doing just about anything, including simple things they frequently did before pregnancy, like eating sushi, coloring their hair and...
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Don't Be a Stranger!

​ You have probably heard plenty about the importance of dental visits, but what many people don't know is exactly why these appointments are so critical to not only their oral heath, but also their overall health. Still, some people would rather wait until they have a serious dental health issue before they call their dentist. Prevention is always...
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Which State Has the Worst Dental Health?

A fascinating new study from WalletHub has compared all 50 states using over 25 different dental wellness indicators to determine which states have the best and worst dental health. 

Although most people probably don't think about dental health in relation to geography, there are some factors that connect them, including the number of dental professionals in each area, as some locations have many more than others, and whether the public water system is fluoridated to help prevent tooth decay.

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Could a Focus on Dental Health Help with Childhood Obesity?

Concern surrounding the weight of America’s children is nothing new. However, a thesis by a graduate student in Sweden could provide a new insight into how to overcome the ever-rising statistics.

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Feeling the Burn: Identifying Burning Mouth Syndrome

Burning mouth syndrome is a condition that affects about two percent of Americans, according to the American Academy of Oral Medicine. While two percent is not a huge number, and burning mouth syndrome itself is not dangerous, the condition may indicate a patient has a more serious health condition and should be mentioned at dental checkups for a further look.

Burning mouth syndrome sufferers experience the feeling of burning that is similar to how it feels after burning the mouth with a cup of scalding coffee or having a spoonful of too-hot soup. However, unlike those situations, the burning feeling of burning mouth syndrome never goes away. Other symptoms of the condition include dry mouth, numbness, tingling or a sandy, gritty feeling of in the mouth. Some patients also experience physical changes in their taste buds and have pain when eating or drinking.

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