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New research has found a link between macular degeneration and chronic periodontal disease (gum disease). The common factor is the bacteria which causes periodontal disease, Porphymonas gingivalis. It is very important to have frequent dental visits. Please call our office to schedule your next exam and hygiene visit.

Read more: Science Daily

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What does your mouth reveal about you?

Did you know by the time you are born, all 20 teeth you will have in childhood are already formed? Did you know ancient people used to use twigs as toothbrushes? For more fun facts go to: 5 Tooth Truths

(Source: http://www.mouthhealthy.org 08/01/2017)

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Previously we have written about oil pulling and the possible effects it may have. More recently, the American Dental Association has come out with a statement regarding oil pulling. While there may be benefits, the ADA does not recommended oil pulling as part of a patient daily home care routine. Currently there is not enough scientific research available to definitively determine that oil pulling reduces cavities, whitens teeth and improves oral health and well being (www.mouthhealthy.org).

For more information see: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/o/oil-pulling

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Frequently patients will come in and tell us they have quit smoking cigarettes but they have started using the e-cigarette. Is the e-cigarette as harmful as regular cigarette smoking? Research has recently come out on this topic and has found that vaping or usage of the e-cigarette is as harmful as using regular cigarettes. For your oral health, we encourage out patients to quit smoking in general (whether it be cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, etc). Here is an article about the harmful effects of electronic cigarettes.

electronic cigarettes from Medical News Today

 

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As we create new resolutions for 2017, Business Insider wrote an interesting article about signs of stress. The article cites 11 signs that physically show when you are under stress. One key factor in the dental field we pay attention to is bruxing (grinding) or clenching. Frequently in our office we will ask various questions that will help us determine if you are clenching or grinding. If you suspect you are clenching or grinding or simply have questions, please ask us at your next dental visit.

Here is the article about Stress.

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