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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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With the use of recreational cannibis (marijuana) on the rise and legalization of marijuana, patients often wonder how it affects the oral cavity. A study has found that those who use marijuana on a regular basis tend to have more signs of periodontal disease (gum disease). This can include more bleeding and deeper pocket depths. More can be found at: Recreational Cannibis, used often, can increase risk of gum disease

This study was published by Columbia University Medical Center.

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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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Do you get canker sores (recurrent aphthous stomatitis)? If you do, this article explains the causes for them. Frequently they are caused by some sort of imbalance in the body and the bacteria present are able to create these sores. Read more about it: Canker Sores

At your next visit, ask us about canker sores especially if you frequently get them.

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Flossing has been in the news a lot as of recently. Several agencies have come out and stated that flossing is not important. The American Dental Association and several other US Agencies have said this not the case for great oral health. These organizations encourage flossing daily as inter-dental cleaners help address areas that cannot be reached with a regular toothbrush. Please read the following rebuttal from the ADA. Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any questions you may have.

http://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2016-archive/august/association-responds-to-news-story-challenging-benefits-of-dental-floss-use

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Recently Harvard University and University of Nottingham have made the news about dental regeneration. What does this mean for you? It may mean you no longer need the root canal to save the tooth. Currently the two universities are researching the use of stem cells to “heal” the tooth. Read more at: Regenerative Dental Fillings

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Cancer, what a scary topic to discuss. A new study released goes on to explain that those who have cancer of the oral cavity or the pharynx, 47% can be attributed to cigarette smoking. Read more at: http://www.drbicuspid.com/index.aspx?sec=sup&sub=orc&pag=dis&itemid=318017&wf=2328

We are happy to discuss any concerns you may have in regards to cancer of the oral cavity. In our office, we screen for oral cancer as a part of your routine dental cleaning and check up.

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