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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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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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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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Research has shown that soy contains more sugar than standard milk. The reason for this has to do with the complexity of the sugar. Read more about it Soy Milk is Six Times More Harmful to Teeth than Cow’s Milk, Study Finds

Try unsweetened soy milk if you can’t have milk or other soy alternatives such as coconut milk. Be sure to contact us for more information about how diet can affect your oral health.

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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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Office twins. Larry and Hong are sporting their new scrub colors – Royal Blue.

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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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According to several articles published recently and notably in the Huffington Post, the toothbrush you are using is probably riddled with fecal matter. Whats the problem with this? The problem is having the fecal matter of other people of your toothbrush, especially if you share a bathroom. The bacteria may affect you because it is not part of your normal flora of bacteria. What do you do to prevent disease from occurring? Remember to change your toothbrush once every three (3) months, do not share any toothbrushes, and also thoroughly rinse your toothbrush after use.

Read mroe at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/03/toothbrush-poop_n_7506456.html

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