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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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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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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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What an exciting Sunday Dr. Aiken and her Team had. Dr. Aiken and her team ran and walked the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure 5K. Here is a sneak peek at some of the photos from the event. We raced for all those who are fighting cancer and have beat cancer. We also raced for our own health. We believe it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Please feel free to see more photos by visiting us on Facebook at Carol L Aiken, DDS.

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As an office, we will be running/walking the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure 5K on Sunday, Sepetmebr 29, 2013. Make sure to check back for photos and follow us on facebook. #Race4CureMA bit.ly/17P1QHv

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Yogurt, not just a delicious snack!

Did you know that yogurt is not only good for your digestive tract, but has benefits for your oral health as well?  According to the Journal of Periodontology (2008), studies show that eating yogurt on a daily basis can lower your risk for tooth loss and gum disease.  The probiotics in this dairy treat help to promote proper pH balance of the environment of your mouth. Cavities thrive in an acidic environment; therefore, maintaining a well balanced pH is helpful in preventing decay.  Yogurt’s not only has a high calcium content that helps to strengthen the enamel of your teeth, but also has neutralizing qualities that lessen odor causing compounds of bad breath.

The next time you are craving a sweet snack, try a yogurt instead!

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