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Why Diabetics are at Higher Risk for Gum Disease

  When most people around the Thanksgiving dinner table are happily enjoying pecan pie, candied sweet potatoes, and pumpkin bread, it’s easy to forget that people with diabetes have to be mindful of the high sugar content of every forkful. Unfortunately, that’s not the only thing they have to worry about. Whether they’re type 1 […]

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Denture Care Do’s and Don’ts

Nearly 45% of Arizonans 18 and older have had permanent teeth extracted – and 13% of Arizonans 65 and older have had all of their teeth extracted. Fortunately, there are many options for replacing lost teeth, whether it’s a few, or all. However, even if the teeth are artificial, they still need some TLC. Here […]

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The Facts about Oral Thrush

Oral thrush is a fungal infection that most often occurs in infants, older adults and those with weakened immune systems. It’s caused by candida albicans, yeast that shows up as white patches in the mouth or throat. We naturally have candida in our mouths and it rarely presents a problem in healthy people. Sometimes due […]

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Osteoporosis, Osteopenia and Oral Health

Like its name implies, osteoporosis is a condition in which certain bones develop pores. The reduction in density can cause bones to become thin and brittle, making them more susceptible to breaking. Often referred to as a ”silent disease,” you may not be aware that you have osteoporosis until an incident, like a broken bone […]

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Prostate Health May Be Linked to Periodontal Health

Researchers continue to uncover evidence linking oral health and overall health and the latest example examines the possible relationship between periodontitis and prostatitis. What is periodontitis? Periodontitis is a common but serious gum infection that destroys the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth and is often the result of poor oral hygiene. Symptoms […]

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Healthy Aging Month: Poor Oral Hygiene May Increase Stroke Risk

September is Healthy Aging Month, so it’s the perfect time to take charge of your health. While you may know that a healthy mouth leads to a healthy body, the depth to which the mouth-body connection dives is deeper than we could have imagined. According to the American Heart Association, periodontal (gum) disease is a […]

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Brush Your Teeth to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Did you know that one in every three Americans suffers from high blood pressure – more than 67 million people – according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)? In fact, 69% of people who have a first heart attack, 74% of people with chronic heart failure and 77% of those who have […]

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True or False: 5 Trivia Questions to Test Your Dental Knowledge

The introduction of the Internet opened a new avenue of discovering information. It also unlocked a wealth of misinformation on every topic under the sun, including your teeth. Test your ability to filter Internet fact from fiction with this quick, oral health themed game of “True or False.” True or False: Older adults can still get cavities. […]

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Dentures vs. Implants

In days past, if you lost a tooth you were subject to living the rest of your life with a gap in your smile. Luckily, modern dentistry has given us options to replace missing teeth: dentures and dental implants. Whether you are missing one tooth or many, your dentist can help you choose the right […]

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Menopause and Your Mouth: How Menopause Affects Women’s Oral Health

Hot flashes and night sweats are two menopause annoyances utilized for comedic relief in TV shows and movies like That 70’s Show and Mrs. Doubtfire. While the comedic dramatizations are chuckle-inducing, there are other serious changes associated with menopause — including problems with your oral health — that are no laughing matter. Research has long […]

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