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Poor Oral Health and Pancreatic Cancer: How They May Be Linked

Pancreatic cancer is a rare but serious cancer. The causes of this dangerous disease are largely unknown, but researchers have recently uncovered a potential risk factor: Oral bacteria. Although the link between poor oral health and an increased risk of pancreatic cancer is not fully established, there does appear to be a relationship that researchers […]


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FAQs and Answers About TMJ Disorder

Your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, connects your jaw and our temporal bones of you skull. Essentially, it is the hinge that moves when you open and close your mouth. Since the TMJ gets a lot of wear and tear, it is prone to developing issues. These issues are usually referred to as TMJ disorders. If […]


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Do You Have These Risk Factors of Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that can increase your risk of conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes and can even increase the chances that you could be hurt or lose your life in an accident. Sleep apnea happens to men and women alike and can happen to adults and children. Fortunately, […]


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Can Children Get Sleep Apnea?

Many people think of sleep apnea as something that happens to middle-aged men. In reality, it can happen to anyone, including children. Sleep apnea isn’t as common in kids and it is in adults, but it does happen, and it is becoming more prevalent. If your child is suffering from sleep apnea, his or her […]


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Questions to Ask Your Dentist About Your Sleep Apnea Treatment

Do you suffer from constant fatigue during the day? Does your sleep partner complain of chronic snoring? These issues can both be caused by untreated sleep apnea. Consider visiting your dentist to chat about your sleep quality. Your dentist can do an evaluation and recommend appropriate treatment options if you do have sleep apnea. Do […]


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What Are Some Common Causes of Jaw Pain?

If you have chronic or severe jaw pain, and haven’t recently sustained an injury to the area, then it might be caused by temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) causes pain and tenderness at the jaw joints. You have two jaw joints, located on either side of your head underneath your ears. Aside from […]


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Signs You Need a New Sleep Apnea Treatment Plan

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) has long been considered the gold standard in treating sleep apnea. And for people with moderate to severe sleep apnea, CPAP is often preferable. But if you’re having trouble with CPAP treatment or it isn’t controlling your disorder well enough, it might be time to consider making a change. Visit […]


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Understanding the Diagnostic Process for Sleep Apnea

There are dozens of sleep disorders that can affect a person’s health and quality of life. One of the most serious sleep disorders is sleep apnea. It occurs when the airway gets blocked during sleep, causing breathing to stop. The brain detects the lack of oxygen and wakes up the patient to restart breathing. If […]


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Technologies that Are Changing the Way You Get Dental Care

Every day, the world around you is growing increasingly high tech, and so is dental care. Many patients prefer to go to a dental office that features sophisticated medical technologies. These innovations offer convenience, comfort, and better oral health. Improving Patient Comfort During Procedures A unique device by Isolite Systems has made old-fashioned bite blocks […]


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FAQs About Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and it’s more common than you might think. Many Americans have gingivitis without realizing it, since its symptoms can be subtle. This is one reason why it’s so important to see your dentist at least every six months for a checkup. Your dentist can detect gum disease […]


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What to Expect During an Oral Cancer Screening

Every patient should receive routine oral cancer screenings. Although oral cancer is most common in tobacco users and former users, it can also be caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). This means that oral cancer could potentially affect anyone. Talk to your dentist about having an oral cancer screening. The sooner oral cancer is detected, the […]


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Why Your Dentist Needs Your Complete Health History

When you go to the dentist, he or she will ask questions not only about your teeth and gums but also about your overall health. Why does your dentist need to know about your other health problems? Although you may think that your health history is only of relevance to your primary care doctor, your […]


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Understanding and Dealing with Smoker’s Mouth

Smoking is extremely damaging to your oral health. Smoker’s mouth is a catch-all term that refers to the range of oral health challenges that are triggered by smoking. Fortunately, if you have some of these side effects, you can reverse them as soon you stop smoking. Your dentist will help you identify and correct the […]


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Gummy Smiles 101

A gummy smile is one in which more gingival tissue is visible than is typical when someone smiles. The diagnosis of a gummy smile can be very subjective—some people don’t mind the appearance of their smiles while others with a similar amount of gingival tissue are very self-conscious. Are you concerned about having a gummy […]


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Do Women Get Sleep Apnea Too?

Do Women Get Sleep Apnea Too? There is a stereotypical image of people who have sleep apnea. Most people picture overweight, middle-aged men with loud snoring that keeps their entire household up. Although some people with sleep apnea may fit this bill, not everyone does. One of the biggest misconceptions about sleep apnea is that […]


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Your Step-by-Step Guide to the CEREC Process

Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, more commonly referred to by its acronym, CEREC, is a state-of-the-art milling machine and 3D software platform. It allows cosmetic dentists to create custom dental crowns while the patient waits. This means that it’s no longer necessary to send an impression away to a lab, and wait for weeks […]


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What Your Dentist Wants You to Know About Smoking

Prior to the mid-1960s, smoking was widely thought of as a hip thing to do. Cigarette companies had built a loyal following by advertising their products as a way to improve health. Fortunately, everyone now knows that smoking kills, but overcoming this addiction is still a significant challenge. If you’re looking for more motivation to […]


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Oral Complications in Patients with Celiac Disease

Oral health doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Oral health is affected by your overall health, and vice versa. Celiac disease is one of the systemic diseases that may lead to oral health complications. Patients with celiac disease are encouraged to see their dentist regularly, and to disclose any changes to their health history at each […]


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Could Your Partner Have Sleep Apnea?

There’s nothing quite like sinking into a comfortable bed to get some much-needed shut-eye after a long day’s work. But then, your partner starts snoring, and you end up lying awake for hours. Could sleep apnea be to blame? Consider scheduling an appointment with the dentist to find out about oral appliance therapy that can […]


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Why Dental Implants Sometimes Fail & How to Prevent It

If you have missing teeth, your dentist may recommend dental implants to restore your smile. Although dental implants are extremely reliable, they do occasionally fail. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce the chances that you will experience any issues with your implants. Here is what you need to know about the most […]


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Everything You Should Know About Fluoride Supplementation

Fluoride has long been recognized as an important building block for healthy teeth. Despite some controversy, fluoride has been proven to be safe and effective when delivered in the right doses. Many people do not get an adequate amount of fluoride, which can leave them vulnerable to dental health issues. For kids, dentists often recommend […]


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Know the Signs of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is usually very treatable in its early stages, but many cases are diagnosed when they are more advanced because people don’t recognize the signs. When you get a dental checkup, your dentist will examine your mouth for signs of oral cancer, but between appointments, you should be mindful of potential symptoms that need […]


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Common Problems with CPAP Therapy

Although CPAP therapy is effective for some people suffering from sleep apnea, many others cannot adapt to treatment and experience even more sleep problems than before they had their CPAPs. In these cases, your dentist could have the solution to your disrupted sleep. Oral appliance therapy is an alternative to CPAP therapy for sleep apnea. […]


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Types of Mouth Pain and Their Causes

Your mouth takes a lot of abuse every day, so it’s not surprising that it is vulnerable to pain. If you’re experiencing mouth pain, often it will go away on its own quickly. However, persistent mouth pain should be evaluated by your dentist to determine if you have an oral health condition that needs to […]


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What Can You Expect If You Haven’t Seen a Dentist in a Long Time?

If it has been a long time since your last dentist appointment, the thought of getting back into the chair can be a little overwhelming. The good news is that you’re not alone. Patients return to the dentist every day after having stayed away for extended periods, so your dentist won’t be shocked or waiting […]


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Comparing CPAP and Oral Appliance Therapies

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that not only robs you of the restorative sleep you need but that also can lead to a wide range of health problems. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, talk to your dentist about treatment options. He or she may recommend CPAP treatment or oral appliance therapy […]


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What’s It Like to Sleep with a Mouthguard?

There are multiple reasons your dentist may recommend that you wear a mouthguard when you sleep, from preventing you from grinding your teeth to managing sleep apnea. Although mouthguards can be extremely beneficial, the first few times you wear them can require an adjustment. Here is what to expect. Some people may not feel the […]


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Will Sleep Apnea Get Worse Without Treatment?

Sleep apnea can be a debilitating condition, but many people don’t even realize they have it. This prevents them from seeking treatment, which means the symptoms continue to affect their daily lives. Meet with your dentist if you suspect that you have this condition and read on to see if sleep apnea will get worse […]


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How Does Radiology Improve Sleep Apnea Diagnoses?

Imaging techniques keep getting better and better, so today’s dentists are able to get a good look at your teeth, gums, and jaws to figure out what’s ailing you. Radiology is one such imaging technique, and your dentist can use it to identify the proper treatment plan, so you can take your life back. Here’s […]


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How Dental Implants Can Change Your Life

You’ve tried dealing with your missing teeth and you’ve tried dentures, and neither option has been right for you. If this sounds like your case, you should look into dental implants. They can completely restore your smile and your health, and they’ll even boost your self-esteem. Keep reading and see how dental implants can change […]


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