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The Link Between Obesity and Dental Health

The numbers are staggering: 4 out of 10 Americans are obese. And within this group, 10% are severely obese. Scientists report that people who are obese have higher chances of developing many severe medical conditions. Some of these diseases also can put obese people at risk for developing dental problems. Here’s how to understand the … Read Full Article

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Aging and Dental Health: 4 Things to Know

As people age, they usually start noticing differences in how their body works. Suddenly, they have more muscle aches and pains. They don’t see or hear as well as they did in their younger years. And often, their oral health changes, too. Dental experts say that older adults have two times more cavities than younger … Read Full Article

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Medical Problems Can Hurt Teeth and Gum Health

Most people know that good oral health requires daily brushing and flossing, regular dental checkups and professional cleanings. What they may not know is that some medical problems can hurt their teeth and gum health. Here are six examples. Acid reflux Enamel, the protective coating on teeth, can be damaged by stomach acid or eating … Read Full Article

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Six Ways Poor Oral Health Can Affect Overall Health

Healthy teeth and gums are essential to enjoying everyday life. Taking good care of your oral health protects your smile. It also promotes better overall health. That’s because a lack of dental care can cause serious medical problems. Review six ways poor oral health can affect overall health. Heart disease and infection Bacteria in the … Read Full Article

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Is An Individual Dental Insurance Benefit Worth the Cost?

When spending money on a product or service, most people want to know that they’re getting their money’s worth. It’s especially true for health insurance. The majority of employees get employer-sponsored health coverage, including dental care. But not all workers qualify for these plans, such as part-time and contract employees and retirees. If you fit … Read Full Article

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10 Bad Foods for Your Oral Health

It’s a well-known fact that candy causes tooth decay. But did you know that many other foods also are not good for your teeth? Protect your smile by limiting these 10 bad foods for your oral health. Apple cider vinegar It’s considered a cure for several health concerns, but apple cider vinegar is bad for … Read Full Article

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Why Energy Drinks and Foods Can Cause Tooth Decay

Most top athletes spend hours training for competitions. They also eat nutritious meals, get at least seven to eight hours of sleep, and try to take good care of their overall physical and oral health. But despite these efforts, studies show that many elite athletes have problems with their teeth. To compete at the highest … Read Full Article

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Tips for Better Dental Health for Children

Dental health can affect how well children learn in school. Many children with dental problems struggle to learn. They may lack self-confidence and are reluctant to smile. Parents and caregivers can help children do well in school by teaching good dental habits. Review these tips for better dental health for children. Early stages of decay … Read Full Article

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Scheduling an Appointment at the Dentist: What to Expect

At the height of COVID-19, dental offices were closed to protect patients and employees. Now, many offices are open and scheduling appointments. Dentists are following the established health and safety guidelines, and ready to care for your teeth. Here’s what to expect at your next appointment at the dentist. Health and safety precautions People often … Read Full Article