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Did you know that most adult dental issues could have been prevented in childhood? In fact, dental decay is the most common preventable disease in children. If we could change that trend, children would experience fewer dental issues, fewer missed days of school, and less anxiety about the dentist.  So, why do so many children experience dental problems? It really comes down to dental IQ. Ther

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The Not So Sweet Treats of Summer…

Summer brings warm, sunny days and cool refreshing beverages. Some of those tasty refreshments are more harmful than you might think and here's why: A cute, unassuming, neighborhood, lemonade stand has a lurking predator: acid! Lemons are very acidic, and the acidity corrodes the surface of the tooth [the enamel].  Repeated exposure to acidic substances can weaken the protective enamel and lea

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How to Avoid Looking “Long In The Tooth”

Have you ever heard the expression "long in the tooth." This phrase is used to describe older people, but why? Centuries ago the connection between teeth and old age likely made more sense to the common person since horses can often be quickly aged by looking their teeth. Horses’ teeth tend to actually gain length with age. Additionally, their gum lines often recede into late adu

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Oral Cancer. Are You At Risk?

Close to 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral and pharyngeal cancer this year and 7900 will die.  As much as 5% of all cancer occurs in the head and neck and as much as 85% of that occurs in the oral cavity. Tobacco and alcohol remain the highest risk factors for developing this type of cancer, with a 30-fold increase in risk if you use tobacco and alcohol together.  The most common

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Cancer From A Root Canal?

WILL ROOT CANAL TREATMENT GIVE ME CANCER?! There is an article that has surfaced on social media again recently regarding the safety of root canal procedures. The article blames root canals for degenerative diseases and even cancer.  The information is based on a study from the 1920's by Dr. Weston Price.  By the 1930's his research methods were discredited by well-designed, more modern s

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Children’s Dental Health Month

DID YOU KNOW THAT FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH? The American Dental Association uses this month as an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of good oral health at a young age. According to the CDC, tooth decay is the number one chronic disease of childhood. If it's not treated in a timely manner, your child could end up in the hospital or even worse, it can

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