This New Year, Resolve to Floss

Each year, people across America make resolutions on New Year’s Eve. Many of those resolutions have to do with some aspect of health. But while people often focus on weight loss or incorporating more exercise into their life, they overlook one small thing they could do each day to prolong their life – flossing! Flossing takes just minutes per day and is an effective way to help ward off a myriad of diseases. So why don’t more people floss each day? Research shows that roughly 20 percent of men and 10 percent of women floss each day. The top reason
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Do you have a Latex Allergy?

Do You Have a Latex Allergy? Did you know it’s possible to have a latex allergy and not even realize it? Latex allergies are quite common and easily testable. Often this type of allergy doesn’t manifest at an early age or even the first few times an individual comes into contact with the substance. It’s usually only after repeated instances of coming into contact with latex before an allergic reaction occurs, and it’s important to note that after the first reaction to latex subsequent reactions will be worse and this is why a latex allergy should be take very seriously.
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Canker sores and common mouth sore issues

Canker Sores and Common Mouth Sores Mouth sores occur for many different reasons. Often they are because of infection or bacteria in the mouth. Canker sores are among some of the most common mouth sores. It’s a common misconception that canker sores are contagious. While it’s not completely clear what causes them it’s believed by some professionals that they are caused by an immune system reaction or by bacteria in the mouth. They’re often white or gray with bright red surrounding them, and very painful and can unfortunately return. The only treatment for canker sores is over the counter topical
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Having Great Oral Health with the Foods You Eat

Foods That Help Oral Health Spring is arriving and with it comes many seasonal foods that promote good oral health. What you put into your body affects it in one way or another and here are some foods that you should be eating to help get great oral health. Firm and crunchy fruits or vegetables are excellent for teeth. As you bite into them and chew them they scrape plaque and help stimulate the gums. Apples, celery, broccoli, carrots, and pears are great choices and they are healthy for the rest of your body too. Sugar intake should always be
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Chronic Dry Mouth

Chronic Dry Mouth Xerostomia, also known as chronic dry mouth, affects about 30% of the population. It occurs when there is an absence of proper saliva production and usually there are underlying causes for this. Dry mouth is uncomfortable, can cause hoarseness, chronic bad breath, and chapped lips. There are many causes of dry mouth including over the counter medications, diabetes, HIV, anemia, rheumatoid arthritis, and several others. These tend to cause long-term dry mouth symptoms. However, short-term dry mouth can be caused by dehydration from a stomach virus, too much alcohol, or anxiety. If chronic dry mouth is left
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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis and Decalcification Osteoporosis is a bone disease that causes bones throughout the body to demineralize and become porous. This puts individuals at a high risk of bone breaks and can cause healing these breaks to take even longer. Because our teeth are bones they can be affected by osteoporosis as well. Decalcification of teeth weakens them and makes them much more susceptible to tooth decay, fractures and chipping. It will make it harder to keep up with your oral health if you don’t first get your osteoporosis under control. A bone disease will often not manifest with any signs
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Aging and dental health

Aging And Dental Health Regardless of age or stage in life oral health is incredibly important to our body’s overall health. As our bodies age our tissue also begins to change. Older adults can be at a higher risk for gum disease, dry mouth, prosthetic tooth issues, loss of teeth, and diminished sense of taste. However, there are easy and simple ways to help cut these risks and keep your smile looking as healthy as ever. Always start with good oral hygiene. For genetic reasons some individuals may be more prone to tooth decay than others. Flossing, brushing, and eating
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