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Oral Health
  • Bad Breath

Bad breath (halitosis) can be embarrassing. But does having bad breath automatically indicate that you are a bad brusher? Not necessarily.

Although poor oral health habits are one cause of bad breath, it can also be caused or worsened by several other factors, such as diet, lifestyle, disease or medication. read more

We realize that a trip to the dentist isn’t everyone’s favorite activity. However, it is an important one. Not only do routine and specialty visits keep your teeth healthier and minimize your risk for cavities, they can also save your life. read more

  • Adult Taking Medication

Just when you think allergy season can’t get any worse, it does. You’re stuffy, sneezy, and itchy, and your eyes won’t stop watering. We don’t blame you for reaching for allergy medication. However, we do want you to be aware that your medication may be affecting your oral health. read more

Man magnifying teeth and bracesWhen someone gets braces, chances are your first thought is that they want a straighter, more beautiful smile. However, if you take a deeper look at some of the common, seemingly “cosmetic” reasons people use orthodontia, you find that left untreated, they may cause oral health issues. read more

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CariVu is a hand-held instrument that reveals cracks and cavities in seconds, using only light – no radiation! It can help you address small problems before they become big ones. read more

A study recently published in the European Journal of Ageing has concluded that poor oral health may contribute to loneliness in older adults. Therefore, maintaining good oral health into old age may be a protective factor against loneliness.
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But why would poor oral health cause loneliness?

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What are Cold Sores?

Cold sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1). Although many people may worry and overreact when they hear the word “herpes,” HSV-1 is a common virus that affects almost 70% of Americans age 12 and older1. It is easily spread through saliva or direct contact with the infected area. Often, HSV-1 is contracted early on in life, generally by family members or close friends kissing or sharing items like towels, toothbrushes, or kitchen utensils.2

Why Do I Get Cold Sore Outbreaks?

Young man with cold soresOnce the virus is contracted, people tend to experience recurrent cold sore flares, which can be triggered by read more

  • Woman using tongue scraper

Do you find yourself doing a breath check on a daily basis? You know the one we are talking about: when you discreetly breathe into your cupped hand and try to determine whether your breath is tolerable enough for a face-to-face conversation with your partner, friend, or boss. If you suffer from bad breath, you might be wondering if you should invest in a tongue scraper. Luckily, we’ve got some input for you. read more

  • Poor oral health may affect GPA

Being a parent can be tough. Somehow, you need to make time for cooking, cleaning, extra-curricular activities, helping with homework, scheduling appointments and still staying sane. Understandably, there are times when certain tasks get put on hold while keeping up with daily life. However, we want to remind you of the importance of making sure your child has his or her routine dentist visit every 6 months.

Oral Health and Performance in School

Not only is your child’s oral health important physically, it’s important mentally—poor oral health can affect their GPA. Studies have shown that children who have poor oral health are almost three times more likely than their peers to miss school due to dental pain. These absences are associated with poorer performance in school.1 read more

  • Oral health during pregnancy

There are already many things to keep track of during pregnancy: doctor’s appointments, vitamin intake, eating healthy, etc. But many women do not realize the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene during pregnancy, and the effects it has on the baby. read more