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    February is American Heart Month!

    Did you know that heart disease is the MAIN cause of death of both women and men in the United States? Heart disease is the reason behind 25% of deaths each year,  which is why the American Heart Association is working so hard to increase awareness during February, American Heart Month. Although these statistics may seem scary, it’s easy to prevent heart disease if you make healthy choices! For instance, use spices instead of salt to add flavor to your food, and prioritize physical exercise. Other health tips include scheduling regular visits with your doctor, eating healthy foods, avoiding smoking, and taking medication if needed. If you are obese or…

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    Avoid Marijuana To Prevent Periodontal Disease

    Your oral health isn’t only determined by your brushing habits and diets – it’s also affected by your everyday habits. You’ve probably heard that smoking cigarettes is an unhealthy habit that can harm more than just your mouth. But did you know that smoking marijuana, an illicit drug used by over 22 million Americans in the past month and particularly common among adolescents, (based on a survey from the National Institute on Drug Abuse conducted in 2014) also leads to oral and overall health problems? According to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry, researchers from Arizona State University showed that periodontal disease, which is caused by infection and inflammation of the gums and bone…

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    Depression Is a Threat to Oral Health

    Did you know that depression, a common serious mental health and mood disorder, is linked to poor oral health care? If you suffer from depression, you may have a lack of motivation to take care of yourself and experience decreased salivation, which can directly impact oral health. Risk factors for depression include: personal or family history, major stress, and certain illnesses or side effects of medications. Some signs and symptoms of depression are: lasting feelings of sadness, anxiousness, emptiness, hopelessness, or pessimism irritability lack of energy/motivation no interest in activities guilt, worthlessness, etc. difficulty concentrating or sleeping There are many different types of depression, including: persistent depression disorder (dysthymia): depressive symptoms for…