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    Is there a Genetic Component to my Kid’s Tooth Decay?

    Our genes make us who we are and seem to play a significant role in many conditions in our lives. However, according to a recent study (“Genetic and Early Life Environmental Influences on Dental Caries Risk: A Twin Study), tooth decay may not be one of the conditions influenced by genetics. But what about your lifestyle habits? Recent research shows that environmental factors rather than genetics could be the main culprit influencing the development of tooth decay.

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    Love your Heart: American Heart Month

    The heart is an amazing muscle, beating up to about 100,000 times a day and keeping us alive to spread love to those we encounter! That’s why it’s extremely important to keep your heart healthy and to be informed about heart disease. Each February, awareness about heart health is spread nationally in celebration of American Heart Month. What many may not know is that heart disease isn’t just a disease that affects older adults. It can happen at any age, and there are many factors that can put you at risk. Here’s what you need to know:

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    Are Your Gums Affected by your Blood Sugar Levels?

    Diabetes, which impacts about 30 million people in the United States, surprisingly doesn’t just affect your blood sugar. Research has consistently showed that gum disease, including both gingivitis and periodontitis, is linked with diabetes. The relationship between gum disease and diabetes works both ways: individuals with diabetes have a higher chance of developing gum disease, and people with severe gum disease are more prone to have issues controlling their blood glucose levels. Early stages of gum problems begin as gingivitis, also described as inflammation of the gums. As bacteria invade the gum pockets and inflammation remains, gum recession and bone loss begin to occur in the more severe stages of…

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    Is Your Mouth Feeling Sizzling Hot?

    Being in pain is one of the worst feelings, especially when you don’t know the cause. Thanks to new research, knowledge is increasing about chronic oral pain, also called Burning Mouth Syndrome. This condition commonly impacts middle-aged women and can be very debilitating for most people. In past years this condition has been quite ambiguous, but new discoveries are currently being made.

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    Protect your Heart by Keeping your Natural Teeth

    Who would have guessed that taking care of your teeth could mean simultaneously taking care of your heart? Probably not many people. However, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions, there has been a link found between cardiovascular disease and losing two or more teeth during middle age.

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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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    Health Problems Linked To Gum Disease

    Did you know that gum disease, or periodontitis, is linked to many other health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s? Recently, researchers have found even more connections between periodontitis and health issues, including the following 1. Erectile Dysfunction Connected by inflammation Untreated bleeding gums and teeth can lead to tooth decay and loss Bacteria can travel through the bloodstream and damage blood vessels ED is caused by impaired blood flow in the penis Gum disease is a causative clinical condition of ED 53% of males with ED had severe periodontal disease, compared to the 23% of those who did not have ED 2. Low Testosterone Levels Chronic periodontitis could have…

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    High Blood Sugar Increases Risk of Heart Disease

    To be heart healthy, you not only need to pay attention to your habits, but also your diet! According to a study published in the journal Nature, scientists discovered that cardiac arrhythmia, a condition that causes irregular heartbeats, is linked to a biological pathway activated by abnormally high levels of blood sugar. This finding explains why diabetes greatly increases the risk for heart disease. The National Institutes of Health claims that diabetics are four times more likely to have heart disease, and the American Heart Association notes that about 65 percent of the death of diabetics are caused by heart disease or stroke. Therefore, if you have diabetes or high blood sugar levels,…

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    Holistic/Biological Dentistry

    You might think that your oral health only affects your teeth and gums, but did you know that it also has a huge impact on your overall wellness? That’s why many dentists practice holistic dentistry, which links the health of the mouth to the well-being of the rest of your body. For instance, many recent studies have provided evidence for the connection between gum disease and diabetes, pregnancies, Alzheimer’s disease, certain cancers, and heart disease. Many people think that the only difference between traditional dentists and holistic dentists is the use of mercury fillings. However, there are many other issues and differences as well.   Some main differences between traditional and holistic…

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    Happy National Wine Day!

      Happy National Wine Day! Did you know that moderate wine consumption (no more than one drink per day for women and two per day for men according to the US Department of Agriculture’s “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010”) can lead to many health benefits? 1. Reduced Risk for Certain Cancers and Diseases Moderate red wine consumption has the potential to prevent both breast and colon cancer. According to an article in the Journal of Women’s Health, red grape skin and seed chemicals decrease estrogen levels and increase testosterone in women in the premenopausal stage, which leads to a reduced risk for breast cancer. A study conducted by scientists from the University of Leicester, UK…