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  • Possible Link between Colorectal Cancer and Oral Health

    Posted on in Educational, Food & Health

    A microbe known as fusobacteria has been implicated in various forms of periodontal disease. The same microbe has been linked to colorectal cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. Research has yet to show whether the microbes simply appear together or whether having periodontal diseases could actually be a cause of colorectal cancer. But …
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  • The Role of Parents in Their Children’s Dental Visits

    Posted on in Children, Educational, Family

    Dr. Aaron Johnson of the Smile Center in Bismarck, ND wants to make children and their parents have productive visits in a comfortable atmosphere. Children and child-parent relationships differ, so Dr. Johnson will be flexible to work alongside parents to make the dental visit a positive one. It often works best for parents to accompany …
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  • Is the Emergency Room the Right Place for a Dental Emergency?

    Posted on in Educational, News

    An increase has been seen in emergency room visits for dental conditions. However, emergency rooms are not well equipped to deal with most dental problems. The emergency room physicians can only provide medication for temporary relief from pain and antibiotics for infection. They cannot treat the underlying problems that caused the pain. A follow-up appointment …
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  • Dealing with Dental Emergencies

    Posted on in Cosmetic, Family, News

    Our lives today are filled with numerous activities that can cause a dental emergency. Anything from eating popcorn or other seemlingly harmless activities can suddenly turn into a painful injury. What is a dental emergency? A dental emergency occurs when a tooth breaks, cracks, becomes loose, or is knocked out completely. A crown coming off …
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  • How Smoking Effects Postmenopausal Women

    Posted on in Educational, News

    Smoking has been associated with tooth loss, however a recent study discovered that smoking has a greater relationship to tooth loss for postmenopausal women. Over 1,000 postmenopausal women participated in this study to see how their smoking status, packs smoked per day, years of smoking, pack-years, and years since quitting smoking effected their dental health. The …
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  • Teeth Grinding – What Can I Do?

    Posted on in Cosmetic, Educational

    Teeth grinding is often linked to stress-related issues, but it can also be caused by sleep disorders. Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding most often occurs during the night while you sleep. It can cause serious damage to your teeth and jaw and may be connected to TMD pain. One possible treatment for teeth grinding …
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