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  • Love Your Heart By Taking Care Of Your Teeth

    Posted on in Food & Health

    Your gums might have a lot to say about your heart health. Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death and disability in the United States, accounting for nearly 29% of all deaths. Risk factors include age, diabetes, obesity and family history, and the most effective prevention strategies usually involve lifestyle changes. But how …
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  • 3 Tips To Prepare Your Child For The First Dental Visit

    Posted on in Children

    The first visit to the dentist shouldn’t be a scary time for your child. Remember, your child doesn’t have any negative feelings toward a dentist, and do not associate the trip as something to dislike. There are three simple things you can do to help your child prepare for the experience. 1. Reassure your child …
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  • Proper Tooth Care For Diabetics

    Posted on in Food & Health

    The Center for Disease Control recognizes that Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death among Americans. As many as 18 million Americans have diabetes and 41 million have pre-diabetes. Diabetes that goes unchecked or untreated can result in serious and life-threatening complications, such as blindness; kidney disease; heart disease, stroke, nerve disease that can …
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  • Oral piercings and a healthy mouth.

    Posted on in Family

    It’s hard to believe that certain things ever became popular. Pet rocks, for example. Shag carpeting. Sticking a needle through your tongue. Oral piercings are any piercings of the tongue, lips or cheek. In recent years, oral piercings have become a form of self-expression. As with peirced ears, the metal jewelry used in oral piercings comes in …
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  • How to Care for, and Use, Your Toothbrush

    Posted on in Educational

    In Up from Slavery Booker T. Washington said “In all my teaching I have watched carefully the influence of the tooth-brush, and I am convinced that there are few single agencies of civilization that are more far-reaching.” Clean Brush, Healthy Mouth To keep your toothbrush and yourself healthy, make sure you let it dry out …
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  • What is a canker sore and what causes them?

    Posted on in Family

    Canker sores are round, shallow recurring ulcers on the cheeks, lips, tongue or the base of the gums that affect approximately 17% of the population. They can be associated with diseases such as lupus and are usually inherited. The cause of canker sores is not known, but most theories involve an immune abnormality. Canker sores …
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