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What Would Happen if You Gave Up Sugar for a Month?

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Do you have any idea how much sugar you consume every day? You may have already cut out sweet treats and beverages like colas that you know are loaded with the sweet stuff.

An awareness of the negative impact that too much sugar has on your body, and particularly your oral health, is an essential first step. But what if you decided to cut sugar out of your diet entirely for one month?

Sugar – It’s Everywhere!

The American Heart Association allows 24 grams of sugar per day for women (36 grams for men), so some sugar in your diet is okay. But if you aren’t reading ingredient labels, you may be surprised at ...

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Are You Missing Steps When You Floss? Double Check Here!

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The purpose of flossing is to finish the job that tooth brushing starts. Even the best toothbrush can’t get in the crevices between teeth where bacteria-filled plaque can collect and eventually lead to gum disease.

Of course, your hygienist will thoroughly floss your teeth during your semi-annual cleanings. But you need to support your oral health with good hygiene habits between visits, which includes flossing once a day.

Common Flossing Mistakes

Most people have a general idea why they need to floss and how to do it, but it’s ...

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You want to make sure that your family’s diet is rich in healthy, nutritious foods that support good health. But a lot of the foods and drinks that we consume may seem like healthy choices, but in reality, may be contributing to oral health problems.

Beverages, in particular, are a problem because they often have lots of hidden sugars and because we tend to drink them throughout the day. Some beverages are not just high in sugar but may be carbonated or high in acid that can also eat away at dental enamel and lead to tooth decay.

Beverages to Avoid for a Healthier Smile

Here are a few of the worst culprits ...

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Want Your Best Oral Health? Don't Neglect Your Nutrition

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Most of us have too much going on in our lives to give a lot of thought about how the foods we choose affect our oral health. You got the message from your dentist about sugar, and you know it’s not good for your teeth; so what else is there to know?

Simple vs. Complex Carbohydrates

The cavity-producing process goes something like this: the bacteria that is always present in your mouth feed on particles of food left behind, producing acid as a byproduct, and acid is to be blamed for eating away at dental enamel and causing cavities.

Bacteria need carbohydrates for food, and they prefer table sugar. But other simple carbs ...

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What Your Mouth and Your Car Have in Common

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Owning a car comes with many responsibilities, and one is maintenance. You rely on it for transportation, so it’s essential to have it serviced regularly. If you don’t, you risk losing the function of the vehicle, which can ultimately result in costly repairs.

How Your Oral Health is Similar

Maintaining your oral health comes with responsibilities too, like keeping up with routine “maintenance” like brushing your teeth, watching your diet, and visiting your dentist routinely. If you don’t look after your teeth, you risk losing function, and you may face more complicated and costly treatment.

We understand that waiting for an oil change is a lot different than sitting in the dental chair ...

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3 Tips for Flawless Flossing

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So, you think you know how to floss? Most of us have had a dental hygienist show us how to floss, but as time goes by our habits can get a little sloppy. You meant well when you started out, but now flossing is more of an afterthought than a necessary part of your oral hygiene routine.

Why Floss?

If you brush twice a day conscientiously, you may wonder why flossing is so important. The fact is that if you are not flossing, you aren’t getting the job done completely. While brushing removes plaque from the surfaces of your teeth, a brush can’t reach into the cracks and crevices between teeth. Daily ...

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Myths and Realities about Oral Cancer

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The Oral Cancer Foundation estimates that each year almost 50,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer, and this number is steadily increasing. It is an aggressive form of cancer and, unfortunately, only slightly more than half of patients diagnosed will be alive in five years. 

Nobody likes to talk about cancer of any kind, and oral cancer can be particularly frightening. Reluctance to discuss it may explain why there’s a lot of misunderstanding about the disease.

We would like to share a few of the myths associated with oral cancer and the facts.

Myth 1: Oral cavity and pharynx cancer cases are uncommon.
Reality: The Oral Cancer Foundation estimates that nearly 50,000 Americans ...

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