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8Apr, 2016

Periodontal Disease and Pregnancy

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Dental health is often the last thing on a pregnant woman’s mind. She is focused primarily on the health and safety of her baby, rather than her own health. The last week of April is National Infertility Week, which means there is no better time to become educated on the effects poor oral hygiene can have on a newborn baby. A recent study done by the Journal of Periodontology found that pregnant women with periodontal disease are at a higher risk of delivering a low birth weight baby. The study concluded that “Mothers with periodontitis were […]

4Apr, 2016

The Link Between Stress and Periodontal Disease

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April is also National Stress Awareness Month. With the hustle and bustle of our every day lives, it is not always easy to avoid stressful situations. However, recent studies show that managing your stress is an important part of your oral health. Research has found that people who are in high pressure situations and experience increased levels of stress tend to practice habits that can make them more susceptible to periodontal disease. According to the American Dental Association, factors related to these habits include: Tobacco smoking or chewing Systemic diseases such as diabetes Some types of medication such as steroids, some types […]

17Mar, 2016

Oral Systemic Health: Rate Your Health

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It is important to note that the research is revealing that periodontal diseases do not cause other health problems.  It is simply that the same pathogens that cause periodontal disease to occur also contribute to the other health issues. This is the reason why people who have poor oral health are also likely to have poor overall health or other systemic diseases. Barbara L. McClatchie, DDS has received professional training through the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health. She uses Oral DNA saliva testing to find and reduce the risk of […]

10Mar, 2016

The Rise of Kidney Stones

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Did you know that March is National Kidney Month too? Kidneys are an important part of maintaining whole-body health, and therefore dental health. According to a study researched by Robert Shmerling, M.D., Faculty Editor with Harvard Health Publications, kidney stones are on the rise and are even being seen more commonly in people who were once considered low-risk. As a complete health dentist, I encourage you to take the best possible care of your body. There are numerous factors that cause the formation of kidney stones. These include diet, diabetes, some medications and family genetics. […]

4Mar, 2016

Sleep Apnea and Your Dental Health

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March is National Sleep Apnea Month. Sleep apnea is a disorder where you experience pauses in breathing and shallow breaths while you sleep. This can last anywhere between a few seconds to a few minutes. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, “a major symptom is extremely loud snoring, sometimes so loud that bed partners find it intolerable. Other indications that sleep apnea may be present are obesity, persistent daytime sleepiness, bouts of awakening out of breath during the night, and frequently waking in the morning with a dry mouth or a headache.” Sleep […]

6Jan, 2016

Ways To Integrate Medical & Dental Care

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We all know how important caring for our general health and our dental health is. We visit our general doctor for regular checkups, as well as our dentist for annual or semi-annual cleanings and visits. However, what we may not realize is how closely our dental health is related to our general health. Many physicians may not realize this fact either, and unfortunately, it is at no fault of their own. Up until about 2008, most physicians who graduated did not receive much, if any, training on oral health. The […]

23Dec, 2015

Tips For Protecting Your Teeth From All The Holiday Sweets

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Oral health is important throughout the year. During the holidays, we cannot afford to neglect dental care. Some tips can help your gums and teeth stay healthy, while having a good time this holiday season. Smart Choices For Teeth Protection Protecting your teeth begins with making wise choices. While Christmas parties, family gatherings, and treats available in the home can make it easy to be tempted, healthy choices are available. Although you do not need to ban sweets entirely, it is useful to know which sweets are better and worse […]