Monthly Archives: April 2011

Virus Behind Oral Cancer Epidemic

Oct. 13, 2010 — Researchers warn of an ongoing epidemic of oral cancer caused by the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV). A study in Stockholm, Sweden, finds that cases of oral cancer — primarily cancer of the tonsils — increased … Continue reading

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Metal Piercings Pose Greater Risks to Oral Health

Studies have shown that oral piercings can cause numerous problems in the oral cavity, including chipped, fractured, or cracked teeth and gingival recession. And yet they continue to remain popular with many patients, especially teens.And although dental practitioners would prefer … Continue reading

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Fruits and Vegetables Can Prevent Oral Cancer

Oral healthcare professionals can play an important role in preventing oral cancer by educating patients about oral cancer prevention strategies, including eating lots of fruits and vegetables, according to a study in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA, … Continue reading

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Are There Other Alternatives for Improving Your Smile?

Not everyone is a candidate for whitening. Bleaching is not recommended if you have tooth-colored fillings, crowns, caps or bonding in your front teeth — the bleach will not change the color of these materials, making them stand out in … Continue reading

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Wearing and Caring for Your Retainer

How should I take care of my retainer? Most retainers are removable, meaning that you take them out when eating, brushing and flossing. For this reason, they are easy to misplace. Many people wrap their retainers in a napkin when … Continue reading

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Broken Braces or Wires

Problems with braces can include: * Broken braces (brackets) * Broken wires * Loose bands * Loose braces * Wires sticking out Call and discuss the problem with your orthodontist or office staff. You may need to visit right away, … Continue reading

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Protecting Your Healthy Smile while Wearing Braces

Oral care throughout orthodontic treatment Orthodontic treatment is an important investment in your future. Everyone helping with your orthodontic care wants you to have the best results possible. While you are wearing braces, it is essential that you take care … Continue reading

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Pregnancy, Oral Health and Your Baby

When you’re pregnant, it seems everyone has advice for you — on what to eat, how to prevent morning sickness, how to keep stretch marks at bay. It’s likely, however, that no one has ever told you how important it … Continue reading

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How Pregnancy Affects Your Oral Health

Pregnancy affects nearly every aspect of a woman’s life, including her oral health. You may think of your oral health as just one more thing to worry about, but taking care of your mouth and teeth is important during pregnancy. … Continue reading

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Anesthesia During Pregnancy

If you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, tell your dentist during your visit. During the first trimester, it is best to avoid any dental treatment that’s not essential. After that point, discuss your anesthesia options with your … Continue reading

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