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Smartphone Dental Apps

How did we ever live without our smartphones? It seems like there is an app for everything, including your dental care!  While the apps discussed here are available for iPhones there are similar apps available for other types of smartphones. There are apps that will time you for 2 minutes while you brush your teeth… Read More »

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We all know that the traditional feast is not so great for our hips or our health but how do the parts of the Thanksgiving meal affect your smile? The good parts: Cranberries actually contain compounds that prevent bacteria from sticking to teeth. Since bacteria are the cause of gum disease and… Read More »

Are You Afraid of the Dentist?

Are you afraid of the dentist? Dental anxiety is more common than you think and we aren’t born this way. Fear of the dentist is passed on to children by their parents according to a study from the University of Madrid. Earlier research had connected the dental fear levels of children and their parents, but… Read More »

Waking Up For Potty Breaks May Be Sign of Sleep Disorder

Are you one of  those people who gets up for potty breaks during the night? This could be an unusual sign that you might have sleep apnea. Mouth breathing can be another unusual sign. Some people also experience a lower threshold for pain, depression, concentration problems or irritability. Because these symptoms can be linked to… Read More »

Stress and Your Smile

Stress comes in all shapes and sizes. We can feel stressed by little annoyances and major, life altering events. Dealing with the stress is a blog subject for other types of professionals – but I can tell you a little bit about how stress can affect your oral health. Stress and anxiety can lead to… Read More »

Migraines and Sleep Apnea

Migraine headache sufferers might want to think about getting tested for sleep apnea. Percy Harvin, a football player for the Minnesota Vikings,  underwent a sleep test following a collapse during practice. Harvin has suffered from migraine headaches for years and at first his collapse was thought to be headache related. The results of the sleep… Read More »

Inflammation, Gum Disease and Arthritis

Scientists are learning more and more about inflammation and how it affects our bodies. Both gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis are the result of inflammatory responses in the human body and a new study shows it may be possible to treat gum disease and severe arthritis simultaneously. A researcher at the University of Adelaide in Australia… Read More »

Sleeping Badly Increases Heart Disease Risk

If you are sleeping badly and only sleeping for short amounts of time, new research shows that you have a 65% increased risk for cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease, compared to normal sleepers. A recent study explored the combined associations of sleep duration and quality with incidence of heart disease. Nearly 20,500 participants between… Read More »

Do Your Kids Brush Their Teeth Every Day?

Only 44% of American kids brush their teeth two or more times per day according to a survey completed by the Ad Council. This means that more than half of our kids are at risk of dental problems – it is estimated that more than 16 million kids in the US suffer from untreated tooth decay.… Read More »

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