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World Sleep Day

How did you sleep last night? Today is World Sleep Day which means we take a look at the importance of sleep for our health and well-being. Sleep problems are very common. People complain that they can’t get to sleep because they have insomnia. Some people fall asleep but then wake up a few hours… Read More »

Why Does My Tongue Look Weird?

The tongue is pretty amazing. It is made up of muscles that allow us to taste food, talk and swallow. A healthy tongue is a nice pink color, but what if your tongue looks weird? The tongue is in constant use so it can be very irritating and uncomfortable when something is wrong. Remember the… Read More »

Bacteria in 1,000 Year Old Plaque Same As Today

File this one under – yuck! Researchers looked at 1,000 year old dental plaque and found the bacteria it harbored was essentially the same as modern day oral bacteria! Dr. Christina Warinner from the department of anthropology of the University of Oklahoma wanted to build a detailed picture of people from the Medieval period in… Read More »

Sleep Apnea May Make Diabetes Worse

Obstructive sleep apnea causes pauses in breathing throughout the night which can have serious health consequences. Sleep apnea has previously been shown to increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes and now it looks like the disorder also worsens blood sugar control by disrupting the deepest stage of sleep. Sleep apnea sufferers stop breathing at… Read More »

Stinky Breath? Here’s What To Do

We all get stinky breath every now and then but according to the Academy of General Dentistry, about 80 million people have chronic bad breath. Having chronic bad breath can affect self-esteem and cause much embarrassment. Avoiding bad breath means avoiding many of the causes. Some foods, when digested, are absorbed into the bloodstream and… Read More »

Keeping Lips Kissable for Valentine’s Day

Having a romantic holiday like Valentine’s Day in the middle of winter isn’t great if you get chapped lips. Getting dental care with chapped lips is no picnic either, so let’s talk about ways you can avoid the chap! Chapped lips are caused by dehydration. Lips have thin surface layers of skin so they dry… Read More »

Do You Floss Too Much?

Do you floss too much? I don’t think that question has actually ever been asked! Dentists talk about the importance of flossing. Floss removes the food particles and plaque that are trapped between the teeth and below the gums where your toothbrush can’t reach. If this gunk isn’t flossed away you end up with bad… Read More »

Replacing Missing Teeth

Even with the best oral health care, people sometimes lose a tooth. It used to be that replacing a missing tooth, or teeth, meant getting partial dentures or a dental bridge. Today we can span that gap with dental implants! A removable partial denture or bridge consists of replacement teeth that are attached to a… Read More »

Do You Have Gingivitis?

Do you have gingivitis? You hear the term often in those toothpaste ads on television, but do you know if you might have gingivitis? Gingivitis is simply the mildest form of gum disease so it is not a reason to panic. However, gingivitis should never be ignored. This is a warning sign that your oral… Read More »