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Even Sleep Has an Impact on Your Oral Health

Sure, diet and hygiene are the biggest drivers of oral health, but they’re hardly the only ones. There’s smoking, for instance. There’s exercise. There’s chronic stress. And then there’s sleep. One 2017 study of more than 8300 Korean adults found that those who slept...

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Got Cavities? Don’t Blame Your Genes

Pop quiz: Do you have control over whether you develop tooth decay? If you answered “yes,” congratulations! You passed. And if you answered “no,” you’re not alone. According to a 2016 survey by the Children’s Dental Health Project, more than 40% of American adults...

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Connecting with Others This Holiday Season

More than any other time of year, the winter holidays are when we really come together. We gather with friends and family for parties, for worship, for gift giving, for feasts. Through our rituals and traditions, we strengthen the bonds that hold us together...

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When Pro-Fluoridation “Evidence” Falls Apart

Once upon a time – a bit more than a year and a half ago – some scientists published a study in which they looked at the rates of tooth decay in two large Canadian cities: Edmonton, where the water had been consistently fluoridated since 1967, and Calgary, which...

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Your Tongue: To Brush or Not to Brush?

You get up in the morning. You brush your teeth (and floss, we hope!). And then this happens: Yes, by the time you get home from work, your mouth is a mess of biofilm, a/k/a plaque. For bacteria are social critters. They learn to work together and protect each other...

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Be Kind to Your Gums: Exercise! (Yes, Really)

As we mentioned last week, though diet and hygiene are the foundation for good oral health, other factors have an impact, too – factors most people just don’t think about. Exercise, for instance. Now, a new study in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology offers some...

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Spinning the Science Sugar Biz Style

As many of us were baking pies and whipping up marshmallow-laden sweet potato casseroles and other carborific dishes for our Thanksgiving feasts, the sugar industry was coming under fire – again – for for operating by Big Tobacco’s playbook. As the New York Times...

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Mercury-Safe Dentistry Is a Must – Here’s Why

When a patient asks us to remove their mercury fillings and replace them with biocompatible restorations, we follow extensive safety procedures. After all, mercury is extremely toxic – on par with substances such as arsenic and lead. Mercury toxicity has been...

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