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  • Oral Warning Signs Can Indicate Serious Medical Conditions
    Regular dental exams not only help to decrease a patientís risk of oral diseases, such as cavities and periodontal (gum) disease, but they may also help to diagnose other, sometimes life-threatening, medical conditions.
  • People with Diabetes at Higher Risk for Developing Gum Disease
    According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes affects nearly 24 million people in the United States. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) encourages those with diabetes to pay extra attention to their oral healt
  • People with Diabetes at Higher Risk for Developing Gum Disease
    According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes affects nearly 24 million people in the United States. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) encourages those with diabetes to pay extra attention to their oral healt
  • Economy and Pumping Iron Lead to Cracked Teeth
    CHICAGO (July 17, 2009) - Many menís mouths fall silent when questioned about frequency of regular dental visits. Just being male puts one at risk for infrequent dental checkups and poor oral health, which can decrease a manís longevity, accord
  • What Is Tooth Loss?
    Tooth loss, or edentulism, is when one or more teeth fall out or are extracted due to injury or disease such as mouth trauma, tooth decay or gum disease. Kids, adults and seniors are all at risk for tooth loss, especially if proper oral hy
  • How Gum Disease and Diabetes Relate
    Because diabetes reduces the bodyís resistance to infection, the gums are at risk for gingivitis, an inflammation usually caused by the presence of bacteria in plaque. Plaque is the sticky film that accumulates on teeth both above and below the gum l
  • What Problems Can Poor Oral Health Cause?
    According to the Surgeon General's report on oral health in America, released in 2000, a large percentage of the population suffers from a reduced quality of life due to oral and facial pain. This pain is largely
  • Make Sure It's Not A Larger Condition
    Dr. Petty says the first goal in treatment of BMS is to make sure the symptoms are not due to a larger condition, such as anemia, leukemia, severe vitamin deficiency, undiagnosed diabetes or a fungal infection of the mouth. But these causes account
  • Pinpointing the Source
    "Pinpointing the pain source can be a trying task for patients and their health care providers," explains Andres Pinto, DMD, lead report author, who states more females in their 20s and 30s are experiencing this syndrome, oftentimes due to str
  • What Causes BMS?
    The exact cause of BMS is difficult to determine. In 30 percent of cases it is caused by a variety of existing conditions that affect the oral and systemic health. Some conditions include the onset of menopause, diabetes and deficiencies in such nut
  • Treatment of Burning Mouth Syndrome
    Dr. Petty says the first goal in treatment of BMS is to make sure the symptoms are not due to a larger condition, such as anemia, leukemia, severe vitamin deficiency, undiagnosed diabetes or a fungal infection of the mouth. But these causes account f
  • Medications and Dental Materials May Equal Infection for Diabetic Patients
    P eople who live with diabetes on a daily basis are usually instructed to eat right, maintain regular physical activity, and if necessary, take medication. What many may not know is that these medications that help control healthy insulin levels may
  • What Does Your Mouth Say About Your Overall Health?
    L iving in a fast-paced society where fast food seems to dominate the food chain can mean a great deal for oral health Ė and poor food choices can even have a negative effect on teeth. In fact, in order for the bodyís tissues to resist
  • Correct Diagnosis Provides Relief for Those with Dry Mouth
    Having difficulty speaking, eating, and swallowing? Under stress, upset, or taking medications? These combinations place people at risk for a painful condition known as dry mouth, according to an article in the August 2009 issue of AGD Impact , th
  • Does a Smaller Waist Mean Smelly Breath?
    Many people wanting to slim down are jumping on the low-carbohydrate diet trend in an attempt to lose weight. However, as dieters shed pounds, many are saying goodbye to carbs and hello to halitosis. Low-carb diets work by
  • How Can I Take Care of My Teeth as I Age?
    Proper oral care can keep you smiling well into retirement. Brushing at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristle brush are as important as ever. Flossing can help you save your teeth by removing plaque between teeth and below th
  • How Does Diabetes Affect Oral Health?
    It is estimated that up to 20 million people have diabetes, but only two-thirds of these individuals are diagnosed. Studies have shown that diabetics are more susceptible to the development of oral infections and periodontal (gum) disease than those
  • How Does Diabetes Affect Oral Health?
    It is estimated that up to 20 million people have diabetes, but only two-thirds of these individuals are diagnosed. Studies have shown that diabetics are more susceptible to the development of oral infections and periodontal (gum) disease than those
  • How Does What I Eat Affect My Oral Health?
    You may be able to prevent two of the most common diseases of modern civilization, tooth decay (caries) and periodontal (gum) disease, simply by improving your diet. Decay results when the teeth and other hard tissues of the mouth are destroyed by ac
  • What Foods Cause Tooth Decay in Children?
    Many different types of food can cause tooth decay in children, not just candy. Foods that are high in carbohydrates, as well as some fruits, juices and sodas, peanut butter, crackers and potato chips are culprits. Factors that cause tooth decay incl
  • What Is a Dental Implant?
    A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. The benefit of using implants is that they don't rely on neighboring teeth for support and they are permanent and
  • What Is Dry Mouth?
    Dry mouth (also called xerostomia) is caused by a decrease in the amount of saliva in the mouth when the salivary glands do not work properly. The salivary glands help keep your mouth moist, which helps prevent tooth decay and other oral health pro
  • What Is Gum Disease?
    Gum disease, or periodontal disease is a chronic inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissue. It is the major cause of about 70 percent of adult tooth loss, affecting three out of four persons at some point in their life. Period
  • What Is Halitosis?
    More than 80 million people suffer from chronic halitosis, or bad breath. In most cases it originates from the gums and tongue. The odor is caused by wastes from bacteria in the mouth, the decay of food particles, other debris in your mouth and poor
  • Why Do I Need to Share My Medical History with My Dentist?
    During your first dental visit, your dentist will ask for a thorough medical history, which typically is included on a patient registration. This section may include questions about lifestyle (such as smoking or involvement in high-risk sports) and
  • You, and Your Mouth, Are What You Eat
    Your mouth can say a lot about what you're eating, and your dentist may be the first person to spot potential nutritional imbalances, according to a study in the November/December 2001 issue of General Dentistry , the clinical, peer-reviewed journal
  • Spring Clean Your Teeth
    Spring Clean Your Teeth Add a dental visit to this year's spring-cleaning list. A professional dental cleaning at least twice a year can improve your oral health, reports the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), an organization of genera
  • What Foods Cause Tooth Decay in Children?
    Many different types of food can cause tooth decay in children, not just candy. Foods that are high in carbohydrates, as well as some fruits, juices and sodas, peanut butter, crackers and potato chips are culprits. Factors that cause tooth decay in
  • A Visit to the General Dentist can Prevent a Major Cause of Tooth Loss
    Do you know what common oral disease has been associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes and preterm low-birth weight babies? According to the November 2006 issue of AGD Impact , the monthly newsmagazine of the Academy of General Dentistry (AG
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