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Why Diabetes Matters for Your Mouth

The Dental Connection to Diabetes The first symptoms are often oral problems More and more, we realize there’s a relationship between infections in your mouth and inflammation caused by diabetes. And neglecting one makes the other worse! Make sure your blood glucose is controlled. If you have diabetes, uncontrolled blood glucose makes you more susceptible […]

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Oral Exams: Checking out the Tongue

Have you ever wondered why doctors and dentists ask you to open wide and say, “Ahhhh?” It’s true that we dentists are looking for cavities and tooth-related problems, but the tongue and other soft tissues can also be an important indicator for a patient’s overall health. Diseases such as diabetes, AIDS, scarlet fever, and different […]

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Gum Disease & Public Health

Gum Disease has Bigger Implications Gum disease continues to pose a significant threat to public health, with some studies suggesting more American adults have gum disease than previously thought. As detection, screening and awareness has improved over the years, we now know that the prevalence of moderate to severe periodontal disease may have been underestimated […]

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The Diabetes Epidemic

How Bad is it? Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. The diabetes epidemic affects more than 29 million Americans, and 7 million of those don’t know they have it. It is marked by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defective insulin production, function, or both. The symptoms of […]

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Teeth & Gums

The Long & Short of Gum Disease

Surprising but true: the major cause of tooth loss in adults is not decay, but periodontal disease. More than half of all people over age 18 have at least the early stage of periodontal disease. After age 35, about three out of four adults are affected. Some people seem to be more susceptible to gum […]

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Diabetes

The first clue to diabetes may be in your mouth! In many cases it’s the dentist–and not the physician–who has the first opportunity in the early detection of diabetes, because diabetics are especially prone to dental problems. Swollen, tender, bleeding and receding gums, loose teeth, and a sore tongue may not just be signs of […]

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The Sweet Life

Remember Your Teeth After that Extra Halloween Sugar! Most folks eat more sugar than they realize—150 pounds per year average. Two-thirds of Americans are overweight, many of them children. Doctors predict that this obesity epidemic will be followed by an epidemic of diabetes. You can lose the sugar bowl and still consume your share of […]

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Chronic Inflammation

The Silent Killer Illness or injury to your body should trigger your immune system to heat up at that location and essentially smoke out the enemy. If your immune system is healthy, when the mission is accomplished, the inflammation subsides and healing begins. But sometimes an immune system doesn’t know when to stop. It smolders […]

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Psssssssst—Secret Sugar

Lurks in Every Pantry Your sugar bowl sits on the table, and you lift its lid only to sweeten your morning coffee. You deserve a medal for exemplary nutritional behavior! Are you sure? Most folks eat more sugar than they realize—150 pounds per year average. That’s 6 ounces—3/4 of a cup—every day. Two-thirds of Americans […]

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Trouble Spots—Oral Lesions

During the course of a day, you’re likely to have a look inside your mouth and briefly survey the landscape. We hope so, anyway. Aside from the stray loose filling or that crown that will need repair soon, fuss over the soft tissues in your mouth—the mucous membrane, the skin. Are there any red or […]

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