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The Science of Smiles

There are actually more than a dozen different identified types of smiles that can convey a range of emotions including joy, fear, friendliness, discomfort, embarrassment, uncertainty, love and more.

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How oral health affects pregnancy

Numerous studies have linked poor oral health to complications during pregnancy. Low-birth rate and pre-term birth have been linked to periodontitis. Many expectant mothers do not receive proper oral health counseling nor visit the dentist during pregnancy.

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How Smoking Affects Oral Health

It’s no secret that smoking cigarettes can have lasting damaging effects on the entire body. The mouth is often regarded to as the gateway to the body. The inhalation of carcinogens, tar and smoke can resonate throughout the body, starting in the mouth.

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Keeping Up with Kids' Dental Habits During Summer

While summer break is most certainly a time to rest, relax and adventure with family, the disruption in routine can cause some kids (and parents) to let their hygiene fall by the wayside. Keeping up with dental hygiene throughout the summer is important for maintaining good health throughout the year.

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Understanding Dental Anxiety

It is no surprise that multiple university studies suggest that as much as 75% of Americans actively experience some level of fear when it comes to dental treatment. These tips can help ease fears surrounding dental visits.

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How early is too early? When to start dental care for children

A child’s first set of teeth, developed when the jaw bone forms in the second trimester in the womb, is extremely important for speaking, chewing, and setting a healthy start for permanent teeth to grow into. Gum health also begins from an early age, and can affect how teeth develop. Learn when it's time to bring your child to the dentist.

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Latino Children Experience Two Times More Tooth Decay

Latino children experience tooth decay rates at a far higher rate than their non-Latino White and African American peers. Learn how to prevent tooth decay and teach your children how to properly take care of their teeth.

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Tongue piercings: the expressive but possibly risky trend

For centuries Aztec and Mayan cultures indulged tongue piercings. Today, as much as 16% of the Western population has a pierced tongue. Experimenting with new looks is commonplace, however, as with any body modification it is important to be informed about proper care, cleaning and the associated risks.

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Gluten & Tooth Decay: What You Need To Know

Buzz around gluten-free lifestyles has surged in recent years. Gluten intolerance, often recognized as Celiac Disease, is most commonly known for causing painful gastrointestinal issues. A less familiar and dangerous manifestation of the disease takes place at the site of gluten ingestion, in the mouth.

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The Link Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease

It is estimated that up to 1 billion bacteria reside on each individual tooth at any given time. Multiply that by 32 teeth, that’s a lot of bacteria to keep in check! Good news is that most of the bacteria is harmless if kept under control with good oral hygiene, yet with as many as 80% of American adults battling with some form of gum disease, it’s easy for bacteria to create issues in the mouth that correlate to health risks in other parts of your body.

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