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6 Common Questions About Seasonal Allergies

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  What causes seasonal allergies? Seasonal allergies are most commonly triggered by grass, pollen and mold, because many people are allergic to the pollen and spores released by plants such as grass and mold when they are blooming. When large amounts of pollen and spores are released into the air, people breathe them in while they spend time outside. When ... Read More »

3 Bad Habits That Are Actually Good for Your Health

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I’m sure we all can recall those nagging moments in which our parents or peers would scare us out of certain habits and compulsions through terrifying wives’ tales, persistent lectures or even emailed articles and news stories that successfully put the fear of God in us quite possibly with just the title alone. Maybe you still receive the occasional reminder ... Read More »

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

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  In the United States, it is estimated that about 400,000 people are affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS damages the central nervous system (CNS) of the body, causing muscle weakness, cognitive impairments, vision problems, and pain, among other symptoms. These symptoms arise due to the immune system attacking a fatty substance in the body called myelin. Myelin coats the ... Read More »

March: Kidney Awareness Month

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In the body, there are two fist-sized organs called the kidneys. The kidneys are located near the middle of the back, and perform many important functions. The kidneys filter waste out of the blood, regulate the body’s levels of fluid, produce new red blood cells, and release hormones that regulate blood pressure. March is National Kidney Awareness Month, during which ... Read More »

llustrations: Placing an Implant

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    1. An incision is made in the gum where the implant will be placed. 2. A hole is drilled in the bone. 3. The implant is placed into the hole in the bone. 4. The incision is stitched closed. 5. After healing, a new incision is made over the implant. A metal piece called a healing cap usually ... Read More »

Sports Safety: Avoiding Tooth and Mouth Injuries

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  A few years ago, a dental newsletter published what seemed like an unusual story. A boy snagged his teeth on a basketball net while doing a slam-dunk. A freakish accident? Not quite. After the article appeared, nearly 40 dentists wrote in with their own stories. They all told of would-be NBA stars who sacrificed their front teeth in pursuit ... Read More »

Cardiovascular Diseases and Oral Health

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  Some cardiovascular (heart and artery) diseases may require changes in your dental treatment and how you receive dental care. Recent research has linked periodontal disease with the risk of coronary artery disease and stroke. But there is not enough research to show whether periodontal disease causes these other conditions. Treatment of periodontal disease can reduce overall inflammation in the ... Read More »

Immune Disorders and Oral Health

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  Rheumatoid Arthritis Oral Effects Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that causes inflammation of the joints. If your jaw joint (the temporomandibular joint) is affected, you may have discomfort and problems with chewing. If rheumatoid arthritis affects your hands, you may have problems with brushing and flossing. Special brushes and procedures can make it easier to clean your teeth. Your ... Read More »

Taking Care of Your Teeth

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  Thanks to better at-home care and in-office dental treatments, more people are keeping their teeth throughout their lives. Some diseases and conditions can make dental disease and tooth loss more likely. But most of us have a good deal of control over whether we keep our teeth into old age. The most important things you can do are to ... Read More »

Kidney Disease and Oral Health

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  Oral Effects People with kidney disease often have other health issues. They often have compromised immune systems, so they may be more likely to get infections. People with renal (kidney) problems may have a bad taste in their mouths and bad breath (halitosis). This occurs because the kidneys fail to remove urea from the blood. The urea breaks down ... Read More »