Oral Health

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 »

Diabetes and Oral Health

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  Oral Effects Diabetes means that you have too much glucose (sugar) in your blood. No matter what type of diabetes you have, this can lead to serious health issues. Diabetes can affect the entire body. Whether your diabetes affects your mouth and gums depends on how well you are able to control your blood sugar. If your diabetes is ... 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 »

Respiratory Diseases and Conditions and Oral Health

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  If you have a respiratory condition, make sure that your dentist always has an up-to-date list of all the medicines you take. The list should be neatly written or typed. It should include prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines such as antacids. It also should include vitamins, herbal pills and other nutritional supplements. Your list should provide the name of ... Read More »

What Is Dental Anxiety and Phobia?

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  Some people don’t look forward to dental appointments any more than they look forward to visits to a physician. Most dental procedures aren’t painful. However, just being examined can make people feel stressed. Most people can live with having some anxiety about going to the dentist. For those with dental phobia, however, the thought of a dental visit is ... Read More »

How Often Should You Go to the Dentist?

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  More than 50 years ago, examinations of people entering the military showed that Americans’ teeth were in pretty bad shape. Few people took good care of their teeth. There were no guidelines for how often you should see a dentist. Many dentists focused on fixing problems rather than preventing them. Dental and health organizations decided there was a need ... Read More »