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  February 15, 2024

America’s Oral Health Crisis: What’s Going On?

From families unable to prioritize dental care to government programs neglecting oral hygiene, systemic issues contribute to poor oral health across the nation.   Factors Fueling America’s Oral Health Crisis  Here’s why something as easily reversed as tooth decay has become a silent epidemic:   1. Oral Health Not a Priority for Some American Families […]

  January 15, 2024

“Don’t Pick Your Teeth!” Advice From Your Chandler Dentist

If you have something stuck in your teeth, think twice before reaching for a toothpick and jamming that wooden spike into your mouth. Teeth picking may seem like a quick fix, but this bad habit can destroy your dental health by causing the complications below.   Why You Need to Stop Picking Your Teeth Put […]

  December 15, 2023

3 Dental Regrets of Older Americans (Don’t Repeat Them!)

Have you been brushing and flossing regularly? If not, listen up. Your elders have some wisdom to share regarding your teeth and gums. Many older Americans neglected their oral health when they were younger, and now, they are dealing with pain, expensive dental procedures, tooth loss, and other issues. As many as 72% of Americans […]

  November 15, 2023

Top 5 Not-So-Merry Dental Effects of the Holidays

You know the holidays are here when your social calendar gets busier, your wallet empties faster, and your pants feel tighter. But did you know the holidays can also wreak havoc on your million-dollar smile? Between extra servings of holiday meals, treats, and beverages, stress from shopping and socializing, and disrupted routines, your oral health […]

  October 1, 2023

10 Ways to Combat Bad Breath with Braces and Invisalign

Whether you have metal braces or Invisalign, orthodontic devices add complexity to maintaining fresh breath. No one wants to worry about having an unpleasant breath when talking to friends, family, or coworkers. So, in this article, we will explore the different ways to prevent bad breath while wearing braces.   What Causes of Bad Breath […]

  September 1, 2023

Children, Down Syndrome, and Oral Health 101

Down syndrome (DS) is a chromosomal condition seen in 1 in 700 births in the United States, making it one of the most common genetic disorders. The condition, characterized by an extra chromosome 21, can lead to various physical and intellectual challenges. While scientists give much attention to addressing Down syndrome’s cognitive and developmental aspects, […]

  August 15, 2023

Reduce Liver Cancer Risk Through Dental Care

Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast found an unexpected link between liver cancer and poor oral hygiene. Liver infections like hepatitis B and C, cirrhosis due to heavy alcohol consumption, and fatty liver disease from high alcohol intake, high-fat diets, and diabetes contribute to this cancer’s prevalence. Now, poor oral hygiene is a possible risk factor, […]

  July 15, 2023

The Aging Smile: 7 Causes of Tooth Loss in Older Adults

As we age, our pearly whites naturally weaken and become more prone to damage, disease, and tooth loss. Gums also recede with age, exposing more of the tooth surface to potential damage and loss. Losing teeth was once an inevitable part of growing older. But today, we are lucky to have ways to preserve teeth […]

  June 15, 2023

Unsterilized Dental Tools and Risk of Hepatitis, HIV

Back in 2013, an unsanitary dental office in Oklahoma put 7,000 people at risk for hepatitis and HIV. Dr. W. Scott Harrington, the clinic’s principal dentist, risked cross-contamination by reusing needles and performing procedures with dirty, rusty tools. In court records, prosecutors said that Harrington recklessly chose to “place efficiency ahead of patient care.” Even […]

  May 15, 2023

The Process of Dental Implant Recovery

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, about 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and 36 million do not have any teeth. This complete loss of teeth is called edentulism, and it affects the most vulnerable populations—the aging and the economically disadvantaged individuals. The common reasons for tooth loss include decay, gum […]