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Senate Approves Oral Health Screenings for Seniors

The United States Senate approved legislation that will now allow state and area aging agencies to use funds for disease prevention and oral health promotion under the Older Americans Act (OAA).The OAA supports a wide range of social and nutrition services and programs for nearly 12 million U.S. seniors and provides funding to 56 state and 629 area agencies on aging. The new bill amends the OAA definition of disease prevention and health promotion services to include "oral health" as part of routine health screenings for seniors.

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When Is the Best Time to Brush Your Teeth?

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The best time to brush your teeth is in the morning before breakfast.There are several reasons why:1. Bacteria builds up while you sleep due to decreased salivary flow.2. The levels of calcium in your saliva are lowest in the morning. Calcium in saliva helps ...

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Put Down that Mountain Dew!

There are at least 6 teaspoons of sugar in sodas and juices
Don't let that new Coca Cola campaign that has your name on the bottle fool you. Soft drinks are the highest contributing factor for tooth erosion, when the hard protective coating called enamel is worn away by continued exposure to acid. Saliva is designed to cancel out the acid, and slowly restore the natural balance within the mouth. However, if the mouth is not given ample time to repair itself, the enamel gets worn away.When enamel is worn away, it can leave the dentine area of the tooth exposed. When this happens, pain associated with hot and cold food/drinks will occur.A recent study by the Journal of Public Health Dentistry examined 3,773 ...

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My tooth hurts but I'm afraid to go to the dentist!

Fear of going to the dentist is one of the most common phobias that people have. And while we would LOVE to debunk this fear, we know that some people just have a negative psychological reaction to the idea of going to the dentist.This fear can stem from a lot of different sources. A bad childhood experience with a dentist, negative media images of dentists and the feeling of vulnerability and loss of control are just some of scenarios that contribute to this fear.However, if you are having pain, don't let your fear get the best of you. Waiting to treat ...

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April is Oral Cancer Screening Month

Part of our mission is to educate our patients about oral health and raise awareness about serious oral diseases. It is our hope that by sharing information and raising awareness, we will be able to help our patients identify, diagnose and treat oral cancer.According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, more than 43,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal (throat) cancer this year alone. Public awareness is key to saving lives, which is why we are addressing this issue. Dentists have a unique opportunity to perform head and neck exams and oral screenings on each patient, helping ...

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2.8 million year old jawbone found in Ethiopia

The fossil of a lower left side jawbone, complete with 5 teeth, was discovered by an Ethiopian student in the Ledi-Gerau research area of Afar Regional State. This new discovery is significant for several reasons. For one, because of its age, it pushes the human line that was originally estimated to be 2.35 million years ago, back by 400,000 years. This links the fossil closer to the famous 3.2 million year old hominin (human-like primate) "Lucy" that was found in the same area in 1974.The back molar teeth are smaller than those of other fossilized hominins found in the region. These molars are a ...

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