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The Importance of Continuing Education in Dentistry

It takes eight years of full-time education to become a dentist: four years of undergraduate work and four years of graduate school, plus written and clinical examinations. Once your dentist has completed those requirements, he’s done, right? Not if he’s Dr. Hill. In fact, since graduating from dental school, Dr. Hill has voluntarily logged an additional 1,000 hours of continuing dental training - and that’s not including the time he spent as an instructor, teaching other dentists how to craft beautiful smiles just like he does with his patients every day.

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Yes, Even Cannabis Can Cause Oral Health Problems

Often touted as a safe and natural drug, cannabis, or marijuana, can still cause gum disease, according to a study from Columbia University. The study followed 1,900 recreational marijuana users over a period of one year and found that those who reported higher marijuana usage also had higher instances of gum disease.

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More Reasons to Care for Children’s Teeth

Brushing your children’s teeth may not be one of your highest priorities, but a recent survey by Delta Dental has revealed one more reason it should be.

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A Tooth Decay Vaccine Could Be Right Around the Corner

Cavities have been called one of the most prevalent health conditions facing the United States today. They are so common that, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, an estimated 92 percent of adults have at least one cavity in their permanent teeth, and at least 42 percent of children ages 2 to 11 have at least one cavity in their baby teeth. But while some of these instances of tooth decay can be prevented by better oral care habits, some teeth are just more prone to cavities than others.

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Like Gum? Chew On This!

According to a 2016 survey by the U.S. Census and Simmons National Consumer Survey (SNCS), a mind-boggling 175.21 million Americans chewed gum (bubble or chewing) in 2016. In fact, an estimated 374 trillion sticks of chewing gum were made last year, weighing a total of 100,000 tons! With all that gum being produced, it’s easy to make the wrong choice when choosing a chewing gum. If you’re a gum chewer but want to make sure you’re taking care of your teeth while you chew, check out these tips.

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Mind the Gap: Gap Teeth Are Becoming Trendy

Gap teeth, or diastema, is a dental phenomenon that occurs in an estimated 95 percent of children in America. It is defined as a gap or space between two teeth, most commonly the top two incisors. Diastema can be caused by many things, including overcrowding of teeth, missing teeth, thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, a large labial frenulum and low muscle attachment.

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Chronic Gum Disease Linked to Dementia

A recent study by researchers at the Chung Shan Medical University in Taichung, Taiwan, has revealed that patients with the chronic gum disease periodontitis are at a 70 percent higher risk of developing dementia than those with healthy gums.

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Fillings May Soon Grow Some ‘Mussels’

When you think of mussels, what comes to mind? For most people, it’s probably the seashore or a big bowl of cioppino. But for researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) Marine Institute, mussels also represent a strong bond, and a stronger, better dental filling. 

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Can This Chewing Gum Save Dental Implants?

For patients who receive dental implants, bacterial inflammation-related implant failure is a serious concern. Though inflammation-related implant failure only affects between 6 and 15 percent of dental implant patients, it can be catastrophic, causing patients to lose not just a costly implant, but also bone and tissue as well.

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Brushing Checkup: How to Optimize At-Home Oral Care

Have you ever gone to the dentist for your semi-annual exam and left stunned at what your dentist told you about the condition of your mouth? Whether it’s surprise cavities, gingivitis, an abscess or a root canal, bad news at the dentist can sometimes come out of left field, especially if you think you’re doing a great job caring for your teeth at home. If you’re concerned about your oral health and want to make sure you’re doing the best you can to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and worse, follow these tips for your healthiest mouth ever!

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Routine Checkup the Ideal Time for Oral Cancer Screening

With oral cancer rates on the incline around the world (a recent news report by CTV news in Canada found that cases of HPV (human papilloma virus)-related oral cancers in Canada have doubled since 2002), getting screened for oral cancer is more important than ever. This year alone, nearly 50,000 people will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in the United States. Of those new cases, only about half will survive more than five years. In fact, this year alone an estimated 9,750 Americans will die of oral cancer. That’s about one oral cancer-related death every 24 hours. Worst of all, the reason behind such a death rate is late detection. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, most cases of oral cancer aren’t spotted until they’ve spread to other organs, which makes early detection the best defense.

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When Looking to Lose Weight, Watch for Hidden Sugars

 With more than 60 percent of American adults considered overweight and one-third of all American adults considered obese, it’s no wonder many are trying to change their diets and lose weight. In fact, in the United States, we spend about $60 billion a year on weight-loss products and programs. With approximately 75 million people a year trying to shed extra pounds, that’s about $800 per person. But while many of the products sold to dieters can help make a significant difference in shedding those excess pounds, many people may not realize the toll those products could be taking on their teeth.

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Should You Try Charcoal Toothpaste?

 Around the world, beauty comes in many forms. While cultures value different body types, hairstyles and eye colors, there is one trait that seems to be universally appreciated: a bright, beautiful smile. But in the United States, and much of the rest of the Western world where lattes, wine and soda are prevalent, achieving that luminous smile can be difficult.

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Enamel Erosion May Come from Unlikely Sources

 For millions of Americans who take diligent care of their teeth, acid enamel erosion may come as a complete surprise. After all, if you’re doing everything right, this sort of thing isn’t supposed to happen. But often, acid enamel erosion can come from some a very surprising source: your stomach. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) will affect an estimated 60 percent of the adult population in their lifetime, and that painful reflux that burns your esophagus can also cause some major damage to your teeth.

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Five Splurges You Should Never Cut Corners On

 For many people, saving money has become the ultimate pursuit. Between savings apps, rebate programs and extreme couponing, finding a good deal has never been easier. But there are times when cutting corners to cut costs isn’t the best idea. Here’s a list of five things you should never scrimp on.

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Do You Even Go Here? Why We Get Wisdom Teeth, and Why We Remove Them

 Even if you’ve never gotten your own wisdom teeth (or third molars), chances are you’ve heard of them, or you’ve heard friends or family regale you with tales of their extraction. Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that grow in the very back of your mouth.

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Artificial Blood Vessels Could Extend the Life of Root Canals

 For patients who have undergone the procedure known as a root canal, the fear and stress surrounding the procedure may not end when the procedure does. As many root canal patients have learned, often getting a root canal is not the final word in healing an infected tooth. That’s because in some cases, when the natural pulp of the tooth is removed, the tooth itself loses strength and may eventually break.

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Fewer Adults Missing Work Due to Oral Health Problems, But Children Still Falling Short

If you’ve had a toothache before, you probably already know how hard it can be to focus on anything but that pain in your mouth. Maybe that’s why in 2016, a full 21 percent of American adult respondents to a Delta Dental survey reported missing at least one day of work due to oral health problems.  But believe it or not, that number is an improvement from previous years. Here’s what those results really mean, and why dentists think it’s changing.

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Summer Break Doesn’t Have to Mean a Break from Good Oral Hygiene

Summer break is the hardest time to get kids to stay on top of their oral health care routines. At least that’s what 30 percent of parents told Delta Dental in its May 2017 Children’s Oral Health Survey. The survey asked 1,588 parents about a variety of topics related to their children’s oral health, including the toughest times for children to maintain healthy habits.

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9 Clever Household Denture Tablet Hacks

If you are one of the millions of Americans who wear dentures, partials, or even temporary retainers, you probably have a box of denture cleaning tablets in your medicine cabinet. Denture tablets are those effervescent discs that have become the gold standard in cleaning oral appliances between uses. But did you know that denture cleaning tablets are good for more than cleaning oral appliances?

There are actually lots of cool uses for denture tablets that you may not know about. Whether you’re having trouble tackling a tough stain, or have just found yourself with way too many extra tablets after upgrading to dental implants, don’t ditch those tablets! Here are some clever hacks you can use on your denture tablets to make life easier!

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