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February is Heart Health Month!
For several years, a correlation between gum disease and other chronic inflammatory conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, strokes and arthritis have been observed. The relationship between these diseases, however, has not been known. Does having gum disease predispose someone to heart disease, or do some bad genes that predispose someone to inflammation cause both?This […]
The 2020 Life
As we near the end of this year, we’re continuing to live in ways we never imagined last fall. In talking with people about their challenges and disappointments, many have found silver linings in the changes that this year has brought to their lives. While we wish for the day life returns to ‘normal,’ I […]
Choosing a Toothbrush
Have you ever stood in the dental products aisle in the store and wondered what to choose? In the book The Paradox of Choice, author Barry Schwartz discusses how we as consumers enjoy having options. However, too many choices can be overwhelming and lead to ‘paralysis by analysis.’ Let’s simplify your decision making so […]
4 Things to Know About Teeth Clenching & Grinding
If you’ve every shared a room with someone who grinds their teeth at night, you’ll know the habit and the noise it produces can be concerning. Habitual clenching and/or grinding of our teeth during the day or night has short-term and long-term effects on our dental health, including cracked, worn and sensitive teeth, facial pain, […]
Diabetes & Dental Health
November is American Diabetes Month. According to the American Diabetes Association 12.8% of the adult population in Oregon have diabetes, which is around 435,000 people. Of these people, nearly 25% are unaware they have diabetes, greatly increasing their health risks. In addition, just over one in three Oregonians (36%) have prediabetes, meaning their blood glucose […]
Can Our Diet Affect Our Gums?
It’s been no secret for years that our dietary habits can contribute to tooth decay. Some of the unfriendly bacteria that can live in our mouth will convert sugars, or carbohydrates, to acid. That acid is what attacks and weakens our tooth enamel. How our diet affects the health of our gums has not been […]