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Can Your Mouth and Gum Disease Really Cause Heart Problems?

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By Timberlake Dental curated from ClevelandClinics.com

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“We see a great deal of overlap, but no research is strong enough to link gum disease and cardiac disease, heart attack or stroke,” Dr. Jellis says. “But, we know that people who brush and floss regularly have better overall health with less gum disease and less periodontal inflammation.

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Commentary:

As stated in the article, “Oral and heart disease are both linked with inflammation, and that’s always created the suspicion that there is a link between the two,” she says. “While that’s not borne out by research, investigations are still ongoing to see if there’s something there.”

Which Is Contagious: Your Canker Sore or Cold Sore?

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By Timberlake Dental curated from ClevelandClinic.com

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“Canker sores appear inside your mouth; cold sores happen outside, says Todd Coy, DMD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Dentistry.

Also, while canker sores are not contagious, cold sores involve a very contagious virus. You risk passing cold sores along when you kiss someone, drink out of the same container or share silverware with other people.”

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Commentary:

As stated in the article, “Canker sores will usually go away by themselves after a week or so, but they can make it difficult to eat or talk, so you may want to seek relief in the meantime. Cold sores tend to typically stick around for about two weeks, but there are steps you can take to shorten flare-ups.”

Do Teeth Whitening Kits you Use at Home Really Work?

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By Timberlake Dental curated from ClevelandClinic.org

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Most of us wouldn’t mind making our pearly whites a little brighter. Teeth can get discolored from tea, coffee and wine stains, smoking or simply from growing older. But if you want to whiten your teeth at home with a teeth-whitening kit, here are five things you should do.

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Commentary:

As stated in the article, “Whitening is very safe, but you should use it judiciously,” says Hadie Rifai, DDS. “Overuse can cause tooth pain or sensitivity. You should consult your dentist before using prescription dental whitening products.”

Additionally, the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs has monitored the development of tooth-whitening products for roughly two decades, as they continued to become more popular.

However, Dr. Rifai cautions that if you have periodontal disease, you should not use the home whitening products without first consulting a professional.”

Top Problems in your Mouth

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By Timberlake Dental curated from WebMD.com

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“Cold Also called fever blisters, you don’t get cold sores from fevers or colds but they can be triggered by them. The virus that causes cold sores is usually passed via a kiss, shared utensils, or other close contact. Over-the-counter creams and ointments may help discomfort and speed healing. Frequent sores may require a prescription. Cold sores are a top mouth problem. Other problems include canker sores, TMJ, bad breath, and mouth cancer.

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Commentary:

As stated in the article, There are many different difficulties that can occur in your mouth, it’s just a matter of watching out for them and treating them correctly.

How to Beat Melanoma

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By Timberlake Dental curated from ClevelandClinic.org

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Skin cancer is almost always curable when caught and treated early. So it’s critical to inspect your body. “Look at those funny brown things on your skin and see how large they are,” says melanoma expert Brian Gastman, MD. “Have they changed? Change is among the most important aspects, and change not only in width and diameter but also elevation

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Commentary:

As stated in the article, “Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. Most of the time, it starts in a certain type of skin cell that produces melanin — the pigment that gives your skin its color. However, melanoma also can form in your eyes and, rarely, in internal organs such as your intestines.

Former President Jimmy Carter recently announced he is battling melanoma that has spread to his liver and brain.  Carter says his doctors haven’t yet identified the origin of the cancer.”

8 Tips to Relieve Dry Mouth

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By Timberlake Dental curated from ClevelandClinic.org

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If you’ve ever experienced dry mouth — even for a short while — you know it can be very uncomfortable. A number of things can cause this problem, but certain medications, infections, dehydration, as well as cancer treatments are the most common causes.

Some medications, radiation and chemotherapy can actually damage the salivary glands, leaving you to deal with the result: dry mouth.”

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Commentary:

As stated in the article, “Left untreated, dry mouth, which doctors call xerostomia, can lead to various problems.

Over time, you may experience changes in taste, difficulty swallowing, and in some cases, speech changes,” says family medicine physician Neha Vyas, MD.

You may also notice cracks and cuts on your lips at the corners of your mouth, or you could experience a burning sensation on your tongue.

“Dry mouth usually resolves on its own one to two months after completing chemotherapy, but it can last six months to a year after radiation to the head and neck,” says Dr. Vyas.”

What Hidden Dangers are Inside your Medicine Cabinet?

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By Timberlake Dental curated from ClevelandHealth.com

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When we take them at the right dosage and under a physician’s care, drugs offer many benefits. It’s also important to be aware of possible side effects. Below, find commonly used drugs and some caveats about their use.

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Commentary:

As stated in the article, “For any drugs you take to manage a condition or to deal with other symptoms, it’s important to talk to your doctor. He or she can advise you about safe use of medication based on your individual health history.”

Good Foods for Dental Health

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By Timberlake Dental curated from MouthHealthy.org

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Fruits and veggies are an important part of any balanced diet, and they are also good for your teeth. Since they are high in water and fiber, they help to balance the sugars they contain and help to clean your teeth. Chewing also helps to stimulate saliva production, which washes harmful acids and food particles away from your teeth.

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Commentary:

There are many different types of healthy foods that can impact your oral health and it is just a matter of finding the right foods that work for you. Learn more about which foods can help you have a healthier smile at: MouthHealthy.org

The Truth About Sugary Drinks and Your Smile

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By Timberlake Dental curated from MouthHealthy.org

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“Sweetened beverages have become a treat that many Americans have every day. The truth is that these drinks are not healthy, especially for our dental health and smiles. Everyone has harmful bacteria in their mouths that eat the sugars we consume. The bacteria get energy from the sugar, but in the process produce acid. The acid they make can damage teeth, causing cavities to form or erosion to occur.”

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Commentary:

As stated in the article, “Knowing what drinks contain sugar and that sugar-sweetened drinks can hurt your dental health is a good start. Set some goals for your family to follow these tips. Good habits begin at a young age, so help your kids make healthy decisions about what they choose to drink. Set a positive example, and you will all have healthier smiles and a healthier future.”

The Effects of Marijuana on Oral Health

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By Timberlake Dental curated from oraldna.com

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“There is a heightened level of interest on the impact of marijuana usage in the oral cavity given the number of states that have legalized the drug for medical and recreational uses. Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Several other states will soon join them.”

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Commentary:

As stated in the article, “It is clear that additional research is needed to identify the specific health consequences of cannabis usage. There is some urgency since marijuana usage is increasing. According to a 2015 NIH press release, the prevalence of marijuana use among U.S. adults doubled over the past decade. Cannabis is the most widely used illicit substance in the U.S. as reported in the JADA study noted above. This is particularly important for dental professionals since cannabis is most commonly smoked. Educating patients on the potential oral and general health consequences of cannabis usage may motivate some individuals to cease.”