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3 Ways to Keep Your Patients Healthy This Season

It’s that time of year again –when colds and flu are in constant circulation. Children and their parents are often overwhelmed by the thought of something so contagious entering their home and putting the entire family at risk. As a health care professional, you already know that colds and the flu are easily caught at…

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If You Fail to Look

Detecting oral cancer in its earliest stages saves lives, eases suffering, reduces morbidity, and ameliorates post-surgery recovery. Remember when you took driver’s education in high school?  I do! When I grew up, driver’s education students in Washington State were required to watch “shock” highway-safety films.[i]  These videos, depicting the aftermath of drivers’ actions, showed actual accident scenes, complete with audio recordings…

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Expand Your Practice: Three Simple Steps

In today’s economy, many dentists across the United States are simply trying to keep their practices afloat as demand for cosmetic dentistry has waned in recent years. Of course, dentistry is about much more than money, but it’s hard to do well for others when you yourself are struggling. What you might not know, though,…

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Professional Dental Cleanings May Reduce Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

Papers were presented at The American Heart Association meeting in Orlando, Florida that heart attack and stroke risk were reduced by professional dental cleanings. These announcements aren’t the first studies to make these conclusions, but they are obviously welcomed with open arms by the oral-systemic healthcare community. On November 13, 2011, researchers released reports of…

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Are you Certified Kissable?

Even if your smile looks healthy, there’s a good chance you have gum disease, (otherwise known as periodontal disease), lurking around those pearly whites. As much as 85 percent of the adult population has some level of periodontal disease, according to current scientific research. Periodontal disease is the most common chronic infection known to man.…

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The Oral / Systemic Connection: Working Together to Prevent Heart Attacks and Ischemic Strokes

Why Dentists, Oral Surgeons, Periodontists, and Dental Hygienists should attend the Bale/Doneen AAOSH program? Current  literature is abundantly clear that the human organisms is a single unit composed of a seemingly infinite number of biologic processes that are so intertwined that abnormalities and diseases of any of its parts have a profound effect on multiple…

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The role of a toothbrush in tooth brushing, intra-oral bacteria

Introduction Recently, scientific literature has been linking intra-oral bacteria to a number of systemic diseases [1,2,3], including cardiovascular disease [4,5] stroke [37,38,39,40,41], preterm birth [9], diabetes [18], and respiratory diseases [6,7,8].  Tooth brushing can reduce, control and/or maintain a better intra-oral bacterial environment, potentially improving self-induced, chronic disease states, such as periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease…

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