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Diabetes—Are You One in Nine?     

Diabetes rates are up—again. Some 30 million Americans—one of every nine adults—have diabetes. Another 84 million have pre-diabetes, putting them at risk for type 2 diabetes. Diabetes affects the blood chemistry and metabolism, threatening its victims with such serious disorders as eye disease, heart disease, kidney failure and stroke. Early […]

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Make the Most of Your Benefits 

What if someone gave you free money to spend to make your smile better? With one string attached: use it all by New Years’, or lose it. Many of our patients with dental insurance are in that position today. Many policies provide a certain dollar amount of coverage to be […]

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Teachers Can Get Free Toothbrush Kits For Students

It’s never too early to teach and encourage children to take care of teeth. A study of tooth brushing techniques in groups of children aged 7 through 11 shows definite styles of brushing, according to age. Younger children use long, exuberant, not-too-effective strokes (parents must help!) and fewer of them; […]

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Malocclusion? What?

Even if every individual tooth is in perfect health, your mouth can still be in trouble if your bite is wrong. Malocclusion—a bad bite—occurs whenever the peaks and valleys of your upper teeth fail to fit precisely into those of your lower teeth. A good bite meshes your teeth like the gears in […]

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FLOURIDE—Good News Just Got Better

For half a century we’ve known that fluoride benefits teeth. But although most people mistakenly think that drinking water with fluoride hardens enamel from within, actually the enamel is hardened by fluoride’s direct contact with your teeth. This can be via your drinking water or other fluoride sources such as […]

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Whatever Makes You Smile

Something in the air tugs at your heart this season and brings a smile. It might be choral music or children’s laughter, the fragrance of pine or of fresh baked cookies. It might be twinkling holiday lights, or the warmth of a crackling fire. It could be the memories ignited […]

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Our Kind of Holiday

In Iceland, books are exchanged as Christmas Eve presents, then you spend the rest of the night in bed reading them and eating chocolate. The tradition is part of a season called Jolabokaflod, or “The Christmas Book Flood”, because Iceland which publishes more books per capita than any other country, […]

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Optimism can help you deal with stress.

That, in turn, can improve your health. Research suggests that the rewards from positive thinking range from lower rates of depression to longer life expectancy and even greater resistance to the common cold. Life abounds with challenges, and an important part of a healthy lifestyle often means spoiling yourself with […]

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What is a Good Carb?

Carbs are those foods that most affect our glycemic index (GI). Your GI relates to how much blood sugar is increased by the foods you eat. If your daily GI is too high, you may be a candidate for type-2 diabetes. So any added sugar—refined or high fructose corn syrup, […]

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