The Top 7 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

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You know your dentist is looking for cavities during regular check-ups, but you may not realize your dentist can screen for cancer at the same time. It’s estimated that approximately 49,750 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer and cancers of the throat, tonsils and back of the tongue in 2017. Regular visits to your dentist can help you detect such cancers early, and changing a few potentially harmful habits may help reduce your chances of...

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Hate the dentist’s chair? Take HRT drugs: Women who have estrogen pills have better teeth and gums

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HRT is already credited with reducing hot flushes and reviving a flagging libido Now researchers believe it boosts oral health when used to treat osteoporosis  Cases of periodontitis were 44% lower in women who had estrogen therapy It’s already known to help cure hot flushes and boost sex drive. But new research shows that women who undergo hormone replacement therapy (HRT) also have healthier teeth and gums. As estrogen levels fall...

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Don’t Toss the Floss! The Benefits of Daily Cleaning Between Teeth

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You may have seen or heard news stories suggesting that you can forget about flossing, since scientists lack solid evidence that you’ll benefit from cleaning between your teeth with a sturdy string. But many dentists may beg to differ. They’ve seen the teeth and gums of people who floss regularly and those who haven’t. The differences can be striking. “Every dentist in the country can look in someone’s mouth and tell whether or not they floss,”...

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