5 Questions to Ask at Your Child’s Back-to-School Dental Visit

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School will be back in session before you know it. Send your child off to class with a new bookbag, fresh pencils and a healthy smile. Some schools require a back-to-school dental exam. Still, it’s always a good time of year to schedule one of your child’s regular visits. “We can help spot and take care of any issues so your child doesn’t have to miss class once school starts,” says ADA pediatric dentist Dr. Mary Hayes. “It’s also a great time...

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What You Eat Affects Your Teeth

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Your mouth, teeth, and gums are more than just tools for eating. They’re essential for chewing and swallowing—the first steps in the digestion process. Your mouth is your body’s initial point of contact with the nutrients you consume. So what you put in your mouth impacts not only your general health but also that of your teeth and gums. In fact, if your nutrition is poor, the first signs often show up in your mouth. Here are a few helpful...

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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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