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How Does Sleep Apnea Affect Your Life?

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There are many ways sleep apnea can affect your overall life beyond snoring at night and feeling tired during the day. In this blog, we outline the different effects of sleep apnea on your body and life. How does sleep apnea affect your life? 1. Irregular sleep schedules may increase your risk of metabolic disorders […]

Toothpaste with fluoride on a toothbrush: Is fluoride good for you?

Is Fluoride Good for You? (Learn the Truth)

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There seems to be a debate about whether or not fluoride is actually good for your teeth. Well, the truth is: Fluoride is good for you! Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens your teeth and helps prevent cavities. How so? When applied to your smile, fluoride is absorbed into the enamel to keep your […]

Is charcoal toothpaste safe?

Is Charcoal Toothpaste Safe to Whiten Teeth? (What You Should Know)

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It’s the latest trend throughout the United States: Whitening teeth with charcoal toothpaste. But the question everyone should be asking is: Is charcoal toothpaste safe to use? And will it cause more harm than good to my smile? In our blog, we’ll address: If there’s evidence proving charcoal toothpaste is safe What toothpaste you should […]


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Researchers Examine Association Between E-Cigarette Use, Smoking Reduction Reuters (7/15, Rapaport) reports a new study suggests that “adults who smoke cigarettes may have an easier time cutting back or quitting altogether if they start vaping,” although research “also suggests that vaping may make ex-smokers more likely to relapse.” Researchers “followed 5,400 smokers for an average […]

Fighting Alzheimer’s

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Combination Of Five Lifestyle Habits May Reduce Risk Of Alzheimer’s Disease By 60%, Research Indicates The Washington Post (7/14, Natanson) reports researchers “found that combining five lifestyle habits…can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by 60 percent.” The researchers “assessed study participants’ lifestyles on five metrics: their diet, their exercise regimen, whether they smoked, their alcohol […]

Do it yourself orthodontics

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ADA Raises Concerns About SmileDirect Club With FTC, FDA The ADA News (7/12, Solana) reported that on June 27, the ADA “sent a complaint letter to the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, raising concerns over aspects of SmileDirect Club’s marketing and direct-to-consumer sales of plastic teeth aligners.” In addition, about two months ago […]

Sparkling water

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Is sparkling water bad for your teeth? Is the satisfying fizz of your patients’ favorite sparkling water putting them at risk for tooth decay? Because any drink with carbonation—including sparkling water—has a higher acid level, some reports have questioned whether sipping sparkling water will weaken tooth enamel. Help your patients sip smarter with this guide […]

Nutrition based health

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Environment Contributing To Unhealthy BMI, Research Indicates Newsweek (7/3, Gander) reported, “People have gotten fatter in the past 50 years, and scientists believe our environments could be…largely to blame,” research indicated. After studying data on some 118,959 people in Norway, investigators concluded that “what is known as an obesogenic environment could heighten our chances of […]

Diabetes and oral health

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Diabetes May Increase Hospitalization, Mortality Risk More For Women With HF Than Men, Researchers Say Medwire News (7/4, McDermid) reported, “Registry data support a larger impact of diabetes on hospitalization and mortality risk in women than men with heart failure,” researchers concluded after having “assessed data from 3,162 people with HF, 30.8% of whom had […]