You’ve heard since the time you were small that brushing your teeth is vital to stave off oral hygiene problems. Even so, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that nearly half of all Americans aged 30 and older have some degree of periodontitis (gum disease). The number increases
Have you ever had the sensation that something’s stuck in the back of your throat and you’re not sure what it could be? You cough a few times and try to clear your throat, but that weird feeling just won’t go away. There’s a possibility it could be a tonsil
Nobody wants bad breath, and many who have it don’t know they’re afflicted—until they notice that people are standing farther and farther away when they speak. If you’ve ever suffered from halitosis, you’ll understand how embarrassing this condition can be. Some are so embarrassed they won’t even mention it to
There are few things more repugnant than dragon breath, especially when you’re dealing with a “close talker.” Even worse than being stifled by someone’s offensive mouth odor is having it yourself. If you or someone you’re close to (physically or emotionally) suffers from mouth stink, it’s time to find out
Chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes represent a major health problem in the United States. They account for approximately 86 percent of all healthcare costs and are frequently associated with a significant reduc-tion in quality of life. The CDC reports that roughly half of
Receding gums are just what you think they are: Gumlines that are pulling back and showing more of your teeth. That’s a worry because the gum’s job is to protect the roots of your teeth, and if you’re losing your gumline, your teeth may be in jeopardy. A healthy gum
Q: My physician is always asking me about my medications. Is this really necessary?
A: Actually, that’s a sign of a very good physician. It’s estimated that more than a third of older adults take five or more prescription medications. The more you take, the harder it is to track it
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Regular visits to your dentist not only ensure healthy teeth and gums, but they may also help protect your brain. A recent study found a strong association between dental health and risk for stroke, a major cause of brain damage and cognitive decline. The research adds to an ongoing debate