February 2014

Monthly Archives

  • Surgeon General Links Tobacco to Oral Health Problems

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    The U.S. Surgeon General’s 50th anniversary review of tobacco was the headline article in the February ADA News.  The report expanded the list of illnesses “casually associated” with active smoking to include orofacial clefts.  The report also stated that evidence is suggestive but not sufficient to infer a causal relationship of tobacco smoke with dental […]

  • Visiting the Dentist Could Save Your Life

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    Today I learned that a new patient in my practice has squamous cell carcinoma, a form of oral cancer. The patient  reported not visiting a Dentist for decades.  Visiting the Dentist is so important to keep gums healthy and teeth in good repair.   Visiting the Dentist is so important to keep teeth for a […]

  • Dental Health During Pregnancy

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    The mouth requires special attention during pregnancy.  The gums become more inflamed and can bleed during brushing and flossing.  This is an excellent article reviewing management of dental health during pregnancy.

  • It’s Never Too Late To Quit Smoking

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    We have known for some time that smoking increases the likelihood of developing periodontal disease and losing teeth.  A new article recently evaluated the effect of quitting smoking.  The article found that periodontal disease progresses less rapidly in those who quit smoking compared to those who continue to smoke.   Quitting smoking led to a […]