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Are Your Bad Habits Due to STRESS Damaging Your GUMS

Reduce your stress and avoid gum disease and overall healthcare costs By Deb Nicolson, Patch Mayor | Aug 25, 2017 11:55 am ET | Updated Aug 29, 2017 3:55 pm ET   For most of us, our job and the workplace are almost always going to be a source of stress and anxiety (or else it [...]

The top 10 foods for healthy teeth and gum

  Nutrition is essential when it comes to promoting good oral health for your patients.April 27, 2017By Kristen MottWe all know the foods that are bad for patients’ teeth: sticky candy, carbonated beverages, potato chips and ice, just to name a few. But what about foods that are actually good for your teeth [...]

5 Mouth Myths Debunked

By Kara Vavrosky, RDHEP -January 1, 2018There are many misconceptions regarding oral hygiene and the mouth that some of our patients believe to be true. With a large amount of false information found online, it’s no wonder our patients can be easily led in the wrong direction when it comes to oral [...]

Why Are Your Gums Bleeding?

You've Got Gum DiseaseIf you see red when you brush, a likely cause is early-stage gum disease, or gingivitis. The bacteria that normally live in your mouth build up and form a sticky film on your teeth, called plaque. When you don't remove it by brushing well, it can make [...]

What Happens if You Don’t Treat Bleeding Gums

By Kara Mayer RobinsonWhat Happens if You Don't Treat Bleeding Gums?If your gums bleed, it's important to get it under control. Though it might be due to a simple reason, like using a toothbrush that's too hard, there's more to it than that sometimes. Research suggests bleeding gums may be [...]

Future Dentist!

On Wednesday, July 20th, we were privileged to have Victoria Wregnitt visiting our office.  Victoria or Tori (her preference) will be a senior this fall at Simpson College in Indianola, IA.  Her major is Biology in preparation for Dental School.  Tori is visiting dental and dental specialty offices in the [...]


Dental Associations urge regular oral cancer examinations for early detectionAlmost 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or throat cancer this year. The 5-year survival rate of those diagnosed is only slightly more than 64%. When cancer is detected and treated early, treatment-related health problems are reduced.As the Nation prepares [...]

Smoking: A Danger To Healthy Gums

You've probably seen the warning on cigarette packages: "Quitting smoking now greatly reduces serious risks to your health." What smoking-related diseases come to mind? Lung cancer, probably. Emphysema, maybe.But did you know that half of periodontal (gum) disease in smokers is caused by smoking? Chronic (long-term) gum disease can lead to the [...]

Type 2 Diabetes Overview

What Is It? When you have this disease, your body does a poor job turning the carbohydrates in food into energy. This causes sugar to build up in your blood. Over time it raises your risk for heart disease, blindness, nerve and organ damage, and other serious conditions. It strikes [...]

Gum Disease Experts: Floss or Risk Losing Your Teeth

CHICAGO, IL--( August 09, 2016) - According to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), flossing is an integral part of a comprehensive oral health routine. The AAP is a leading dental group representing more than 8,000 periodontists, the recognized experts in diagnosing, treating, and preventing periodontal disease, commonly referred to [...]

It’s Oral Cancer Awareness Month

CDA reminds dentists and the public that April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and encourages dental practices to spread the word about how to prevent oral cancer.According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, each year in the United States, more than 21,000 men and 9,000 women are [...]

Don’t be Fooled! Inflammation is Not a “Normal” Condition

startHealth and Wellness, Oral-Systemic Health, Personal Health | 0 comments Dr. Rockey Says, “Inflammation, a Health-Related Condition Has Many Fooled”There are health-related conditions that many have come to think of as “normal”. For one reason of another, we have been fooled into thinking that inflammation is commonplace, especially since so many of us who live in [...]

Severe Gum Disease May Boost Death Rate of Kidney Disease Patients

Study documents connection between oral health, chronic disease THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Severe gum disease increases the risk of death in chronic kidney disease patients, a new study suggests. The findings add to growing evidence that poor oral health is associated with other chronic diseases, according to [...]

What’s your floss-ophy?

By  Emily Barsh   Updated 4:46 PM EDT,   Fri June 26, 2015   According to a recent survey by Harris Poll on behalf of the American Academy of Periodontology and published on Perio.org, 27% of Americans over 30 admit they lie to their dentists about the frequency of their flossing. (It’s safe to assume [...]

Bad Breath And Its Relationship To Oral And Systemic Diseases

“About 75 percent of bad breath or “halitosis” is caused by the mouth itself.  Other causes include gastric problems, sinus infections or severe gum disease,” says Mark Wolff, DDS, Ph.D., director of operative dentistry at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. One of the key successes in [...]

Dental Care Linked to Risk of Respiratory Infections in ICU Patients

New research shows vulnerable patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) who received enhanced oral care from a dentist were at significantly less risk for developing a lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI), like ventilator-associated pneumonia, during their stay in the hospital. The study was published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal [...]

Gum Disease Signals Diabetes Risk

by TARA PARKER-POPE   It’s long been known that oral health is an important indicator for the body’s overall health. Now new research suggests gum disease may predict whether you develop diabetes. The finding, published in the July issue of Diabetes Care, is the latest report to link poor gum health with a [...]