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The Word of Mouth on Oral Cancer
More than 45,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with oral cancer; more than 40% of those diagnosed with oral cancer, WILL DIE WITHIN 5 YEARS.
Posted on 4/12/2017 by Heather Erickson
Mouth cancer can occur anywhere in the mouth, including the lips, tongue and throat, as well as the salivary glands, pharynx, larynx and sinuses. And because early detection is crucial in overcoming this disease, you'll want to visit your doctor immediately if any of the following symptoms persist for more than two weeks: Oral Cancer Screening and TreatmentOral cancer examinations by your dentist are detailed, yet quick, painless and crucial to detecting it in its early stages. The American Dental Association (ADA) explains that during a routine checkup of your teeth and gums, your dentist also visually checks your lips and face for signs of spreading beyond your mouth. He or she may also palpate the neck and jaw area, and examine both the top and underside of your tongue. These oral...
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The Word of Mouth on Oral Cancer
More than 45,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with oral cancer; more than 40% of those diagnosed with oral cancer, WILL DIE WITHIN 5 YEARS.
Posted on 4/12/2017 by Heather Erickson
Mouth cancer can occur anywhere in the mouth, including the lips, tongue and throat, as well as the salivary glands, pharynx, larynx and sinuses. And because early detection is crucial in overcoming this disease, you'll want to visit your doctor immediately if any of the following symptoms persist for more than two weeks: Oral Cancer Screening and TreatmentOral cancer examinations by your...
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How to Brush Your Bruxism Mouth Guard
Posted on 12/13/2016 by Heather Erickson
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Most People Shouldn't Drink Sports Drinks - Find Out Why
Posted on 11/13/2016 by Heather Erickson
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Should You Always Brush Immediately After Eating?
Posted on 10/15/2016 by Heather Erickson
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Surviving Severely Sensitive Teeth
Posted on 9/15/2016 by Heather Erickson
The human tooth is made up of many layers. The outermost layer is very hard and covered in enamel. This is the layer that allows you to chew and bite. The innermost layer is made up of a more porous layer called dentin. This layer is beneath the enamel and it extends down below the gum line. Below this layer is the pulp which is where all of the blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues are...
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Boosting How Much Fluoride Your Teeth Get
Posted on 8/20/2016 by Heather Erickson
Having fluoride on your teeth is important when it comes to keeping them strong, healthy, and not full of cavities. There are many different ways that you can add fluoride into your daily routine. If you do not believe you are getting enough of it, ask your dentist. He or she will tell you if your teeth could benefit from adding a little more or if you are getting enough. For Those That Need...
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How Does Nail Biting Affect Your Teeth?
Posted on 7/15/2016 by Heather Erickson
Nail biting is a bad nervous habit and it is one that is hard to break. If you don't though, your teeth are liable to suffer much more damage than that fresh manicure! Nail biting can affect your teeth in many ways. From increasing the risk of a crack to promoting tooth loss, nail biting does nothing good for your teeth. Effects of Nail Biting on Your TeethThe Academy of General Dentistry says...
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UV Toothbrush Sanitizers: Do They Work?
Posted on 6/17/2016 by Heather Erickson
Are you worried about bacteria colonizing on our toothbrush? In some ways, it makes sense - your toothbrush is kept in your bathroom, which is one of the germiest places in your house. If germs access your toothbrush and then you put that brush in your mouth, you might be at risk of getting sick. UV toothbrush sanitizing manufacturers want you to feel nervous about what might be living on your...
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The Truth about Men's Oral Health
Posted on 5/17/2016 by Heather Erickson
Did you know that when it comes to pursuing preventive dental care, men are much less likely to set up regular dental appointments than women? It's true, and there are a variety of other surprising statistics regarding men's health. Firs, men are less likely to brush their teeth after every meal than women, and they are also less likely to brush their teeth twice a day than women. Additionally,...
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Four Risks Associated with Dental Tourism
Posted on 4/17/2016 by Heather Erickson
Dental tourism is becoming an increasingly popular concept. In order to save money on dental treatment, people are traveling out of the country in order to get the work done at a lower cost. Unfortunately, there are several risks associated with this practice that you need to know about. The Dentist Might Not Be QualifiedWhen going out of the country for dental treatment, how will you know if...
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Four Facts to Know about Root Canals
Posted on 3/17/2016 by Heather Erickson
Has your dentist recommended that you have a root canal in order to treat a badly infected tooth? If so, you may have heard some things about this procedure, but it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction when relying on word of mouth. Read on to arm yourself with some important facts about root canals. The Procedure Should Be Relatively Comfortable Many people automatically assume...
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Three Reasons Tooth Loss Might Be in Your Future
Posted on 2/20/2016 by Heather Erickson
With advances in dentures, dental implants, and other restorations, there are a variety of great options to help restore your smile if you suffer from tooth loss. However, none of us really want to lose our natural teeth and to have to rely on these restorations, so it is important that we are properly caring for our mouths. Additionally, by knowing some of the top signs that tooth loss could...
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Why Are There Dark Spots on My Teeth?
Posted on 1/20/2016 by Crafton Dental
Do you have dark spots on your teeth? If so, your dentist may be able to recommend treatment options to remove them, but it is important to determine how they got there to begin with. By identifying the cause, you can prevent them from reoccurring in the future. Causes of Dark Spots On TeethThere are a variety of reasons that dark spots might be popping up on your teeth, and depending on the...
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The Strangest Things People Believe about Toothaches
Posted on 12/17/2015 by Crafton Dental
The prevalence of myths and old wives tales about toothaches have led some people to believe some strange things. While many of these myths are harmless, others could actually cause you to make poor decisions regarding your oral health. By identifying some of the strangest things that people believe about toothaches, you can take steps to keep your mouth healthy. If It Stops Hurting, You're...
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Tossing your Toothbrush: Signs that It's Time
Posted on 11/15/2015 by Crafton Dental
How long has your toothbrush been sitting on your bathroom counter? Do you even remember the last time that you got a new one? While the general rule is that you should replace your brush every three months, certain signs could indicate that it needs to be changed sooner, so you should know what to look for. You Drop It Consider the fact that you brush your teeth in the dirtiest room in your...
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Quick Facts About Toothbrushing
Posted on 1/21/2015 by Crafton Dental
According to theAmerican Dental Association, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste and replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Ask our Columbia dentist for more information on how to brush your teeth for a healthier smile....
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New Year's Resolutions for Your Oral and Overall Health
Posted on 1/15/2015 by Crafton Dental
Welcome the new year with a renewed commitment to living healthy. Commit to a resolution that will keep your overall health in good shape as well as your oral health. Here are some dental health tips to consider that will keep you smiling and feeling great. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables Poor nutrition can affect the entire immune system, increasing susceptibility to many common oral...
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What Are Veneers?
Posted on 12/22/2014 by Crafton Dental
Veneers are aesthetic solutions that may be recommended for those who are interested in restoring the color and appearance of their teeth. Veneers can be used to: Veneers are custom-made to fit over your natural teeth. The foundation of your natural teeth must be strong and healthy in order to be a candidate. Results from veneers can be very drastic, and instantly improve the appearance of your...
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Dentist Columbia
Posted on 12/17/2014 by Crafton Dental
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and is one of the most common health conditions in our population. It is caused by plaque and bacteria buildup that forms around the gum line, and creates pockets between teeth and gums. This disease can progress and contribute to deteriorating oral health and overall health, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer's disease and...
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Halloween Tips & Tricks for a Healthy Smile
Posted on 10/17/2014 by Crafton Dental
Pediatric Columbia DentistWhile no sweets are good for your teeth, some Halloween candies are less harmful than others. Try purchasing these types of candies to help prevent tooth decay in yourself and children. Sugar-free gum and candy Some sugar-free sweets contain xylitol, which is an active ingredient that protects teeth by reducing the acids produced by bacteria. It also increases saliva...
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What to Do in Case of Dental Emergency
Posted on 10/10/2014 by Crafton Dental
Be sure to know what to do when one arises - it can be the difference of saving a tooth or losing one. A dental emergency is an injury to your teeth or gums that can be potentially serious. Ignoring one can increase the risk of permanent damage. For all dental emergencies, it is important to contact our office as soon as the injury occurs. Provide detailed information about the injury to your...
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Columbia Dentist
Posted on 9/24/2014 by Crafton Dental
Communication is an important component to any relationship. Open communication is a major factor in how you measure the quality of care you received. We strive to effectively communicate with you before, during, and after your dental treatments. By maintaining open communication and gently presenting information about a procedure or condition, we will address your concerns and answer any...
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Costs of Skipping a Regular Check-Up With Your Columbia Dentist
Posted on 9/12/2014 by Crafton Dental
Your busy lifestyle can make the time pass quickly. Before you realize it, your smile will be due for another dental exam and professional cleaning. We recommend scheduling your next appointment prior to leaving our dental office in Columbia to prevent missing a cleaning. Skipping a professional cleaning and exam could be costly in various ways. Preventive Measures Regular dental check-ups...
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Preparing for Back-to-School with Your Dentist in Columbia
Posted on 8/21/2014 by Crafton Dental
Back-to-school season is the perfect time to integrate good oral health habits into your child's daily routine. Monitor your child's daily oral hygiene habits to ensure quality care to your child's smile. Good daily habits include brushing with a soft bristle toothbrush and flossing before and after school. Avoid any mint flavors for children, as they are too strong for a sensitive palate. Daily...
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Center for Disease Control and Prevention: "Tips from Former Smokers"
Posted on 8/13/2014 by Crafton Dental
Recently, the Center for Disease Control and Prevision released a brand new campaign, "Tips from Former Smokers". The Burden of Tobacco Use Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, killing more than 480,000 Americans each year. Smoking causes immediate damage to your body, which can lead to long-term health problems. For every smoking-related...
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American Dental Association: Tooth Fairy leaving average of $3.70 per tooth, up from $3 in 2012
Posted on 7/29/2014 by Crafton Dental
Tooth Fairy spending skyrocketed in 2013 and shows no signs of slowing down. Visa's annual survey shows that American children received an average of $3.70 per lost tooth last year, which is a dramatic increase of 23 percent over the $3 per tooth left in 2012 and 42 percent over the $2.60 left in 2011. Based on this rate of return, a child would net $74 for a full set of 20 baby teeth. To...
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July: National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month
Posted on 7/15/2014 by Crafton Dental
July is National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month, an effort to raise awareness and improve understanding of birth defects of the head and face, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Common craniofacial birth defects include orofacial clefts (cleft lip, cleft palate, or both). According to Mouthhealthy.org, the ADA's consumer website, a cleft lip is...
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Clean Before You Clean: What's on your toothbrush might surprise you
Posted on 7/10/2014 by Crafton Dental
Do you know Staphylococci, coliforms, pseudomonads, yeasts, intestinal bacteria and - yes - even fecal germs may be on your toothbrush? Appropriate toothbrush storage and care are important to achieving personal oral hygiene and optimally effective plaque removal, says Maria L. Geisinger, DDS, assistant professor of periodontology in the School of Dentistry at the University of Alabama at...
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Do YOU need a Sports Guard?
Posted on 7/2/2014 by Crafton Dental
It's easy to take some things for granted until they're suddenly gone. Imagine what it would be like if you lost one or two of your front teeth. Smiling, talking, or eating - they'd all be pretty unpleasant. A properly fitted mouthguard, or mouth protector, is an important piece of athletic gear that can help protect your smile. You may have seen mouthguards used in contact sports, particularly...
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USA Today: "E-cigarettes Growing Popularity Poses Danger to Kids"
Posted on 6/25/2014 by Crafton Dental
Billed as a safer, cleaner way to get a nicotine fix, electronic cigarettes are surging in popularity. But some doctors and researchers say these smoking substitutes are far from harmless - especially to children. More teens are trying these products, even as scientists increasingly raise concerns about the effects of e-cigarettes' "secondhand vapor" on children. In addition, the liquid...
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Tips for Choosing the Right Dentist
Posted on 6/24/2014 by Crafton Dental
If you are in need of a good dentist in Columbia, MD for you and your family, finding the right one to meet your needs is not as hard as you might think. The first step in getting a dentist in Columbia starts with considering how well the dentist would be able to accommodate yours and your family’s needs. Now that you know what you want, the next few steps are simply narrowing down the many...
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Tips for Keeping a Fresh Smile while 'On the Go'
Posted on 5/22/2014 by Crafton Dental
Brushing in the morning and evening for many is a daily habit, but how about brushing during the day, or after lunch? For many people, brushing during the day can almost seem impossible and inconvenient at times. Being consumed by work, school or even travel can prevent us from keeping a fresh and healthy smile. However, there are quick and easy solutions that your Columbia dentist recommends to...
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Contagious Cavities
Posted on 5/14/2014 by Crafton Dental
You've heard the warning before: Don't share saliva with your baby. No sharing utensils, food, or toothbrushes. No "cutting" grapes in half with your own teeth. No cleaning the crud off the corner of her mouth with a little spit on your finger. No blowing on your baby's hot food or tasting it yourself first. All of these things can spread mama's saliva to baby and infect her mouth with...
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Drinking Water Week
Posted on 4/30/2014 by Crafton Dental
The Maryland Dental Action Coalition, in association with the American Water Works Association (AWWA) celebrates "Drinking Water Week", May 4-10, 2014; "Drinking Water Week" recognizes the vital role water plays in our daily lives. Community Water Fluoridation “Fluoride is a mineral that exists naturally in nearly all water supplies, but usually at a concentration that is too low to protect...
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Summer Survival: First Aid For Dental Emergencies
Posted on 4/24/2014 by Crafton Dental
Summer sports and play provide hours of fun for kids of all ages, but when accidents happen, knowing what to do can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Dental Emergencies Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek: Apply ice to bruised areas. If there is any bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it...
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Autism Fundraiser!
Posted on 3/31/2014 by Crafton Dental
Autism Fundraiser! Check out this picture of Dr. Casey, our Columbia Dentist, and his son Christopher from their last Bike to the Beach. They took part in the stage day 106 mile ride from Washington D.C to Dewey Beach Delaware. They raised $2,500 for autism research and hope to raise even more this year. Check out the Bracket Ears story at http://www.bracketears.com/ and visit our team page at...
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Diabetes and Periodontal Disease
Posted on 3/13/2014 by Crafton Dental
People with diabetes are more likely to have periodontal disease than people without diabetes, probably because people with diabetes are more susceptible to contracting infections. In fact, periodontal disease is often considered a complication of diabetes. Those people who don't have their diabetes under control are especially at risk. Research has suggested that the relationship between...
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What You Drink Impacts Your Smile
Posted on 3/4/2014 by Crafton Dental
There are various ways to enhance your smile. Keeping up with general visits to the Columbia Dentist, routine brushing and flossing are all simple things we can do to ensure a great smile. Also, being cautious and informed about the things you consume can also enhance your smile. Water Your dentist in Columbia suggests basically drinking water, as it can serve as a washing operator to clear...
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Is Your Jaw Sore?
Posted on 2/2/2014 by Crafton Dental
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) are issues you experience with your jaw, as well as the joint and facial muscles surrounding your jaw. This can cause stress and discomfort in your daily life. Symptoms of TMD include tension and tenderness in your face or jaw, difficulty with opening your mouth wide, locking or clicking or your jaw, difficulty in...
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Dentist in Columbia - Pick Up A Pack (Of Chewing Gum)
Posted on 1/1/2014 by Crafton Dental
If you are in the habit of chewing sugarless gum on a regular basis, you'll be happy to know that this can have a positive effect on your oral health. It is a simple way to give your oral health a little boost. If you don't typically chew gum, your dentist in Columbia recommends picking up a pack. Chewing gum increases the flow of saliva in your mouth. Your saliva washes away acids, sugars, and...
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