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Want to Boost Your Confidence? See Your Dentist.

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During a 1990 conference in Dharmashala, India, a group of philosophers, psychologists, scientists and translators attempted to explain to the Dalai Lama the idea of low self-esteem. In his homeland of Tibet, they don’t have a word or concept for it. This esteemed leader, revered for his profound understanding of the human mind, was dumbfounded. In Western culture, however, most of us are...

New High-Tech Floss Puts the Fun in Dental Hygiene

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Flossing has come a long way since 1815. That’s when Levi Spear Parmly, a New Orleans dentist, recommended running a thread “through the interstices of the teeth, between their necks and the arches of the gum, to dislodge that irritating matter which no brush can remove and which is the real source of disease.” In 1898, Johnson & Johnson patented the product with material...

Dentists Lead the Way in Confronting the Opioid Crisis

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The American Dental Association (ADA) recently became the first national health professional organization to agree to imposed limits on opioid prescriptions. In fact, dentists already have been writing nearly 500,000 fewer opioid prescriptions over the past five years. On a state level, the Georgia Dental Association (GDA) is urging its 3,500 members to consider non-steroidal anti...

Dentists Have Begun Filling the Need for Diabetes Screenings

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Rutgers School of Dental Medicine is proposing a new precedent: for dentists to screen their patients for diabetes. Each year, according to Dean Cecile A. Feldman, 27 million Americans see their dentist but not their primary physician. “Many patients seeking care here are either diabetic or prediabetic but haven’t been diagnosed and don’t know they’re at risk,” she reports. The two...

Something That Could Raise Your Blood Pressure More Than A Political Argument with Your Meathead Son-In-Law

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“Let me ask you, Mr. Bunker. Are you the excitable type?” This question, asked by Archie’s doctor in a scene from the popular 1970s sitcom, All in the Family, has no doubt crossed the minds of countless physicians with patients at risk for high blood pressure. Yes, excitability can certainly be a contributor, but research is revealing other possibilities, starting in the mouth...

When It Comes to Your Teeth, Looks Aren’t Everything

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After seeing endless toothpaste ads and dentistry office posters of patients flashing their pearly whites, we tend to associate great-looking teeth with a healthy mouth. However, according to Ben Aktins of the Oral Health Foundation, straight, white teeth aren’t necessarily healthy. “The natural color of teeth is actually more of a cream color, due to the dentine beneath the enamel,” he...

Dental Care Transforms Substance Abusers: The Proof Is in The Smile

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What’s it like to go from living on the streets looking for your next fix to working the front desk at the Mayor’s Office? Ask Destiny Garcia, one of several recovery patients to benefit from dental treatment in a recent three-year study at the University of Utah School of Dentistry. Researchers found that those receiving dental care stayed in treatment about twice as long as those who...

Jaguar Gets Dental Exam: A Lesson for Us All

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How do you clean a 144-pound jaguar’s teeth? As the zoo keepers at Zoo Miami can tell you, very carefully. Dr. Jamie A. Berning, one of the nation’s most respected veterinary dentists, gave the nine-year-old male jaguar named Adonia a complete check-up. After a thorough cleaning and several x-rays, she determined that Adonia’s mouth is in excellent condition. Exams like these are part of...

Evolution of The Human Face: We Are What We Chew

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When you see your face in the mirror, you’re looking at four million years of dental evolution. A recent study by Arizona State University shows how changes in the jaw, teeth, and face are basically responses to dietary and feeding trends. The earliest humans ate tough plants that called for large jaw muscles and cheek teeth. As a result, their faces were broad and deep. Later, as we began...

For Funnyman Jerry Seinfeld, Dental Health Is No Joke

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To this day, the 1993 Dental Health Advisor poster featuring Jerry Seinfeld continues to grace the walls of many a dental office. Accompanying the big, toothy grin is the quote: “Look Ma, I flossed!” The comedian has a reputation in Hollywood for his meticulous dental habits. According to one colleague, “He flosses so much there are grooves in his thumb.” Today, at 65...

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