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The Ice Chewing Dilemma

Enjoying a cold drink usually involves a little ice. Sometimes larger pieces are hard to resist as teeth crunch them into smaller fragments. The sound of ice crystals shattering reverberates across a room unlike any other chewing activity; up to 250 pounds of force may be needed to break ice cubes with your teeth! Some […]

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Cancer Care and Oral Health

Cancer afflicts more than 1.6 million people every year, along with loved ones who share the journey.  Fortunately, successful treatment modalities continue to emerge and more people than ever are winning the battle.  But often the powerful medications used to target cancer cells also deliver challenging side effects.  And while radiation techniques have become more […]

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Your Tongue: A Window To Your Health

The human tongue is often referred to as the most powerful muscle in the body.  But your tongue is actually comprised of eight muscles working together as a multi-use tool.  Washington Irving once said, “The tongue is the only instrument that gets sharper with use.”  Both wars and romances have begun with words rolling off […]

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Headaches: What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You

Even if you don’t suffer from headaches, you’ve probably experienced “brain freeze” after a scoop of your favorite ice cream.  While experts don’t really know why it happens, it’s believed that the cold against your warm palate causes blood vessels to constrict and relax suddenly. This vessel spasm results in a burst of pain, leaving […]

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The Mouth Sore Affliction

You feel it coming on: A spot in your mouth starts to burn or tingle, and you know what’s about to happen. By tomorrow you’ll have a nagging sore cratered into the lining of your cheek. Aphthous ulcers afflict 20% of the population, recurring intermittently and often without a distinct pattern. After a week or […]

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Growing Teeth: A New Dental Frontier

  Kids reach many milestones as they grow, including frequent visits from the tooth fairy. A series of developmental steps cause baby teeth to fall out and adult teeth to replace them. But sometimes adults lose permanent teeth from disease or trauma. Modern dentistry presents options for every unfortunate scenario, restoring full function and appearance. […]

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Teeth Whitening: A Quick Smile Fix

In 1992, author John Gray wrote a book declaring Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. Selling 50 million copies, the publication spent 121 weeks on the bestseller list and became a key theme in American pop culture. Researchers have since shown that the catchy metaphor applies to smiles, too. When women see a […]