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Nail Biting Can Ruin Your Teeth

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Oct 30, 2014 10:23:43 AM

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Feasting on your finger nails wrecks more than your manicure. According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), a dedicated nail nibbler will spend thousands to repair the dental damage caused by their habit.

 

Psychiatrists are undecided over whether the need to chew on yourself is an obsessive compulsive disorder or a harmless quirk. But medical professionals do agree that habitual nail biting, which is officially known as “onychophagia,” can harm both your teeth and overall health.

 

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What You Need To Know About Oral Cancer

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Oct 24, 2014 10:33:50 AM

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Cancer is always a difficult topic to read about. But it’s important to know the symptoms and monitor your health so that you can catch any potential problems early.

 

Since we focus on dental and oral care issues here, we’ll be looking at oral cancer. Please remember that the symptoms listed below can be caused by conditions other than cancer. Talk to a health care professional if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, do not attempt to diagnose yourself.

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Topics: Oral Cancer, :DentalPlans

Tasty Treats For Your Teeth - A Brief History Of Toothpaste

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Oct 21, 2014 10:44:00 AM

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Take one drachma of rock salt – that’s one hundredth of an ounce - two drachmas of mint, one drachma of dried iris flower and 20 grains of pepper, crush them together and …ta-dah! You have just made yourself a batch of the world’s oldest toothpaste.

 

This recipe was written in Greek on a scrap of papyrus that has been dated to the fourth century AD. The Egyptian scribe added an explanatory note, explaining that the recipe created a "powder for white and perfect teeth.” The papyrus was recently found (again) in the basement of a Viennese museum, with a huge cache of other documents that had been rescued from an 18th century trash heap.

 

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Topics: Dental Care, :DentalPlans

Dealing With Dentures

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Oct 15, 2014 10:05:00 AM

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So you have acquired a fine set of dentures to replace those troublesome teeth, and you figure your dental issues are finally over?

Well, not quite.



Life with dentures is better, especially if you’ve been embarrassed about your decayed, loose or missing teeth. But your nifty new removable teeth come with their own set of potential glitches. Thankfully, most of the issues that most commonly bother denture-wearers are preventable or easily fixable.


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Topics: Dentures, :DentalPlans

How To Stop Grinding Your Teeth

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Oct 13, 2014 11:35:00 AM

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That unsettling noise that you might occasionally hear in the middle of the night could be the sound of 40-million Americans feverishly grinding their teeth.

 

Many of us are plagued with bruxism – the formal term for teeth grinding and clenching - but most people don’t gash their teeth consistently. Only 10 percent of us grind so hard and so often that they fracture their fillings, crack their crowns, and/or destroy their dentures.

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Topics: Dental Care, :DentalPlans

Medicare Open Enrollment. What You Need To Know Now.

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Oct 9, 2014 10:03:37 AM

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It’s that time again. From October 15 through December 7 Medicare recipients can switch or supplement their healthcare plan. Any changes made will take effect on January 1 2015.

 

Medicare Basics

 

Original Medicare is comprised of parts A (hospitalization coverage) and B (physician coverage).

 

Original Medicare covers, on average, about 80 percent of an enrollee's health costs, but there is no ceiling for out-of-pocket costs. Consequently almost ninety percent of Medicare recipients have opted for either a Medigap or a Medicare Advantage plan.

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Dental Care During Treatment For Breast Cancer

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Oct 6, 2014 4:39:10 PM

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Your dentist should be part of the medical team you rely on during treatment for breast cancer. He or she can assist you in preventing or minimizing any potential dental problems that might arise in response to chemotherapy, and help to ensure you’ll be smiling beautifully after you conclude treatment.

 

Most professionals advise women to have a dental checkup at least two weeks – and preferably a month or more - before they begin chemotherapy. Check with your oncologist for guidance. Getting a checkup before your treatment starts helps to address any existing dental issues that could put additional stress on your immune system. Also, your mouth may feel a bit sensitive from the chemotherapy and if so you’ll be more comfortable getting dental care before you begin treatment.

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Topics: Breast Cancer Awareness, :DentalPlans

Happy World Smile Day! Smiley Face's Long, Strange History

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Oct 3, 2014 9:14:38 AM

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The happy face we all know and love was initially inspired by the need to calm down an office full of angry, grumpy people.

 

Back in 1963, commercial artist Harvey Ross Ball was asked to come up with an image that would cheer up the employees of a local insurance company. A series of difficult business mergers had destroyed their morale. The company thought that a “friendship campaign” with some perky imagery would solve the problem.

 

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ACA Healthcare – How Much Do You Owe Now?

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Sep 30, 2014 2:35:36 PM

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Hundreds of thousands of Americans may have lost their ACA healthcare federal subsidies on October 1, if they fail to meet the September 30 deadline to verify their incomes.

 

Those who wish to retain their insurance but can’t confirm their income will likely have to pay back the Federal government. Some will end up taking a big hit to their tax refund. If their refund doesn’t cover what they owe for health insurance—they will need to cut a check to Uncle Sam.

 

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Topics: :DentalPlans, ACA

What You Need To Know About Burning Mouth Syndrome

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Sep 29, 2014 11:20:00 AM

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If your mouth feels like you just rinsed it with boiling hot water – you may have Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS).

 

If you’ve ever eaten a superhot chili pepper, you remember those unpleasant/interesting moments when you thought your tongue had burst into flames and nothing – milk, water, beer – could quench the burn. Imagine having to live with that sensation for months, even years.

 

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