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    Gum Disease Can Cause Unforeseen Medical Problems

    There is increasing evidence that supports the link between gum disease to many uncorrelated health problems including Alzheimer's, cancer, and respiratory diseases. Gum disease or periodontal disease is widespread and causes discomfort. In fact, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some form of gum disease afflicts almost half of the adults in the US.

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    The sequence of mechanical cleansing may affect oral health

    Mechanical cleansing is a dentist-recommended oral hygiene maintenance procedure. It easily removes dental plaque and also prevents the occurrence or reoccurrence of caries and periodontal disease. One of the most common questions patients ask their dentist is: can they only brush or only floss or perhaps follow a routine that combines both that works out better? The answer to the first question is no though the jury is out on the second question.

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    Do Not Ignore Your Periodontal Health

    Periodontal diseases are caused by bacterial infections of the periodontal ligament, which are fibers that hold the teeth and support them in the jaw, bone, and, of course, gums. A bacterial infection can destroy the gums and the supporting bone of the teeth in your mouth.

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    How Methamphetamine Use Effects Dental Health

    Regular methamphetamine users or addicts suffer from acute tooth decay and gum conditions known as “meth mouth.” The decay resembles early childhood caries and is indicated by teeth that are about to fall or break out. Almost all methamphetamine users (9 out 10) suffer from cavities while close to 60% have tooth decay. Alarmingly, 31% of meth users have six or more missing teeth. The above figures were arrived at after examining the mouth of 571 methamphetamine users.

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    How To Choose A Periodontist

    Periodontists are dental specialists. They specialize in the surgical and non-surgical prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal or gum diseases and the placement of tooth implants. They also perform cosmetic oral plastic surgical procedures. As they are not general dentists, people who go for regular periodontal examinations or to treat particular symptoms of gum disease—visiting a quality periodontist should be part of one’s routine oral health care plan.

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    Alcohol alters oral bacteria and encourages disease

    A recent study has found that alcoholic drinks may change your mouth's microbiome and create a ripple effect throughout your body. Alcohol was found to encourage the growth of harmful bacteria in the mouth and also stunt the development of good probiotic bacteria.

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    Electronic cigarette vapor can trigger gum disease

    A comprehensive study on electronic cigarettes was carried out by the University of Rochester Medical Center. The first scientific research on the subject, it found that electronic cigarettes cause as much damage to teeth and gums as conventional cigarettes.

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    San Diego Pediatrics is now accepting newborn patients from Alpine, El Cajon, and Lakeside.

    San Diego Pediatrics, located at 6475 Alvarado Road Suite 120, San Diego, CA 92120, is now accepting newborn patients (ages two months to two years) from Alpine, El Cajon, and Lakeside. We offer both newborn clinics and follow-up clinics to give families full awareness about their child’s overall health.

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    Orange County’s $12 million funding brings dentists to school

    With tooth decay being the most prevalent recurrent disease leading to a yearly loss of 51 million school hours, young school children can just walk to another classroom in their school for a dental check-up and teeth cleaning rather than traveling outside their campus. The grant provided by the California Department of Health Care Services will expand teledentistry services in the next few years and cut down visits to dental office by children who have a risk for cavities and can’t access such care.

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    Lack of funds hurting dental care in California

    The state government’s dental health program, Denti-Cal, has many deficiencies as per a report released in 2016 by the Little Hoover Commission, which is an independent oversight agency. Under this program, about one-third of the state's population can avail Denti-Cal to get subsidized dental care. This includes the state’s more than half of the children.