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Why Routine Dental Exams Can Save You a Lot of Money

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You don't want to get sick and face large medical bills, so you know you have to take steps to keep your body healthy. You exercise every day, watch your diet, and take your vitamins and supplements in the hopes that these steps will keep your body healthy and disease-free.

But many people are surprised to know that they can approach their oral health the same way. The fact is that you should take advantage of preventive dental services like cleanings and exams; not because your dentist said so, but because they help support a problem-free smile. 

Like Your Car, Your Teeth Need Upkeep!

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Dental Cleanings - 4 Steps to a Healthier Smile

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If you want to minimize visits to the dentist, there are two appointments you must make and keep every year. Semi-annual dental cleanings allow a skilled hygienist to examine your mouth for signs of gum disease, clean and polish your teeth, and talk to you about areas where you can improve. 

Importance of Dental Cleanings

The significance of cleanings with a hygienist can't be overstated. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in US adults over the age of 30. This bacterial infection attacks the structures that support your teeth such as gum tissue, ligaments, and bone.

Typical signs include tender, inflamed, or swollen gums and bleeding when you brush; ...

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Each Tooth Has a Purpose

Each Tooth Has a Purpose | Azalea Dental

We expect a lot from our teeth, but it’s easy to take for granted the work they do until something goes wrong and one or more is out of commission.

Your Teeth Do a Lot More Than Chew!

Losing one or more teeth means that teeth that had one specific purpose now have to take up the work of the missing tooth. Let’s take a look at what each type of tooth does so you can understand how important it is to keep them all healthy: 

Incisors are the front teeth that are most obvious when you smile. They have a flat edge that bites into food, and incisors also support your lips ...

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Aging Is Inevitable. Poor Oral Health Is Not

Oral Health as You Age | Azalea Dental

Wouldn't it be great if scientists would someday develop an easy way to minimize the effects of aging on the body? For now, however, we are stuck with the inevitable physical changes and symptoms that come along with the aging process.

Oral health is one area in particular that seniors need to pay more attention to. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that nearly 40% of older adults haven’t stepped foot in a dental office for over a year!

Protect Your Oral Health As You Age

It's a fact that decay and gum disease are more common as you age. Oral cancer also tends to peak after age 60. The good news ...

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6 Things a Dental Cleaning Can Do For You

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Dental Cleanings:

  1. Prevent cavities
    The whitish film that builds up on your teeth is called plaque and is the leading cause of tooth decay. This acidic substance eats away at the tooth enamel and, if left unattended, can lead to cavities. Plaque can be removed by brushing, flossing and dental cleanings.
  2. Stop tooth loss
    Gum disease, which starts with built-up plaque, is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. As gum disease advances, plaque moves further down the tooth where it can destroy the supporting bone in your jaw, causing teeth to loosen and fall out. Luckily, the chance of this happening to you can be greatly reduced through regular ...

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Drinks to Avoid for a Healthier Smile

Drinks to Avoid for a Healthier Smile | Azalea Dental

If you believe you are doing everything right with your oral health but still get diagnosed with cavities, the soft drinks you consume may be the culprit.

Colas and other soft drinks are by far the worst drinks because they are loaded with sugar. For instance, a 21 oz. bottle of cola contains 44 grams of sugar. Just to put this in perspective, adults need only 32 grams of sugar per day to maintain good health.

If you regularly consume energy drinks, it’s time to rethink your choices. Many energy drinks contain unhealthy levels of caffeine, but they are also filled with acid and sugar. There is not much good to be ...

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The Health of Your Kidneys and Your Gums May Be Linked

Kidney and Gum Health Blog | Azalea Dental

As your Summerville, SC dentist, Dr. Thomas Riley makes it a point to stay current with the latest research in dentistry that affects your overall health and wellness. In recent years, one area that’s getting a lot of attention is the link between your oral health and the health of your body.

Gum Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease

There is enough research to connect chronic inflammation from gum disease to an increased risk for heart disease, respiratory illness, cancer, stroke, pregnancy complications, and diabetes.

However, a study published recently in the Journal of Periodontology set out to observe the long-term effects of gum disease and chronic kidney disease (CKD). This study, conducted by ...

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