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The perio-cardio connection: A relationship between heart disease and gum disease
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Periodontal diseases are chronic bacterial infections that affect the gums and supporting structures of the teeth and, if left untreated, can lead to serious health problems including heart disease. When the link between cardiovascular disease and periodontal disease was identified and debated in the 1990s, many skeptics dismissed it entirely. More

Obama talks about health care, dental coverage
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While many Americans are concerned about their health care coverage, some people think about their dental coverage. "What's your vision for how dentistry will fit into your larger framework for health care reform?" asked one dentist about how it would impact dental coverage. President Obama answered that this problem is serious, and that dental hygiene is important for keeping your heart healthy. He said it is known heart disease can be triggered when you have gum disease. More

Top 10 tips for ensuring medical practice success in 2010
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With the economic roller coaster settling down, now is a great time for the management teams at medical practices to step back and think about how they can keep their practices successful for years to come. Even though there still may be tough choices to make as the months roll on, here are 10 steps that medical practice management teams can take to prevent even tougher decision from coming their way. More

Adding flossing to your hygiene regimen can add 10 years to your life
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Flossing has its dental benefits preventing gingivitis and other gum diseases, but a recent study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association looked at the link between the mouth and chronic diseases. Faith Yingling, director of Wellness, said the study found people with higher blood levels of specific disease-causing bacteria in the mouth were more likely to experience hardening of the arteries in the carotid artery of the neck. More

Recycling high-tech body implants
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After you die, would you like to save lives, raise money for charity and help the planet that you so recently departed to go green? Medical science increasingly fills our innards with high-tech gadgets and metal implants that go to the grave or crematorium with us. But the recycling ethic is inspiring experts to find lifesaving and lucrative uses for our redundant pacemakers, teeth and hips -- as well as screws, plates and even body fat. More

Researcher links death of fetus to oral bacteria
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Well before she became pregnant, Yulisdey Lopez already knew gum disease could cause a baby to be born prematurely. As part of her introduction to On-Site Dentistry, where she has long received her dental care, she said dentists and hygienists explained the importance of oral hygiene, citing studies that have associated oral bacteria not only with pre¬mature babies but also heart disease. More

Oral cancer's cruel toll
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It brought a tough, All-Star NBA coach to tears this week. And it stilled the voice of a famous film critic. Head and neck cancers are rare, but known to be severe -- they can strip away a person's voice, distort the face and rob the basic abilities to eat, drink and swallow. The cancer can be so disfiguring, some patients seldom appear in public. More

Lil Wayne -- 8 root canals in 1 sitting
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Lil Wayne just had one of the gnarliest oral surgeries in the history of dentistry. We're told it was a marathon session that included a stomach-turning eight root canals at one time. We're told that during the eight hour procedure, Wayne had his grill worked on, several tooth implants redone, more implants added and had the few real teeth he had left repaired. More
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