Author: Rebecca Squyres

The importance of eye exams: why seeing 20/20 doesn’t mean your vision’s healthy

Why go to the optometrist when you have 20/20 vision? Did you know that eye doctors are often the first to detect chronic systemic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure? The health of your eyes can reveal a window into your overall body health. Even with 20/20 vision, routine eye exams are imperative for everyone. Regardless of your age or health status, annual eye exams can identify the presence of eye disease (most of which have no symptoms in beginning stages) and assess the functionality of your eyes. This includes those who wear contact lenses and/or glasses and...

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11 Foods and Drinks Wrecking Your Teeth

Often sweet, mostly dangerous—here are 11 foods and drinks that wreck your teeth:   1. Soda The sugar and carbonation found in sodas can attack and dissolve your tooth enamel, making it easy for cavities to form. Even sugar-free diet sodas contain citric and phosphoric acid that can erode enamel. Tip: If you must have a soda, drink it during a meal alongside water, rather than sipping throughout the day. You’ll decrease your teeth’s time of exposure to acids, and eating helps neutralize those acids. 2. Citrus Acidic foods and drinks are the number one cause of enamel erosion...

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How Routine Exams Make Your Wallet Happy

There’s a common misconception when it comes to routine exams and expenses. Do you find that you avoid scheduling your routine dental and eye exams because you fear the cost or don’t have the time? Actually, routine oral and eye exams can save you money in the long run, by reducing the risk of costly health conditions that may require more extensive (and expensive) medical care. Eye exams and dental checkups can spot a wide range of illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer that can lead to pricier healthcare if gone unnoticed. Why your wallet loves...

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Maintain Your Oral Health During Pregnancy

What you need to know to maintain a healthy smile throughout your pregnancy. Pregnant women are no strangers to the doctor’s office, with the average mom-to-be attending 10 to 15 prenatal appointments. But, there are three important appointments that pregnant women sometimes overlook – their dental exams. Did you know that dental problems can actually become worse during pregnancy? A staggering 65% – 70% of all pregnant women develop “pregnancy gingivitis.” “Pregnancy gingivitis” and “Pregnancy tumors” (benign growths that develop on the gums) can appear as early as the second month of pregnancy. Dentists recommend dental visits before, during...

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Amalgam vs. Composite Fillings

A Guide to Choosing Fillings Need to get a filling, but not sure what amalgam is? Well, it’s important to know the difference between amalgam and composite fillings because the majority of us will have at least one or more fillings in our lifetime. If you’re like me, it’s easy to see the difference between the amalgam (silver) and composite (white), but not as easy to truly understand the distinction beyond color. Despite concern over mercury content in amalgam fillings and BPA exposure in composite fillings, both are considered safe by the American Dental Association and are recognized as effective...

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