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Posts From April, 2013

Abscessed Tooth

What is an abscessed tooth?  An abscess is a pus-filled sac caused by an infection when the decay in a tooth has done substantial damage and the cavity has gone very deep into the tooth.  A fractured tooth or root can also let bacteria in and cause infection that leads to an abscess.  An abscess […]


Which Toothbrush Should I Buy?

What is the difference between medium and soft toothbrushes for plaque removal and soft-tissue abrasion? A study at Franciscan University in Santa Maria, Brazil was conducted to study just this.  Students were randomly assigned to brush two contra-lateral quadrants with the medium toothbrush and the other two quadrants with the soft toothbrush, so that both […]


Dealing with Cold Sores

An article in Allure magazine discusses “8 Beauty Emergencies (and How to Respond).”  Tip #2 deals with a Cold Sore. How to fix it: dab the spot with Abreva, an over-the-counter ointment that helps healing somewhat.  Once the area has scabbed, keep it moist with Aquaphor lotion to prevent cracking.  Camouflage the area with a […]


Mouthwash Wonders

Did you know that mouthwashes can do more than just give you good breath?! Some contain antiseptic agents that reduce plaque and prevent gingivits, both of which can cause bad breath, as stated by the American Dental Association. It is best to use mouthwash in the evening after you have flossed and brushed your teeth and […]


Bleeding Gums

Do you have bleeding gums? Bad breath and gum recession are not the only things you need to be worried about if your gums bleed when you brush your teeth. As stated by Dr. Donal Clem, president of the American Academy of Periodontology, “The inflammatory response from gum disease my increase harmful chemicals circulation in […]


Back Pain Relief

Are you routinely taking pills for chronic back pain? According to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, massage may be more effective. The study showed that 37% of people in the therapy groups receiving deep-tissue massages or relaxation massages experienced lessened or disappearing back pain after 10 weeks, as compared to only 4% […]


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