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Smoking & Dry Mouth: A Recipe for Oral Health Trouble

August 3, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhamel @ 1:25 pm
Smoker holding smoking cigarette in hand

Most people know that smoking tobacco can cause lung cancer and many other serious health problems. However, the negative impact of smoking goes beyond just the lungs and heart. Did you know that tobacco use can actually harm your oral health too? Smoking causes dry mouth, which is a dangerous side-effect for the health of your teeth and gums. Keep reading to learn more about dry mouth and what you can do to prevent it.


Can Exercise Improve Your Gum Health? You Bet!

July 8, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhamel @ 4:05 pm

If you keep up with the news, you know that practically every week there’s another report on the benefits of exercise. But while it’s no newsflash that it’s good for your general health and helps you manage your weight, you may be surprised that it can benefit your gum health as well! And since gum disease (also called periodontal disease) is the leading cause of tooth loss and increases the risk of serious health problems like heart disease, it’s well worth it to use every tool in your arsenal to keep your gums healthy. Keep reading to learn why healthy gums are so important and how exercise can help! 


How to Save Your Child’s Knocked-Out Tooth

June 12, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhamel @ 2:54 am

Sad child knocked-out toothNothing is more precious than your child’s beautiful smile. You take pride in nurturing their oral health and development. While you can lessen their risk of cavities and other common problems, you can’t always safeguard their smile from losing a tooth too soon. If your child knocked out a tooth, don’t panic. Here’s what you need to know to save it.


Is a Vegan Diet Bad for Oral Health?

April 29, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhamel @ 5:56 pm
Eating salad, wondering how a vegan diet affects oral health

Many people choose to stop consuming animal products for ethical reasons, while others do so to improve their overall wellness. They find that it is enjoyable to explore new recipes and discover a wide variety of plant-based foods. But could forgoing animal products actually be bad for your teeth and gums? Let’s talk about how a vegan diet affects your oral health.


How Crohn’s Disease Can Affect Your Dental Health

February 16, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhamel @ 2:29 pm
person putting toothpaste on an electric toothbrush

Do you have Crohn’s disease or some other type of inflammatory bowel condition? If so, then you already know that it impacts your digestive system, primarily your intestines. However, what you may not know is that your mouth is the first part of your digestive tract. As a result, your teeth and gums might be adversely affected by your condition. Read on to learn more about the link between Crohn’s disease and dental health and how you can keep your smile healthy.


A Healthy Heart Starts with Your Smile

January 18, 2021

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Hands representing Heart Health Month.Did you know February is American Heart Month? With heart disease the leading cause of death in the U.S., it’s best to maintain a healthy lifestyle to lower your risk of cardiovascular complications. Besides diet and exercise, your dentist also recommends improving your dental health. Believe it or not, gum disease is linked to heart disease. With at least 50% of Americans having a form of the infection, it’s crucial you commit to your gum health to prevent cardiovascular disease. Here’s how a healthy mouth can promote your heart’s health.


Does Your Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

December 3, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhamel @ 12:42 pm
Dental benefits claim form with glasses and ballpoint pen.

Each year, millions of men and women across the U.S. choose dental implants to replace their missing teeth. Are you considering implant treatment? If you are currently weighing the pros and cons of different tooth replacement options, you are probably wondering what role your dental insurance will play. While insurance regularly covers things like biannual checkups, it’s a bit more complicated when it comes to dental implants. Keep reading to learn when dental insurance covers implant treatment and how you can get the most out of your insurance benefits.


How to Floss When You Have Dental Implants

October 7, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhamel @ 12:36 am
Flossing dental implants

If you have missing teeth, you have a variety of different options when it comes to replacing them. One method that is preferred by both dentists and patients is dental implants. This is because they have so many benefits over other methods. This includes maintaining the integrity of the jawbone, restoring almost full chewing power, and lasting upwards of 25 years. However, they won’t last that long if you don’t take care of them properly with a good oral hygiene routine, and that includes flossing. Flossing dental implants may seem tricky. Continue reading to learn some tips from your dentist.


How Has Social Distancing Changed Your Dentist’s Practice?

May 16, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhamel @ 4:10 pm

Sign on floor asking visitors to practice social distancingOne of the biggest changes to our everyday lives brought about by COVID-19 has been social distancing. In stores and offices across the country, visitors are being asked to stay at least 6 feet apart from each other for the lowest possible risk of spreading an infection. As dentist safety protocols have evolved to accommodate for current health concerns, social distancing has been adapted to dental practices as well – but how is this possible? Read on to learn about 3 simple steps being taken to control the flow of patients in a dental setting so that everyone stays safe.


Should I Scrape My Tongue? Find Out What a Dentist Recommends

February 22, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhamel @ 9:04 pm

Woman with blond hair asking her dentist, Should I Scrape My Tongue?If you brush and floss regularly, it’s easy to assume that you’re doing a great job of maintaining your oral hygiene. But while brushing and flossing are great for removing plaque from your teeth and gums, you wind up leaving a lot of bacteria on the surface of your tongue where it can lead to several oral health problems. One common question people have for their dentist is, “Should I scrape my tongue to keep it cleaner?” Keep reading for the answer to that question below!


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