From the Dentist's Chair

Tea, yogurt may help bleeding gums

Posted on September 8, 2017

Bleeding gums can be eliminated by professional cleanings and a good oral home care regime with a toothbrush, as well as diet such as drinking green tea or eating yogurt. Green tea contains antioxidants to reduce inflammation and lactobacillus bacteria in yogurt are beneficial to healthy gums.

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Mouth no longer opens completely

Posted on September 2, 2017

Unable to open mouth, clicking sound or pain may be TMJ, the temporomandibular joint, after trauma or stress. A dental mouth guard, soft diet or physical therapy may help alleviate symptoms.

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Favoring one side of your mouth for chewing

Posted on August 15, 2017

A preferred side to chew your food may be genetic predisposition or comfort for your TMJ due to unnoticed pain or joint problems.

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Federally Qualified Health Center proposed for downtown Reading

Posted on August 15, 2017

The Berks County Community Foundation effort to get a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in downtown Reading not approved among 67 chosen locations.

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Jaw fatigue while chewing your food

Posted on August 15, 2017

Aging reduces the muscles of mastication’s ability to exert force, causing chewing to become challenging. A modified diet can help.

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Soda is at root of dental problems

Posted on August 15, 2017

Regular and diet soda can have damaging effects on the teeth and overall health. Moderation is key to reducing the negative effects when consuming soda.

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Herbal supplements may have side effects

Posted on August 15, 2017

Herbal supplements can play a role in maintaining health. Knowing the limitations and risks of herbal supplements is important. Remain cautious when using them to treat disease.

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Proper oral care should start early

Posted on August 15, 2017

Proper infant oral care increases the likelihood of a healthy mouth for a lifetime. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends an oral health assessment visit around the first year of life.

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No consequences to losing baby teeth

Posted on August 15, 2017

Children’s primary upper front teeth are mainly for aesthetics and can be lost without long-term consequences. The primary front teeth do not hold the space for the future permanent teeth and can go missing without causing long-term problems.

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Does bacteria cause Alzheimer’s?

Posted on August 15, 2017

Past research has found a bacterial link between gum disease and the brains of some Alzheimer’s patients. The study was too small to confirm a connection between gum disease and Alzheimer’s, and warrants further investigation.

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