Spring Means Blooms, Sunshine & Oral Cancer Screenings

April 29, 2021 By Downey Dental Center

Spring Means Blooms, Sunshine & Oral Cancer Screenings

April is oral cancer awareness month. While not as delightful as the other signs of spring – blooming trees and longer days – a focus on early detection is a beautiful thing. While oral cancer (oral cavity and oropharynx cancers collectively) accounts for almost 3% of all cancers diagnosed annually in the United States, it is responsible for 1.8% of all cancer deaths. The death rate associated with oral cancer is particularly high because it is ...

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Detecting Oral Cancer

April 23, 2020 By Downey Dental Center

Detecting Oral Cancer

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2020 about 53,260 people will get oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer, and an estimated 10,750 people will die from these diseases. If you think the mortality rate is high, you wouldn’t be wrong. However, this is not because oral cancer is hard to detect or diagnose, but because it is often discovered late in its development. That is why regular dental visits are more important ...

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6 Holiday Healthy Teeth Tips

December 16, 2019 By Downey Dental Center

6 Holiday Healthy Teeth Tips

It’s that time of year where sleigh-bells are ringing, children are singing, and the last thing we tend to think about is our oral health. I mean, we’re pretty sure no one is sitting on Santa’s lap and asking for peppermint floss for Christmas. So why worry about our oral health? It is only a few months out of the year, right? Well, that is where we can get ourselves into a ...

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Why You Should Stop Drinking Soda

July 23, 2019 By Downey Dental Center

Why You Should Stop Drinking Soda

Why You Should Stop Drinking Soda Value your pearly whites? Enjoy the appearance of your smile? Then, it is in your best interest to stop drinking soda.  Soda is a delicious treat. However, many people drink soda on a consistent basis. Most individuals don't just stop with one! Some people may drink soda throughout the day to alleviate stress or to stay more alert. Drinking soda in this manner is highly likely to damage ...

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Can You Get Cleaner Teeth by Chewing Gum?

June 24, 2019 By Downey Dental Center

Can You Get Cleaner Teeth by Chewing Gum?

Can You Get Cleaner Teeth by Chewing Gum? Basic on statistics, the United States is clearly a gum-chewing nation.  A startling 173.41 million people in the US chew gum.  Chewing gum is valuable to your body and mind.   It can also help keep your teeth clean! Chewing gum is an enjoyable pastime for many, as you end up drifting into a world of endless thought.  With the emergence of sugarless gum, some traditional concerns ...

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How Dental Health Impacts the Rest of Your Body

January 28, 2019 By Downey Dental Center

How Dental Health Impacts the Rest of Your Body

How Dental Health Impacts the Rest of Your Body Over 3.5 billion people, or half of the world's population, are affected by oral diseases!  It’s important to understand that oral health doesn't only affect a person's mouth. Poor dental health can lead to issues throughout the body.  Oral symptoms are often an indication of a larger health problem.   But what constitutes a healthy mouth? And how do you know when ...

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How Vitamins and Minerals Affect Your Teeth

November 28, 2018 By Downey Dental Center

How Vitamins and Minerals Affect Your Teeth

How Vitamins and Minerals Affect Your Teeth Dental cavities, or tooth decay, affect over 90% of the U.S. adult population. Gum disease, while less common, still affects an alarming 50% of adults over the age of 30.  U.S. children are suffering too, with tooth decay affecting more than 40% of those between the ages of 2 and 19.  Although gum disease is more common in adults (one in every two of them have ...

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Dental Hygiene Basics Everyone Needs to Know

October 24, 2018 By Downey Dental Center

Dental Hygiene Basics Everyone Needs to Know

Dental Hygiene Basics Everyone Needs to Know Happy National Dental Hygiene Month!  Many individuals refrain from visiting the dentist for a wide variety of different reasons. If you're among these thousands of people who don’t enjoy seeing the dentist, it would be wise to spare yourself the stress of frequent dental visits by taking better care of your teeth. When you have good dental hygiene, you can confidently visit your dentist for the ...

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How to Choose the Best Mouthguard for You

September 24, 2018 By Downey Dental Center

How to Choose the Best Mouthguard for You

How to Choose the Best Mouthguard for You Mouthguards are essential for protection during certain sports and physical activities.  Without them, you’re likely to experience tooth injuries like cracks or fractured roots. Some individuals even experience the complete loss of teeth! This is why athletes need to take extra precautionary measures to protect their teeth and prevent dental problems in sports.  If you’re unsure how to select the best mouthguard for you, we ...

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10 Tips for Dealing with Sensitive Teeth

June 27, 2018 By Downey Dental Center

10 Tips for Dealing with Sensitive Teeth

10 Tips for Dealing with Sensitive Teeth Do you suffer from painful sensations in your teeth from normal activities like eating, drinking, and brushing? If so, it’s likely you’ve wondered how you can help treat your sensitive teeth so there is no discomfort. Sensitive teeth can be caused by a number of problems. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce tooth sensitivity that are effective. Some of these solutions can be utilized easily at ...

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