Green and Orange Tongues: What Do They Mean?

Looking in the mirror and noticing your tongue has turned a funny color can be extremely alarming. In some cases, it might just be something you ate. Other common causes are poor oral hygiene or a medication you are taking. If none of these is the culprit, read on for other causes of a colored tongue.

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8 Benefits to Whiter Teeth

Surveys show that 80 percent of American men and women between the ages of 18 and 49 want whiter teeth. The $1.4 billion we spend on over-the-counter whitening products each year really drives that point home. When you meet someone new, one of the first things that person notices is your smile. We are also living in a selfie- and profile picture-centered society where our image means more than it ever has in the past to our social and professional life. Here are just eight of the benefits to whiter teeth, based on research:

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May Is Better Sleep Month

Every May, the Better Sleep Council, or BSC, sponsors Better Sleep Month with an aim to raise awareness about how poor sleep, especially on a regular basis, can negatively affect our lives and our health. The organization also places an emphasis on all the benefits of getting better sleep to improve our daily lives and overall health.

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No, Bleeding Gums Are NOT Normal!

If your gums are bleeding, you have gum disease. There’s no way to sugar coat it. You may be in the early stages of gum disease, which means the damage that is occurring to your teeth and gums is not yet permanent, but it’s vital you have your teeth and gums evaluated if any bleeding is occurring.

The American Academy of Periodontology says that up to 80 percent of the U.S. population has some degree of gum disease and only 10 percent are even aware of it! If these numbers don’t concern you, they should. Gum disease is the No. 1 cause of tooth loss, and the disease progresses very rapidly from the bleeding-gum stage to the tooth-loss stage.

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Choosing the Right Tools for Your Teeth

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. It’s also probably one of the first things you notice about others. Taking care of your teeth is so important. After all, you only get one set of adult teeth to last a lifetime. With so many products on the market, it can be confusing trying to decide exactly which tools you need and how to choose the best of each one. Here, Dr. Amy Norman, a leading adult and cosmetic dentist in Everett, Washington, talks about which tools are essential and how to choose them wisely.

"There are a few must-haves for any oral health routine such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and a dentist you can trust," she said. "Choosing what kind of each product is best can be a little more challenging."

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Which State Has the Worst Dental Health?

A fascinating new study from WalletHub has compared all 50 states using over 25 different dental wellness indicators to determine which states have the best and worst dental health. 

Although most people probably don't think about dental health in relation to geography, there are some factors that connect them, including the number of dental professionals in each area, as some locations have many more than others, and whether the public water system is fluoridated to help prevent tooth decay.

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Sleep Apnea and Irregular Heartbeat Could Soon Be Detected By FitBits

If you haven’t heard of FitBit, it’s a digital wristband company that creates products worn like watches to track activity and movement. Users track how many steps they’ve taken each day and set goals that the devices then remind them of throughout the day. They are essentially tools that aid in the process of getting healthier and moving more.

Now, FitBit is attempting to use the data it collects to help with diagnosis of sleep apnea and irregular heartbeat, or afibrillation. FitBit reports having over 105 billion hours of heart-rate data already and 6 billion nights’ worth of sleep data. This is all in addition to the 200 billion minutes of exercise tracking data collected.

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Large Study Links Severe Gum Disease and Cancer

A long-term study conducted by researchers from Tufts University, Health Sciences Campus in Massachusetts, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland and Kimmel Cancer Center in Pennsylvania shows a 24 percent higher risk of cancer for patients with severe gum disease.

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There’s No Reason to Fear the Dentist Anymore

According to dentist Dr. Amy Norman, sedation dentistry is a wonderful tool for both children and adults who have any anxiety about visiting the dentist. It’s easy, affordable and comfortable. There’s no reason to suffer through your dental appointments with fear and anxiety anymore.

Dr. Norman is proud to offer sedation dentistry because she understands just how much anxiety and fear can affect someone’s health and happiness. She works with patients every day to determine what level of sedation is best for them so they can get the care they need in the most comfortable way possible.

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Is Childhood Snoring a Sign of Something Serious?

The snoring habits of middle-aged men have been the subject of sitcoms and comedy skits for decades. In fact it may seem like adult males are the only ones who snore. Unfortunately, women and children often suffer from chronic snoring too, and since the topic is much less talked about, it can leave them with more questions than answers.

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Could Sleep Apnea Increase the Risk for Alzheimer’s?

According to new research published in the the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, elderly people with obstructive sleep apnea may have an increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.

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Marijuana Use May Have Oral Health Implications

As laws across the nation continue to change in regards to medical and recreational use of marijuana, it’s important to consider all aspects of its use. "Cottonmouth," the slang term for the dry mouth symptoms associated with the use of marijuana, is a common experience due to the way tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, affects the nervous system.

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New Cannabis-Like Drug Could Help with Sleep Apnea

The first multi-site study conducted at Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois Chicago for a medication to treat obstructive sleep apnea was recently found to be safe and effective. The drug, a synthetic cannabis-like pill called dronabinol, underwent a phase two trial funded by the National Institutes of Health. The medication was approved over 25 years ago by the FDA for treating symptoms of nausea and vomiting for chemotherapy patients. The recent study was the longest and largest randomized, controlled trial to ever be conducted on a potential medication for sleep apnea.

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Dr. Norman’s Path to Dentistry

Dr. Norman knew early on that she wanted to be a dentist. In fact, she remembers knowing as early as the fourth grade that dentistry was her calling. As soon as she was old enough for a job, at 16, she began working in dentistry. She got into dental school without even needing her undergraduate degree because she already knew so much about dentistry.

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Yoga Spreads Relaxation All the Way Down to DNA

Americans are busier than ever. Today’s modern professionals are all juggling more than ever before. Pressures run high to be the best, the brightest, the most qualified for the job all while trying to balance a personal life, which for some includes the relationships and needs of spouses and children.

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New Study Shows Frailty Linked to Oral Health Problems in Older Men

A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has discovered a link between oral health problems and the risk of developing frailty in older age. The study was conducted with 1,622 men ages 71 to 92. There is no standard or universally accepted definition of frailty, so for the study, frailty was defined as having three or more of the following symptoms: weight loss, grip strength, exhaustion, slow walking speed and low physical activity. Participants of the study most at risk for frailty were those who were edentulous, which means they were missing their natural teeth, and those with dry mouth symptoms.

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At-Home Wrist Monitor Could Replace Lab-Based Sleep Studies

Sleep studies in a lab have always been one of the most frustrating parts of diagnosing a sleep disorder for most patients. The environment is unfamiliar and it can be hard to relax enough to sleep like you would at home, not to mention the high cost of spending the night in a sleep-study facility.

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Could a Focus on Dental Health Help with Childhood Obesity?

Concern surrounding the weight of America’s children is nothing new. However, a thesis by a graduate student in Sweden could provide a new insight into how to overcome the ever-rising statistics.

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Sedation Dentistry Eases Fears for All Ages

Research shows that approximately 15 percent of Americans avoid the dentist because of dental anxiety or phobia, and some experts believe the number is actually much higher. For those who still go despite their anxiety, it can be a challenging experience that is dreaded for days and even weeks beforehand.

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The Surprising Importance of Saliva

Spit is not something we think about often, if at all. Yet our mouths and even entire bodies rely on it to stay healthy. The production and function of saliva is one of those complex processes in our body that we take for granted on a daily basis unless something goes wrong.

The idea of spit may seem gross, but if you’ve ever experienced dry mouth, even temporarily, you probably realize how important it is. 

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