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    • Exploring the Connection between Alzheimer’s and Oral Health 

      September is World Alzheimer’s Month, which aims to raise awareness and challenge the stigma around dementia. As we’ve touched on in previous blogs, the impact of oral health on overall wellness is becoming better understood. Research now shows associations between oral health and systemic conditions like heart disease, diabetes — even Alzheimer’s.  So, what does…

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    • Many people feel they would benefit from a whiter smile. Teeth may lose their brightness for a variety of reasons, including certain foods and beverages, age, trauma, tobacco use, and certain medications. You can help keep your smile as white as possible by maintaining healthy brushing and flossing habits, avoiding tobacco use, and limiting foods […]

    • Around 1.3 million people in the United States have rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body’s tissues. This causes painful inflammation which can affect your joints — and in some people can even affect the skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels. Something you may not realize is […]

    • The impact of oral health on overall wellness is becoming better understood, with research showing associations between the health of one’s teeth and gums and systemic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and more. Oral health is also influenced by conditions that are specific to women, including their menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause. In […]

    • Asthma Awareness Month is recognized every year in May. What many people may not realize is that respiratory diseases such as asthma, COPD and even pneumonia can be affected by poor oral hygiene. That’s why it’s important to keep up with routine visits to your dentist to ensure that your smile is healthy. Lungs that […]

    • Every April, we recognize Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month. The Oral Cancer Foundation tells us that nearly 54,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer this year. While smoking and alcohol consumption have long been known as risk factors, oral cancer among young non-smokers has steadily increased due to HPV16 — […]

    • At Mortenson Family Dental, we provide emergency dental care for our patients when they need it. Oftentimes, patients aren’t sure what constitutes a dental emergency. It can be hard to know if a toothache means you need immediate attention, or can just schedule a normal appointment. It’s important to know the difference so that you […]