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Time to Think About Mouth Guards

As the weather gets warmer in the Midwest, spring sports are in full swing with athletes on the fields playing ball. Now is the time to remember that mouth guards are an essential piece of athletic gear that can help prevent serious, painful facial injuries that affect the mouth and teeth. Are you up to date on the facts? See …

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Oral Cancer Awareness

Oral Cancer Awareness and New Cancer Research

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and we encourage all of our patients to have a painless, fast screening each year. In related news, there is a new study regarding the type of bacteria that causes gum disease, and its possible relationship with esophageal cancer. Researchers at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry have recently reported that the bacteria …

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Wisdom Tooth Removal: Procedure Review

Most people start getting their wisdom teeth, also called third molars, when they reach their late teens or early 20’s. In most cases, the jaws are not large enough to accommodate these teeth and they remain under the gum, or impacted. When a tooth develops, it travels to its appropriate position in the dental arch. If the path to eruption …

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Happy New Year 2016! Here’s a look at the years upcoming oral surgery events from AAOMS

Louis K. Rafetto DMD of Wilmington, Delaware is the President-Elect of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons’ Committee. In his 2016 Message from the President, Dr. Rafetto highlighted upcoming 2016 programs and events. To find out more information and details on how to register, visit The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons website. 2016 Upcoming Events: ICD-10-CM …

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Betsy Weber

Can Sports Drinks Damage Your Teeth?

It is common knowledge that sugary drinks and foods can lead to tooth decay. But what about sports drinks? A recent study by Australian researchers tested 23 different types of soft drinks and sports drinks, and the results were eye opening. Drinks that were sugar free, but contained acidic additives, and those with low pH levels caused measurable damage to …

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AAOMS Dental Implant Conference

AAOMS Dental Implant Conference 2015

In less than a month, Oral Surgeons from across the country will be meeting in Chicago for the AAOMS Dental Implant Conference. From December 3-5 next month, this conference offers an intensive educational program featuring innovative techniques and procedures for implant teams. Internationally renowned faculty present, and the most technologically advanced products and services are also showcased.

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Have a Healthy Halloween

With Halloween just around the corner, it is always a challenge to balance the sweet treats with children’s health and safety. Here are some tips to keep in mind when celebrating the season: Have children eat their Halloween candy and other sugary foods either with their meals or shortly after mealtime. Production of saliva increases during meals, and this helps …

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Are You and Your Family Mouth-Healthy?

Visit the Mouth Healthy Website, brought to you by the American Dental Association (ADA), and “Get Your Grin On”. For over 150 years the ADA has been a trusted source, providing the public with information on the importance and the benefits of regular oral health care. From brochures to radio announcements, the ADA has brought this message to the public. …

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97th Annual AAOMS Meeting

The 97th annual meeting of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (AAOMS) is scheduled for September 28 – October 3, 2015. This year’s meeting is unique in that the Canadian Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons is participating, bringing a new standard of excellence to the annual North American meeting. Featured sessions include facial oncology and reconstructive surgery, …

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Orthognathic Surgery and Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a relatively common, and potentially serious disorder, where the airways are blocked during sleep enough to cause breathing to stop. When this happens, the brain comes out of its resting state to send impulses to the person to wake up just enough to start the breathing process again. This cycle can repeat many times during …

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