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Older Adults with Chronic Pain Can Benefit From Being Physically Active

Older Adults with Chronic Pain Can Benefit From Being Physically Active

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 50 million adults in the U.S. experience chronic pain each year [1]. Those who are more likely to be impacted by it are older adults. Often, those who are experiencing chronic pain will shy away...

The Link Between Tobacco, Alcohol, and Oral Cancer

The Link Between Tobacco, Alcohol, and Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a significant public health problem worldwide, ranking as the 6th most common cancer with a 5-year survival rate of 50% [1]. It accounts for roughly 3% of all cancers diagnosed annually in the United States. On average, 90% of these cases are oral...

The Essential Do’s and Don’ts of Successful Oral Health Programs

The Essential Do’s and Don’ts of Successful Oral Health Programs

In this blog, we'll explore some essentials of establishing a Community Oral Health Program, some “Do” and “Do not.” Creating a robust community oral health program is more than a goal; it's a commitment to the well-being of a community. Community Oral Health Program,...

Can Yoga Reduce Chronic Pain in Veterans with PTSD

Can Yoga Reduce Chronic Pain in Veterans with PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans is an ongoing health concern that continues to be explored and researched. Many people are looking for ways to help reduce what those with the condition are going through, which often includes chronic pain. A new study...

Elevating Geriatric Dentistry: Best Practices and Considerations

Elevating Geriatric Dentistry: Best Practices and Considerations

Geriatric dentistry stands at the intersection of precision, ethics, and patient care. In this blog, we delve into essential guidelines, separating the dos from the don'ts to aid both emerging and seasoned dental practitioners in delivering exceptional care. Creating...

Periodontal Disease and Whole Body Health: The Oral-Systemic Link

Periodontal Disease and Whole Body Health: The Oral-Systemic Link

With the separation of medical and dental care, it is easy to see why the public has a difficult time realizing that dental health has a direct effect on medical health. As an oral health care professional it is important to bring awareness of links between the oral-...

Dental Care for Older Adults with Multiple Health Conditions

Dental Care for Older Adults with Multiple Health Conditions

The Aging-Related Statistics suggest that by the year 2030, the number of U.S. adults 65 years or older will reach 72 million, representing nearly 20% of the total U.S. population, almost doubling in number as compared to the year 2000 [1]. Older adults are,...

When to See a Dermatologist for Lichen Planus

When to See a Dermatologist for Lichen Planus

Lichen planus (LP) is an immune-mediated disease with an unknown etiology. Its clinical presentation waxes and wanes, and its severity goes from symptomatic oral erosions with erythema to asymptomatic white striations. In the oral cavity, the locations of these...

Diagnosing TMD: When to Consider a Rheumatological Referral

Diagnosing TMD: When to Consider a Rheumatological Referral

Painful temporomandibular disorder (TMD) stands as a prevalent source of orofacial pain, affecting 5-12% of US adults. As dentists, our encounters with TMD cases are frequent, with patients presenting discomfort, audible sounds, or limitations in jaw movement. Despite...

TMJ Clicking Causes, Symptoms, and Diagnosis

TMJ Clicking Causes, Symptoms, and Diagnosis

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most complex joints in the body. It is considered a ginglymoarthrodial joint because it provides rotation (ginglymoid) and translation (arthrodial) movements [1]. It is formed by the mandibular condyle and the temporal...

Embracing Preventive Oral Care for Older Adults

Embracing Preventive Oral Care for Older Adults

The other day, I found myself discussing the importance of preventive oral care with a patient. To my surprise, she exclaimed, "Preventive care for me? I'm 69 years old; that's for kids!" Chances are, you've encountered similar reactions from your patients. It's a...

Virtual Reality’s Breakthrough: A New Frontier in Chronic Pain Relief

Virtual Reality’s Breakthrough: A New Frontier in Chronic Pain Relief

Virtual reality is a growing technology field that is capturing the interest of those looking for entertainment, as well as those who research healthcare issues. Some studies are putting virtual reality to the test to see if it will help with chronic pain relief and...

Aphthous Ulcers: Causes, Types, and Treatments

Aphthous Ulcers: Causes, Types, and Treatments

Aphthous ulcers (oral aphthous), commonly known as canker sores, present a prevalent oral concern affecting 20-25% of the population. Unlike fever blisters (cold sores), aphthous ulcers are painful white or yellow sores that emerge inside the mouth and are not...

Common Viruses of the mouth: Herpes Simplex Viruses 1 and 2

Common Viruses of the mouth: Herpes Simplex Viruses 1 and 2

Common viruses that can be present in the oral cavity are Herpes Simplex 1 and 2. Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1) is spread predominantly through infected saliva or active perioral lesions. HSV-1 is adapted best and performs more efficiently in the oral, facial,...

A Comprehensive Guide to Preventing Dental Cavities

A Comprehensive Guide to Preventing Dental Cavities

Oral health is a vital aspect encompassing the well-being of teeth, gums, and the entire oral-facial system, influencing our ability to smile, speak, and chew. Among the prevalent diseases impacting oral health are dental cavities (tooth decay), gum (periodontal)...

Can Dentists Prevent Pneumonia?

Can Dentists Prevent Pneumonia?

Your new patient comes in with her caregiver in a wheelchair. She is 83 years old and accompanied by her daughter who is carrying a box of Kleenex. The patient starts coughing and the daughter tells you that she has a history of pneumonia and hands her a tissue. You...

Squamous Cell Carcinoma: A Silent Killer

Squamous Cell Carcinoma: A Silent Killer

Squamous Cell Carcinoma is a deadly malignancy disease that primarily affects the oral cavity tissue and accounts for more than 90% of all oral malignancies [1]. OSCC dramatically affects patients’ quality of life, resulting in high morbidity and mortality rates. The...

Salivary Gland Tumors: Rarity, Risks, and Treatment Insights

Salivary Gland Tumors: Rarity, Risks, and Treatment Insights

Salivary glands are exocrine glands that produce saliva in the oral cavity. The major salivary glands are parotid, submandibular, and sublingual. The minor salivary glands line the oral mucosa and the upper digestive tract. Salivary gland tumors are uncommon. The most...

Self Massage Can Help Ease Chronic Pain

Self Massage Can Help Ease Chronic Pain

There have been studies that show how massage therapy can help ease some chronic pain conditions. Many people are familiar with the benefits of getting a massage from a trained professional, but only some are familiar with doing self-massage and the benefits it can...

Measured Brain Activity Signals Chronic Pain Activity

Measured Brain Activity Signals Chronic Pain Activity

Up until now, those in the medical community have largely had to rely upon a patient's feedback when it comes to the details regarding chronic pain. The information they receive is subjective and potentially hampered if there are any communication limitations. There...

Dental Caries: A Global Health Burden and the Cost of Neglect

Dental Caries: A Global Health Burden and the Cost of Neglect

Dental Caries remain a significant oral health burden globally. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 2.3 billion people worldwide suffer from dental caries in permanent teeth, making it one of the most prevalent chronic diseases. In the United...

Exploring the World of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Radiology

Exploring the World of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Radiology

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology is a specialized field in dentistry and pathology that focuses on understanding, identifying, and treating diseases that impact the oral and maxillofacial region. It involves investigating the reasons behind these diseases, how they...

Oral Medicine Specialists for Complex Health Conditions

Oral Medicine Specialists for Complex Health Conditions

Oral medicine was recently acknowledged as the 11th ADA-recognized specialty in dentistry. The American Academy of Oral Medicine defines oral medicine as the specialty of dentistry responsible for the oral health care of medically complex patients and for diagnosing...

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