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Healthy Mouth, Healthy You - September is Dental Implant Awareness Month!

September 1, 2020

 

Are you missing one or more teeth? You’re not alone. The average adult loses at least one permanent tooth throughout their lifetime.

That’s part of the reason why September is Dental Implant Awareness Month: to spread awareness about the benefits of dental implants and the value of choosing an AAID dentist for treatment.

This year's theme is “Healthy Mouth, Healthy You,” celebrating the many health benefits of implants. Many patients don’t realize that implants provide more than just a cosmetic fix. When you lose a tooth, several things happen that may not be immediately obvious and can have a long-term effect on your health.

Dental implants provide a healthy tooth replacement option for adults of all ages, whether you were born without a tooth or have had to have teeth removed due to injury, infection or decay.

Here are 5 health benefits of dental implants:

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Topics: Getting started with dental implants, Choosing an implant dentist, what to know about implants, health connection, overall health, Dental Implant Awareness Month

The Hidden Threat Behind Wine to Your Oral Health

July 20, 2020

While the jury remains out about the potential heart healthy benefits of red wine, there is no question that alcohol could have a detrimental effect on one’s oral health. Unfortunately, wine can be one of the worst drinks when it comes to threatening the overall health of your teeth.

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Topics: health connection, overall health

What to Expect: Going to the Dentist After Stay-at-Home Order is Lifted

May 21, 2020

Scheduling regular dental checkups is crucial to both your oral health and overall health – however this normal routine visit has been put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As various states start to allow dental offices to open up for all types of visits, you might be wondering, “What’s my visit to the dentist going to be like now?” Guidelines for each state are different, so be sure to contact or wait to hear from your dentist first.

To help you plan your trip to the dentist, we’ve compiled 3 checklists for you to download and use.

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Topics: overall health, COVID-19

Caring for Your Teeth During COVID-19

April 17, 2020

As we continue to monitor the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the health and safety of everyone remains important to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. As you have been reading and listening to the news, the information on the virus continues to change frequently.

We’ve outlined below how AAID dentists are responding to this situation, as well as how you, as a patient, can be proactive with your oral health during this time.

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Topics: health connection, overall health, COVID-19

Chewing Sugar-Free Gum Could Save Over $4 Billion in Dental Visits

March 6, 2020

While you may not save $4.1 billion yourself, you might save a significant amount of money by using sugar-free gum to help prevent tooth decay.

Today, nearly all adults experience tooth decay, as do most children. The cost of treatment adds up, and it is estimated that 60% of dental healthcare costs are associated with tooth decay.

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Topics: overall health

Questions to Ask Before Choosing an Implant Dentist

June 18, 2019
 
If you're looking for information regarding dental implants, there's no resource more trusted than  the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), the oldest organization in the world dedicated to implant dentistry.
 
We asked Dr. Sanford N. Schwartz, DDS, FAAID, a Fellow of the AAID, to weigh in on some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants.
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Topics: Getting started with dental implants, Choosing an implant dentist, dental implant process, what to know about implants, Credentialed Implant Dentist

Are You Eating Your Way to Tooth Loss?

May 16, 2019
 
Have you lost one or more teeth? Then it may be helpful to have a discussion with an implant dentist about the types of food you eat. 

Studies suggest that the "inflammatory potential" of your diet can impact your oral health. Specifically, researchers found that an anti-inflammatory diet may lead to fewer lost teeth. The data in this research came from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

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Topics: overall health

Your Dentist Might Be the First to Notice Your High Blood Pressure

April 30, 2019

Everyone knows regular visits to the dentist are important. But they may be even more beneficial than you thought.

Why? Because you might have hypertension without realizing it. Often referred to as high blood pressure, hypertension often has no significant signs or symptoms, yet it can cause serious health problems.

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Topics: overall health

Do You Have a Successful Smile?

April 15, 2019
 
What do people think about your smile? Would they describe it as "effective," "genuine," and "pleasant"?
 
It's not simply a question of vanity. These characteristics of a "successful smile" provide important reference points for surgeons and implant dentists that have patients recovering from accidents or strokes that affect their smiles.
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Topics: overall health

The 4 Characteristics of a Candidate for Dental Implants

March 6, 2019
 
Even if you’ve done your research on dental implants, you may be wondering if you are qualified to get them. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution, but chances are you will fit the bill.
 
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), the best candidates for dental implants share four characteristics.

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Topics: Getting started with dental implants, what to know about implants

About LifeSmiles

The LifeSmiles blog empowers individuals struggling with dental problems to find reliable, practical information and advice on dental implants and how to find a qualified implant expert. Our goal is to ensure that quality care and peace of mind is available to every dental implant patient.

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