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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this is a good time to highlight the information that there is a link between breast cancer and oral health.

Studies show you may be 11 times more likely to develop breast cancer if you have poor oral health or gum disease. Inflammation in the body has been found to be a marker that indicates poor health, and often the precursor of heart disease and stroke.

In honor of breast cancer awareness month, why not honor your own body and take charge of your oral health. Start with three simple steps:

• Brush twice a day. Use a toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste.
• Floss daily. Clean between your teeth to help remove food particles that can form plaque, the sticky film on the teeth that is home to living bacteria.
• Visit your dentist regularly.
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Would you equate chewing gum with successful dental implants? You might in two or three years when a new chewing gum comes onto the market.

A pharmaceutical research team at JMU Würzburg in Germany has developed a special chewing gum for diagnosing mouth bacteria. When a patient chews the gum, and there is inflammation present in the mouth, a bittering agent is released. Patients can then follow up with their doctor who can confirm the diagnosis and treat the inflammation.

If only all diagnostic tests were this easy!
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Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that causes inflammatory conditions. Did you know that inflammation can damage gums and ligaments that support your teeth?

RA patients need to be proactive, and aware of this possible risk. The best prevention is good oral hygiene. Professional cleaning at least twice a year, utilizing an electric toothbrush, and flossing are recommended.
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New research is shedding light on the link between Periodontitis and Diabetes. New research from University of Pennsylvania demonstrates that Type 2 Diabetes changes the bacteria within the mouth, making it more inflammatory and thus more susceptible to bone loss.

Diabetics can bring their risk down by keeping good glycemic control, and by practicing good oral hygiene with brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups.
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Take a proactive stance before undergoing oral surgery, and have a discussion with your doctor about pain medication options. Recent survey results show that most patients want to avoid the negative side effects of opioids and would opt for alternative medication for pain after wisdom tooth surgery.
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Oral Cancer -- Your chances of beating it depend on how soon you find it. Are you aware of the symptoms oral cancer? If you notice any of these, see your dental professional. There is an 80-90% survival rate when diagnosed and treated early.
• Patches inside the mouth
• Loose teeth
• Pain swallowing
• Lump in the neck
• Numbness of lower lip and chin
• Difficulty wearing dentures
• A persistent earache
Read more: http://crystallakeoralsurgery.com/more-insight-into-oral-cancer-risks/
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Are you thinking of getting dental implants? Increase your chances of a smooth transition to implants by reviewing your medications and how they affect bone healing.

A study by the researchers at McGill University found that beta blockers, drugs that help to control high blood pressure, can actually help increase bone formation.

On the other hand, heartburn treatments are over-the-counter medications that can negatively impact bone healing. Researchers found higher rates of failure among those using these medications.
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The American Equilibration Society Meeting (AES) was held at the Chicago Downtown Marriott this year, 2017. Some of the cutting edge topics included an Intro to Epigenetics and AIRWAY-kening™ Dentistry.
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There are some great topics coming up from AAOMS for 2017:
-Decision-making Regarding Third Molar Management: Feb. 17
-Empower Your Practice – Know Your Numbers: Feb. 21
-Advanced Protocols for Medical Emergencies in the OMS Office:
April 22-23
-Clinical and Scientific Innovations for Oral and Maxillofacial
surgeons Conference (CSIOMS): April 28-30
See more of what is coming up this year at http://www.aaoms.org/meetings-exhibitions/upcoming-events
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At Crystal Lake, Lake Geneva, Huntley and Burlington OMS, all of our surgeons are Board Certified by the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Conlon, Dr. Bruksch, Dr. Ozment and Dr. VanOven go over and above what is required by standard licensing. Certification means that we have experience with a broad array of surgical concerns, and this is tested by vigorous written and oral examination. At our offices, we are strongly dedicated to providing our clients with the highest quality in care and service.
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