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Dr Dich Lu - Healthy Smiles Dental Center
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Happy Mother's Day to all the beautiful moms in the world! You have the toughest job and make it look so easy.

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HAPPY HALLOWE'EN from Dr. Lu & everyone at Healthy Smiles Dental Center! Please drive carefully and watch out for trick-or-treaters tomorrow.
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10/30/17
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Gum Disease May Delay Pregnancy

New research showed that women who had a certain bacteria in their mouth that causes gum disease, took 3 times longer to get pregnant. The study also reported that women with signs of gum disease took 4 times longer to get pregnant. Keep on brushing, flossing & stay healthy!
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6/14/17
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Knocked Out Teeth Can Be Saved With The Proper Steps

Having a tooth knocked out can be scary. The tooth can be saved if you act quickly by:
- Taking care to only touch the top (crown) of the tooth (the part of the tooth you can see when it is in placed in the mouth).
- Do NOT wash or scrub the tooth. Place it in a bag or container with milk, saliva or Hank's Balanced Salt Solution (if you have it handy).
- If the tooth is in a bag, place the bag over ice.
- Bite down on gauze to reduce the bleeding and call a dentist ASAP to increase the chances of saving the tooth.
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3/23/17
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Thank you to all those that braved the wind and rain last Friday to attend our event in Irvine, CA. There was stormy weather outdoors but indoors there was live music and a lively audience eager to learn how to keep their pearl whites healthy and how to help people who snore. Call us at 714.432.0979 if you have any questions related to teeth or snoring issues.
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2/23/17
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Happy Valentine's Day! For those that have a sweet tooth, this cartoon is for you. :)
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Pictures from our latest event educating people about Obstructive Sleep Apnea and the alternatives to a CPAP machine.
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2016-10-26
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Heart Health
The #1 cause of death for male and female Americans is heart disease. Your oral hygiene can make your heart healthier or weaker depending on what you do. The mouth is full of bacteria and poor oral hygiene can lead bacteria going into the bloodstream because the gums are infected. These bacteria have been found in cholesterol plaques in the walls of coronary arteries. Once the arteries are blocked by these plaques, the heart gets less blood flow and can suffer from heart attacks. Unfortunately, people with periodontal disease are 2 times more likely to have coronary artery disease than others. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy can lower your chances of having heart problems.

See a dentist if you are having any issues with your teeth and gums such as red or bleeding gums, gums that pull away from your teeth, loose teeth or sensitivity to hot or cold.
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2016-09-28
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Bad Breath
Bad breath (halitosis) can be caused by many reasons such as dry mouth or bad oral hygiene. One area of the mouth often neglected is the tongue. It is recommended that people brush their tongue as well as their teeth because bacteria collects on your tongue and can cause bad breath. People can also use tongue scrapers to clean plaque, food and left over toothpaste off their tongue. Another solution for halitosis is to hydrate and drink lots of water to remove the bacteria off your tongue. If bad breath still persists, see your dentist to see what is causing the problem. It may be as simple as tartar on your teeth, bacteria from a cavity or something else.
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2016-09-15
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TRUE OR FLOSS?
Fact: Flossing removes food from between teeth and below the gum. The Dental Hygienists Association states: “When food accumulates between teeth, it is metabolized by bacteria to produce plaque. Plaque causes both inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and the demineralization of teeth, which leads to tooth decay.”

Fact: Gum disease has been linked to a six-fold increase in the rate of cognitive decline.

Fact: A new study found “a very strong link between the bacteria involved in gum disease and the increased risk of heart disease.”

Fact: A review of six trials found that when professionals flossed the teeth of children on school days for almost two years, they saw a 40 percent reduction in the risk of cavities.

Fact: Only you can decide to floss or not to floss.
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2016-08-31
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