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It’s World Smile Day! Do an Act of Kindness. Help One Person Smile.

Improving This World, One Smile At A Time. Be a World Smile Day Ambassador.

 

Since its inception in December 1963, the Smiley Face has been part of American culture. Harvey Ball created Smiley for a Worcester, MA Insurance Company. What began as an internal employee morale boosting campaign soon spread around the world to become the international symbol of goodwill and good cheer.

Since 1999, on the first Friday in October, people around the world celebrate World Smile Day, a day dedicated to smiling and making others smile. Harvey Ball believed that we could and should devote at least one day each year to smiles and kind acts. When he created the day, Ball asked that everyone to do one act of kindness to make someone …

Why have corrective jaw surgery? Change the way you FACE the world.

Why on Earth Would Someone Choose to Have Jaw Surgery?!

 

As we age, it is common for the growth of our jaws to stop developing or to develop disproportionately. Oftentimes, the upper and lower jaws grow at a different rate. Birth defects and facial trauma can also have an affect on proper jaw alignment. While orthodontics can be used to treat teeth misalignment, corrective jaw surgery may be necessary to correct misalignment of the jaws.

Corrective jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) to correct skeletal and dental irregularities, including the misalignment of jaws and teeth. Surgery can correct chewing problems, speech issues, jaw pain, and improve your overall quality of life. While orthognathic surgery is performed to correct functional problems, it …

Dentists are Trained to Spot More than Just Cavities

Going “Gluten-Free” Isn’t a Fad, it’s Your Life. Celiac Disease Affects More than Your Diet.

 

Did you know that your dentist can sometimes be the first to spot the signs of an underlying disease? Dentists are trained to spot more than just cavities.

Over the past few years, celiac disease has gotten a lot of attention. Celiac disease is a serious genetic autoimmune disease damages small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food when gluten is ingested. It is a hereditary, and a direct indicator of your body’s intolerance towards gluten. Despite growing attention, it is estimated to affect only 1 in 100 people. However, more than 18 million Americans have non-celiac gluten sensitivity. No matter the cause for attention, there are several serious …

The Olympic Spirit Continues. Let the Paralympic Games Begin!

The Summer Paralympic Games Have Begun – Go Team USA!

 

It’s probably safe to say that many Americans watched the Summer Olympic Games in August. We come together as a country for the love of sport. But did you know that you can still cheer for Team USA? Opening Ceremonies for the Summer Paralympic Games were held last night in Rio, and you won’t want to miss watching these incredible athletes in action…their stories and accomplishments are truly inspirational.

The Paralympic Games or the Games of the Paralympiad, are an international multi-sport event, where athletes with physical disabilities compete. This includes athletes with mobility disabilities, amputations, blindness, and cerebral palsy. Similar to the Olympic games, the Paralympic Games are held every four years, and are organized by …

You’re Ready to go Back to School! But is Your Mouth Ready?

It’s Back-to-School Time! You’re Ready…But Is Your MOUTH Ready?

Summer break is officially over as millions of children head out for their first days of school. Every child wants to look their best as they head back to school this fall. Parents schedule haircuts, get the latest outfits, and buy plenty of school supplies…but most overlook the simple steps to helping their child maintain one of their most visible features – their smile.

Studies show that one of the first things people notice about someone is their smile and that a good smile creates a positive self-image…something all parents wish for their children. Back-to-school time is the perfect time to incorporate good oral health habits into your daily routine.

According to the American Dental Association, a dental examination is as important …

To Floss or Not To Floss? That is the Question.

Should You Floss or Not? Just Floss…It’s Not Going to Hurt!

 

The U.S. Department of Health’s latest decision to not include flossing in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, coupled with the Associated Press’ recent report that the recommendation for flossing lacks evidence that flossing helps is creating a lot of confusion…but don’t throw out your dental floss just yet, anti-flossers.

It’s true, the published evidence to support the effectiveness of flossing to prevent gum disease or tooth decay is weak at best. And while the news story implies that by not including flossing in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines, the government has changed its stance on flossing; however, this is not the case. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee deliberately chose focus on food and nutrient intake (i.e., added sugar), and …

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