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Taking steps to avoid gum disease will also benefit your overall health.

Gum Disease and Your Overall Health: New Findings Reveal More Risks

As you know, we always encourage you to floss your teeth, with plenty of good reasons! Flossing can help you keep your teeth cleaner and can help prevent gum disease, which can cause swollen and bleeding gums, and—in its more serious stages—tooth and bone loss. For some time, it’s been known that gum disease is definitely linked to serious health issues such as certain cancers, diabetes, heart attacks, high blood pressure, and strokes. Now, new research shows possible connections to additional health issues, and sheds light on a previously unknown risk factor for gum disease. Here’s what you’ll want to know.

It's true--many of our favorite parts of summer can affect our teeth!

Summer True or False Quiz! 8 Questions to Help You Protect Your Teeth

It’s true—summer is almost here! For many of us, that means hot sunny days with swimming, lots of cold drinks and frozen treats, and lots of outdoor activities. Which of these things can affect your oral health? How much do you know about protecting your teeth during the summer? Take this quiz and see!

Fight plaque and tooth decay by taking good care of your teeth.

What’s the Difference Between Dental Plaque and Tooth Decay?

Dental plaque and tooth decay are two of the most common dental issues affecting dental patients; and everyone with teeth—adults, babies, and children—is at risk. Is there a difference between the two conditions? Does one cause the other? Here’s what you’ll want to know.

Obstructive sleep apnea doesn't have to ruin your sleep. Learn about dental solutions!

How Much Do You Know About Obstructive Sleep Apnea? Take Our Quiz

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep breathing disorder that can reveal itself through many kinds of symptoms, and sometimes through serious health issues. How much do you know about who it might affect, the problems it can cause, and the available treatments? Take our quiz.

Your baby can have good dental health with your help.

8 Great Dental Health Tips for Your Baby or Young Child

If you have a baby or a young child, one of your top concerns will certainly be their health. Dental health is an important part of that! Good dental health starts before the first tooth arrives, and there are many ways you can promote it while helping your child build good habits to last a lifetime. Here are eight of the best things you can do.

It's important for senior patients to take good care of their oral health.

Dentistry for Senior Patients: What Should You Know?

There are currently more than 54 million senior Americans aged 65 or older—that’s 16.5 % of our current population. By 2030, the US Census Bureau projects, one of every five Americans will belong to this category. Aging is a fact of life, but there’s plenty you can do to maintain your health, especially your oral health, as you age! Here are the facts.

Mechanical teeth with frosted donut, petit fours, and cupcake. Taking a few minutes to floss daily is vital to oral and overall health.

8 Great Reasons to Floss Every Day

You’ve probably heard your dentist or hygienist regularly recommend that you floss daily. Flossing takes only a few minutes, but for some patients, getting started and then flossing regularly can be a challenge. If you’ve already made it part of your routine, congratulations! But if you need more encouragement, here are eight great reasons to make the effort!

Meet the Superstar: Shannon Brandstetter!

We’re delighted to introduce Shannon Brandstetter as our newest Winchester Dental superstar! Shannon is a registered dental hygienist, but did you know she didn’t have her own teeth cleaned by a hygienist until she was in hygiene school? Get to know her better in this interview.

Why Should You Be Concerned About Dental Erosion?

While many factors can contribute to dental erosion, you can certainly take positive steps to avoid it and keep your teeth healthy. But with so many dental products claiming to be effective against erosion, how can you best protect your teeth? The first step is to understand what erosion is and what causes it, so let’s look at the facts.

Airway orthodontics can help everyone sleep better!

Airway Orthodontics as a Breathing Solution

Airway orthodontics can be a game-changer if you snore or have sleep apnea. A beautiful smile may be just one of many benefits of this kind of treatment! Straightening your teeth can also improve your nighttime breathing, sleep, and sleep apnea. Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for teeth anymore!

If You Clench or Grind Your Teeth, It Could Be a Breathing Issue

Many people don’t associate breathing issues with dental symptoms, but recent advances in dentistry have revealed that clenching or grinding your teeth, especially in your sleep, could be a sign of a breathing disorder. Why does this happen, and what’s the most effective way to treat it? Read what Dr. Gio has to say.

Meet the Superstar: Samantha Ruble!

Dental assistant Samantha Ruble, our superstar this month, is celebrating fifteen years with Winchester Dental! In this interview, Sam talks about the chance opportunity that changed her original career path, her favorite training courses over the years, and a great piece of advice that still motivates her.

NightLase® treatment may help ease your snoring or sleep apnea.

Introducing NightLase® Treatment for Snoring and Sleep Apnea

NightLase® is a safe, non-invasive laser treatment for the soft palate, the back of the tongue, and the floor of the mouth. If you snore or have a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, this procedure may help! We’re pleased to offer NightLase at Winchester Dental. Kelly Richardson, DDS explains how it works.

Meet the Superstar: Mistie Dodson!

This month, we proudly introduce Mistie Dodson, RDH as this month’s superstar! Mistie has been a dental hygienist for 17 years. In this interview, she talks about learning from her mentor, her thoughts on professional association membership, and the surprising benefit daily flossing can offer.