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Meditation for Anyone

Meditation may seem like an intimidating word to many people. You may be picturing a person on a mountain or on the beach with absolutely no thoughts in their head. However, many of us use some form of meditation on a daily basis without even knowing it! There are many different kinds of meditation and a vast number of mental and physical benefits linked to the practice of meditation. These benefits include, but are not limited to, helping attention and focus, lowering blood pressure, decreasing stress and anxiety, and even improving the immune system.

 

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Oral Health and Systemic Health

 

Dental health can no longer be viewed as separate from overall health. Studies show a very strong correlation between periodontal disease and several of the leading causes of death, including heart disease, cancer, lung diseases, diabetes, and stroke.

 

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Tension Headaches

Tension headaches are the most common form of headache that can vary in range from mild pain to debilitating agony. This pain can last anywhere from a few hours to several months. The cause is mostly unknown, but we are aware of the triggers that elicit the pain to begin. Due to the nature of these headaches, there is a wide range of pain sensations a person can feel, from tightness around the head to neck stiffness. Read more for common causes, symptoms, and treatments for tension type headaches.

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Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Vaccine Safety

What is HPV?

HPV is umbrella term for over 150 closely related viruses. Some HPV types lead to rash and warts, others can lead to cancer. Both men and women are susceptible to HPV cancer of the mouth, throat, anus, and rectum. Men can develop penile HPV cancer, and women can develop cervical, vaginal, and vulvar HPV cancer. Cervical HPV cancer is the most common and if left untreated, it can lead to infertility among other complications.

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Committing to Total Wellness

Being healthy goes far beyond losing weight to fit into your favorite dress for a friend’s wedding, or looking great for your high school reunion. It’s about being mindful of everyday choices we make regarding our eating habits, sleeping patterns, exercise, and more. Let’s look at a few easily forgotten, but essential steps we can take to live with whole-body health.

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Chemotherapy and Oral Health

Overview

Chemotherapy is used to treat cancer. While it targets cancer cells, it can also have negative effects on normal, healthy cells. Since chemotherapy and radiation treatment target rapidly growing cells, treatment will target cells in the mouth and can adversely affect the healthy balance of naturally occurring oral bacteria. Before beginning treatment, it is important to know that side effects in the mouth can be serious and may even lead to delay or termination of chemotherapy treatment.

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Dentistry and Diabetes

Diabetes Defined

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a condition that results in prolonged elevated blood sugar levels throughout the body. Normally, our pancreas produces a hormone, insulin, to remove sugar from blood when we eat. In Type I DM, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. Type II DM results from insulin-resistance, where the body does not respond properly to insulin production. Both types lead to persistent, dangerously high levels of blood sugar that negatively affect all tissues in the body, including those that support teeth.

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