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Betsy Weber

Can Sports Drinks Damage Your Teeth?

It is common knowledge that sugary drinks and foods can lead to tooth decay. But what about sports drinks? A recent study by Australian researchers tested 23 different types of soft drinks and sports drinks, and the results were eye opening. Drinks that were sugar free, but contained acidic additives, and those with low pH levels caused measurable damage to …

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AAOMS Dental Implant Conference

AAOMS Dental Implant Conference 2015

In less than a month, Oral Surgeons from across the country will be meeting in Chicago for the AAOMS Dental Implant Conference. From December 3-5 next month, this conference offers an intensive educational program featuring innovative techniques and procedures for implant teams. Internationally renowned faculty present, and the most technologically advanced products and services are also showcased.

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Have a Healthy Halloween

With Halloween just around the corner, it is always a challenge to balance the sweet treats with children’s health and safety. Here are some tips to keep in mind when celebrating the season: Have children eat their Halloween candy and other sugary foods either with their meals or shortly after mealtime. Production of saliva increases during meals, and this helps …

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Are You and Your Family Mouth-Healthy?

Visit the Mouth Healthy Website, brought to you by the American Dental Association (ADA), and “Get Your Grin On”. For over 150 years the ADA has been a trusted source, providing the public with information on the importance and the benefits of regular oral health care. From brochures to radio announcements, the ADA has brought this message to the public. …

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97th Annual AAOMS Meeting

The 97th annual meeting of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (AAOMS) is scheduled for September 28 – October 3, 2015. This year’s meeting is unique in that the Canadian Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons is participating, bringing a new standard of excellence to the annual North American meeting. Featured sessions include facial oncology and reconstructive surgery, …

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Orthognathic Surgery and Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a relatively common, and potentially serious disorder, where the airways are blocked during sleep enough to cause breathing to stop. When this happens, the brain comes out of its resting state to send impulses to the person to wake up just enough to start the breathing process again. This cycle can repeat many times during …

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Can Stress Affect Your Teeth and Oral Health?

The effects of stress on your body are well documented, but many do not realize its effects on the teeth, jaw, and other oral tissues. One of the consequences of tension is actually a reduced level of immune system function. See more about chronic stress and your health in this Mayo Clinic article: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress/art-20046037. With regard to oral health, gingivitis …

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Understanding Oral Surgery and Your Health Benefits

There are many procedures performed in an Oral Surgeon’s office that may be covered as benefits under your medical plan. It is always suggested to contact your medical and dental insurance for verification of covered benefits. Marlene Houge, from our Crystal Lake office, offers these helpful tips to make your experience successful and to help you to better understand your …

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Oral Cancer Awareness

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Almost 50,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. The fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients is surprising – non-smokers who are young and otherwise healthy. This is due to the HPV virus, which nearly all sexually active men and women get at some point in their lives. The good news is that early …

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Academy of Osseointegration

Academy of Osseointegration Celebrates 30 Years

The Academy of Osseointegration recently celebrated their 30th anniversary with an annual meeting in San Francisco. Dr. Richard attended the meeting, along with staff members Tracey Hein, Allison Hoffmeyer, Jill Kastning, Kayla Kazimour, Cortnee Koop, Katy O’Brien, Missy Pintozzi, and Lindsey Severson. What is osseointegration? It is the process that occurs when bone cells attach themselves to a titanium surface …

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