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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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New OMS Forms

Filling Out Medical Forms

Paperwork. It is something that is necessary in a medical practice, but an unwelcome task to perform each time you go into an office. And why do patients really have to fill out the same basic information over and over again? We have recently had a re-design of our OMS office forms, updating our look but also focusing on the …

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A New Website for AAOMS

The American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons has a new website: http://myoms.org. The new site is very user-friendly and easy to navigate. It is often confusing to understand exactly what an oral & maxillofacial surgeon does, and myoms.org does a nice job of providing up to date information. As members of AAOMS, we are part of an association that …

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ADSA Continuing Education

Continuing Education with ADSA

In early December, Doctors Ozment and VanOven attended the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA) educational meetings in Chicago. The ADSA presented educational sessions that addressed General Anesthesia & Deep Sedation as well as Minimal & Moderate Sedation. These courses provide continuing education hours, as well as keeping professionals up to date on the most current research in many areas. …

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Wearing Dentures to Sleep Increases Risk of Pneumonia

According to a recent study published by the International and American Associations for Dental Research, poor oral health and hygiene are being recognized as major risk factors for pneumonia among the elderly. They have found that those who wore dentures while sleeping were more likely to have increased oral health problems as well as a higher association with pneumonia. Dental …

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Where to go for Dental Implants II: Is the Choice Clear to You?

Part II: Will Franchised Dental Implant Centers be There for You? In Part Two of our look at franchised dental implant centers, we address the problem of taking care of restorations as time goes on. The human mouth is constantly changing. Our teeth go through of lot of wear and tear, from daily chewing and biting, to grinding or clenching. …

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Wellness & Nutrition

MCDS Features Wellness Presentation

McHenry County Dental Society held their monthly meeting at Crystal Lake Country Club on September 9, 2014. Guest speaker Shannon Watley, D.O. gave a wellness presentation, discussing nutrition and the benefits of a plant based diet. She believes that in order to find the path to our ideal body weight and desired health destiny, we need to get back to …

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