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Symptoms of Gum Disease

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), it is believed that one of every two Americans over age 30 have periodontal disease. Yikes! (It gets worse with age: 70% of Americans over 65 are believed to have the disease). What is Periodontal Disease? The American Academy of Periodontology defines periodontal disease—commonly called gum disease—as a […]

Ancient Wisdom and Your Tongue: Full Size

Ancient Wisdom and a Clean Mouth

“The Power of Life and Death are in the Tongue” —King Solomon Although this ancient wisdom has always been considered to refer to the words a tongue speaks, might there be another application? Recent studies have identified links between poor oral health and systemic disorders, including cardiovascular and lymphatic disease. How can this be? It has […]

What IS a Gag Reflex?

Most people are afraid of having a gag reflex. Interestingly enough, it is a good thing! It is the body protecting itself against choking, even though it may feel uncomfortable to the one who has it. Also known as the pharyngeal reflex and a laryngeal spasm, the gag reflex is a contraction of the back […]

Rockin’ Tongues

Did you know that the tongue has played an important role in the recent history of music? It has become the signature trademark for at least two famous rock bands! Over half a century ago, the Rolling Stones debuted in part of what was to become the “British Invasion”. Still rocking stages around the world, […]