Treat your Tongue Right-Quit Smoking

March 12, 2017

You probably know how smoking can damage your lungs, but did you  know the havoc tobacco use can wreak on your tongue? Though some effects can be relatively benign, others can lead to serious, even life-threatening, conditions.

Discolored and Hairy

If you look in the mirror and notice that your tongue is white, black, splotched, or furry, you know it is time to quit smoking. Your tongue is covered with tiny finger-like projections called papillae. If you smoke excessively, the chemicals in the tobacco will keep these papillae from shedding as they should. Instead they grow longer and longer, trapping food particles, dead cells, and bacteria between them. According to the Mayo Clinic, “hairy tongue” is usually harmless, but can lead to severe halitosis and an unsightly tongue. 

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What to Expect if Your Child Needs Their Tonsils Removed

September 8, 2016

Routine examination of little girl's throat

Removal of the tonsils is a common procedure that may be necessary if a child (or adult) has severe or recurring tonsillitis. This surgery is called tonsillectomy. By the time the doctor orders the tonsils to be removed, parents are well aware of their child’s health issue. The child will have had several problems involving the tonsils and will have been seen by the doctor on many occasions. In spite of the fact that you may have seen it coming, the idea of your child being hospitalized for surgery will still cause anxiety. It is best to know what to expect so that you can be prepared for what will happen.

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What is the association between gum disease and diabetes?

July 30, 2016

Diabetes

Gum disease is a type of infection of the gums often caused by decay, though you are also at a higher risk due to genetics. Another potential risk for gum disease is if you have diabetes. Here are some things to know about the link between gum disease and diabetes.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a type of infection of your gums. It can also affect the bones of your teeth. When you get gum disease, it can cause a host of problems for your teeth, from loosening and loss of teeth, to difficulty chewing, misalignment of the teeth, and frequent tooth infections that require treatment. There are also different levels of gum disease, beginning with mild disease to severe periodontal disease.

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