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Irresistible Stories: MDA Dentists Address Infant Oral Health Misinformation

Good oral health is vital to a child’s overall health and well-being, impacting everything from nutrition to...

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Dental Voices: Mental Health

MDA dentists sink their teeth into an issue that matters – we’re talking about mental health. From...

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Neurodiversity & Oral Health: What You Need to Know

Just as every smile is different, every brain is too. Neurodivergent individuals, including people with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity...

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Cancer Treatment & Your Oral Health: What You Need to Know

Cancer is a difficult diagnosis. It affects every person differently. Beyond the prognosis, there's information to process,...

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Find the Best Dentists for Seniors Near You

As Michigan’s oldest and largest professional dental organization, we often get asked, “How do I find the...

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Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, & Oral Health: What You Need To Know

Alzheimer's disease and dementia can significantly impact a person's oral health. In this article, MDA dentists explore...

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Heart Disease & Your Oral Health:
What You Need to Know

The health of your heart and the health of your mouth are connected. Heart disease (or cardiovascular...

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Fluoride Has Your Smile Covered

Healthy smiles start with fluoride. It's essential for building strong teeth and preventing cavities in children. Adults...

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Asthma & Oral Health:
What You Need to Know

More than 11% of children and adults in Michigan live with asthma1. This painful inflammatory condition causes...

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Managing Diabetes—Your Daily At-Home Oral Care Routine

The right daily at-home oral care routine goes a long way toward improving your oral health and...

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Connecting Diabetes & Oral Health: What You Need to Know

Whether you or someone you love have lived with diabetes for years or were recently diagnosed, you...

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Teeth Have Feelings Too

Which Tooth Are You? Find out how your teeth really feel! Pick the tooth that's the most...

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What You Need to Know About Children’s Oral Health

We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again—keeping tiny teeth healthy is just as important as...

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Care Goes Beyond Coverage

Find an MDA Dentist Near You MDA Dentists—Dedicated to Our Patients For MDA member dentists, your health...

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What to Consider When Considering Dental Implants

Dental implants permanently replace a single missing tooth, several missing teeth, or an entire set of teeth—top,...

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Dentists Practice Infection Control — for Your Health!

Your MDA dentist places your well-being above all else. As healthcare providers, your dentist and their team...

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Top 10 Facts about Children’s Oral Health — FAQ Edition

Our original “Top 10 Facts You Should Know about Children’s Oral Health” provided a short, sweet—or should...

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Guide to Dental Emergencies & Urgent Dental Care Needs

Here’s how to tell if you or someone you know is experiencing a dental emergency, or if...

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Going to the Dentist

Going to the dentist every 6 months may seem scary, expensive, or simply not worth your time....

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Big Stories from Little Mouths

Cavities. Everyone’s heard of them. Everyone fears them. But does anyone really know the truth about them?...

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Whitening 101

Sure, we all want bright, shining smiles. But before you go off on a whitening adventure, there...

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The Sugary Truth

When it comes to your teeth, sugar isn’t all that sweet. When you drink sugary drinks, the...

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Oral Health Can Be Fun, Too!

Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month with Your Kids It’s finally National Children’s Dental Health Month, one...

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Embrace the “Brace Face”

Let’s have an honest discussion about braces. If you’ve never had them, you’ve probably seen them on...

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The Healthy Smile Diet

It’s common knowledge—sugary foods and drinks can wreak havoc on your teeth. But not everyone understands the...

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The Reality of Tooth Decay

The term “tooth decay” sounds so dark, it could be fiction. Sadly, it’s far from it. Tooth...

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No, a Crown Isn’t a Tiara for Your Teeth (or is it?)

Ever heard someone refer to a crown on their tooth and just smiled and nodded wondering what...

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How Can I Get the Most for My Money When It Comes to Dental Care?

You have a family of smiles to look after and, of course, a budget. The good news...

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Don’t Worry, You Can Have a Smile Fit for a Celebrity, Too

First things first, can we all just raise a glass to the progress that’s been made in...

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“No Time” for a Dentist Visit? C’mon.

If you are anything like the rest of us, you probably have more enjoyable things to do...

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The Importance of Dental Care at an Early Age

Pam—the mom who does pilates five days a week, is president of the PTA, works a 40-hour...

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DIY Teeth Whitening “Hacks” — Helpful or Harmful?

Surveys show that when asked what people would change about their smile, most responded with “whiter teeth.”...

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Is Sugar Really as Bad as Dentists Make it Out to be?

In short, yes. Yesssssssss. Consuming too much or the wrong kind of sugars can be detrimental to...

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Michigan Mission of Mercy:
a Breakdown

Due to the pandemic, the 2020 Mission of Mercy has been postponed. Stay tuned for updates! Maybe...

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Why Wisdom Teeth Aren’t So Wise

As kids, we are taught that losing baby teeth to make room for grown-up teeth is sort...

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Do You Really Know How Strong Your Teeth Are?

Your teeth are with you through thick and thin. Both in terms of your hard times, as...

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What Happens In Your Mouth When You Go To Sleep?

You brush your teeth, go to bed feeling clean and fresh, and then before you know it...

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What Do Your Gums Say About Your Oral Health?

Here’s the thing about dentists: they don’t only know how to clean your teeth and gum-line, they...

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Why Is Dental Care for Children So Important

There are plenty of conflicting views about the importance of early dental visits. Two of our MDA...

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Why You Should Incorporate Fluoride into Your Child’s Dental Routine

Fluoride is extremely important for anyone of any age to use for the sake of their oral...

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Good Oral Care Habits You Can Teach Your Child Early

Good dental hygiene is learned at a young age. Adults are in the habit of brushing their...

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The One Thing You Need To Change About Your Dental Routine

New year means a new you! Or, at the very least, new goals and routines. With the...

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Why Your Diet Is The Cornerstone of Good Oral Health

It’s no secret that sugary foods are more likely to cause cavities. The plaque that develops on...

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MDA Healthy Gums

Your gums are the root of your oral health. Dr. Dawley, DDS, explains how to keep them...

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New Parents

New parent? No worries! Dr. Meggan McCone is here to help you keep your child smiling with...

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4 Strange Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Your Mouth

Relative to the world’s existence, dental hygiene practices are a fairly new norm by all health and...

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The Dangers of DIY Braces

In 2017, a quick Google search makes all of us feel like an expert on any given...

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What’s the Deal with Wisdom Teeth?

What's the deal with wisdom teeth? Can they stay or should they go? What's the right age...

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Choosing the Right Dental Plan for You

Picking a dental insurance plan doesn’t have to feel like a game of Eney, Meeney, Miny, Moe....

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Summertime Smiles – Tips for Your Kids’ Teeth

Did you know that children in the U.S. lose 51 million school hours each year due to...

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Want a Healthy Body? Start with a Healthy Mouth!

You know regular maintenance is important to keeping your car running well. Did you also know that...

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The Keys to Oral Cancer Prevention

Nearly 50,000 Americans will be affected by oral cancer this year, and over 9,000 individuals die each...

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Healthy Eating and Activity Lead to Improved Academics

Parents and schools are always looking for ways to teach children good eating habits that will benefit...

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Be a Good Sport about Mouthguards

You may not realize that the most-injured area of the body during contact sports is the mouth....

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Pop Drinking, Poor Diet Lead to Decay

When you’re thirsty, what do you reach for? If you’re like many Americans, it’s probably a can...

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Protect Your Heart – Prevent Periodontal Disease

Studies show that your lips, tongue, and gums can impact your overall health in a bad way....

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The Benefits of Fluoride – Help Your Smile Be Its Best!

Fluoride is important to your dental health because it makes your teeth strong. Fluoride comes from toothpaste,...

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Understanding Your Dental Benefits

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t pay much attention to your dental plan. But it’s...

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Dental X-Rays

In most cases, you only get X-rays when something hurts, but dentists will also take X-rays because...

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Oral Health Care for the 50-Plus Patient

If you’re over age 50, you are part of the fastest-growing population in the United States! No...

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Tips for Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies happen. We want to remind you that you can reduce the chances of damaging your...

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Tips for School Lunches

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and the Michigan Dental Association reminds you that it’s easy...

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Dental Insurance Myths

MYTH: I can’t go to the dentist if I don’t have dental insurance. FACT: Absolutely not true....

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Diabetes and Your Oral Health

Patients with diabetes have special risks related to their oral health care. Poor oral health has sometimes...

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Fluoride and the Bottled Water Craze

Today, more and more people are drinking bottled water. Bottled water contains no caffeine, no calories, and...

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Helpful Dental Health Habits For Children

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and the Michigan Dental Association reminds you that it’s easy...

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Concerns of Infants and Toddlers

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and we want to help your children develop a happy,...

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Winter Mouth Health Tips

While the chilly weather may have your teeth chattering, there are a lot of easy ways you...

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The True Cost of Dental Care

The cost of dental care is often cited as a reason patients put off receiving routine dental...

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Pregnancy and Oral Health

Expectant mothers may have special risks related to their oral health care and that of their unborn...

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Oral Health and Your Heart

Did you know that 85 percent of people who have had a heart attack also have had...

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