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Issue 34 of Dear Doctor Magazine

In this Issue of Dear Doctor - Dentistry & Oral Health magazine:




Issue 3, Volume 10
Letter from Dear Doctor
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Cover Story
Jen Widerstrom
Years before Jen Widerstrom started coaching contestants through personal transformations as a trainer on The Biggest Loser, she underwent a transformation of her own: a smile makeover with porcelain crowns and veneers. Jen recently sat down with Dear Doctor to talk about her approach to health and fitness, her new book on weight loss, and how cosmetic dentistry changed her from the outside in.
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Feature Articles
New Saliva Test for Oral Cancer
The five-year survival rate for oral cancer is about 50/50 — and that rate hasn't improved significantly in decades. One reason this disease is so deadly is that it often produces few noticeable symptoms until the later stages. Yet if discovered early, the survival rate rises dramatically. A new saliva test for oral cancer aims to find the disease while the odds of successful treatment are much better...
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Why Your Dental Records Should Follow You
Having your dental records follow you from one dental practice to another can save you time and money — and may spare you the discomfort of having unnecessary procedures. Find out what is in your dental records, how dentists use them to provide you with the best oral health care, and what rights you have to the information they contain...
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Understanding Periodontal Pockets
Periodontal pockets are a telltale sign of gum disease, the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. These small gaps between the teeth and gums can harbor bacteria, which attack the structures that anchor the teeth in place. Find out how a dentist determines if you have periodontal pockets, how pockets progress, and what you can do to help keep them from forming in the first place...
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How a Routine Dental Visit Saved My Life
Brooke Vitense was a busy, happy 26-year-old when she noticed some strange spots on her tongue. Since she was due for a routine dental checkup anyway, she decided to ask her dentist about them. Doing so saved her life — and now she tells her story...
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Celeste's Makeover is Complete!
Severe periodontal disease had wrecked Celeste's smile and made eating very difficult. Social and business interactions were fraught with embarrassment. She felt hopeless...until she won the gift of a new smile from Dear Doctor's Ultimate Smile Makeover contest. Now Celeste can eat all of her favorite foods again and smile proudly. Yet the biggest change may be to her self-confidence...
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Consultations
Oral Hygiene for Fixed Bridgework
Flossing around dental implants helps prevent gum disease
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Shingles, Herpes Zoster
A one-sided facial rash
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Root Cavities
Tooth decay near the gum line affects many older adults
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Carbohydrates Linked to Gum Disease
A better diet promotes healthier smiles
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