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20 August 2019

Dentistry is the science and art of preventing, diagnosing and treating disease, injuries and malformations of the teeth, jaws and mouth. Good dental hygiene and oral care are important to maintain healthy teeth, gums and tongues and to prevent and treat oral problems such as bad breath, dry mouth, tooth decay, cold sores and thrush.
  • Causes and treatments for bumps on the gums
    Several conditions can cause a bump to form on the gums. These include canker sores, oral thrush, and periodontal abscesses. Learn more about a bump on the gums in this article.
  • What to know about mouth sores from chemo
    People can get temporary mouth sores from chemotherapy. Checking the mouth often helps early detection, while keeping the mouth moist and avoiding certain foods can help relieve symptoms. Learn more here.
  • What to do about swollen gums
    Swollen gums can occur due to gingivitis, pregnancy, and infection. Treatment typically depends on the cause, and good oral hygiene can prevent them. Learn more here.
  • Can receding gums grow back? What to know
    Once the gums recede, they cannot grow back. However, many dental treatments can help restore the gums around the teeth. Learn more about receding gums in this article.
  • Swollen gum around one tooth: What to know
    Many different issues can cause a swollen gum around one tooth, including periodontal disease or a dental abscess. Learn more about the causes and treatments in this article.
  • Everything you need to know about cheek biting
    Accidental cheek biting is often due to dental issues, but chronic cheek biting is a body-focused repetitive behavior. Learn about the causes and treatments here.
  • What to know about nitrous oxide
    Effects of nitrous oxide include a feeling of euphoria that quickly fades. There may be some shorter and longer term side effects. Learn more here.
  • How can rheumatoid arthritis affect the jaw?
    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can affect the jaw joint, causing tenderness and swelling. In this article, we look at the symptoms and treatments for RA in the jaw.
  • What causes a bad smell in the nose?
    Causes of a bad smell in the nose include sinusitis, mouth or tooth infections, and certain foods and drinks. Learn more about what might cause a bad smell in the nose, and what to do about it, here.
  • Why do I have tight jaw muscles? Causes and relief
    Tight jaw muscles often occur due to stress, anxiety, injury, or overusing the jaw joint. In other cases, it may signal a medical condition. Learn about causes of jaw tightness and ways to relieve the tension here.
  • Study ties unhealthy gums to liver cancer risk
    A large study finds that people with unhealthy gums and teeth have a higher risk of liver cancer, which kills nearly 32,000 people per year in the U.S.
  • What to know about antibiotics and tooth infections
    Antibiotics may be an effective treatment option for a tooth infection. There are many different types of antibiotic and many other potential remedies. Learn more about using antibiotics for a tooth infection here.
  • Undetected diabetes may double risk of heart attack, periodontitis
    New research finds a link between undetected blood sugar disorders and a heightened risk of myocardial infarction — or heart attack — and periodontitis.
  • What STDs can you get from oral sex?
    There are many sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that people can get as a result of having oral sex, including gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia. Learn about how people can transmit STDs orally, the symptoms they cause, and the available treatments here.
  • Stroke study finds mouth bacteria in brain clots
    Using DNA evidence, scientists have shown that brain clot samples from people who have had ischemic stroke often contain mouth bacteria.
  • How to get rid of keto breath
    A ketogenic diet involves eating large amounts of healthful fats and proteins. A common side effect of this diet is bad breath. Find out how to treat and reduce keto breath with home remedies here.
  • What to know about gargling with salt water
    Salt water gargles are a cheap, easy, and natural alternative to medicated mouthwashes. Gargling with salt water can help clean the mouth and ease symptoms of sore throats, mouth sores, allergies, and dental procedures. Learn more about salt water gargles here.

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  • Why is Oral Health Important for Men?
    Why is Oral Health Important for Men?   Men are less likely than women to take care of their physical health and, according to surveys and studies, their oral health is equally ignored. Good oral health recently has been linked with longevity. Yet, one of the most common factors associated with infrequent dental checkups is just being male. Men are less likely than women to seek preventive...
  • Men: Looking for a Better Job? Start by Visiting the Dentist
    Men: Looking for a Better Job? Start by Visiting the Dentist   An online poll of 289 general dentists and consumers confirms the traditional stereotype that men are less likely to visit the dentist than their female counterparts, according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), an organization of general dentists dedicated to continuing dental education.   Why? Nearly 45 percent...
  • Headaches and Jaw Pain? Check Your Posture!
    If you experience frequent headaches and pain in your lower jaw, check your posture and consult your dentist about temporomandibular disorder (TMD), recommends the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), an organization of general dentists dedicated to continuing dental education.   Poor posture places the spine in a position that causes stress to the jaw joint. When people slouch or hunch over...
  • Check Menstrual Calendar for Tooth Extraction
    Dry socket, the most common postoperative complication from tooth extractions, delays the normal healing process and results when the newly formed blood clot in the extraction site does not form correctly or is prematurely lost. This blood clot lays the foundation for new tissue and bone to develop over a two-month healing process.   Updated: October 2008    
  • The History of Dental Advances
    The History of Dental Advances   Many of the most common dental tools were used as early as the Stone Age. Thankfully, technology and continuing education have made going to the dentist a much more pleasant – and painless – experience. Here is a look at the history of dentistry's most common tools, and how they came to be vital components of our oral health care needs.   Where did t...
  • What is Orofacial Pain?
    Orofacial pain includes a number of clinical problems involving the chewing (masticatory) muscles or temporomandibular joint. Problems can include temporomandibular joint discomfort; muscle spasms in the head, neck and jaw; migraines, cluster or frequent headaches; or pain with the teeth, face or jaw.   You swallow approximately 2,000 times per day, which causes the upper and lower teeth t...
  • Are You Biting Off More Than You Can Chew?
    In our fast-paced lives, many of us may be eating in a hurry, taking giant bites of our food to get done quickly and on to the next task. Fast-food restaurants advertise giant burgers and sandwiches as a selling point, but often those super-sized delicacies are larger than a human mouth.   Taking bites that are too big to chew could be bad for your jaw and teeth, says the Academy of Genera...
  • How Do I Care for My Child's Baby Teeth?
    How Do I Care for My Child’s Baby Teeth?   Though you lose them early in life, your primary teeth, also called baby teeth, are essential in the development and placement of your permanent teeth. Primary teeth maintain the spaces where permanent teeth will erupt and help develop proper speech patterns that would otherwise be difficult; without maintenance of these spaces, crowding and misali...
  • When Should My Child First See a Dentist?
    When Should My Child First See a Dentist?   Your child's first visit to the dentist should happen before his or her first birthday. The general rule is six months after eruption of the first tooth. Taking your child to the dentist at a young age is the best way to prevent problems such as tooth decay, and can help parents learn how to clean their child's teeth and identify his or her fluori...
  • Is My Child at Risk for Early Childhood Tooth Decay?
    Is My Child at Risk for Early Childhood Tooth Decay?   The average healthy adult visits the dentist twice a year. The average healthy 2-year-old has never been to the dentist. By kindergarten, 25 percent of children have never seen a dentist, yet dental decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease in America.   The culprit? A combination of misinformation about when a c...
  • What is a Composite Resin (White Filling)?
    What is a Composite Resin (White Filling)?   A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.   How is a composite placed?   Following preparation, the dentist...
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
    Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) describes a variety of conditions that affect jaw muscles, temporomandibular joints and nerves associated with chronic facial pain. Symptoms may occur on one or both sides of the face, head or jaw, or develop after an injury. TMD affects more than twice as many women than men.    Updated: November 2008   
  • Pacifiers Have Negative and Positive Effects
    Pacifiers Have Negative and Positive Effects   It’s one of the hardest habits to break and can require a great deal of persuasion: Parents often struggle with weaning their child off of a pacifier.   There is much debate regarding the use of pacifiers, but there is evidence to show that there are both pros and cons, according to a study in the January/February 2007 issue of Gene...
  • What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?
    What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?   Baby bottle tooth decay is caused by the frequent and long-term exposure of a child's teeth to liquids containing sugars. Among these liquids are milk, formula, fruit juice, sodas and other sweetened drinks. The sugars in these liquids pool around the infant's teeth and gums, feeding the bacteria in plaque. Every time a child consumes a sugary liquid, acid...
  • What is Dental Amalgam (Silver Filling)?
    What is Dental Amalgam (Silver Fillings)?   Most people recognize dental amalgams as silver fillings. Dental amalgam is a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and copper. Mercury, which makes up about 50 percent of the compound, is used to bind the metals together and to provide a strong, hard, durable filling. After years of research, mercury has been found to be the only eleme...