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13 December 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.
  • How to treat a dry mouth at home
    There are many ways to treat a dry mouth at home, including using a humidifier, sucking on sugar-free lozenges, and trying alcohol-free mouthwash. Learn more.
  • Dental bridge: Everything you need to know
    A dental bridge can replace a missing tooth or several teeth. In this article, learn how dental bridges work, including the types and what to expect.
  • Do braces hurt? What to expect
    People often wonder whether braces hurt. Here, we discuss the pain or discomfort that people may experience when getting and wearing braces.
  • Brushing your teeth may keep your heart healthy
    New research that followed a large group of people over an extended period suggests that regular toothbrushing staves off arrhythmia and heart failure.
  • What to know about tooth extraction
    A person may need a tooth extraction for various reasons. Here, learn about the different types of extraction and what to expect during and after the procedure.
  • Everything you need to know about fluoride treatment
    Fluoride treatment may offer benefits to those at risk of tooth decay. Natural health advocates, however, question the safety of fluoride. We look at the benefits and side effects of fluoride and fluoride treatment.
  • What to know about fissured tongue
    Fissured tongue causes a person to develop one or multiple grooves on their tongue. It is not usually a serious condition but can lead to some mild complications. Read this article to learn more about the causes and treatment.
  • What is Ludwig's angina?
    Ludwig’s angina is a rare, serious skin infection that affects the floor of the mouth and the neck. Learn about its symptoms, causes, and treatments here.
  • What is the soft palate?
    The soft palate is the muscular part of the roof of the mouth. This article provides a diagram of the soft palate and discusses its anatomy and functions, as well as the conditions that affect it.
  • Teeth: Names, types, and functions
    The types of teeth are incisors, canines, premolars, and molars. The last of the molars to erupt are the wisdom teeth. Learn more about the types of teeth in this article.
  • How does tooth enamel last a lifetime?
    Enamel is the strongest tissue in the human body. A recent study finds that an imperfect alignment of crystals helps produce this incredible resilience.
  • Severe gum disease linked to 49% higher risk of hypertension
    A new systematic review and meta-analysis concludes that there is a linear association between the severity of gum disease and the risk of hypertension.
  • Does poor oral health impact brain function?
    Two new studies suggest that there is an association between stress related tooth problems and cognitive decline among older populations.
  • The duration of dry socket
    Dry socket can last up to 7 days. It can occur after tooth extraction and causes symptoms, including intense pain. Learn more here.
  • Hydrogen peroxide for teeth whitening: What to know
    Hydrogen peroxide is a common ingredient in many at-home and commercial teeth whitening solutions. Learn more about how it works and the safety considerations here.
  • Tooth extraction aftercare: A how-to guide
    Caring for the mouth and empty socket after a tooth extraction is vital to prevent painful complications. Learn about tooth extraction aftercare in this article.
  • How to get rid of a toothache at night
    A toothache can cause severe pain and prevent a person from falling asleep. Learn about nine different methods to get rid of a toothache at night here.

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13 December 2019

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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...