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Why is there a metallic taste in my mouth?

There are multiple reasons you may have a metallic taste in your mouth. It's a fairly common complaint, and it could be anything from a side effect of pregnancy to a symptom of eating poisoned fish.

5 Common Dental Myths

Did your mom ever tell you that too much candy could cause your teeth to fall out? Would you be happy to know that's not entirely true? Let's explore this and other dental myths.

What diseases are associated with tooth loss?

Tooth loss lead to costly dental treatments and detract from your physical appearance. But can it mean you have a disease?

What are the different cavity classifications?

It may not matter when you're popping pills to dull the pain, but all cavities are not created equal. In fact, there's an entire classification system designed to tell dentists just how serious your cavity is.

Why do I have black gums?

You want to share that winsome smile with the world -- but you can't because your gums are black or darker than average. Don't worry, though: In many cases, there is hope.

Gum Cancer Explained

We hear about breast and lung cancer all the time, but orals cancers don't get much time in the public eye. Find out what you can do to optimize the health of your gums.

Mouth Ulcers

Having a burning or tender sore inside your mouth can be misery, but it's probably not cause for concern. What causes mouth ulcers, and how can you treat them? We'll give you all the facts.

Is gingivitis deadly?

Gum disease: It's not pretty, but can it actually kill you? We break down the dangers of letting plaque run rampant.

How are gingivitis and pregnancy related?

You're bloated, hormonal and uncomfortably pregnant. And now you have to worry about gingivitis, too?

Sensitive Teeth Causes

Teeth causing you pain every time you open your mouth? You might be dealing with sensitivity issues.

Can you stop a cavity from getting worse?

Once a cavity starts, it sets off a chain of events that can eventually destroy an entire tooth. What can you do to prevent that result, and does it always have to involve a drill?

Periodontitis Explained

It's estimated that 75 percent of American adults have periodontal disease, but many of them don't even know it. Does your mouth need treatment?

What should you do if a decaying tooth falls out?

A decaying tooth might not be your fault, but that doesn’t mean it won’t fall out anyway. What do you do then?

Thrush Mouth in Adults

Without yeast, there is no warm bread, cold beer or creamy cheese. But what happens when you get too much yeast in your body?

How to Prevent Dry Socket

Anytime you have a tooth pulled, you're at risk for developing dry socket. What exactly is this condition, and what can you do to prevent it?

Macrodontia Explained

Macrodontia causes teeth to grow abnormally large. We'll explain this rare dental anomaly here.

What does smoking do to your teeth?

Besides turning your teeth yellow and giving you bad breath, cigarettes can actually destroy your gums and cause bone loss in your jaw.

What You Should Know About Healthy Teeth Formation

Did you know teeth start forming as early as six weeks of gestation? Here's what you else should know about having healthy teeth.

5 Oral Care Need-to-knows for Aging

As the saying goes, "You don't have to brush your teeth -- just the ones you want to keep." What other oral care advice should you take as you age?

How to Keep Your Mouth and Dentures Healthy

If you wear dentures, you know what a lifesaver they can be. But did you also know how critical your specific dental routine is?

What wears down tooth enamel, and how can you prevent it?

Tooth enamel may be the hardest tissue our bodies produce, but it still wears away. How? Lots of ways.

5 Ways to Care for Your Teeth After Your Enamel Has Worn

You probably don't think much about the enamel that protects your teeth, but if you want to keep your choppers pearly and white, you should. Even if your enamel has worn, there are things you can do to protect your teeth.

Root Canal Procedure

Almost everyone knows they don't want to experience a root canal, but how many people really know what the procedure entails? Here, we break down the steps, so you know exactly what to expect if you find you need your pulp cleaned out.

Dental Implant Procedure

Missing a few teeth but can't imagine having dentures? Maybe implants are for you.

Tooth Extraction

You may have been lucky enough to have a tooth pulled at some point in your life, but do you know what the procedure actually entails? We'll give you the lowdown on what your dentist is up to when he's performing an extraction.