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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.

Can big teeth be shaved down?

We love celebrities with larger-than-life smiles, from Tom Cruise to Julia Roberts and even Gary Busey. But when it's your own teeth, can a toothy grin sometimes be too much?

What are the different types of dentures?

Dentures have come a long way since they were first used by the Etruscans in 700 B.C. But with all the different types available, how can you tell which are right for you?

Dental Crowns

Despite the name, crowns aren't royal treatment for your pearly whites; they're restorative dental devices that can be painful and costly. Why might you need a crown, and what are they made of? Find out.