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Does baking soda whiten teeth?

When it comes to whitening your teeth, using baking soda might seem like a simpler -- and cheaper -- alternative to store-bought bleaching kits. But can it really brighten your smile?

5 Products That Prevent Cavities

Getting cavities is no fun -- mainly because that means fillings. But you can prevent the damage to your teeth before it even happens.

Can toothpaste reverse gingivitis?

Gingivitis is extremely common but can lead to serious health problems, so treating it and its causes is important. Will toothpaste do the trick?

10 Fluoride Facts You Should Know

If fluoride were a person, its ears would be burning -- for decades now, people have been debating the merits and demerits of this substance. Why? We'll share 10 fluoride facts as we try to get to the bottom of the fluoride debate.

5 Odd Health Benefits of Brushing Your Teeth

From losing weight to improving your sex life, you might be amazed at some of the unusual benefits you get from brushing your teeth. We'll look at five surprises.

Does saltwater work as mouthwash?

If you're stuck at sea, salty water won't quench your thirst, but will it improve your oral hygiene? We'll sleuth out whether saltwater is an effective mouthwash -- or not -- in this article.

What is tooth soap?

If you ever had your mouth washed out with soap, then tooth soap may not sound appealing. But it's not too different from the paste you're used to -- and it may even be cheaper.

Is there a home remedy for swollen gums?

Swollen gums can be a real pain. But who wants to go to the doctor for every minor ache? Is there a remedy you can try at home first?

5 Causes of Consistent Cavities

Whether you call them caries or cavities, they're a pain in your mouth. What are some common causes of dental cavities -- and can you avoid them?

5 Natural Tooth Whitening Ideas

When it comes to whitening your smile, can you get dazzling results at home? Check out our picks for your five best bets.

Does a hard toothbrush destroy enamel?

Brushing and flossing are the cornerstones of good oral health, but are you using the right tools in the right way?

5 Great Dental Tools for Home Use

All those shiny tools at your dentist's office may overwhelm you, but did you know some of the most important ones are found at home?

5 Reasons Why Flossing Is Extremely Important

Flossing can save your gums, teeth, breath, money and even your life. Warning: This article may make you leave the Internet to practice oral hygiene.

Should you floss before or after brushing?

You probably know by now that you should floss once a day, but when should you do it? And should it be before or after you brush?

How to Eliminate Odor in Gums

Say there's a funky smell emanating from your mouth. Would it ever occur to you to blame the odor on your gums? Yep, gums can smell bad. We'll explain why -- and what you can do about it -- in this article.

What is tooth powder?

You know what toothpaste is -- after all, you've been using it your whole life. However, toothpaste didn't always come in tubes, or even in paste form. Yes, once upon a time, people used abrasive powders to get that minty-fresh feeling.

How does brushing your teeth affect your health?

We all know that a clean mouth and teeth are important for many reasons, not the least of which is fresh breath. But poor oral hygiene can significantly impact your overall health in serious ways. Read on to learn how.

Should you use a gum brush?

Massaging your gums stimulates them and keeps them healthy, so it's a good practice. But you don't necessarily need to use a gum brush to do so.

5 Benefits of Electric Toothbrushes

Electric toothbrushes are much better at cleaning your teeth than traditional brushes and are highly recommended by dentists. Here are some of their other benefits.

How do you decide which toothbrush to use?

There's more to choosing a toothbrush than deciding whether to go with the green or the red handle. Soft or hard bristles? Manual or electric? And what about size?

How to Disinfect a Toothbrush

We clean our teeth with a toothbrush, but does your toothbrush itself need cleaning? Here are some common methods for disinfecting your toothbrush, as well as how to keep it clean for daily use.

Can a toothbrush fight periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, if left unchecked, could lead to gum redness, bleeding and, eventually, even tooth loss. Can a simple toothbrush help you avoid this fate?

Can you use hydrogen peroxide on your teeth?

You probably think of it as a way to clean cuts, but can you also use hydrogen peroxide on your teeth?

Do whitening strips damage your teeth?

We know they give you pearly whites. But can those popular whitening strips damage your teeth?

Should you wait to eat after brushing your teeth?

Do food and drinks counteract the cavity-fighting and enamel-protecting benefits of toothpaste or simply ruin the fresh taste in your mouth?