Dental Problems

Dental problems can include cavities, toothache, gum disease and more. Learn all about common dental problems and how to deal with them.

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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.

By Caitlin Uttley

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

By Jennifer Sellers

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.

By Stephanie Watson

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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.

By Marie Willsey

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.

By Maria Trimarchi

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

By Maria Trimarchi

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

By Terri Briseno

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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?

By Tom Scheve

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?

By Maria Trimarchi

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

By Emilie Sennebogen

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

By Katie Lambert

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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?

By Maria Trimarchi

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

By Terri Briseno

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

By Sara Elliott

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?

By Debra Ronca

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

By Terri Briseno

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

By Terri Briseno

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.

By Echo Surina

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?

By Lance Looper

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You'd like to learn how to soothe a toothache naturally. Read here to find out how to soothe a toothache.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Pain from orthodontic braces can be easily treated at home. Learn how to treat pain from braces in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Impacted wisdom teeth can be quite painful, but there are simple steps you can take to stop the pain. Read the article below to learn how to stop wisdom tooth pain.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

What's more uncomfortable than having a conversation with a close talker? Having a conversation with a close talker who's sorely in need of a breath mint. Bad breath happens to good people, but why?

By Cristen Conger

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We all know things can go wrong with teeth. However, the good news is that most dental afflictions are preventable. Learn about the dental disorders that threaten your oral health and how to thwart them.

By the American Institute for Preventive Medicine

The toothache isn't easy to endure. The good news: With improved dental care, the a toothache is not as common as it once was. Learn what to do when a toothache does make an appearance.