Oral Care Products

With so many oral care products on the market, it can be hard to decide which ones to use. Get informed about different types of dental instruments, toothbrushes, tooth whitening products and more.

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When was the last time you replaced your toothbrush? And how often should you?

By Sharise Cunningham

Toothpaste in tablet form could be an effective way to benefit both the health of the environment and our teeth.

By Jim Marion

From urine to incense, the ancients had some weird ideas about what to put in toothpaste.

By Jesslyn Shields


A surprising number of people do, but why? And are there any downsides to doing it?

By Alia Hoyt

Recent news reports say there's no scientific evidence to support flossing, but dental associations continue to recommend it. Why's that?

By Alia Hoyt

The guy in the 1940's toothpaste ad has a toothbrush that looks two inches long, and he is covering every bit of it. Learn more about how much toothpaste should you use.

By Lloyd Alter, Planet Green

Some feel fluoride is bad for your health, while others think it could save your teeth.

By Emilie Sennebogen


Many consider it to be one of the greatest public health achievements of our time: fluoridated water. But is there such a thing as too much fluoride?

By Debra Ronca

Too much fluoride can make your teeth yellow, but only if you're a pee-wee under the age of 8.

By Emilie Sennebogen

Fluoride is in our drinking water and toothpaste and is believed to significantly improve our dental health. But did you know it's actually a toxin?

By Echo Surina

These days, you'll find fluoride in lots of consumer products -- not just in your toothpaste. But why is there so much debate about this ubiquitous substance -- and how much is too much?

By Gerlinda Grimes


If left untreated, gingivitis can have far-reaching effects on your health. These home remedies will help you treat it and keep it from coming back.

By Heather Kolich

Your tooth may be killing you, but the idea of heading to the dentist's office doesn't seem too appealing. Luckily, a home remedy could do the trick.

By Jennifer Sellers

You don't have to spend a fortune to whiten your teeth at the dentist. Do it at home instead.

By Michael Franco

Your gums may bleed for any number of reasons. Some causes are pretty common and will clear up on their own, but a few may be the sign of something more serious happening.

By Emilie Sennebogen


When hardened plaque builds up on your teeth and turns into tartar, your risk of gum disease increases. Here are five ways to combat a plaque attack.

By Alison Cooper

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?

By Jill Jaracz

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

By Christine Venzon

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.

By Kate Kershner


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.

By Kim Williamson

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.

By Karen Kirkpatrick

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.

By Katie Lambert

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?

By Kevin P. Allen


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

By Maria Trimarchi

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?

By Marianne Spoon