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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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

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.

By Matt Cunningham

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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?

By Emilie Sennebogen

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.

By Shanna Freeman

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.

By Marie Willsey

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.

By Meghan E. Smith

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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.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

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.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

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?

By Alison Kim Perry

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.

By Chris Opfer

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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?

By Rebecca Fairley Raney

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

By Terri Briseno

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

By Terri Briseno

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

By Stefani Newman

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Brushing and rinsing play major parts in a good oral health routine, but if you use both toothpaste and mouthwash with fluoride, can you have too much of a good thing?

By Stefani Newman

An abscessed tooth is one of those things you probably don't want to think about until it happens to you. And if it does, you're better to get it treated sooner rather than later.

By Kevin P. Allen

That wince of pain you get when you taste an icicle doesn't have to be forever. You can desensitize your teeth with some simple at-home treatments.

By Sarah Alban

Humans haven't always been avid tooth brushers, so why do we have to do it now? And twice a day, no less?

By Sara Elliott

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There are advantages to a Waterpik over regular floss, but the biggest is that it's more fun. Wouldn't you rather do something enjoyable?

By Sara Elliott

A water flosser can do wonders for your teeth, but you may have to use a variety of tips to get the healthiest mouth on the block.

By Sara Elliott

Plaque may be your teeth's enemy, but it can't hide forever. Using plaque-disclosing tablets can help make sure it's removed completely during brushing and flossing.

By Brion O'Connor

Tongue scrapers are said to help remove the bacteria that causes bad breath. But is using one any more effective than just brushing your tongue?

By Tom Scheve

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Using a dental scaler can be an effective way to help keep your teeth free of plaque and stains. How can you use one correctly?

By Tom Scheve

Some argue that using a dental pick is more effective than flossing when it comes to cleaning between your teeth. But is it safe to use a dental pick without a dentist's supervision?

By Tom Scheve