Oral Care

You may not like the dentist, but keeping up with oral care can help you avoid bigger problems in the future. Learn all about dental procedures and dental problems to get your oral care on track.

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Dental Implant Problems

From infection to insufficient bone mass, there are a number of issues that can arise with dental implants. Are you prepared?

Dry Mouth Explained

Some people enjoy a dry sense of humor, and there are those who like a dry glass of wine. But dry mouth is one thing you probably hope to avoid. So what is it exactly?

Gum Disease Explained

Gum disease, gingivitis, tooth decay -- they're all related. We'll explain how to avoid them here.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is an oral health problem that, if left untreated, can lead to painful gum disease. Fortunately, it's relatively easy to treat -- and is totally preventable.

What is dental plaque?

Plaque is a nasty bugger that likes to hang out on our teeth. And without proper dental hygiene, it can cause serious damage to those pearly whites.

How do cavities form in teeth?

Cavities are holes that form on the enamel of your teeth, which need to be filled before they cause more damage. But how do they get there?

What is an abscessed tooth?

An aching tooth is bad enough, but how about one that's infected and full of pus? Find out how teeth get infected in the first place -- and what you can do about it -- in this article.

Why do some teeth decay more quickly than others?

Tooth decay can strike at any age, but are there certain teeth you should keep more of an eagle eye on than others? Sink your (we hope not decaying) chompers into this article to find out.

Why are my gums receding?

When the tides recede, they expose the shells on the beach sand before rolling back in and covering everything up again. When your gums recede, they reveal the roots of your teeth -- but then they just keep on shrinking back.

Is gingivitis contagious?

We've all seen toothpaste and mouthwash commercials warning us of the dangers of gingivitis. But can we actually catch gum disease from other people?

5 Explanations for Bleeding Gums

Bleeding anywhere on your body is never good, but if your gums start to gush, it could mean serious trouble. Of course, it may also mean that you need to pick up the toothbrush a little more often.

What is trench mouth?

Nicknamed for soldiers at war, trench mouth, though increasingly rare, continues to affect people in underdeveloped countries.

Why do you have sore gums?

Sore gums can be a pain in the you-know-what, especially if you have no clue what's causing it. We'll give you some clues to what's causing that throbbing here.

Why do I get canker sores in my mouth?

Even though one in five people gets canker sores, no one knows why. Luckily, there are some simple strategies for taking care of them.

Will an impacted tooth ever come down?

An impacted tooth may not cause any visible damage, but that doesn't mean it isn't ruining your mouth -- or your health.

Why is there a metallic taste in my mouth?

There are multiple reasons you may have a metallic taste in your mouth. It's a fairly common complaint, and it could be anything from a side effect of pregnancy to a symptom of eating poisoned fish.

5 Common Dental Myths

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.

What diseases are associated with tooth loss?

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

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.


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