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

By Brion O'Connor

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?

By Kevin P. Allen

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

By Terri Briseno

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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.

By Bambi Turner

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.

By Terri Briseno

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?

By Emilie Sennebogen

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.

By Gerlinda Grimes

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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.

By Karen Kirkpatrick

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.

By Katie Lambert

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?

By Maria Trimarchi

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.

By Amy Feinstein

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

By Chris Opfer

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.

By Terri Briseno

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

By Sarah Winkler

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

By Sara Elliott

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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.

By Natalie Kilgore

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