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Health Tip: Make Brushing Teeth Fun

Health Tip: Make Brushing Teeth Fun0

E-Cigarettes Not Good to Gums, Study Finds

E-Cigarettes Not Good to Gums, Study Finds0

Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS)

Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS)0

Cavities Between Teeth

Cavities Between Teeth0

Health Tip: Avoid Damaging Teeth

Health Tip: Avoid Damaging Teeth0

Dental Cleanings May Help Keep Lungs Clean, Too

Dental Cleanings May Help Keep Lungs Clean, Too0

Canker Sores

Canker Sores0

Countless Opioid Pills Unused by Dental-Surgery Patients

Countless Opioid Pills Unused by Dental-Surgery Patients0

Babies With Cleft Lip Likely to Have Normal Adulthood: Study

Babies With Cleft Lip Likely to Have Normal Adulthood: Study0

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Health Tip: Why Floss?

Health Tip: Why Floss?0

(HealthDay News) -- If you think you can skip flossing your teeth, think again. It should be an important part of your daily dental health regimen, experts say. The American Dental Association says flossing: Helps remove plaque and ...

Health Tip: Schedule a Back-to-School Dental Exam

Health Tip: Schedule a Back-to-School Dental Exam0

(HealthDay News) --A dental cleaning and exam is an important part of the back-to-school preparation that your child shouldn't miss. Here's how to make it great, courtesy of the American Dental Association: Schedule the visit ahead of time, ...

Antibiotic 'Report Card' Drills Guidelines Into Dentists

Antibiotic 'Report Card' Drills Guidelines Into Dentists0

TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Dentists are less likely to prescribe antibiotics for patients after seeing a "report card" on their past prescription rates, a new study from the United Kingdom says. Previous research has suggested ...

Chewing Tobacco (Smokeless Tobacco, Snuff)

Chewing Tobacco (Smokeless Tobacco, Snuff)0

Chewing tobacco facts Smokeless, snuff, or chewing tobacco contains nicotine as well as many known carcinogens (cancer-causing substances). More nicotine is absorbed by chewing tobacco use that by smoking a cigarette. Chewing tobacco use is a ...

Pericoronitis

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A soft-tissue growth over a partially erupted wisdom tooth is referred to as an operculum. If bacteria become trapped under the operculum, an infection called pericoronitis can develop. Pericoronitis is one of the most common indications for ...

Health Tip: Sealing Teeth to Help Prevent Cavities

Health Tip: Sealing Teeth to Help Prevent Cavities0

(HealthDay News) -- Coating the molars with a special covering can help thwart bacteria and prevent cavities, dental health experts say. The American Dental Association says a dental sealant can: Provide a protective covering for teeth ...

Dental Implants

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Dental implants are replacement tooth roots made of titanium. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth. Instead of individual crowns, some patients may have ...

Health Tip: Don't Forget About Your Teeth During Vacation

Health Tip: Don't Forget About Your Teeth During Vacation0

(HealthDay News) -- Vacation plans should always include what to do if there's an injury to your mouth or teeth, the American Dental Association advises. Here are the group's recommendations: Schedule a regular dental checkup before you ...

Health Tip: Coping With a Toothache

Health Tip: Coping With a Toothache0

(HealthDay News) -- A toothache can make you miserable, but there are things you can do to ease the pain until you're able to see your dentist. The American Dental Association advises: Use warm water to gently rinse your mouth. Floss gently ...

Is All That Flossing Really Worth It?

Is All That Flossing Really Worth It?0

TUESDAY, Aug. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Your mom told you to floss from an early age, and you try your best to keep up the habit because it saves gums and teeth. Or does it? A new investigation by the Associated Press suggests ...

Is Gingivitis Contagious?

Is Gingivitis Contagious?0

Gum Disease Treatment The goals of treatment for gingivitis are to identify and eliminate the factors that are making the person more susceptible to gum disease. Most factors can be eliminated by establishing more consistent and thorough oral ...

Health Tip: Hormones Can Affect Women's Dental Health

Health Tip: Hormones Can Affect Women's Dental Health0

(HealthDay News) -- Hormones may affect a woman's dental health throughout her lifetime. The American Dental Association cites these examples: During puberty, hormones can trigger bleeding, redness and swelling of the gums. Each month ...

Health Tip: Evaluating Your Chances for Gum Disease

Health Tip: Evaluating Your Chances for Gum Disease0

The American Dental Association says risk factors for gum disease include: Taking improper care of the teeth and mouth. Chewing tobacco or smoking it. Being genetically predisposed to gum disease. Having teeth that are misaligned and more ...

E-Cigs May Damage Cells in Mouth

E-Cigs May Damage Cells in Mouth0

THURSDAY, June 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many people think electronic cigarettes are a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes, but a new study suggests that's not the case. In laboratory experiments on cultured cells, researchers from the ...

Health Tip: Why Wisdom Teeth Are Frequently Pulled

Health Tip: Why Wisdom Teeth Are Frequently Pulled0

(HealthDay News) -- Third molars, commonly called wisdom teeth, may make it easier to chew. But they're also a frequent source of pain and discomfort, and are often extracted. The American Dental Association says misaligned wisdom teeth ...

Health Tip: Use a Cleaner Toothbrush

Health Tip: Use a Cleaner Toothbrush0

(HealthDay News) -- Bacteria and other germs can set up shop in your toothbrush, so it's important to take steps to keep it cleaner. Here are recommendations from the American Dental Association: Replace your toothbrush often. Before and ...

Long-Term Pot Use Tied to Gum Disease in Study

Long-Term Pot Use Tied to Gum Disease in Study0

WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking marijuana for decades may result in gum disease and potential tooth loss, a new study indicates. In an analysis of about 1,000 people who used pot and/or tobacco in New Zealand, those who ...

Wisdom Teeth

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Wisdom tooth: One of the large molars in the very back of the jaw. The human jaw has changed in size over the course of evolution, and wisdom teeth are no longer needed, but they continue to erupt in many individuals. If the jaw is too small to ...

Health Tip: Dealing With Mouth Sores

Health Tip: Dealing With Mouth Sores0

(HealthDay News) -- Mouth sores usually go away on their own within a week, but one that lasts longer should be examined by a dentist or doctor. The American Dental Association mentions these possible causes: Having a fungal, bacterial or ...

Health Tip: Prepare Your Child for the Dentist

Health Tip: Prepare Your Child for the Dentist0

(HealthDay News) -- Preparing your child for an upcoming dental visit involves a bit of parental planning. The American Dental Association suggests: Making sure your child brushes twice a day. Ensure that kids aged 6 and younger are ...

Talk Therapy to Tackle Fear of the Dentist

Talk Therapy to Tackle Fear of the Dentist0

TUESDAY, Jan. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many people are familiar with the fear that can precede a visit to the dentist, but new research shows that talk therapy can help when that anxiety becomes a crippling phobia. In the study, British ...

Are British Teeth Really Worse Than American Teeth?

Are British Teeth Really Worse Than American Teeth?0

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although British teeth have long been a subject of satire in the United States, a new stereotype-busting study is giving the British a little something to smile about. Researchers have found evidence ...

Health Tip: If Teeth Are Sensitive

Health Tip: If Teeth Are Sensitive0

(HealthDay News) -- Loss of enamel often leads sensitive teeth, which may be painful. If your pearly whites are sensitive, the Mayo Clinic says you should avoid: Foods and beverages that are higher in acid, such as soda, and citrus ...

Dentistry Without the Drill?  New Study Offers Hope

Dentistry Without the Drill? New Study Offers Hope0

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Good news for those afraid of the dentist's drill: New research suggests that a "no-drill" approach can halt tooth decay in many cases. An Australian team's seven-year study found that the need for ...

Health Tip: Do You Have Gum Disease?

Health Tip: Do You Have Gum Disease?0

(HealthDay News) -- Gum disease develops when the tissues surrounding your teeth become inflamed, often due to infection. The condition may lead to tooth loss. The American Dental Association mentions these possible warning signs: Gums that ...

Another Downside to Diabetes: Tooth Loss

Another Downside to Diabetes: Tooth Loss0

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The physical toll associated with type 2 diabetes includes tooth loss, a new study finds. The risk of vision problems and amputations for people with diabetes is well-known. Now, research shows ...

Health Tip: Know the Risks of Oral Piercing

Health Tip: Know the Risks of Oral Piercing0

(HealthDay News) -- You may think it's attractive or cool to pierce your tongue, but you should be aware of the risks before the procedure. The American Dental Association explains these potential risks: Swelling that could impair ...

Sugar-Free Sodas, Candy Can Still Damage Your Teeth

Sugar-Free Sodas, Candy Can Still Damage Your Teeth0

MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even sugar-free sodas, sports drinks and candy can damage your teeth, a new study warns. Australian researchers tested 23 sugar-free and sugar-containing products, including soft drinks and sports ...

Health Tip: Are You Flossing Correctly?

Health Tip: Are You Flossing Correctly?0

(HealthDay News) -- Flossing is an essential part of good dental health. But are you taking all the right steps to protect your mouth? The American Dental Association says: Flossing before or after brushing doesn't really make a difference. ...

Health Tip: Should I See My Dentist?

Health Tip: Should I See My Dentist?0

(HealthDay News) -- Regular dental checkups may spot problems before they become serious, but there are signs you should visit your dentist sooner than your next scheduled exam. The American Dental Association cites these warning signs: You ...

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Health Tip: Spot the Warning Signs of a Cavity

Health Tip: Spot the Warning Signs of a Cavity0

(HealthDay News) -- Most any dentist should be able to spot a cavity, but do you know the warning signs if you're between checkups? The American Dental Association mentions these symptoms of a cavity: Having pain in your tooth. Getting food ...

Fillings May Harm Neighboring Teeth

Fillings May Harm Neighboring Teeth0

By Peter Russell Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD Oct. 27, 2015 -- The teeth on either side of a new filling might be at risk for decay, dental experts say. New research in the Journal of Dentistry ...

Health Tip: Moistening a Dry Mouth

Health Tip: Moistening a Dry Mouth0

(HealthDay News) -- Dry mouth is a common complaint among seniors, and lack of saliva can increase the risk of cavities and other dental problems. The American Dental Association advises: Use a mouthwash, spray or over-the-counter oral ...

Health Tip: Visiting the Dentist

Health Tip: Visiting the Dentist0

(HealthDay News) -- Seniors need to see a dentist regularly for a checkup and cleaning. And it's a good idea to bring some information to share with your dentist. The American Dental Association advises that you bring: A written list of ...

pilocarpine, Salagen

pilocarpine, Salagen0

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Pilocarpine is a cholinergic drug, that is, a drug that mimics the effects of the chemical, acetylcholine which is produced by nerve cells. Acetylcholine serves as a messenger between nerve cells and between nerve cells and ...

Health Tip: Five Steps to Prevent Cavities in Kids

Health Tip: Five Steps to Prevent Cavities in Kids0

(HealthDay News) -- To protect children's dental health, experts recommend five simple steps that extend beyond just brushing and flossing. The American Dental Association recommends: Never sharing utensils with children, or putting a ...

Health Tip: Are Wisdom Teeth Causing Problems?

Health Tip: Are Wisdom Teeth Causing Problems?0

(HealthDay News) -- Wisdom teeth typically emerge in a person's late teens or early 20s, and may cause big problems. The Mouthhealthy.org website recommends having wisdom teeth removed if you develop: Pain in the back of the mouth. Decaying ...

Toothache

Toothache0

A toothache is pain that occurs in or around a tooth. The pain usually comes from within a tooth or the surrounding gum and bone structures. The pain can be from more than one tooth. Toothache pain is usually felt as a constant or intermittent ache ...

Health Tip: Teach Children About Dental Hygiene

Health Tip: Teach Children About Dental Hygiene0

(HealthDay News) -- Since tooth brushing and flossing are lifelong necessities, teach children properly at a young age and make brushing and flossing a positive experience. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests you: Choose a ...

Postmenopausal Women May Be at Risk of Gum Disease

Postmenopausal Women May Be at Risk of Gum Disease0

FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Postmenopausal women who are at high risk for broken bones may also be at increased risk for gum disease, a new study suggests. The research included almost 200 women, aged 51 to 80. They had all gone ...

Beavers Offer Tips on Cavity Prevention

Beavers Offer Tips on Cavity Prevention0

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Beavers don't need to brush or floss because the presence of iron in their tooth enamel gives them superior protection against tooth decay, researchers report. Beavers' enamel is harder and more ...

Dentists Offer Tips to Keep Young Children Cavity-Free

Dentists Offer Tips to Keep Young Children Cavity-Free0

SUNDAY, Feb. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Good dental habits begin at an early age, but many parents fall short when it comes to the health of their children's teeth, experts say. "Parents who would not dream of letting their toddler bathe ...

Health Tip: Preparing Your Child for the Dentist

Health Tip: Preparing Your Child for the Dentist0

(HealthDay News) -- Your child's first visit to the dentist, which should be scheduled as soon as the first tooth erupts, can be a frightening experience for your youngster. The Mouthhealthy.org website suggests how to make that first visit ...

Prevent Tooth Loss and Dental Work With Good Gum Care

Prevent Tooth Loss and Dental Work With Good Gum Care0

FRIDAY, Feb. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Taking care of your gums plays an important role in protecting your teeth. Gum disease and tooth decay cause about 90 percent of tooth loss, the American Dental Association says. "The good news is ...

Health Tip: Want a Brighter Smile?

Health Tip: Want a Brighter Smile?0

(HealthDay News) -- A brighter, healthier-looking smile can do wonders to improve your appearance. The Mouthhealthy.org website suggests: Whitening with an at-home kit, or having your dentist perform an in-office whitening ...

Picture of Herpes Blister (Cold Sore)

Picture of Herpes Blister (Cold Sore)0

Cold sore: A small sore located on the face or in the mouth that causes pain, burning, or itching before bursting and crusting over. Common locations for cold sores are the lips, chin, cheeks, and nostrils. Cold sores more rarely appear on the gums ...

Bruxism: Do You Grind Your Teeth?

Bruxism: Do You Grind Your Teeth?0

Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stoppler, MDMedical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD The habit of grinding, gnashing, grating, or clenching the teeth is termed bruxism, and millions of adults and children are affected by this condition. While its exact ...

What Is Hyperdontia?

What Is Hyperdontia?0

Medical Author: Steven B. Horne, DDSMedical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD Hyperdontia is an oral condition characterized by having an excess number of teeth. The standard number of primary teeth is 20 and the standard number of permanent teeth is ...

Cavities Between Teeth

Cavities Between Teeth0

Medical Author: Michael G. Sherman, DMDMedical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD Cavities in between teeth are commonly referred to as interproximal cavities or decay by your general dentist. Cavities form when there is breakdown of the outer, calcified ...

Seniors Should Remove Dentures at Bedtime

Seniors Should Remove Dentures at Bedtime0

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who wear their dentures when they sleep are at increased risk for pneumonia, according to new research. The study included 524 men and women, average age about 88, who were followed for three ...

lidocaine viscous

lidocaine viscous0

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Lidocaine viscous solution is a local anesthetic that is applied topically to treat painful mucous membranes or throat pain associated with oral diseases and for procedures involving the mouth or throat. Lidocaine provides ...

Tobacco Tied to Higher Risk of Oral HPV Infection, Study Finds

Tobacco Tied to Higher Risk of Oral HPV Infection, Study Finds0

TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Tobacco use in any form appears to be linked to an increased risk of infection with oral human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV16), a virus that can cause cancers of the mouth and throat, according to Johns Hopkins ...

EPA Wants Less Dental Mercury Entering Environment

EPA Wants Less Dental Mercury Entering Environment0

MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new standards to reduce the amount of mercury released from dentists' offices. The changes would fall under the Clean Water Act and would ...

Abscessed Tooth

Abscessed Tooth0

What is an abscessed tooth? When a tooth persistently throbs and keeps you up at night with pain, it could be something more worrisome than just a toothache. An abscessed tooth is an infection within a tooth that has spread to the root tip or ...

Health Tip: Choosing Mouth-Healthy Foods

Health Tip: Choosing Mouth-Healthy Foods0

(HealthDay News) -- For healthier teeth and gums, choose foods and beverages that are friendlier to your mouth. The Mouthhealthy.org website offers these suggestions: Avoid sugary drinks in favor of fluoridated water. Choose protein- and ...

Health Tip: Are Your Teeth in a Grind?

Health Tip: Are Your Teeth in a Grind?0

(HealthDay News) -- As many as 40 million Americans engage in bruxism, better known as teeth grinding. Five percent to 10 percent of them grind their teeth so severely that they fracture dental fillings or cause other types of tooth ...

Health Tip: Help Prevent Gum Disease

Health Tip: Help Prevent Gum Disease0

(HealthDay News) -- Gum disease can lead to tooth loss and other serious dental problems. That's why it's important to recognize the risk factors. Mouthhealthy.org mentions these typical contributors to gum disease: Practicing poor dental ...

Oral Health in Women of Childbearing Age Needs Improvement

Oral Health in Women of Childbearing Age Needs Improvement0

FRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women of childbearing age in the United States should be encouraged to maintain better oral care and visit the dentist routinely, according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...

Health Tip: Limit Foods That Can Damage Teeth

Health Tip: Limit Foods That Can Damage Teeth0

(HealthDay News) -- Some foods can damage your teeth, and avoiding them can help to protect your smile. The American Dental Association says foods that can damage teeth include: Hard candies, because of the sugar content and because they ...

Family Troubles Tied to Poorer Dental Health, Study Discovers

Family Troubles Tied to Poorer Dental Health, Study Discovers0

FRIDAY, Sept. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Parents and children in troubled families, where violence and verbal aggression are a common part of the daily landscape, tend to have more cavities and missing teeth, a new study suggests. New York ...

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