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Treating Gum Disease

Treating Gum Disease

Periodontal diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis usually require lifelong maintenance therapy to ensure good oral health. By Lynn Yoffee Medically Reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH Gum diseases, also known as periodontal diseases, are usually caused by a build-up of bacteria and plaque that inflames and infects the gums. Plaque is a clear film on […]

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Understanding Periodontitis: A Progressive Form of Gum Disease

Understanding Periodontitis: A Progressive Form of Gum Disease

Periodontitis is a gum infection that requires immediate dental treatment. If left untreated, it can result in tooth loss and other serious health problems. By Lynn Yoffee Medically Reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, exists in two forms: gingivitis and periodontitis. Both types of gum disease arise from […]

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The Proper Way to Brush Your Teeth

The Proper Way to Brush Your Teeth

Toothbrush? Check. Toothpaste? Check. Seems straightforward, but that may not be enough to ensure dental health success. By Kristen Stewart Medically Reviewed by Pat F. Bass, III, MD, MPH Ask a dozen people whether they know how to brush their teeth, and if they’re over age 2, odds are they’ll say, “Of course.” They might […]

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How to Prevent Teeth Grinding

How to Prevent Teeth Grinding

Are you grinding your teeth at night? The condition, called bruxism, can be a painful problem if it goes untreated. By Wyatt Myers | Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH You may not even know you’re doing it. But if you wake in the morning with jaw pain, headaches, or chipped enamel […]

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Going to the Dentist While Pregnant

Going to the Dentist While Pregnant

Dental care is especially important during pregnancy. Let your dentist know you’re pregnant, so proper screening and treatment guidelines can be followed. By Krisha McCoy Medically Reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH Carrying a child affects your entire body — and that goes for your mouth, too. Since your teeth and gums can be affected […]

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How to Deal With a Dental Emergency

How to Deal With a Dental Emergency

Got a cracked tooth or a cut in your mouth? It could require immediate dental care. Find out what to do in these 11 dental emergencies. By Krisha McCoy Medically Reviewed by Pat F. Bass, III, MD, MPH Like cavities and gum disease, many dental problems develop gradually after months (or years!) of dental-health neglect. […]