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Good-for-Your-Mouth Foods

Good-for-Your-Mouth Foods

Open wide! A number of cavity-fighters and dental-health-boosters are living in your kitchen cabinet. By Kristen Stewart Medically Reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH Eat. Brush. Floss. Repeat! You know the keys to dental health involve a toothbrush, dental floss, and avoiding certain foods (think sticky, sugary treats). But were you aware that certain foods […]

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To Mouthwash or Not to Mouthwash?

To Mouthwash or Not to Mouthwash?

Mouthwash makers say the benefits of oral rinse go beyond just kissable breath — but some people worry that alcohol-containing rinses come with a number of health risks. Here’s what you should know. By Kristen Stewart Medically Reviewed by Pat F. Bass, III, MD, MPH Ahhh — who doesn’t love that minty kick that comes […]

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How Often Should You Replace Your Toothbrush?

How Often Should You Replace Your Toothbrush?

The filthy truth? Your toothbrush is a breeding ground for germs. But fear not, say experts — just know when it’s time to give yours the old heave-ho. By Beth W. Orenstein Medically Reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH Do you know how many bacteria live on your toothbrush? Brace yourself! Researchers have found that […]

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Healthy Teeth, Healthy Heart?

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Heart?

Experts say that your oral health could clue you in to the condition of your heart — so listen up! Here’s what you should know about the links between your teeth, gums, and ticker. By Marie Suszynski | Medically reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH You brush, floss, and follow all your dentist’s commandments for […]

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Everyday Tips for Managing Dental Health

Everyday Tips for Managing Dental Health

Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, commonly called TMJ disorders, are a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. We don’t know for certain how many people have TMJ disorders, but some estimates suggest that more than ten million Americans are affected. The disorders […]

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Dental Health at Any Age

Dental Health at Any Age

Keeping your mouth healthy throughout life By Erica Patino Awareness of the oral-health conditions you are likely to face at different stages of life can help you stay a step ahead of potential dental problems, and build a lifetime of healthy smiles. Dental Health: Pregnancy and Children Expectant mothers can give children a head start […]

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Dental Health and Overall Health

Dental Health and Overall Health

Healthy mouth, healthy body: The link between them may surprise you. By Kate Lowenstein The condition of your mouth is closely tied to your overall health. Find out how oral health is linked to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and more. Taking care of your teeth isn’t just about having a nice smile and pleasant breath. […]

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The Tooth-Friendly Diet

The Tooth-Friendly Diet

Try these foods to help build strong teeth and healthy gums By Anne L. Fritz What you eat affects your mouth not only by building healthier teeth and gums, but also by helping prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Learn how to eat the best diet for your teeth, including the foods to eat, beverages […]

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A Guide to Nighttime Oral Care

A Guide to Nighttime Oral Care

A Guide to Nighttime Oral Care By Jen Laskey Keeping your teeth strong, your gums healthy, and your smile bright is not just a day job; your mouth needs protection at night too. Donna L. Zak, D.D.S., of Zak & Frankel Dental Associates in New York City, explains: “Nighttime oral hygiene is important because while […]

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Choosing a Toothbrush: Manual vs. Electric

Choosing a Toothbrush: Manual vs. Electric

How do electric toothbrushes stand up against good old-fashioned manual brushing? We went to the experts to find out. By Connie Brichford Medically Reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH The electric toothbrush has become very popular in recent years — some even say it provides superior dental care. But how does it actually compare to […]