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Choosing a Mouth Rinse That’s Right for You

Choosing a Mouth Rinse That’s Right for You

A stroll down the drugstore dental-care aisle can be dizzying, especially with all the mouth rinse products available. By Connie Brichford Medically Reviewed by Pat F. Bass, III, MD, MPH Anti-plaque, anti-gingivitis, alcohol-free — your pharmacy’s oral health section has dozens of mouth rinse products to choose from, all promising to protect your teeth and […]

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A Guide to Flossing Your Teeth

A Guide to Flossing Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth is not enough to maintain good oral health over time. Flossing should be a regular part of your oral hygiene routine. By Connie Brichford Medically Reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH Cleaning the spaces between your teeth and along your gums with dental floss is as important to your oral health as […]

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Toothpaste 101

Toothpaste 101

Brushing your teeth is the cornerstone of good oral health. Learn about the different types of toothpaste and how to select one that’s right for you. By Clare Kittredge | Medically reviewed by Cynthia Haines, MD Toothpaste is not always paste. It can be a gel, powder, or paste that you brush onto your teeth […]

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Toothbrush Tips to Keep Your Teeth in Shape

Toothbrush Tips to Keep Your Teeth in Shape

Brushing your teeth seems easy enough. But some toothbrushes are better than others and there is a right and wrong way to brush your teeth. By Clare Kittredge | Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH Brushing your teeth regularly is key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums and preventing periodontal (gum) diseases, […]

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Tobacco Use and Your Oral Health

Tobacco Use and Your Oral Health

It’s no secret that smoking is bad for your overall health but using tobacco products can have serious consequences on your oral health, too. By Connie Brichford Medically Reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH In addition to affecting your overall health, tobacco use and smoking can cause a number of oral health issues, ranging from […]

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Oral Hygiene and Your Overall Health

Oral Hygiene and Your Overall Health

Poor oral health has been linked to heart disease, stroke, and other health problems. But by changing certain habits, you can improve the health of your mouth and teeth and lessen your risk. By Clare Kittredge Medically Reviewed by Christine Wilmsen Craig, MD How well you care for your teeth and gums has a powerful […]

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Maintaining Good Dental Care Habit

Maintaining Good Dental Care Habit

Your dentist is only a partner in your dental health. You need to do your part at home to keep periodontal disease at bay. By Clare Kittredge Medically Reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH Taking care of your teeth at home can help you maintain your dental health and prevent periodontal, or gum, disease from […]

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Beyond Teeth: What’s Inside Your Mouth

Beyond Teeth: What’s Inside Your Mouth

Good oral health goes beyond brushing and flossing. Find out more about the inside of your mouth and the role its various structures play in speech and digestion. By Connie Brichford | Medically reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH Your mouth is made up of more than just teeth, so good oral health goes beyond […]