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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. […]

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What You Need to Know About Dental X-rays

What You Need to Know About Dental X-rays

Dental X-rays are often part of a regular dental checkup. Learn how they help your dentist to monitor your oral health. By Krisha McCoy, MS | Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH Depending on your oral health history and your dentist’s preferences, you will probably need to have dental X-rays taken from […]

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The Dental Checkup

The Dental Checkup

Maintaining good oral health is important to your overall health as well. Learn what to expect from a basic dental checkup. By Krisha McCoy Medically Reviewed by Pat F. Bass, III, MD, MPH In addition to daily brushing and flossing, you can help protect your oral health by seeing your dentist regularly for checkups. It’s […]