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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 […]

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Many Americans Don’t Receive Preventive Dental Care

Many Americans Don’t Receive Preventive Dental Care

10-year study found some improvement, but continued gaps among racial groups. By HealthDay News Staff WEDNESDAY, December 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Too many Americans lack access to preventive dental care, a new study reports, and large differences exist among racial and ethnic groups. For the study, researchers analyzed telephone survey data collected from nearly […]

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Dental Care Safe for Pregnant Women: Experts

Dental Care Safe for Pregnant Women: Experts

Cleanings, dental X-rays don’t pose a hazard, medical group says. By Robert Preidt, HealthDay News WEDNESDAY, Aug. 7, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Dental cleanings and X-rays are safe for pregnant women, a U.S. obstetrician/gynecologist group says. The group also advised ob-gyns to perform routine dental health assessments at women’s first prenatal visit and to encourage […]

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Tooth Loss Associated With Higher Risk for Heart Disease

Tooth Loss Associated With Higher Risk for Heart Disease

Reason for link between teeth, gums and heart health is still unclear, researcher says. By Robert Preidt, HealthDay News THURSDAY, March 7, 2013 (HealthDay News) — For adults, losing teeth is bad enough, but tooth loss is also associated with several risk factors for heart disease, a large international study suggests. These heart disease-related risk […]