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Dental Plaque Linked to Cancer Risk

Dental Plaque Linked to Cancer Risk

Dental plaque appears to be a significant predictor of death from cancer, study shows. By Cole Petrochko, Associate Staff Writer, MedPage Today | Medically Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD TUESDAY, June 12, 2012 (MedPage Today) — Poor oral hygiene may be associated with increased risk of cancer and premature death, researchers found. Among healthy […]

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Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

The last teeth to develop can cause havoc for the rest of your healthy mouth. Yet there’s growing controversy about whether we really need to have them taken out. By Regina Boyle Wheeler | Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH Just as you enter adulthood, your wisdom teeth make their presence known […]

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Dentists Play Key Role in Detecting Oral Cancer

Dentists Play Key Role in Detecting Oral Cancer

Ask for screening as part of your general checkup, experts say. By Robert Preidt, HealthDay News SATURDAY, April 7, 2012 (HealthDay News) — Not only do regular dental exams help keep your teeth and gums healthy, they can help detect oral cancer, the Academy of General Dentistry says. As part of Oral Cancer Awareness Month […]

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Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

The last teeth to develop can cause havoc for the rest of your healthy mouth. Yet there’s growing controversy about whether we really need to have them taken out. By Regina Boyle Wheeler | Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH Just as you enter adulthood, your wisdom teeth make their presence known […]

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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 […]