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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 […]

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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 […]