Oral Health

Oral Health Overview

Good dental or oral care is important to maintaining healthy teeth, gums and tongue. Oral problems, including bad breath, dry mouth, canker or cold sores, TMD, tooth decay, or thrush are all treatable with proper dignosis and care.

Teeth, Gums, Tongue

Find out about conditions that can affect the teeth, gums, and tongue.

Teeth Problems

Learn how to protect yourself from tooth and mouth injuries.

Smoking and other tobacco use can cause oral health problems like gum disease and tooth decay.

Tooth decay is the destruction of tooth structure and can affect both the enamel (the outer coating of the tooth) and the dentin layer of the tooth.

Toothaches and jaw pain are common but can have different sources. Learn more from the experts at WebMD.

Tooth sensitivity is tooth discomfort in one or more teeth that is triggered by hot, cold, sweet, or sour foods and drinks, or even by breathing cold air. The pain can be sharp, sudden, and shoot deep into the nerve endings of your teeth.

Learn here how to prevent and treat tooth discoloration.

WebMD explains tooth plaque and why it can harm your teeth.

An abscessed tooth is a painful infection at the root of a tooth or between the gum and a tooth. Learn what causes this condition and how it is treated.

Do you or a loved one grind teeth at night? Find out what can be done for teeth grinding (bruxism), as well as causes and consequences.

Tooth decay occurs when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) such as breads, cereals, milk, soda, fruits, cakes, or candy are left on the teeth.

What does tooth enamel do? WebMD explains what tooth enamel is, what causes it to erode, how to prevent enamel loss, and how to treat it.

There are certain risk factors for tooth loss. Find out what they are and if any are in your control.

Plaque and tarter can threaten your oral health. Learn more about them, including tips for keeping them away from your teeth.

Wisdom Teeth

What are wisdom teeth and why do they sometimes require removal? Learn more from the experts at WebMD.

Read about the times it isn’t necessary to remove your wisdom teeth.

Dry socket is a painful complication that can happen after having a tooth pulled.

Pericoronitis happens when the gums surrounding your back teeth — usually the wisdom teeth — become infected. Find out more.

Gum Problems

Mucoceles often show up on the inside of your lower lips, your gums, the roof of your mouth, or under your tongue.

Learn how you can prevent gum disease by brushing and flossing regularly, having regular dental visits for exams and cleaning, and eating a balanced diet.

WebMD discusses stomatitis, a condition causing oral inflammation, and its symptoms, causes, and treatment.

WebMD’s guide to gum disease, also called gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Why do gums recede? WebMD discusses causes of gum recession and treatment, including surgery.

WebMD examines common problems with the gums, including soreness, swelling, and bleeding. Learn possible causes and find remedies to help keep your gums healthy.

Tongue Problems

What is leukoplakia what does it have to do with your oral health? Find out more.

Because you use your tongue constantly, it can be frustrating and uncomfortable when you experience tongue problems, including discoloration and soreness.  Read more about tongue problems.

WebMD explains what fissured tongue is, what causes it, and how it’s treated.

Other Oral Problems

Find information about other dental problems such as bad breath, tonsil troubles, canker sores, and more.

Bad Breath

Bad breath is often caused by a buildup of bacteria in your mouth that causes inflammation and gives off noxious odors or gases that smell like sulfur — or worse.

Bad breath, medically called halitosis, can result from poor dental health habits and may be a sign of other health problems.

Do you know what causes your bad breath? WebMD quizzes you about bad breath, its causes and prevention, good dental hygiene, and diseases that give you bad breath.

Dry Mouth

We all need saliva to moisten and cleanse our mouths and digest food. Saliva also prevents infection by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth. When we don’t produce enough saliva, our mouth gets dry and uncomfortable.

Dry mouth is more than just feeling thirsty. It affects your overall health. WebMD looks at the causes and symptoms of dry mouth, plus ways to treat it.

Dental Care Basics

Healthy Teeth

How many teeth do babies and adults have? When do babies lose their baby teeth and grow permanent teeth? Find out here.

While piercing the tongue, lip, or cheek may be attractive to some, there are a number of health-related risks associated with oral piercing.

Many different types of oral health care providers could become involved in the care of your teeth, gums, and mouth.

Good oral health involves more than just brushing. To keep your teeth and mouth healthy for a lifetime of use, there are steps that you should follow.

With proper care, your teeth and gums can stay healthy throughout your life. The healthier your teeth and gums are, the less risk you have for tooth decay and gum disease.

You and your dentist will be long-term oral health care partners; therefore, you should find someone you can be comfortable with.

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