Have you ever run your tongue across the front of your teeth and felt a sticky coating? That is the buildup of bacteria, also known as plaque. If you let the bacteria stick around too long, it can damage tooth enamel and lead to cavities.
The bacteria is called flora — and it protects you from pathogenic organisms, the ones that cause disease. The flora in your ...
It’s undeniable that fluoride has played a major role in the decline of dental cavities in the United States. However, what isn’t so clear to many parents is whether or not fluoride treatments are safe and/or beneficial for children.
After all, children receive fluoride on a regular basis from many different types of foods and even water. Through these sources alone, minerals lost due to plaque, bacteria, and sugars are ...
Toothache Trouble? How to Make the Wait Less Painful
It can happen to anyone: the sudden onset of a throbbing toothache at the most inconvenient of times. Perhaps it arrives in the middle of the night, or worse, at the start of your weekend–when a whole lot of time and agony seem to stand between you and the next available dentist appointment.
The Dirt on “Dragon Breath” And How to Slay It for Good
There’s a reason people commonly refer to halitosis as “dragon breath”: it’s a beast of an oral health problem that can put off anyone within close range! Mints and mouthwashes can mask the issue, but in order to truly defeat it, you’ll need to treat the underlying cause.
If you’ve dealt with morning breath, or struggle with bad breath throughout the day, ...
Teeth or no teeth, your infant’s oral health should always be a top priority. But, how are you supposed to care for your baby’s teeth? There are numerous steps to take and each serves an important purpose in preparing your baby for a future smile he or she will be glad to show off.
High-Tech Toothbrushes: Is It Worth Going Electric?
The verdict is in: electric toothbrushes are here to stay, and they mean business for your teeth! By now, you’ve probably seen them on the shelves, on TV or in magazines. Dentists endorse them, and most are ADA-approved — but if you still swear by your manual toothbrush, these benefits just might convince you otherwise.
Dentist or Detective?
Major Health Clues Your Mouth Provides
Chew on this for a minute: just by glancing inside your mouth, your dentist can tell you a number of things that may be news to you and your doctor! Surprising as it may sound, your oral health can speak volumes about the rest of your body, and something as simple as a routine dental checkup can benefit your health and wallet big time. From harmful habits to life-threatening diseases, find out ...
Dental nightmares can come true, as much as you hope it doesn’t happen to you! If you’re lucky, a quick call to the dentist can get you seen immediately, but what happens if disaster strikes when the office is closed, you’re traveling, or some other less than ideal scenario? Find out how you can help manage the situation until you get the professional care you need.
Tooth decay can begin as soon as a baby’s teeth come in. Decay in baby teeth can cause pain. If decay is not treated, it can destroy your child’s teeth. An abscess (pus filled sac) from an untreated cavity can cause serious or even deadly infections. And children with tooth decay may have trouble eating, so they don’t get enough vitamins and minerals to grow up healthy.
When plaque on teeth (a sticky film of bacteria and bits of food) uses ...
Have you heard of “baby bottle tooth decay” or “bottle rot”? Parents know they don’t want their children to have it, but many don’t know how it happens or what they can do to prevent it.
Baby teeth, even when they first arrive in the mouth, are susceptible to tooth decay. It is important to protect these teeth from decay so a child’s smile will look good, feel good and function properly. The baby teeth are essential for eating, speech development, ...