Baby bottle tooth decay is a nickname for tooth decay that happens in babies and toddlers. While this type of decay can happen to any teeth in your child’s mouth, it’s most common in the upper front teeth. Prolonged exposure to sugar causes baby bottle tooth decay, meaning that when your child consumes...
There are several different types of mouth sores that can cause discomfort in your oral cavity. Some have overlapping causes, but others are unique in their cause. For millions of people, mouth sores such as cold sores and canker sores are common, but it’s important to know when to seek help. The following...
Having a baby on the way comes with new responsibilities and physical changes that can be hard to keep up with! As your body changes to accommodate your growing little one, your smile can go through some changes as well. Taking the best care possible of your body and smile during your pregnancy...
Yes, diabetes and periodontal disease—also known as gum disease—are linked to each other! Diabetes—a condition in which the body doesn’t make or use insulin, or blood sugar, properly—can make it more difficult to prevent gum disease, and gum disease can increase your risk for complications from diabetes. But what exactly is the relationship...
Water is essential for keeping you hydrated and helping your body perform many of its vital functions. Without water, your major organ function is impacted, including your heart, kidney, and brain, which can lead to headaches, an accelerated heart rate, and dizziness. But did you know that drinking water is also crucial...
Plaque is a mixture of bacteria, food particles, and saliva that sticks to teeth. You aren’t able to see plaque, but you can usually feel it as a rough or fuzzy layer over your teeth that forms in the hours after brushing. You know that plaque is harmful to your smile, but...
When you’re missing one or more of your natural teeth and looking for a replacement, dental implants may be an option for you. Dental implants are considered the most secure choice when replacing missing teeth, and, when taken care of properly, will never need to be replaced. You can enjoy all your...
Reducing added sugar in your diet can have a range of health benefits, and not just for your body. Your oral health can benefit from less sugar, and you’ll likely see less plaque buildup, fewer cavities, and a lower risk of gum disease with this diet change! But decreasing the amount of...
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders affect the two complex joints that are located on either side of your head close to your ears. These powerful joints connect your jaw to your skull and allow you to speak, chew, and yawn. However, these joints can also cause problems for those who have misaligned teeth,...
Your saliva plays an instrumental role in your oral health. Saliva helps protect your teeth and gums from harmful bacteria, and can reduce your risk for cavities. However, saliva has other major functions in both your oral cavity and even your digestion, so preventing dry mouth can be an essential part of...

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