Dry mouth, also called xerostomia, happens when your body doesn’t have enough moisture in the oral cavity. The saliva glands in your mouth aren’t able to generate enough saliva for your mouth to stay moist, as it’s meant to be. The causes of dry mouth are numerous, and this condition...
While your risk for certain oral health conditions increases as you get older, losing teeth isn’t a natural part of the aging process. Your teeth are meant to last as long as you live! Taking care of your smile is important at every age. How can you maintain a beautiful,...
Although your baby won’t be born with visible teeth, it won’t be long before you’ll see their pearly whites begin to emerge! Baby teeth pave the way for adult teeth to come in, allowing each tooth to have its place. Although baby teeth will be lost over the course...
When shopping for something as simple as toothpaste, people are faced with endless options. Then you have to select floss, a toothbrush, and perhaps even mouthwash. How can you know which of these products is right for you? Choosing the right dental products is simpler than you think, and much...
When it comes to brushing your teeth, people have the choice between using a regular toothbrush and an electric one. With a regular toothbrush, your movement of the brush removes plaque from your teeth. However, with an electric toothbrush, it spins and does all the work for you—you just need...
Oral piercings include any type of piercing that’s in or around the oral cavity, including tongue rings, lip rings, and even cheek or upper lip piercings. Any type of oral piercing has the potential to affect your smile. How can piercings in the oral cavity affect the health of...
X-rays allow doctors to take photographs of the inside of your body. Dentists have used x-rays since the late 1800s soon after x-rays were invented to see the inside of patients’ mouths. Today, x-rays are still used in dentistry and are considered a standard practice. There are different types of...
Gum disease is a progressive oral health condition that can compromise your smile. Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease typically starts out with minor symptoms. If ignored, these symptoms can get worse over time and even cause the need for tooth extractions. While some people are predisposed to develop...
Wisdom teeth are the last of our adult teeth to erupt. They’re located in the rear of our mouths and aren’t seen until we’re almost adults, and for some, not even until the early 20s! For the majority of people today, wisdom teeth cause some type of problem and so...
Tooth decay happens when acids and bacteria caused by plaque and the foods we eat attack our tooth enamel. Tooth enamel—the hard substance that makes our teeth shiny—is meant to protect our teeth, but it can be worn away over time due to damage. Once tooth enamel is gone,...

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