Oral and Dental Care

No one likes going to the dentist. Learn about how to combat tooth decay and bad breath for healthy gums and good oral hygiene.

8 Strange Body Parts and Their Surprising Purposes

Some parts of our body get more credit than others. Read up on the fascinating bits you've never considered.


10 Signs You’re Headed For a Dental Emergency

When it comes to oral health, don't ignore these seemingly "small" problems as they can quickly turn into big, painful,...


9 Things That Stain Your Teeth in the Summer

Summer is synonymous with backyard barbecues and farmer's markets, but some of the tastiest and healthiest summertime treats can leave...


The Potentially Dangerous Ingredient in Your Toothpaste

The FDA banned this chemical in soaps, but it could still be threatening your health in other everyday products.


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10 Surprising Health Problems Dentists Can Find First

Dentists don't only find gum disease or cavities; they may also find signs of Crohn's disease,


7 Foods that Whiten Your Teeth (And 4 to Avoid)

A mouthful of pearly white could be as close as your kitchen. Add these teeth-brightening foods to your diet and...


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10 Things Dentists Always Do to Prevent Tooth Decay

Tooth decay can make for complicated, expensive, and painful dental visits. Here's what dentists do to stay out...


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11 Things Your Orthodontist Won’t Tell You

If you think you can get away with skipping out on wearing your Invisalign without your doc noticing, think again.

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10 Early Signs of Gum Disease You’re Probably Ignoring

Nearly 65 million Americans have some form of gum disease. Here are the signs you might be one of them.


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10 Gingivitis Home Remedies That Actually Work

Nearly half of American adults have some form of gum disease. These home remedies may help treat gingivitis, a mild...


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11 Things Your Dentist Needs You to Start Doing Differently

Investing in your smile goes farther than regular brushing and flossing. Here's what your tooth doc wishes you knew.


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35 Secrets Your Dentist Won’t Tell You

We asked 22 dentists from across the country to tell us what they're really thinking as they peer at our...


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7 Surprising Home Remedies for Teeth Grinding

Health experts offer surprising home remedies to reduce teeth grinding, and prevent complications like jaw pain.


Sorry, but Your Favorite Holiday Foods Cause Some Seriously Bad Breath

Whether you call it "bad breath" or "halitosis," it smells just as bad, and what you're eating and drinking during...


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8 Surprising Foods That Prevent Tooth Decay

Dentists reveal what leads to tooth decay and some surprising foods, such as eggs, that can lead to better...


A Chemical Banned from Soap Is Still in Your Toothpaste

Only one company still uses triclosan as an ingredient.

If Your Dentist Prescribes Antibiotics, Ask These Questions First

You should never take antibiotics if they're not necessary—even if your dentist prescribes them.


7 Home Remedies for TMJ Pain

Those with TMJ-related problems can have intense pain, stiffness, and limited jaw movement. There's hope—these home remedies can help.


The Life-Saving Reason You Should Save Your Child’s Baby Teeth

There's a good reason you may want to hold off on handing over anything to the Tooth Fairy.


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7 “Healthy” Habits You Didn’t Realize Were Damaging Your Teeth

There's a dark side to healthy habits like drinking spring water, brushing after you eat, and even exercising: They could...


Yellow Teeth Are Actually Stronger Than Bright White Teeth—Here’s Why

Good news: You don't need to spend another cent on teeth whitener.

The Hidden Danger of Using Your Kid’s Toothpaste

Don't get hooked on your kid's toothpaste—there could be consequences for your smile.



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13 Things Your Dentist Wants You to Know (But You’re Too Scared to Ask)

Not everyone likes going to the dentist, but educating yourself can make the experience less nerve-racking and more productive.


This Extremely Common Health Issue Makes You More Likely to Get Cancer

Researchers aren't entirely sure why there is such a connection, yet.


This Is the Most Efficient Way to Keep Your Teeth Clean—Without Brushing Them

There's a more foolproof way to avoid frequent visits to the dentist's office.


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30 Everyday Mistakes You’re Probably Making That Can Ruin Your Teeth

Are you chomping a pencil right now as you read this? Stop—right now. That's just one of 30 things you...