Dental Problems

Brushing

You know you need to brush your teeth and floss every day. But do you know how to get the most out of it? Even

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Dental terms A-Z

Abscess — pus-filled, inflamed area around a tooth. Amalgam — silver-mercury alloy used to fill cavities. Bicuspid — adult type of tooth located between the

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Meth Mouth

Few methamphetamine users fit the stereotype of the gaunt, twitchy addict. Some users take the drug in plush offices or lavish houses. Some wear suits

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Broken Tooth

What’s the treatment for a broken tooth? Tooth enamel is made of the hardest substances in the human body, but teeth still have their breaking

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Tooth Abscess

Kaye Wellborn* will never forget her first — and last — abscessed tooth. The San Francisco 49ers had just won the Superbowl, and a huge,

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Bad Breath

Do you fear your breath is strong enough to scare small children? You might be mistaken. People are notoriously inept at assessing the odor of

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Dental Emergencies

Most dental problems respond well to a take-it-slow approach. Brushing, flossing, and dental appointments every six months will take you far. But every once in

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Braces for Kids

Does my child need braces? Strictly speaking, few children really “need” braces. Crooked teeth are generally a cosmetic problem, not a health problem. But since

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Teeth Whitening

What makes teeth turn yellow? If coffee doesn’t get to them, age will. Dark pigments in foods, beverages, and cigarette smoke can bind to your

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Wisdom Teeth

What’s so smart about teeth that only cause trouble? “Wisdom teeth” may seem like a misnomer, especially since people often have to have them removed.

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Root Canal

In the 1700s, Pierre Fauchard, the father of modern dentistry, overturned an ancient belief that the throbbing pain of a toothache was caused by a

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