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Oral Health Made Simple: Your Prescription For Knowledge
 PREVENT PROBLEMS
Small BoxAll About Cavities
Small BoxBrushing and Flossing
Small BoxFluoride
Small BoxMouth-Healthy Eating
Small BoxSealants
Small BoxTaking Care of Your Teeth
Small BoxTobacco
Small BoxYour Dental Visit
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 CONDITIONS
Small BoxBad Breath
Small BoxCavities
Small BoxCold Sores
Small BoxDry Mouth
Small BoxImpacted Tooth
Small BoxSensitive Teeth
Small BoxTMJ
Small BoxTooth Discoloration
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 TREATMENTS
Small BoxCrowns
Small BoxDentures
Small BoxFillings: The Basics
Small BoxGum Surgery
Small BoxImplants
Small BoxRoot Canal Treatment
Small BoxScaling and Root Planing
Small BoxWhitening
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 GENERAL TOPICS
Small BoxControlling Pain
Small BoxCosmetic Dentistry
Small BoxEmergencies
Small BoxFill, Repair, Replace
Small BoxKids And Teens
Small BoxOral Health and Your Body
Small BoxOrthodontics
Small BoxPeriodontics
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Step 1 Prevent ProblemsSimplestepsPrevent Problems
Step 2 Understand ConditionsSimplestepsUnderstand Conditions
Step 3 Explore TreatmentsSimplestepsExplore Treatments

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Learn about how oral disease can affect your overall health and how many chronic diseases can affect your mouth and teeth.
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Introduction: The Mouth-Body Connectionarrow pointing right
What goes on in the rest of your body affects your mouth, and what goes on in your mouth affects the rest of your body
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Kidney Diseasearrow pointing right
Kidney disease can affect your oral health and your visits to the dentist.
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Columbia Commentary:
Can Flossing Improve Overall Health?
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Is it an accepted "fact" that maintaining our teeth can also improve our overall health? Is it time to change the phrase "floss or lose your teeth" to "floss for good health"?
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Catching a Killer: What You Should Know About Oral Cancer (Videos)arrow pointing right
Find out how a dentist checks you for oral cancer and how you can check yourself.
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Blood Disordersarrow pointing right
Some blood disorders can affect your oral health.
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Neuromuscular Diseases and Conditionsarrow pointing right
Certain neuromuscular diseases and conditions can affect your oral health.
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Bulimiaarrow pointing right
Bulimia has many harmful effects on your mouth and teeth.
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Osteoporosis and Your Jawarrow pointing right
Osteoporosis can affect many bones, including your jaw.
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Cardiovascular Diseasesarrow pointing right
Cardiovascular conditions can affect your dental care, and some oral conditions may affect heart health as well.
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Pregnancyarrow pointing right
Pregnancy can affect your dental care, and your oral health also may affect your baby.
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Diabetes and Other Endocrine Disordersarrow pointing right
Diabetes, thyroid disease, Paget's disease and other endocrine disorders can affect your oral health and dental care.
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Respiratory Diseases and Conditionsarrow pointing right
Some respiratory diseases and conditions can affect your oral health.
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Gastrointestinal Disordersarrow pointing right
Some gastrointestinal disorders, such as GERD, can affect your oral health.
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STDs and Related Conditionsarrow pointing right
The herpes simplex virus can cause oral infections.
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Head and Neck Cancerarrow pointing right
Head and neck cancers are typically treated with a combination of radiation therapy, surgery and chemotherapy. Each of these treatments can affect your oral health.
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Tobaccoarrow pointing right
Tobacco poses a great threat to your health as a risk factor for oral cancer.
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HIV and AIDSarrow pointing right
HIV and AIDS affect your oral health and your visits to the dentist in many ways.
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Vitamin Deficiencies and Your Moutharrow pointing right
Not getting enough of certain vitamins can have serious effects on your mouth and teeth.
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Immune Disordersarrow pointing right
Find out how immune disorders, such as arthritis and lupus, can affect oral health and dental visits.
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Columbia Commentary:
Do You Need Antibiotics Before Your Dental Appointments?
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New guidelines suggest antibiotics before dental procedures for fewer heart conditions than in the past. The purpose is to prevent a dangerous infection.
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