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tips Most of us learned to brush our teeth when we were children. We have stuck with the same technique into adulthood. Unfortunately, many of us learned how to brush the wrong way. And even if we learned the right way,

Cleaning Your Child's Mouth and Teeth

From Mouth Wipes to Brushing and Flossing As with any other part of your child's body, your child's mouth needs to be cleaned regularly to keep it healthy, working properly and looking good. If your child's

Dental X-Rays

What Are ? X-rays are a form of energy that travels in waves. X-rays can enter solid objects, where they either are absorbed or continue to pass through. X-rays tend to be absorbed by denser objects. They pass easily

Eight Steps to Dental Health

The Primary Teeth It takes more than just brushing. OK, so you know about brushing and flossing. But there are other steps you should take if you want to keep your teeth for a lifetime. Some people assume they will


Many people never learned to floss as children. But is critical to healthy gums and it's never too late to start. A common rule of thumb says that any new habit becomes second nature after only three weeks. If you have questions,

How Are Dental X-Rays Used?

X-ray images are among the most valuable tools a dentist has for keeping your mouth and teeth healthy. They are also called dental radiographs. For adults, dental X-rays are used to: Look for areas of decay that the

How Often Should You Get Dental X-Rays?

Dentists use X-rays for many reasons. They can help diagnose tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontal disease. They allow the dentist to see the sizes and positions of teeth that haven't come in yet. X-rays

How Often Should You Go to the Dentist?

More than 50 years ago, examinations of people entering the military showed that Americans' teeth were in pretty bad shape. Few people took good care of their teeth. There were no guidelines for how often

Mouth-Healthy Eating

If you want to prevent cavities, how often you eat can be just as important as what you eat. That's because food affects your teeth and mouth long after you swallow. Eating cookies with dinner will do less harm to your teeth

No Smoke, but Plenty of Danger

By now, most of us know that smoking cigarettes isn't healthy: The smoke you inhale contains toxic compounds. They increase your risk of lung cancer. But what about smokeless tobacco? Is that "little pinch" really

Other Ways to Clean Between the Teeth

To supplement your at-home brushing and flossing, your dentist or hygienist may suggest one or more of the following: Interdental cleaners — These cleaners work better than floss for people who have large

Rush to Brush

If you’re going into the hospital, pack your toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash Preparing for surgery can be an overwhelming experience. We worry about our health, our family and the many responsibilities we face before and after an operation.

Sports Safety: Avoiding Tooth and Mouth Injuries

A few years ago, a dental newsletter published what seemed like an unusual story. A boy snagged his teeth on a basketball net while doing a slam-dunk. A freakish accident? Not quite. After the

Stopping Early Tooth Decay – Without a Filling

You know all about tooth decay, don't you? It's very simple — you get a cavity and the dentist fixes it with a filling. But today that's not the only way to deal with tooth decay. Some dentists are

Tips for Keeping Your Mouth Healthy as You Age

Changes that occur with age can lead to challenges in maintaining a healthy mouth and teeth. Here are some tips for coping with these changes. Daily care Basic home care is still important to keep

Types of Dental X-Rays

X-rays (radiographs) are divided into two main categories, intraoral and extraoral. With intraoral X-rays, the X-ray film is inside the mouth. With extraoral X-rays, the film is outside the mouth. Intraoral X-rays Intraoral

X-Ray Safety

X-rays help dentists diagnose common problems such as cavities, gum disease and some types of infections. They allow dentists to see inside a tooth and beneath the gums. Without them, more disease would go unchecked. Treatment would