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Broken Braces or Wires

Problems with braces can include: Broken braces (brackets) Broken wires Loose bands Loose braces Wires sticking out Call and discuss the problem with your orthodontist or office staff. You may need to visit right away, or you

Decayed Baby Teeth — Save Them or Pull Them?

Your child's dentist has had the same conversation many times. Dentist: "Your son, John, has a very large cavity in his second primary molar. To save the tooth, I will have to do a root canal and place

Dental Anxiety: Treatments and Coping Methods

Communicating with Your Dentist Talking with your dentist is the key to beating dental distress. Modern dentistry can be almost painless. Therefore, it's worth taking the time to discuss your fears —


Oral Effects means that you have too much glucose (sugar) in your blood. No matter what type of you have, this can lead to serious health issues. can affect the entire body. Whether your affects your

Eating Disorders

Oral Effects Anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating disorder are the most common types of eating dis-orders. People who restrict what they eat or force themselves to vomit can affect the health of their teeth and mouth, as well

Gastrointestinal Disorders

If you have any of these conditions, make sure that your dentist has an up-to-date list of all the medicines you take. This should include both prescription and over-the-counter medicines, such as antacids. It also

Immune Disorders

Rheumatoid Arthritis Oral Effects Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that causes inflammation of the joints. If your jaw joint (the temporomandibular joint) is affected, you may have discomfort and problems with chewing. If

Is It Your Jaw? A Symptoms Checklist for Temporomandibular Disorders

Temporomandibular disorders can cause symptoms that are similar to other diseases. Do you notice clicking or popping when you open your mouth? Is it difficult or painful to open

Kidney Disease

Oral Effects People with often have other health issues. They often have compromised immune systems, so they may be more likely to get infections. People with renal (kidney) problems may have a bad taste in their

Lodged Foreign Body

Small pieces of food — especially things like popcorn hulls — can get under your gums. If these pieces aren't removed, the area can get irritated, and even infected. What You Can Do If you feel something wedged under your gum,

Mouth Injury

The soft tissues in the mouth are delicate, sensitive and easily hurt. They also contain a lot of nerves. When they are hurt, it can be very painful. Your tongue, cheeks, gums and lips can be hurt in several ways: If you accidentally

Periodontal Disease: Causes and Prevention

What Is Periodontal Disease? If your hands bled when you washed them, you would be concerned. Yet, many people think it's normal if their gums bleed when they brush or floss. In a 1999 study, researchers

Periodontal Examination and Probing

A are used to assess the health of your gums and teeth. They can help your dentist diagnose the gum diseases gingivitis and periodontitis. They also can reveal receding gums,

Pregnancy and Oral Health

Being pregnant affects nearly every aspect of your life, including your oral health. The condition of your gums may affect your pregnancy and the health of your baby. And preventing tooth decay in your own mouth can help

Respiratory Diseases and Conditions

If you have a respiratory condition, make sure that your dentist always has an up-to-date list of all the medicines you take. The list should be neatly written or typed. It should include prescription drugs and

Severe Tooth or Mouth Pain

Any injury to the gums or teeth can be very painful. At other times, you may have dental pain and not know why. For example, sudden pain may be caused by pieces of food that come in contact with a decayed area of the

Should You Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth are the molar teeth in the back of your upper and lower jaws. They are also known as third molars. A few people are born without wisdom teeth. Others have enough room in their mouths for the

Types of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease can refer to any condition that affects the gums and other structures supporting your teeth. However, bacteria cause the most common forms of periodontal disease. These bacteria grow in a film

Vitamin Deficiencies and Your Mouth

If you visit your dentist because your mouth is burning or your gums bleed easily, you may get a prescription — not for pills, but for broccoli and strawberries. Eating a healthy diet is just as important for