Basic Dental Care Information
From Lora Dodge, former About.com Guide
Prevention goes hand-in-hand with many dental treatments. Learn how you can prevent dental disease at home, or learn about dental treatments that are used to halt, treat, and prevent dental disease from affecting your health and wellness.
Children's dental care is often overlooked, because many people believe those tiny baby teeth are just going to fall out one day, and be replaced with a set of second chance teeth. However, caring for baby teeth should be considered one of the most valuable lessons to teach a child.
- Prevention is Key
- Teeth Whitening 101
- The Facts on Fillings
- Root Canals
- Wisdom Teeth
- Gum Disease
- TMJ Disorders
- Bad Breath
- Oral Surgery
- Dental Implants
- Canker Sores and Cold Sores
- The Ins and Outs of Dental Insurance
Prevention is Key
Learning how to properly care for your teeth can mean a lifetime of great chewing and smiling. Your teeth have to last you for the rest of your life and with the right prevention and knowledge, they can. There are many things you can do at home to help prevent dental disease but there are also many important reasons to see your dentist regularly.
- Step-By-Step Guide: How to Brush Your Teeth Correctly
- Step-By-Step Guide: How to Floss Correctly
- What is Fluoride?
- Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Have Your Teeth Cleaned By Your Dentist
- How Often Do I Really Need to See the Dentist?
- Proven Ways to Prevent Tooth Decay
Teeth Whitening 101
Are you yearning for a dazzling white smile? Teeth whitening products offer a rather easy and inexpensive way to improve your smile and give you whiter and brighter teeth.
Here you will learn everything you need to know about teeth whitening from exactly how your teeth are whitened to topics that cover the difference between professional and over-the-counter whitening.
- What Does Professional Teeth Whitening Involve?
- Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Products
- Tooth Whitening Methods
Orthodontic treatment does more than just straighten your teeth. Confidence, oral hygiene, quality of life - these are just a few aspects that are improved with orthodontic treatment.
Does your child need braces? Can I get braces? How do I fix my loose braces? If you are feeling overwhelmed with questions regarding braces and orthodontics, all of the answers you are looking for are found here.
The Facts on Fillings
Dental fillings are a very common dental procedure that can range from very basic to extensive, all in the same appointment. Learn about the common types of dental fillings and why fillings are used in dentistry in the first place.
- What is a Cavity?
- Video: How Are Cavities Formed?
- Silver or White Fillings - Which Is Best?
- Silver Fillings - Are They Safe?
Root canal therapy is considered to be one of the most feared dental procedures - but it doesn't have to be. Begin your journey by learning about why root canal therapy is preformed, then explore exactly how the procedure is preformed from start to finish.
Being told that you need your wisdom teeth extracted can be very nerve-racking for many people. Learn why it's usually in your best interest to have your wisdom teeth extracted, how the procedure is performed, and how to prepare yourself before and after your wisdom teeth surgery.
- What Are Wisdom Teeth?
- Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?
- Should You Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
- How Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Gum disease could be considered a silent killer. Why? Most people are unaware of the fact that they have gum disease. And what's more frightening is how gum disease can directly affect your overall health and wellness, without you even realizing it's occurring.
- What is Gingivitis?
- Your Gum’s Worst Nightmare – Periodontitis
- How Gum Disease Affects Your Overall Health
- What Gum Disease Can do to Your Heart
- Diabetes and Gum Disease
- Pregnancy Gingivitis – What You Need to Know
- Pancreatic Cancer and Gum Disease
TMJ disorders often cause chronic pain and discomfort for those that suffer from a condition related to this joint. Learn how to recognize the common signs and symptoms of TMD.
Almost everyone has fallen victim to bad breath, especially after eating certain foods, or first thing in the morning. What you might be surprised to learn is how bad breath is often linked to serious health concerns, some of which are undiagnosed and may be very serious to your overall health and wellness.
Did you know that oral surgery is considered to be a rather common dental procedure? From a simple extraction to performing a biopsy, oral surgery is performed in the dental chair everyday.
Dental Implants are becoming more and more common and are even performed by some general dentists. If you are considering getting a dental implant, learn about what a dental implant is and what the treatment entails. Use this information to discuss with your dentist if a dental implant is the right option for you.
Canker Sores and Cold Sores
They may be small, but don't let that fool you. Canker sores affect millions of people every day, causing pain and discomfort for what seems like weeks.
Take some time, and learn about canker sores, from what causes them to helpful remedies and treatments that are designed to relieve the pain.
- What Are Canker Sores?
- What Causes Canker Sores?
- When to Have a Canker Sore Checked
- Canker Sore Treatments and Remedies
The Ins and Outs of Dental Insurance
Information on dental insurance, how to file a claim, tips on maximizing your insurance benefits, and general dental administrative information.