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Dental Problems, Conditions and Diseases

Dental Problems and their causes, symptoms, treatment options and prevention.
Quick Tips to Alleviate Toothache Pain
Not much is worse than having a toothache except maybe not being able to see a dentist. These quick tips can help you temporarily reduce toothache pain until you can see a dentist.
Oral Piercing and Dental Problems
Oral piercing is popular, but many people aren't aware of the dental problems associated with oral piercing.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder?
Learn the signs and symptoms of TMJ disorder.
What is TMJ?
Explains what TMJ is and how it might affect you.
An Overview of TMJ Disorders
An overview of TMJ disorders, also known as temporomandibular joint disorders, which includes signs and symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatments.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
You may have a tooth, or several, that is quite sensitive to sweets, cold air, hot drinks, or the like. Learn what may have caused your tooth sensitivity in the first place.
How can you Treat Tooth Sensitivity?
Explains what you can do to treat tooth sensitivity.
How Can Tooth Sensitivity Be Prevented?
Ever have tooth pain or sensitivity? Learn how tooth sensitivity can be prevented.
Quick Facts About Oral Cancer
Oral cancer is deadly, and you might not even know you have it if you don't visit your dentist on a regular basis. These facts will explain how serious and deadly oral cancer is.
How to Handle Dental Emergencies During the Holidays
Information about how to handle dental emergencies during the holidays and what you can do until you can see a dentist.
Top 10 Common Dental Problems
Dental problems are never any fun, but the good news is that most of them can be easily prevented. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, eating properly and regular dental check ups are essential in preventing dental problems. Educating yourself about common dental problems and their causes can also go a long way in prevention.
What is Gingivitis?
Describes what gingivitis is and what you can do to prevent it.
7 Ways to Prevent Cavities
Tooth decay is the second most prevalent disease in the United States (the common cold is first). Fortunately, cavities can be easily prevented.
What is a Cavity?
Describes what a cavity is and how you can prevent cavities
Photo of a Cavity
This is a photo of an actual large cavity in a tooth.
What is Decay?
Describes what tooth decay is and how you can prevent tooth decay.
Signs and Symptoms of Tooth Erosion
Tooth erosion signs and symptoms can range from sensitivity to more severe problems such as cracking. Find out the symptoms of tooth erosion.
What is Tooth Erosion?
Tooth erosion is the wearing away of tooth enamel by acid.
How to Prevent Tooth Erosion
Tooth erosion is the loss of tooth structure. Tooth erosion is caused by acid attacking the enamel. Find out how you can prevent tooth erosion.
What is Trench Mouth?
Have you ever heard of trench mouth? Find out about this severe gum infection and what you can do to prevent trench mouth.
What is Halitosis?
Learn what halitosis is and how you can treat and prevent it.
Dry Mouth - What is Dry Mouth?
Find out what dry mouth is, as well as how dry mouth can lead to serious dental problems.
Dry Mouth - What Causes Dry Mouth?
Find out what dry mouth is and what causes dry mouth.
Teenagers and Bad Breath
Bad breath can be embarrassing, especially with teenagers. Find out what causes bad breath and what teenagers can do to prevent bad breath.
How Your Mouth Affects your Overall Health
Gum disease is a serious dental problem. Gum disease has also been linked to heart disease and strokes. Learn how you can prevent gum disease and protect your overall health.
Early Detection of Oral Cancer With VELscope
Early detection of oral cancer could save your life. The FDA-approved VELscope can detect oral cancer that the naked eye can't see.
What is an Abscessed Tooth?
An abscess of the tooth is an infection. An abscess can include pus and swelling of the soft gum tissues surrounding the tooth
Teenagers and Oral Piercing - Is it Safe?
Information about teenagers and the safety of oral piercing as well as side effects from oral piercings.
Dry Mouth is Common Among Seniors
Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is a common problem among older adults, and can cause extensive dental problems.
What is Tooth Sensitivity?
Explains what tooth sensitivity is as well as what you can do to treat tooth sensitivity.
Osteoporosis Medications Linked to Jaw Bone Disease
Explains how medications taken for osteoporosis, called bisphosphonates, have been linked to osteonecrosis of the jaw.
Oral Hygiene is Especially Important Among Women
Explains why women need to be more careful with their oral hygiene due to certain life factors.
Canker Sores - What is a Canker Sore?
Describes what a canker sore is, where canker sores develop and how long canker sores usually last.
Canker Sores - What Causes Canker Sores?
Canker sores and possible causes of canker sores.
Canker Sores - When to See a Dentist
Canker Sores - Explains when you should see a dentist for canker sores.
Canker Sores - Treatment of Canker Sores
Describes what you can do to ease the discomfort of canker sores.
Why is Oral Hygiene so Important During Pregnancy?
Oral hygiene is always important, but even more so during pregnancy. Find out how dental problems can be intensified during pregnancy.
Gum Disease Linked to Pancreatic Cancer
A new study has linked gum disease to pancreatic cancer. Find out how preventing gum disease might reduce your chances of developing deadly pancreatic cancer.
What is Periodontitis?
Explains what periodontitis is and how periodontitis can be linked to heart attacks and strokes.
How To Prevent Bad Breath
These tips will help you learn how to prevent bad breath as well as how to optimize good dental hygiene.
Mouthguards and Sports - Are Mouthguards Really Necessary?
Mouthguards can offer superior protection against dental related injuries. Find out how to choose and take care of a dental mouthguard.
Visits to the Dentist Could Prevent Toothaches
Explains why you should see the dentist before you have a toothache.
Pregnancy Gingivitis - What is Pregnancy Gingivitis?
Explains what pregnancy gingivitis is, how you can prevent pregnancy gingivitis and what to do if you develop pregnancy gingivitis.
Dental Photo Gallery
This dental photo gallery will show you various pictures of different dental conditions.
8 Warning Signs of Gum Disease
It is important to know these 8 warning signs of gum disease so that you can notify your dentist before the disease progresses.
How to Prevent Gum Disease
Learn how to prevent gum disease by following these easy steps.
Dental Health Issues Associated With HIV / AIDS
Dental health issues associated with HIV / AIDS and how to help maintain dental health while the immune system is weakened.
Smoking and Dental Problems
Describes the dental problems associated with smoking and other uses of tobacco including cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and hookah water pipes.
Male Cigarette Smokers More Likely to Need Root Canals
The findings of a new study show that males who smoke cigarettes are almost twice as likely to need root canals than non smokers.
Heart Disease and Tooth Loss
Most people don't associate heart disease with dental health, however, The American Journal of Preventative Medicine issued a report in the December 2005 issue about a new study that links heart disease to tooth loss in adults.
Tips for Managing Dental Emergencies
These tips will tell you what you should do if you ever have a dental emergency.
No Cavities for Five Years?
Israeli Device Claims to Protect Teeth From Cavities for Five Years
Oral Cancer
Oral Cancer and its Risk Factors, Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention
Gum Disease
Learn what you can do to prevent gum disease and maintain good oral health.
Halitosis
Definition of Dental Term - Halitosis
Effects of Methamphetamine Use on Teeth
Describes the devastating effects of methamphetamines on teeth, a condition commonly known as meth mouth.
Ways to Please Your Dentist
Want to have please your dentist by having a great check up? These tips can help you learn how to prevent dental problems as well as how to keep your mouth healthy.
What Causes Decay?
Explains what dental decay is and what causes it.
What to Expect During a Root Canal
Information about what to expect during a root canal treatment, including price estimates and follow up care.
Reasons to Have a Dental Cleaning
Good oral hygiene is important, not only for looks, but for general health as well. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease and more. Regular check ups and cleanings can prevent these problems as well as provide you with good oral hygiene.
10 Facts That Every Dental Patient Should Know
These dental facts will help you learn how to prevent dental problems from happening to you.
The Connection Between Diabetes and Gum Disease
Learn why diabetes and periodontal / gum disease are connected and what steps a person with diabetes can take to prevent gum disease.
How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?
Learn how often you should brush your teeth to maintain good oral hygiene.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Learn what causes bad breath and how prevent it.
What is Plaque?
Maintain good dental health by learning what plaque is and how to prevent it.
Cholesterol May Link Gum Disease, Heart Disease
Information that suggests a link between gum disease (periodontitis), cholesterol, heart disease and strokes.
Thrush
Definition of Dental Term - Thrush
How Often Should I Get a Dental Check Up?
Learn how often to get a dental check up for adults, children and patients with special conditions.
Dry Mouth
Definition of Dental Term - Dry Mouth
Tongue Problems
The tongue is a wonderful and essential part of our body and it allows us to swallow, talk and chew properly. There are also problems that can be associated with the tongue such as bad breath, enlargement, black hairy tongue, soreness and other tongue abnormalties.
Broken or knocked out tooth
What do you do if you or your child gets a broken or knocked out tooth? Follow the tips in this guideline for safely transporting a tooth for reimplantation.
Give Thanks for Dental Health
Give thanks for dental health and be thankful for being able to eat Thanksgiving dinner with healthy teeth.
10 Daily Tips to Live Well with Diabetes
Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss among adults and is also frequently linked to the control of diabetes. Nina Nazor, our Guide to Diabetes, provides these 10 Daily Tips to Live Well with Diabetes.
Cleft Lip and Palate Repair
Provides useful information and definition of cleft palate.
Dental Problems Associated with Diabetes
Learn about the dental problems associated with diabetes.
TMJ - TMJ Disorders
Provides detailed information about TMJ disorders, also known as Temporomandibular joint disorders.
TMJ - A Brief Explanation
Carol and Richard Eustice, Arthritis guides at about.com, offer a brief explanation of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders, otherwise known as TMJ.
Temporo-Mandibular Joint Disorder
Florence Cardinal, our Guide to Sleep Disorders, provides insight about TMJ disorder and how it can affect more than just your mouth.
Bruxism - Irritating and Dangerous
Florence Cardinal, About.com's sleep disorder guide, explains how bruxism and sleep disorders are related.
Fever Blister Information - Fever Blisters & Cold Sores
Heather Brannon, MD, provides information about fever blisters and cold sores.
Taking Care of Your Teeth and Mouth
Marian Eure, our Guide to Senior Health, offers some wonderful tips on taking care of your teeth and mouth. These tips for all ages can help put you on the right path to good dental health and avoid having dental problems in the future.
Dental Care in Dementia
Christine Kennard, About's Guide to Alzheimer's Disease, tells why at least one in five people with dementia are missing out on dental care because of concerns by their caregiver.
Oral Health Should Not be Neglected by Arthritis Patients
Difficulties and complications of arthritis can sometimes make it difficult to maintain good oral health. Carol and Richard Eustice, our Guides to Arthritis, explain why it is important to pay attention to oral health and not to wait until a toothache occurs.
Diabetes and Periodontal Disease
Marian Eure provides information about diabetes and gum disease.
Diagnosed with Oral Cancer - A Personal Story
This touching story, provided by our guide to Smoking Cessation, Terry Martin, is a personal story written about a lady named Marlene, who was diagnosed with oral cancer.
Survey on Oral, Head, Neck, Throat and Mouth Cancer
Our Guide to Smoking Cessation, Terry Martin, asks, "How Much do You Know about Oral and Head and Neck Cancer?"
Oral and Head and Neck Cancer
Terry Martin provides detailed information about oral and head and neck cancer.
Oral Cancer Symptoms
Our guide to Cancer, Lisa Fayed, offers this excellent list of oral cancer symptoms.
Home Remedy for Toothache
If you are suffering from a toothache, it is important to see your dentist. Cathy Wong, N.D., our Guide to Alternative Medicine offers some great advice to help relieve toothache pain until you can get to the dentist.
Video - What are Cavities?
This is a great video that explains what cavities are.
Video - Causes and Effects of Gingivitis
This excellent video will teach you the risk factors and effects of gingivitis.
Oral Cancer Photo Gallery
These pictures of oral Cancer are very graphic and show how different types of oral cancer can look.
Meth Mouth Video
This video from the American Dental Association shows meth users and dentists discussing the effects of crystal meth on teeth.
Photos of the Stages of Gum Disease
View the photos of the stages of gum disease.
Photo of Meth Mouth
This photo of "Meth Mouth" is provided by the American Dental Association. Beware, if you have a weak or sensitive stomach, you might not want to see this.
Oral Cancer Self Examination
Did you know that someone dies of oral cancer every hour of every day in the United States alone? This serious disease is often highly curable if diagnosed early. These Oral Cancer Self Examination Tips will show you how to examine yourself for signs of oral cancer.
Mouth Ulcers
There are several different types of mouth ulcers and they can all be very uncomfortable. Find out the different types of mouth ulcers as well as what causes them and what you can do to ease the discomfort.
Dry Mouth
Dry mouth can lead to serious dental conditions. The information provided here by the Mayo Clinic can help you learn more about dry mouth and the treatments available.
Cleft Palate Missing Tooth Fact Sheet
A person born with a cleft lip and/or palate often have a missing tooth. A special treatment plan is needed for resolving the functional and cosmetic problems the absence creates.
Bone Loss: The Ultimate Consequence of Missing Teeth
When teeth are missing for an extended time, bone loss will occur. Learn about bone loss and the advantages of dental implants used in tooth replacement therapy.
Congenitally Missing Teeth - Hypondontia and Oligodontia
Two congential conditions, Hypodontia and Oligodontia, describe teeth that never developed in a child. Also described at "primary failure of eruption." Learn more about these conditions, causes, and treatment.
Black Raspberries May Prevent Oral Cancer
According to Lex18.com, a new study by researchers at Ohio State's James Cancer Hospital shows that black raspberries may prevent oral cancer. While lab tests showed that black raspberries reduced the size of tumors in the mouth by 44 percent, there is still one problem.
FAQs About Root Canal Treatment
Find the answers to frequently asked questions about root canals, provided by the American Association of Endodontists.
Understanding TMJ
Dr. Fred Simonton, a highly successful oral and maxillofacial surgeon, provides insight to understanding TMJ.
Soft Drinks Cause Extensive Damage to Teeth
Just because a soft drink is diet doesn't mean that it isn't bad for your teeth. Dr. Jim Arnold describes two ways that regular and diet soft drinks can cause extensive damage to your teeth as well as what you can do to limit the damage to your teeth without giving up soft drinks completely.
Saliva Test may Detect Oral Cancer
According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, someone dies from oral cancer every hour of every day in the United States alone. The National Institutes of Health reports that scientists may soon be able to detect signs of oral cancer from saliva samples. Oral Cancer is highly curable if detected in its early stages.
Study: Red Wine Is Good For Your Teeth
Red wine has been said to be good for your heart among other things. Could it possibly be good for dental health too? According to All Headline News, researchers from Quebec City's Laval University presented findings from a study that showed a component of red wine should help to prevent and reverse periodontitis, the serious and advanced stage of gum disease that includes bone loss.
Heart Association Changes Antibiotic Guidelines
The American Dental Association provides new guidelines for patients who have previously had to take antibiotics before dental treatment.
The Oral Cancer Foundation
The Oral Cancer Foundation provides complete information about oral cancer.

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