Dental Education

Tooth Decay

Tooth Decay Tooth Decay Is a Disease that Damages and Breaks Down Teeth Your teeth have a hard, outer layer (enamel), a middle layer (dentin) and a center (pulp). Progress of Tooth Decay . What Causes Tooth Decay? Your teeth are covered by a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. After a meal or snack, the

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Osteoporosis Medicines and Your Dental Health

Osteoporosis Medicines and Your Dental Health Osteoporosis (os-tee-oh-puh- ROH-sis) is a disease that makes your bones weak and more likely to break. Osteoporosis is a common disease, and many people take medicine for it. In a small portion of patients, osteoporosis medicine has been linked to a rare but serious side effect. Your dentist wants you

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Diabetes and Your Oral Health

Diabetes and Your Oral Health Diabetes can affect your teeth, gums and the overall health of your mouth. This page reviews the oral health problems that are related to diabetes and the steps you can take to lower your risks and stay on top of your overall health. Oral health problems related to diabetes are:

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Do You Have Sleep Apnea?

Why Snoring Happens Snoring happens when the muscles in your mouth and/or throat relax and cause your tongue or other soft tissues to block your airway when you’re sleeping. This makes it harder to breathe normally on your own. As you breathe in and out, you make a “snoring” sound when air tries to force

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Oral Piercing: Is It Worth It?

Oral Piercing: Is It Worth It? A pierced lip or tongue may look cool, but it can be dangerous. Many people are choosing mouth jewelry as a way to follow a trend or create a certain look. But oral piercing isn’t just a matter of style — it’s a health issue too. Mouth piercing is

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Tobacco and Oral Health

Do You Use Tobacco? You are probably aware that smoking causes cancer, stroke and heart disease, but did you know that it can also cause serious harm to your mouth? It doesn’t matter how you use it — whether you smoke it, dip it, or chew it — tobacco is not good for you. Talk

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Healthy Mouth, Strong Body

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body Making the Connection Your mouth is a window into the health of your body Insight about your overall health can sometimes be seen in your mouth. In fact, periodontal (perry-oh-DON-tal) – or gum – disease is common in people with chronic diseases like heart disease or diabetes. This page explains the connection between

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Mouth and Throat Cancer

Get the Facts About Mouth and Throat Cancer Did you know that your dentist screens you for cancer at every visit? Oral cancers can be deadly diseases. Each year in the United States, roughly 45,000 new cases of mouth and throat cancer are diagnosed, and about 13% of people die within the same year they

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Mouth Sores and Spots

Mouth Sores and Spots Mouth sores can be painful, annoying and unsightly. Some appear inside the mouth – on the gums, tongue, lips, cheeks or palate (roof of the mouth). Others, like cold sores, can appear outside the mouth, such as on and around the lips, under the nose and on the chin. Mouth sores

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