A Healthy Smile = A Healthy You
Your teeth and gums speak volumes about your overall health. Keeping them in sparkling shape requires the right habits, a healthy diet and routine professional dental care. Here, brush up on the basics of good oral health.
Dig In for a Healthy Mouth
A variety of delicious foods benefit your teeth and gums. Want to infuse your meals and snacks with some smile-saving nutrition -- and spend less time in the dentist's chair getting pricey procedures? Make friends with these foods (and avoid a few others) and you'll truly have something to smile about.
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Oral Health Q&As
William De Vizio, DDS
Vice President for Dental Clinical Research at Colgate
How can I stop grinding my teeth?
Bruxism (teeth grinding), is often related to stress and anxiety. Finding ways to reduce stress and to relax can help alleviate teeth grinding and create other long-lasting health benefits. Techniques to help stop teeth grinding include biofeedback, meditation, yoga, deep breathing, exercise, and professional mental health counseling or psychotherapy. Cutting down on stimulants such as tobacco and caffeine may also help . . .
- Q What type of toothpaste or mouthwash should I use?
- Q How often should teeth be X-rayed?
- Q Can mouth rinses remove plaque or prevent gum disease?
- Q How does desensitizing toothpaste work?
- Q Are there alternatives to dental floss?
- Q What foods are good for the mouth?
- Q Does it matter when I floss?
- Q Is periodontitis serious?
- Q Are bad teeth hereditary?
- Q What causes bad breath?
You brush and floss daily and visit your dentist twice a year, so how else can you add some sparkle to your smile? Start with these smart moves.
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Smile! It's Date Night!
Sweet, chewy dates contain a compound that can help reverse early tooth decay. Here are great ways to add them to your meals.
The American Dental Association recently surveyed people to find out what they know about dental health, and Americans need to brush up on their knowledge. Most people surveyed didn't know that some bleeding after brushing your teeth is not normal. Actually, it can be a sign of gum disease . . .