Brushing is a no-brainer, right? Truth is, the right tools, technique and timing matter. Sharecare experts explain how to get the job done with moves that'll wow your dentist.
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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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In a 14-year study, men who ate the most whole grains were 23 percent less likely to develop periodontitis, a form of gum disease, compared with the men who failed to get even one full serving a day.
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Eating coldwater fish such as salmon can fend off gum disease. That's because the fatty acids in these fish may help calm oral inflammation caused by infections, which means less tissue breakdown.
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Top 10 Oral Health Q&As
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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 . . .
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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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 . . .