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
Stephen M. Koral, DMD
International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
How can I whiten my teeth if I have stains on them?
You might be pleasantly surprised by how much brighter your teeth can be when cleaned by a hygienist. You'll never know if it's the internal color of the teeth that's the problem, or if it's something superficial . . .
- 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 How can I stop grinding my teeth?
- 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?
Oral Health Action Plans
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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Growing teeth and gums need a lot of TLC. How savvy are you about keeping your children's smiles strong?
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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.