Oral and Dental Care

No one likes going to the dentist. Learn about how to combat tooth decay and bad breath for healthy gums and good oral hygiene.

I Tried a Charcoal Toothbrush to Whiten My Teeth—Here’s What Happened

Can a charcoal toothbrush whiten your teeth? To find out, I replaced my electric toothbrush with a charcoal toothbrush for two weeks.

9 Habits That Secretly Annoy Your Dentist

It's often hard to read your own dental X-ray (or your dentist's thoughts)—but here's what you might hear in the...


Here’s How Often You Should Change Your Toothbrush

Dentists reveal the healthiest timeline to replace your toothbrush—plus, how the Covid-19 pandemic has changed their recommendations, and clever...


Black Spot on Tooth: Just a Cavity, or Something More?

Discolored teeth or unusual spots on your teeth? Be safe and get it checked out.


What Does a Black Spot on Your Lip Mean?

With age (and other factors) can come dark spots on the lips. A dentist recommends when to get them checked...

White Spots on Your Tongue? Here’s What They Could Mean for Your Health

White spots in the mouth could be a sign you need better oral hygiene—or, something more serious. A spokesperson...


Here’s Why Your Stress Is Ruining Your Dental Health, Says a Dentist

Eighty percent of Americans say they're experiencing "significant" stress, which takes a hit at the immune system and causes a series...

I Tried Amazon’s Top-Selling Water Flosser—Here Are My Honest Thoughts

Should you be using a water floss machine? We put the Waterpik Aquarius water flosser to the test—with opinions...


Botox for TMJ: Does It Work and Is It Safe?

Feeling jaw pain? It's possible it could be due to "temporomandibular joint" (TMJ) disorder. Some experts now say Botox may...


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Here’s Why You Get Dry Mouth at Night

From not drinking enough water throughout the day to sleeping with the AC on, there are many reasons why


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13 Causes of Dry Mouth and the Treatments That Help

Dry mouth or xerostomia occurs when your salivary glands don't produce enough saliva to hydrate the mouth.

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How Often Should You Floss?

Hint: it's less frequent than you might think.


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What Can You Expect from a Root Canal?

Root canals can save or repair an infected or damaged tooth. Here are the answers to all your questions...


Do You Really Need a Tongue Scraper? What Dentists Say

A tongue scraper may help improve your oral health. Here are the potential benefits of tongue scraping, plus how to...


5 Best Foods to Eat After Having Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Not sure what to eat after wisdom teeth removal? You'll need to choose soft or liquid foods and avoid...


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Everything You Need to Know About Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth removal is done to prevent crooked or crowded teeth, jaw pain, and more. Here's what to know...

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Why You May Have Tooth Sensitivity After a Filling

Have pain and sensitivity after a dental filling? Here's why—and when to reach back out to your dentist for treatment.


What to Know About the Benefits of Oil Pulling for Your Teeth

What is oil pulling, and does it offer any benefits beyond those you get from brushing your teeth? Here's...


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Mamelon Teeth: Why You Have Ridges on Your Teeth

Mamelon bumps are ridges on the edges of teeth that don't cause big problems, but can prevent the "perfect smile."


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Top 4 Worst Halloween Candy for Your Teeth, According to a Dentist

Enjoying Halloween candy is part of the holiday fun, but too much candy can lead to cavities and


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Should You Use a Floss Pick or Regular Floss? What Dentists Recommend

Flossing is important for your oral health. Here are dentist-recommended ways to floss, plus the pros and cons...


4 Ways Covid-19 Is Bad for Your Teeth, According to Dentists

Dentists reveal how the Covid-19 pandemic is leading to tooth problems—from gum disease to cracked teeth to cavities—and how to...


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6 Silent Signs of Tonsil Stones

Just one more reason your dentist was right about flossing; learn the six signs of tonsil stones and what...


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CBD for Dental Pain, Anxiety, and Problems: Does It Work?

CBD is touted for a lot of issues like sleep and anxiety. Can it help cavities, TMJ problems, gum...


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9 Best Electric Toothbrushes for Whiter Teeth, According to Dentists

We asked dentists to share their favorite electric toothbrushes for every budget, and the features that are best for getting...

6 Reasons Why You Have Bleeding Gums When You Brush Your Teeth

If you regularly see red when you brush your teeth, it could be cause for concern.


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Canker Sores: What to Know About These Painful Mouth Sores

Yes, they hurt. Here are the symptoms, risks, triggers, and treatments for canker sores, which may help you stop...


7 Things Doctors Need You to Know About TMJ Disorder

Medical experts reveal everything you need to know about how to prevent jaw pain and the types of treatments available,...


6 Ways You Didn’t Realize You Were Staining Your Teeth

There are plenty of ways to whiten your teeth, but one of the best things to do is to...


How Often You Should Replace Your Toothbrush (and What Happens When You Don’t)

Learn how often you should replace your toothbrush and the likelihood of getting gum disease and other problems if...


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13 Signs You Need to See a Dentist Right Away

Don't ignore these symptoms of a potential dental emergency.