Oral Health Fact Sheets

Dental fact sheets, articles and information.

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Academy of General Dentistry

How our membership in AGD helps us provide you with better patient care. Read more…

Acid Reflux

Heartburn, or acid indigestion, is a common symptom of chronic acid reflux, also known as gastroesopheageal reflux disease (GERD). Read more…

Acid Erosion

Your teeth's enamel may be tough, but your teeth still need your help to protect them from erosion. Read more…

Allergies and Dentistry

Allergic reactions are sensitivities to a specific substance, called an allergen, that makes contact with the skin, or is inhaled into the lungs, swallowed, or injected. Some allergic reactions are mild, while others can be severe and life-threatening. Read more…

Anxiety

Going to the dentist can cause anxiety, and that's a normal reaction. Read more…

Athletic Mouthguards

An athletic mouthguard is a flexible appliance that is worn during athletic and recreational activities to protect teeth from trauma. Custom-fabricated mouthguards are essential for preventing athletic oral/facial injuries, such as broken teeth, jaw fractures, cerebral hemorrhages, and neck injuries. Read more…

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Baby's Oral Health

It's never too early to start taking care of your little one's teeth. Read more…

Bridges

A fixed bridge is a dental appliance that replaces one or more missing teeth, thus "bridging" the space between the two adjacent natural teeth or implants. Read more…

Brushing

Knowing how to brush your teeth is an important skill that children should learn at an early age. Read more…

Bruxism

Bruxism is the technical term for teeth grinding and clenching that causes facial pain. Read more…

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Child's First Dental Visit

Prepare your child for that first visit and the result may be the start of positive, lifelong dental care. Read more…

Children and Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children, and, unfortunately, children who develop cavities in their baby teeth are more likely to develop cavities in their permanent teeth, as well. Read more…

Children's Oral Health

Taking your child to the dentist at an early age is the best way to prevent oral health problems. Read more…

Continuing Education

Use this resource to help your patients understand why you take continuing education to better serve them and their families. Read more…

Cosmetic Dentistry

Your dentist can perform a variety of cosmetic procedures to improve your smile from subtle changes to major repairs. There are many techniques and options to treat teeth that are discolored, chipped, misshapen, or missing. Your dentist can reshape your teeth, close spaces, restore worn teeth, or alter the length of your teeth. Read more…

Crowns

Dental restorations restore the function, integrity, and morphology of missing tooth structure, which can be caused by caries or external trauma, such as chipping or cracking a tooth. Read more…

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Dental Anxiety

Going to the dentist can cause anxiety, and that's a normal reaction. Read more…

Dental Careers

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work in the dental profession? Each dental team member has a unique job that requires a specific skill set, and each member is crucial to a successful practice and high-quality patient care. If you've ever thought about a career in dentistry Read more…

Dental Emergencies

This fact sheet contains tips for parents/caregivers on how to treat their child's dental emergency. Read more…

Dental Emergencies 2

Use this fact sheet to explain to your patients what to when a tooth is knocked out or chipped. Read more…

Dental Sealants

In addition to good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing, there are other ways to protect teeth from decay. Dental sealants can protect teeth and seal them off from decay-causing bacteria. Read more…

Dentin Hypersensitivity

Dentin hypersensitivity, more commonly referred to as sensitive teeth, can be defined as short, sharp pains that come from exposed dentin (the layer of tissue found beneath the hard enamel that contains the inner pulp). Read more…

Dentures

This fact sheet provides tips on how to care for a denture. Read more…

Dietary Supplements and Oral Health

Many people take one or more dietary supplements daily with the goal of improving their overall health. Popular dietary supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbs and botanicals, amino acids, and enzymes. Read more…

Dry Mouth

Discuss the causes and effects of dry mouth with your patients. Read more…

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E-Cigarettes

The risks of e-cigarette use. Read more…

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are real, complex, and often devastating conditions that can have serious consequences on your overall health and oral health. Read more…

Effects of Smoking on the Mouth

Using tobacco can harm your mouth, including your teeth and gums, in a number of ways. Read more…

Endocarditis

Understanding endocarditis and when antibiotics are taken for dental procedures. Read more…

Erosion

Tooth erosion, or tooth wear, is the loss of the surrounding tooth structure. Read more…

Extraction

Teeth are usually extracted because decay and damage has left the tooth unable to be repaired through other methods. Read more…

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Family Oral Health

Good oral health starts at home. Read more…

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term that describes the range of effects that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol while pregnant. Read more…

Flossing

Flossing is an integral part of your oral health regimen; however, many people don't spend enough time flossing their teeth, or they don't floss at all. By flossing just once a day, you can decrease your risk of gum disease and increase your chances of maintaining good oral health throughout your lifetime. Read more…

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General Dentists

Learn more about your general dentist and how he or she can help you and your family maintain healthy mouths. Read more…

Geriatric Dental Care

Due to advances in medicine and an increase in prolonged life expectancy, the number of older people will continue to increase worldwide. It is essential that all older adults practice and maintain good oral hygiene due to the high correlation between oral health and general health. Read more…

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Halitosis

Halitosis, or bad breath, affects more than 80 million people in the United States. Read more…

How to Choose a Dentist

It is generally acknowledged that more than 46 percent of consumers do not have a general dentist. Many consumers turn to the phone book to search for a new family dentist. However, this tool may not be the most reliable source of information. Read more…

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Implants

If you lose or break a tooth, a dental implant may be the best option for restoring your smile. Learn more about dental implants and whether they are right for you. Read more…

Infant Oral Health

It's never too early to start taking care of your little one's teeth. Read more…

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Laser Dentistry

A laser is an instrument that produces a very narrow, intense beam of light energy, which, in dentistry, can be used to remove or shape oral tissue, including gums, teeth, and bone. Read more…

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Men's Oral Health

Men are less likely than women to take care of their physical health and, according to research, their oral health is equally ignored. Read more…

Minimally Invasive Dentistry

The goal of minimally invasive dentistry, also known as microdentistry, is to conserve healthy tooth structure through preventive care. Read more…

Mouthguards

A mouthguard is a flexible appliance that is worn during athletic and recreational activities to protect teeth from trauma. Read more…

Mouth Sores

Mouth sores are swollen spots or sores in your mouth, on your lips, on your tongue, or on the skin surrounding your mouth. Read more…

Mouthwash

Mouthwash, also known as mouthrinse, is an oral hygiene product that you can use in addition to brushing and flossing. Read more…

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Nutrition (Children)

A child's diet can have a direct effect on his or her health, particularly oral health. Learn more about which foods and drinks are good for your child's oral health and which aren't so great. Read more…

Nutrition

Good nutrition is essential for good health, and that includes the health of your teeth. Learn more about the link between your diet and your oral health and what you can do to improve both. Read more…

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Oral Cancer

The most frequent oral cancer sites are the tongue, the floor of the mouth, the soft palate, and the tissues in the lips, gums, and back of the tongue Read more…

Oral Care and Cancer

Patients diagnosed with cancer have special needs when it comes to their dental treatment. It is important for patients and their dentists to discuss dental treatment, its unique aspects during cancer treatment, and what effects cancer and cancer treatment can have on the patient's mouth. Read more…

Oral Hygiene

Bacteria can live in your mouth in the form of plaque, causing cavities and gingivitis, which can lead to periodontal (gum) disease. In order to keep your mouth clean, you must practice good oral hygiene every day. Read more…

Oral Piercing

An oral piercing can cause pain, swelling, infection, drooling, taste loss, scarring, chipped teeth, and tooth loss. Most dentists discourage oral piercing because of the many health risks involved. If you're thinking about getting an oral piercing, consider the following information. Read more…

Oral Warning Signs

Regular dental exams not only help decrease your risk of oral health problems, such as cavities and gum disease, but also may help to diagnose other, sometimes life-threatening, medical conditions. Read more…

Orthodontics

Orthodontics is a special discipline of dentistry concerned with aligning the teeth and jaws to improve one's smile and oral health. Read more…

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Pacifiers

Pacifiers can be great for children, especially during their first six months. In addition to its calming effect, pacifier use in infants can help decrease the risk of sudden infant death syndrome and aid in the development of jaw muscles. Read more…

Peridontal Disease

Everyone knows to brush their teeth twice a day, but many people forget about their gums! Read more…

Periodontal Disease and Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is a class of disease that affects the heart and/or blood vessels. Read more…

Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

It is estimated that up to 20 million people have diabetes, but only two-thirds of these individuals are diagnosed. Read more…

Periodontal Disease and Pregnancy

If you're planning to become pregnant or suspect you're already pregnant, it's important that you see a dentist right away. Read more…

Plaque

It's important to keep your children's teeth clean and healthy, and you can help do this by teaching them how to reduce the amount of plaque on their teeth. Read more…

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Root Canal Therapy

Inside your teeth is a soft material called pulp that contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. If this pulp becomes infected, it can cause severe tooth pain. In some cases, that infection will require root canal therapy. Read more…

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Sedation

Sedation allows dentists to create a state of relaxation and thus manage the fear and pain patients may experience during dental procedures. Read more…

Senior Oral Health Care

Due to advances in medicine and an increase in prolonged life expectancy, the number of older people will continue to increase worldwide. It is essential that all older adults practice and maintain good oral hygiene due to the high correlation between oral health and general health. Read more…

Sensitive Teeth

Dentin hypersensitivity, more commonly referred to as sensitive teeth, can be defined as short, sharp pains that come from exposed dentin (the layer of tissue found beneath the hard enamel that contains the inner pulp). Read more…

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious, potentially lifethreatening sleep disorder that affects approximately 18 million Americans. Read more…

Sports Dentistry

Whether you are a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, protecting your mouth, face, head, and neck should be a priority when you participate in your favorite sport or activity. Taking the appropriate protective measures while on the court, field, rink, or ring can save you from serious injury and costly dental repairs. Read more…

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Technology in the Dental Office

Technological advances in dentistry have come a long way. Read more…

Temporomandibular Disorder

TMD occurs when the temporomandibular joint is damaged or deteriorated, or when the muscles surrounding the joint malfunction, causing imbalanced jaw movement. Read more…

Teen's Oral Health

Teens should be sure to see their dentist at least twice a year. Read more…

Toothbrushes

Your toothbrush is the most important item in your oral health toolkit. Read more…

Tooth Decay (Children)

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children. Read more…

Tooth Erosion

Tooth erosion, or tooth wear, is the loss of the surrounding tooth structure. Read more…

Tooth Extraction

Teeth are usually extracted because decay and damage has left the tooth unable to be repaired through other methods. Read more…

Toothpaste Abrasivity

Toothpaste, also known as dentifrice, is available in paste or gel form. Read more…

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Wisdom Teeth

If they grow in properly, wisdom teeth are no different than any other teeth in your mouth. However, if they become impacted, or erupt in a strange angle or location, they may need to be removed. Read more…

Women's Oral Health

Hormonal changes occur throughout a woman's life, and with these hormonal changes come changes in oral health. Read more…

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Xylitol

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol sweetener that is found in birch tree bark, beets, corncobs, raspberries, mushrooms, and other natural sources. Read more…

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