Category: Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene includes all the routine care that helps you keep your teeth and mouth clean and healthy.

Topics covered in this section include recommendations, statistics, and tips for oral hygiene, as well as topics such as gingivitis, bad breath, oral cancer, and dental hygiene during pregnancy and for newborns.


The Power of A Healthy Smile

December 7th, 2015 by

A friendly, beaming and healthy smile generally puts people at ease and makes others feel welcome in your presence. However, years of anecdotal evidence and even professional and academic studies show that a good smile can do much more. Keeping […]


You Know You Need To See A Dentist When…

November 16th, 2015 by

Sharp pain in your mouth is a sure sign that you need to see a dentist, but it is not always a reliable indicator of trouble. Regular checkups offer the best way to avoid the discomfort that often occurs when […]


Halloween – A Little History To Sink Your Teeth Into

October 30th, 2015 by

Traditions stemming from ninth century rituals in Celtic nations, now southern Germany, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, may have given rise to our trick-or-treat celebration. Originally, the practice allowed poor people to visit the homes of wealthy families to request pastries. […]


Dental Therapists: Could They Help Solve the US Dentist Shortage?

December 23rd, 2014 by
Dental therapists could help solve the US dentist shortage.

Would you let someone other than a dentist fill a tooth or perform an “uncomplicated” extraction? Sounds like a job for a dentist, doesn’t it? After all, dentists in the US have met very high educational and licensing requirements, and […]


Rotten Teeth and Gum Disease

October 22nd, 2014 by
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Rotten teeth, tooth decay, and gum diseases like gingivitis or periodontitis are usually the result of poor oral care. These health conditions cost far more to repair than to prevent. You may not be able to kill two birds with […]


9 Graphs that Help Reveal the State of Oral Health in the US

September 29th, 2014 by

Check out these mini infographics, which help explain the current state of oral health in the US. [Click images for larger versions.] For more mini infographics, smile quotes, and other dental divertissements, follow us on Facebook.


Alternative Oral Hygiene Tips

September 24th, 2014 by
Baking soda and water.

Have you run out of a basic oral hygiene product? No problem. There are a number of fairly common household items that can stand in for your favorite toothpaste or dental floss until you can make it to the store. […]


Basic Oral Hygiene Overview

January 27th, 2014 by
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It’s estimated that 75% of Americans have some form of periodontal disease, which is the most common cause for adult tooth loss. That’s especially surprising in this day and age, because the means for prevention is well known: regular basic […]


Your Toothbrush’s Dirty Secret: The Truth Behind the Bristles

May 18th, 2012 by
Toothbrushes may be home to nasty bacteria.

Not to freak you out, but a study from the University of Manchester in England found that one uncovered toothbrush stored in a bathroom could be home to more than 100 million bacteria. The same study found the presence of […]