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Dental Abscesses 101

If you think flossing your teeth regularly is a pain, prison lawsuits highlight the problems that can arise when you skimp on flossing. Inmates filed suits against the Palm Beach County Jail in Florida and the Westchester County Jail in New York because they did not have access to dental floss. The lack of floss,…

Toothache Symptoms and Diagnosis

Toothache Causes A dental emergency or toothache may first present itself when eating something cold, hot or sweet. The most common cause of toothache – tooth decay – can leave vulnerable the interior pulp of the tooth (where the tissue and nerves are located). This can cause pain and irritation when eating or biting. In…

The Facts of Dental Plaque

Dental plaque is a film of bacteria that coats the teeth. After a meal, this film gives off acids that break down tooth enamel. This causes tooth decay and, in time, may lead to cavities. If you let it build up for a long time, plaque may also harden and form tartar. That is bad…

Taking a Look at Toothaches

Most people have experienced a toothache at some point in their lives. The causes, though, vary widely. That is why a dentist should see a toothache that will not go away to try to find its cause. Common Causes of Toothaches Some of the most common causes of toothaches are tooth decay, gum disease, bruxism…

Sensitive Teeth

At least forty million people in the US have sensitive teeth. This can range from wincing when they eat ice cream or sip coffee, feeling pain when they brush, floss or clench their teeth, or even feeling an ache when they touch a tooth or expose it to cold air. Though you can’t control the…

Phantom Tooth Pain

Phantom tooth pain, or atypical odontalgia, is an oral health issue marked by persistent toothaches. These most often occur after dental work such as a root canal, filling, or tooth extraction. As the name implies, this type of tooth pain may be felt where there was once a tooth. The pain may start as an…

Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease)

Periodontal or gum disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. It is a top cause of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease is most often painless. That means you may not know you have it. Your gum tissue is not attached to the teeth as high as it may seem. There…

Oral Thrush

When dentists speak of fungus infections, they are most often talking about oral thrush, which is the most common type. In technical terms, oral thrush is called oral candidiasis. This refers to the name of the fungus (candida albicans) that gathers in the lining of the mouth. In large enough quantities, this causes a dental…

Oral Cancer 101

All parts of the mouth can get cancer. This includes the throat, lips, tongue, and every other part of the mouth. Oral cancer comes in two forms: oral cavity cancer and oropharyngeal cancer. The first spreads from the mouth, and the second from the throat. Of all the signs of oral cancer, the most typical…

Halitosis Basics

Halitosis is a term used for bad breath. The main cause of bad breath is sulfur, which is given off by bits of food as they break down. Bacteria in the mouth is also a cause of bad breath. While mouthwash may mask bad breath for a while, the best way to stop it is…