A Guide to Healthy Teeth
Give yourself something to smile about: Keep your teeth and gums healthy with good information and smart tips.
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A guide to healthy teeth and gums at every age.
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How to prevent or treat the (sometimes painful) troubles that can lurk in your mouth.
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Brush up on your dental knowledge with this bite-size Q&A and get healthy teeth and gums for life.
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Advice on a few daunting dental procedures and when to get a second opinion on undergoing them.
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To get the most out of your next checkup, discuss these issues with your dentist.
- Am I grinding my teeth? Your dentist should examine your teeth to see if they’re worn. You could be grinding them at night and not know it.
- What should I do to keep my teeth and gums healthy? A dental hygienist should demonstrate proper brushing and flossing and point out areas you tend to miss.
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- Did you find anything that I should tell my doctor about? Your dentist may be the first to see signs of a systemic disease, like osteoporosis. Dental X-rays may show, for instance, that the triangular spaces at the bottoms of your teeth are getting bigger. “You have to make a clinical judgment on whether it’s osteoporosis or just wear and tear,” says dentist Cindi Sherwood. “Dentists can detect changes because people may see them more regularly than their physicians.”
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