Oral Health

Hygiene Basics

Most people think brushing alone will keep teeth and gums clean and healthy. This belief is shattered when they chew a special "disclosing" tablet made of food coloring that stains plaque, the sticky, colorless film of bacteria that forms on the...

Infection

As with any part of the body, if the mouth is invaded by a particular type of bacteria, virus, or fungus, the toxins generated by the microorganism may cause an infection.

The Jaw and Oral Cavity

If the eyes are the "windows of the soul," then the mouth is the "doorway to the body. " The oral cavity is situated at the end of the digestive tract and is surrounded by the lips and cheeks externally and by the gums and teeth internally.

Mercury Toxicity

The fillings referred to as "silver" are actually a mixture of silver, tin, copper, and mercury, and are more properly called amalgam fillings. The silver, tin, and copper are provided in a powder form by various manufacturers, with silver being the...

Oral Hygiene

The practice of proper oral hygiene is the most important thing you can do for your teeth and gums. In Part One, you learned that brushing alone is not sufficient to care for your teeth.

Headache

Headaches can be caused by muscle tension, an underlying illness or infection, or disturbances in the blood vessels in the head. Headaches can also be caused by allergies, fever, epilepsy, severe cavities, certain drugs, or an injury to the head. Dr...

Cavities

Over-the-counter products containing lidocaine or benzocaine, such as Anbesol, Orajel, and Campho-Phenique, can be used topically to provide temporary relief for toothache. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol are also helpful.

Gum Disease

Gum or periodontal disease refers to a variety of problems affecting the gums and bone that hold the teeth in place. These problems include bleeding, swelling, receding gums, and loose teeth.

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