Oral Health

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.

Herbal Therapy in Dentistry

Herbs with medicinal properties are a useful and effective source of treatment for various disease processes. Many drugs used in Western medical science-called allopathic medicine-have their origin in medicinal plants.

Homeopathy in Dentistry

Homeopathy is a treatment option that was practiced widely in the United States until the early twentieth century, when medicinal (pharmaceutical) drugs became popular. Homeopathy is still very much accepted and used in Europe, especially in...

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.

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