Dental Treatments

4 reasons to get an oral cancer screening

Protect yourself from oral cancer by getting a screening the next time you visit the dentist.

4 tips for retainer care

Do you know the do's and don'ts of retainer care? Follow these tips to make sure your retainer lasts.

All about dental implants

Dental implants — artificial replacements for natural teeth/roots — are an alternative to partial and full dentures or bridges.

All about x-rays

Dental x-rays (also called radiographs) are a valuable part of dental treatment because they can detect damage to teeth and gums not visible during a routine visual examination.

Aloe vera soothes mouth sores

Aloe vera can treat common oral health conditions, including cold sores and fever blisters (outside of the mouth) and canker sores (in the mouth), according to the Academy of General Dentistry.

Answers about root canal treatment

Root canal treatment has given dentists a safe way of saving teeth when your tooth root becomes infected.

Are you allergic to the dentist?

Contact allergies can cause serious problems at the dentist. Find out which common allergies your dentists needs to know about.

Can adults wear braces?

About 1 million Americans over the age of 18 wear braces. Braces are custom-made appliances that use applied pressure to straighten your teeth and correct your bite. Some types are metal, clear ceramic, lingual or invisible braces.

Caring for teeth with braces

Braces are not only traditional shiny gray metal bands. Learn more about caring for your teeth when wearing braces.

Common questions about cosmetic dentistry

Find answers to some common questions about cosmetic dentistry.

Dental health tips — your oral health in the aftermath of a disaster

Find tips for victims of hurricanes and other natural disasters when they have dental problems and can't reach their usual dentists.

Dental professionals decoded

From periodontists to orthodontists, you can find a range of specialized dentist fields within the profession, depending on what you need.

Dental visits decoded: Exams

Visiting the dentist twice a year is an important way to stay healthy. Get a quick overview of what happens during a dental exam.

Dentures

Learn about: types of dentures, how to care for them and alternatives to dentures.

The facts on fillings

The two primary kinds of fillings are amalgam (a mixture of metals such as silver, tin, mercury and copper) and resin composite (ceramic and plastic compound). Find out which type is best for you.

Fillings: A guide to cavity treatment

Here is what you need to know about getting a cavity filled.

How to whiten your smile

Teeth can be whitened by bleaching or using whitening toothpaste. While you can use whitening toothpaste at home yourself, bleaching is often performed in a dentist's office.

How wise are you about wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are no different than other teeth except that they are the last to grow into the mouth. If they grow in properly, have a proper bite relationship and have healthy gum tissue around them, they are useful. Often, however, problems develop when the teeth grow in, requiring their removal.

Managing your anxiety about going to the dentist

People are anxious about going to the dentist for different reasons, including worrying about the effectiveness, feeling dentist is rushed, neglecting concerns, anticipation of pain, negative past experiences, or atmosphere.

New guidelines for taking antibiotics before dental procedures

Precautionary antibiotics before dental treatment isn’t necessary for most people and the risks of taking preventive antibiotics may outweigh the benefits.

Recovering from oral surgery

Learn about the do's and don'ts of recovering quickly from oral surgery.

Sealants can stop cavities before they begin

Dental sealants can protect your children from cavities. Sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of molars to act as a barrier between the tooth and harmful bacteria.

Resources

Oral Health Booklet
A collection of our top oral health tips in a printer-friendly file.
Connection Between Oral and Overall Health
Learn more about the connection between your oral and overall health and what you can do to improve both.
SmileWay Wellness Program

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