Dental Health

Need Your Teeth Checked? Try a Dental Therapist

Millions of areas in the U.S. don’t have enough dentists. A new type of dental professional called a dental therapist is filling that void in some states.

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How Your Teeth Are Affected By Your Thyroid

Do you ever wonder why your dentist may ask you if you have thyroid disease? (If they don’t, they should be.) These are the dental treatments and procedures that can have a negative impact on your thyroid.

By Mary Shomon

The Complex Relationship Between Periodontal Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis

People who have RA can experience any of a number of oral problems including dry mouth (xerostomia), methotrexate-induced mouth ulcers, temporomandibular disorders such as TMJ, infection, and periodontal disease (gingivitis and periodontitis).

By Lisa Emrich

The Secret to RA May Be in Your Mouth

Learn more about how your oral health may trigger RA, and how RA can affect your teeth.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Can Activated Charcoal Treat Your Chronic Condition?

Find out if the claims that activated charcoal can combat digestive issues, high cholesterol, and skin problems are true.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Why Your Teeth Matter: Book Explores History of Dentistry, Tooth Pain, Fear of Dentists and More

Health journalist Mary Otto explores why dental care is not fully covered under health insurance (blame: history), how you can overcome fear of dentistry, and other topics.

By Erin L. Boyle

12 Tips for Avoiding Migraine at the Dentist

The dentist’s office is full of potential migraine triggers. Here’s what you can do to head off an episode.

By Tammy Rome

Tooth Trouble: Why That Kiss Could be Risky

The state of a person’s mouth can not only be a turnoff but can also pose health risks. Here’s more on the link between kissing and oral health.

By Nancy Monson

Is Tooth Whitening Harmful?

You can buy do-it-yourself whitening products or have your dentist whiten your teeth. Both work. Here are the side effects.

By Mandy Walker

Can Toothpaste and Mouthwash Prevent Gum Disease?

Brushing and flossing your teeth are critical to preventing gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. Here’s what also can help.

By Nancy Monson

Best and Worst Foods for Your Teeth

Over time teeth can be weakened by fillings, crowns, or root canals. But you can help protect them by avoiding certain foods and opting for smart substitutes.

By Mandy Walker