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Dental Health

Man getting teeth checked at dentist.
Alternative Treatment

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.

By Mandy Walker

The Latest

dental health

The Link Between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Dental Health

Studies suggest RA and periodontal disease could be triggered by the same specific bacteria. Here’s why that matters.

By Sarah Ellis
Couple brushing their teeth together
Teeth

For a Healthy Heart, Brush Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth twice a day—and flossing!—may do more for your body than just brighten your smile.

By Lara DeSanto
mineral water with crushed ice in glass bottles, with activated charcoal
Alternative Treatment

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.
Couple brushing their teeth
Risk Factors

Brushing and Flossing Could Reduce Your Risk of This Cancer

Have you tended to your teeth today? Here’s how to improve your mouth health and lower your risk of liver cancer.

By Lara DeSanto
Woman at the dentist.
Risk Factors

Poor Oral Health Linked to Pancreatic Cancer in African-American Women

Tooth loss and gum infections like periodontitis put African American women at higher risk for cancer of the pancreas, suggest researchers at Boston University.

By Diane Domina
Senior man at dentist.
Dental Oral Care

From Your Mouth to Your Brain: The Gum Disease-Dementia Link

People with chronic periodontitis that can lead to tooth loss have a 6 percent higher risk of dementia than people who don’t have gum disease.

By Diane Domina
Woman having teeth cleaned at dentist.
Complications

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
Woman with mouth pain at work.
Complications

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Oral Health

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you may also experience dental problems. Here's what you should know about the connection.

By Lisa Emrich
Mary Otto and the cover of her book Teeth.
Five Questions

Why Your Teeth Are Vital For Your Health

Health journalist Mary Otto explores why dental care is not fully covered under health insurance and other issues about the importance of oral health.

By Erin L. Boyle
Romantic couple about to kiss
Relationships

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