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Oral Health Fact Sheets

From preventing cavities to how to pay for treatment, we’ve compiled information on some of the most common issues affecting dental patients of all ages.

Some of the most popular:

Xylitol—the decay-preventive sweetener
Gum Disease—a guide to periodontal disease
Receding Gums—potential sign of periodontal disease
Early Childhood Caries—also known as baby bottle tooth decay
Oral Piercings—are there risks to getting an oral piercing?

Find answers to your questions about oral health with our patient fact sheets, now available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Hmong and Vietnamese.

Amalgam 

Dental amalgam has been studied and reviewed extensively, and has established a record of safety and effectiveness.
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Bad Breath 

There are many reasons for bad breath. Mouth odor, also called halitosis, is a common condition and sometimes a source of embarrassment.
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Cosmetic Dentistry 

Is something keeping you from smiling? It could be that whatever it is can be fixed easily and relatively painlessly.
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Dental Benefits/Insurance 

Learn the difference between dental and medical care.
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Dental Decay

Cavities are preventable and caused by certain types of bacteria (germs) that live in your mouth. Find out how to help prevent them.  
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Dental Implants 

Dental implants offer a way to have artificial teeth that look natural and feel secure.
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Dental Team 

Learn who the members of the dental team are and what each member is responsible for.
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Dental Tourism 

“Medical tourism” refers to patients traveling abroad for the purpose of obtaining non-emergency health care.  “Dental tourism” is a subset of “medical tourism,” and is growing in popularity as an alternative for patient care.  A key concern is the consistency of the quality of care provided in other countries.
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Dentures 

Replacing missing teeth benefits both your health and your appearance.
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Dry Mouth

Xerostomia (zē′rō-stō′mē-ă) is the medical term for a dry mouth due to lack of saliva.  
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Early Childhood Caries 

It is now recognized that mothers, or main caregivers, are the most common source of transmission of decay causing bacteria to their infants.
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Emergencies 

Learn what to do now in case of a dental emergency later. There are simple steps and urgent timeframes that need to be kept in order to heal properly.
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Fluoride 

Everyone can benefit from fluorides ability to help prevent tooth decay. Learn the products that provide fluoride and why its good for your teeth.
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General Anesthesia and Oral Sedation 

Learn the definitions for the different types of analgesia and sedation.
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Grills

“Grills,” “grillz,” or “fronts” are decorative covers often made of gold, silver, or jewel-encrusted precious metals that snap over one or more teeth. 
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Grinding of Teeth 

Its called bruxism; and if the daily grind is wearing on you, you may find that you are more susceptible to it.
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Gum Disease 

Learn what could be lurking beneath your gumline. A little knowledge can keep you out of pain.
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Meth Mouth

"Meth mouth" is a name for advanced tooth decay related to heavy methamphetamine use. 
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Mouthguards 

They aren't mandatory in all sports, but maybe they should be. Losing is tough enough, be sure you don't lose a tooth!
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New Moms 

Here are some answers to some of the most frequently asked dental health questions relating to pregnancy, infants, toddlers and children.
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Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide (N2O), aka “laughing gas,” is a gas that, combined with oxygen, is sometimes used during dental treatment to ease anxiety.
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Nutrition

The food you eat directly affects your general health and your oral health. 
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Oral Cancer 

As with every form of cancer, prevention and early detection are essential.
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Oral Health 

A thorough oral examination can detect signs of nutritional deficiencies as well as a number of systemic diseases, including infections, immune disorders, injuries and some cancers.
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Oral Piercing 

Are there risks to getting an oral piercing? What if I already have oral jewelry?
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Orthodontics 

Do you need braces? Learn how orthodontic problems are corrected.
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Patient Records 

You are entitled to a copy of your patient records, according to state law.
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Peer Review 

If you are unhappy with the quality of the dental treatment you receive, or you think you may have received treatment that was inappropriate, you have some place to turn.
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Pregnancy 

Pregnancy is a time to pay extra attention to your dental health. Some research suggests that serious gum disease (periodontal disease) is linked to premature birth and low birth weight.
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Preventive Care 

Prevention is the key to keeping your teeth healthy and your smile beautiful for a lifetime.
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Receding Gums 

Receding gumline could be a sign of periodontal disease, the culprit in 70 percent of tooth loss cases for those over 40 years old.
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Sealants 

Sealants can be useful in cutting down formation of decay. An application of sealants is a preventative measure to keep teeth healthy.
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Seniors 

There are special considerations that need to be addressed as people mature. This fact sheet explains what specific changes take place and how treatment and preventive methods may need to change with time.
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Smokeless Tobacco 

If you use smokeless tobacco, or have in the past, you should be on the lookout for some early signs of oral cancer.
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Whitening 

Learn why teeth discolor and if whitening can help.
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Wisdom Teeth 

Learn what wisdom teeth are and why most people need them removed.
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X-rays 

X-rays assist the dentist in determining the presence and degree of dental cavities, periodontal disease, abscesses and abnormal growths, such as tumors or cysts. In addition, they show the location and condition of impacted or unerupted teeth.
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Xylitol 

Xylitol is a natural sweetener with decay-preventive qualities.
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