vaping and oral health

Dear Doctor, My dentist diagnosed me with gum disease and said that my smoking is a factor. Would it be healthier for me to switch to e-cigarettes? Dear Sylvie, Many people have turned to vaping because they believe that it’s healthier than smoking. On the surface, e-cigarettes seem to have advantages over regular cigarettes: They…

tooth decay

Can you name the most common disease in the world today? It isn’t cancer, heart disease or influenza. Throughout every continent, across every demographic and age bracket, the most prevalent disease is tooth decay. While it’s not generally life-threatening, tooth decay can lead to lost time on the job or at school, impose a financial…

holistic dentistry

By definition, a holistic dentist is concerned with a person’s complete (“whole”) health rather than strictly focusing on teeth. Every modern dentist should offer a “holistic” approach to patient care—especially given all we know today about the connection between oral health and overall health. The issue with “holistic” dentistry is that the term has taken…

sinusitis and tooth infection

Dear Doctor, I get sinus infections every year. My doctor suggested I see an endodontist. How could seeing a dental specialist help with my problem? I am glad to hear that your doctor recommended seeing an endodontist. An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in treating infections inside the teeth. All too often, a possible…

best electric toothbrushes

With high-tech and convenience features, electric toothbrushes make it easier to get a more thorough clean. Find out which model is for you. All products and services featured here are chosen for their potential to inspire and enable your wellness. Everyday Health may earn an affiliate commission on items you purchase. Regular teeth brushing is…

alcohol and mouth bacteria

Changes in oral microbes may lead to gum disease, heart problems, and cancer, study says. Drinking alcohol can throw off the balance of good and bacteria in the mouth and raise your risk for a variety of diseases, according to new research. In a study published April 23, 2018, in the journal Microbiome, scientists at NYU School of…

tips for dry mouth

The DOs and DON’Ts of keeping your mouth comfortable and healthy. Got saliva? OK, maybe that’s not going to catch on as a dental slogan, but the question is important for your health and well being. Saliva is the naturally beneficial fluid that keeps your mouth feeling moist and comfortable. It has many other important…

chewing gum and oral health

Remember when you accidentally swallowed your gum in elementary school and your friends convinced you that it’d be in there for seven years? If you’ve seen the headlines about the new White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, you probably read about his daily gum habit-about 35 pieces of cinnamon-flavored Orbit gum, chewed and swallowed, all before…

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