Discover the truth about questions that pique your curiosity in our “Short Answer” series. Oral surgeon Michael Horan, MD, DDS, PhD, answers this question about our taste buds changing as we age.
Did you know your mouth harbors hundreds of different microorganisms? Find out which ones can cause trouble when you accidentally share saliva.
Mouthguards are coverings worn over teeth and used to protect teeth from injury from a potential sports-related trauma. Professional athletes wear them and sports specialists recommend them for child athletes too.
For clues about problems in your mouth, stick out your tongue and look in the mirror. A healthy tongue should be pink and covered with small nodules (papillae). Any deviation from your tongue’s normal appearance, or any pain, may be cause for concern. Family physician Daniel Allan, MD, discusses why you should watch for changes … Read More
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Does your mouth have the taste of old pennies? The condition is more common than you might think. Find out what might be giving your mouth a metallic taste.
Ever find yourself staring at all the colorful boxes of toothpaste on a store shelf wondering which one is best for you? Well, here are some tips to help you make better-informed toothpaste decisions. When you’re looking for a toothpaste, you’ll find they make various claims about cavity protection, gingivitis, plaque, sensitivity, tartar, whitening and … Read More
Every day, we do things that can damage our teeth. So, we asked dental expert Hadie Rifai, DDS, to advise us. What should we avoid? What day-to-day habits do we need to change to protect our teeth throughout the day? Not surprisingly, there are foods and drinks that pose some of the biggest threats to … Read More
If you’ve ever experienced dry mouth — even for a short while — you know it can be very uncomfortable. A number of things can cause this problem, but certain medications, infections, dehydration, as well as cancer treatments are the most common causes. Some medications, radiation and chemotherapy can actually damage the salivary glands, leaving … Read More
If you have a bleeding mouth sore or pain that lingers for more than a couple of weeks, don’t ignore it. “We see patients all the time who had an irritation around their tooth that ends up being squamous cell cancer, which may have been bothering them for up to a year,” says Brian Burkey, … Read More
Gum disease and heart problems — there has been a long-standing belief that there is a link between these two health issues. Researchers speculate that bacteria in the mouth, which cause gum disease, move into the bloodstream and cause inflammation of the blood vessels. This, in turn, may contribute to heart disease and stroke. Alternatively, … Read More