Dentistry

What to know about dental implants

Dental implants are artificial structures that a dental surgeon inserts into a person’s jawbone. A person may need an implant if they have lost one or more teeth. Keep reading to learn about the types of implants and associated risks. We also describe what to expect from dental implant surgery and how much the procedure […]

Dentistry

How to treat a dry mouth at home

If you buy something through a link on this page, we may earn a small commission. How this works. Dry mouth occurs when the mouth does not make enough saliva. While it is not dangerous, it can be a bothersome symptom. Sometimes, the solution is as simple as drinking water to avoid a dry mouth […]

Dentistry

Dental bridge: Everything you need to know

A dental bridge replaces one or more missing or broken teeth with fake teeth. Bridges use one or more real teeth on either side of the gap to hold the fake teeth in place. Bridges may be either fixed, which means that they are permanent, or removable, which means that a person can take them […]

Dentistry

Do braces hurt? What to expect

If you buy something through a link on this page, we may earn a small commission. How this works. Braces are a type of orthodontic treatment that orthodontists use to help correct overcrowded or crooked teeth. Braces can also help correct an overbite. People who are getting braces soon or are considering them may wonder […]

Dentistry

What to know about tooth extraction

Dentists and oral surgeons perform tooth extractions for many reasons. The issue may be a painful wisdom tooth or a tooth that has been badly damaged by decay. In some cases, a dentist will remove a tooth to make space for dental prosthetics or braces. An oral surgeon, not a dentist, may extract a tooth […]

Dentistry

Everything you need to know about fluoride treatment

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps build strong teeth and prevent cavities. For more than 70 years, most of the tap water in America has contained small amounts of fluoride to reduce tooth decay. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that fluoridated water has reduced tooth decay by about 25 […]

Dentistry Dermatology

What to know about fissured tongue

A person’s tongue is generally flat and free of significant grooves. Fissured tongue causes a person to develop one or more grooves on the top portion of their tongue. Fissured tongue is neither contagious nor painful. However, other conditions, such as geographic tongue or food caught in the groove, can cause pain. Fissured tongue is […]

Dentistry Dermatology

What is Ludwig’s angina?

Ludwig’s angina is a rare, serious skin infection that develops on the floor of the mouth and the neck. It results from bacteria that are present due to other issues, such as a tooth abscess or a mouth injury. With antibiotics, people usually recover from Ludwig’s angina. However, if a person does not receive treatment […]

Dentistry

What is the soft palate?

The soft palate is the muscular part at the back of the roof of the mouth. It sits behind the hard palate, which is the bony part of the roof of the mouth. The palates play important roles in swallowing, breathing, and speech. In this article, we look at the anatomy and function of the […]