A “toothy grin” might be endearing, but not necessarily healthy. More of the teeth showing may mean your gums have pulled back or receded from the teeth. If so, it’s not just your smile that suffers—the parts of teeth protected by the gums could become more susceptible to disease. There are a number of causes for gum […]

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If you know anything about dental disease, then you know bacteria ranks high on the Usual Suspects list. Tooth decay gets its start from acid produced by bacteria; periodontal (gum) disease is often triggered by bacteria that infect the gums. But the particular strains of bacteria that can cause dental disease are a small percentage […]

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Saliva probably doesn’t rate high on your amazement meter. You’re more likely to notice its absence and the dry irritation that results. But you might be more impressed with this unsung bodily fluid if you knew all the things it does. It’s definitely a multi-tasker, performing a number of jobs (including aiding in digestion) that […]

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When Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O’Dell set out to teach her young daughter Ashby how to brush her teeth, she knew the surest path to success would be to make it fun for the toddler. “The best thing with kids is you have to make everything a game,” Nancy recently said in an interview with Dear Doctor TV. […]

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