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Why This Dentist Recommends Oranges for a Healthier Smile

Mark Burhenne | Posted 07.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Burhenne

Does your dentist lecture you at every visit about flossing more? Your dentist is right -- not flossing can be serious and can contribute to bad breat...

Why Everyone Should Consider Tongue Scraping

Claire McCormack | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Claire McCormack

It is a quick, simple and extremely inexpensive practice (all you need is a $7 tongue cleaner!) that reaps many benefits. I call tongue scraping the "unsung hero of oral health."

Here's Where Your Bad Breath Is Actually Coming From

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living

Got a case of bad breath? You're not alone. An estimated 65 percent of Americans suffer from halitosis, or bad breath, according to the Washtenaw D...

The 7 Worst Foods For Your Teeth

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Sara Schwartz | Posted 03.26.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Don’t eat candy. Brush twice a day. Coffee stains your teeth. Proper dental hygiene practices are no secret, though...

A Reflection: Healthy Teeth and Happy Children

Eric Cope | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Eric Cope

I still remember the excitement my wife and I felt when we saw the first glint of enamel poking through our son's gums when he was still in diapers. He had teeth.

Let's Make Sure Our Kids Have Healthy Smiles

Kristina Guerrero | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Kristina Guerrero

I have been lucky in my life. I have been lucky in ways that I could not have imagined. I grew up in Sunnyside, a small town in south-eastern Washingt...

The 6 Biggest Dental Problems For People Over 50

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Andrea Atkins | Posted 09.28.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Smile! There’s good news from the world of dentistry: Older American are keeping their teeth longer than ever befor...

A Free-Market Solution to Alleviating America's Oral Health Crisis: Dental Therapists

Wendell Potter | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Millions of us, including middle-income individuals and families, lack dental insurance. For those most directly affected, the consequences are pain, missed school and work and, all too often because of the connection between oral health and overall health, serious medical conditions later in life.

Enough Already! Tobacco Dipping Snuffs Out Lives

Dr Sanda Moldovan | Posted 09.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr Sanda Moldovan

So many young people, especially high school-age boys, are influenced by seeing their baseball heroes dipping that it's become as natural to them as another staple of baseball life: hot dogs.

The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Beth Levine | Posted 04.21.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Your toothbrush looks innocent enough sitting on your bathroom sink. But before you put it in your mouth, consider th...

Why a Trip to the Dentist Costs So Much Now -- And What We Can Do About It

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Americans understand how expensive dental care has become, which partially explains why only 36 percent of all adults in the United States are expected to visit a dentist this year -- and why, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, one in four nonelderly Americans have untreated tooth decay.

Anna Almendrala

Oil Pulling Might Be The Next Big Thing -- Or Not

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living

Is the ancient Indian practice of oil pulling a cure-all or snake oil? Oil pulling, or the practice of swishing oil around your mouth every day, h...

Resolving to Take Better Care of Our Teeth Could Save Our Lives -- And Billions of Dollars

Wendell Potter | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Step one involves a toothbrush, some dental floss, a little toothpaste and a commitment to use them a couple of times a day. It's also important to visit a dental professional for preventive care at least once a year. That last part is not so easy or inexpensive for many people.

Oral Health Care Basics: Getting to the Nitty Gritty

Dr. Harold Katz | Posted 10.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Katz

It's easy to forget about the basics of well-maintained teeth and gums in a society that focuses on overarching preventative and treatment options. It's not to say that those measures are not beneficial, but it won't get you far if you aren't following the golden rules of oral health.

Portland Voters May Block Fluoridation

AP | STEVEN DUBOIS | Posted 07.21.2013 | Healthy Living

PORTLAND, Ore. — Residents are voting to keep Portland, Ore., as the largest U.S. city without fluoride in the water or any plans to add it. Wi...

Creating Healthier Children and Families Through L.O.V.E.

Mernell King, BSEd | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Mernell King, BSEd

A parent who has the tools to make appropriate decisions about the healthcare of their child has been given self-confidence and self-esteem. I believe when a person has self-esteem mountains can be moved.

Why Do We Get Canker Sores?

Posted 02.11.2013 | Healthy Living

By YouBeauty.com Kimberly Harms, DDS, a spokesperson for the American Dental Association, breaks down the source of this common nuisance. A cank...

A Case of Chronic Mouth Sores

Kelly Dorfman | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelly Dorfman

In my experience, chronic mouth sores almost always are a symptom of gluten intolerance. I suggested the whole family go gluten-free for a month to see how that change would affect the stomach complaints in general and the mouth sores specifically.

The Gift of a Smile

Matt Stiller | Posted 01.28.2013 | Impact
Matt Stiller

As a humanitarian relief and development organization, Medical Teams International is known for expertly responding to health crises around the world. But we're also addressing the oral health care crisis here in the U.S.

Oral Hygiene Habits of the Interesting: NHL Hall of Famer, New York Islander Mike Bossy

Thomas P. Connelly, D.D.S. | Posted 10.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Thomas P. Connelly, D.D.S.

"I have to admit that I didn't do much until my serious cross check that I received. From that day on I started to wear a mouth guard and would never get on the ice without it."

Bad Breath FAQs in the News

Dr. Harold Katz | Posted 09.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Katz

At breath clinics across the nation, halitosis professionals like me are constantly fielding questions about oral odor. Take a look at some bad breath FAQs that made the news in the past month.

The Different Types of Dental Floss

Thomas P. Connelly, D.D.S. | Posted 09.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Thomas P. Connelly, D.D.S.

Flossing cleans away plaque that your toothbrush will miss, and is a very essential part of good oral health. In fact, if you only brush and do not floss, you're only really doing half the job.

The Different Kinds of Bad Breath, Part 3: Sinus Breath

Thomas P. Connelly, D.D.S. | Posted 06.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Thomas P. Connelly, D.D.S.

I'm convinced that many people simply think bad breath is "mouth only" and can be cured with a quick brush or a breath mint. That's not the case -- there are many "types" of bad breath.

Foods That Are Good For Your Smile

EatingWell | Posted 05.16.2012 | Healthy Living
EatingWell

Last time I visited the dentist, we were having one of those awkward, mouth-full-of-toothpaste conversations.

7 Foods For Healthier Teeth

The Huffington Post | Meredith Melnick | Posted 03.07.2012 | Healthy Living

We all know the basics of good oral care: brush in the morning and evening, floss each day and visit the dentist twice per year. But there are smaller...