Dental Hygiene

Five Dental Anxiety Tactics That Help You Win

Fearing the dentist is a natural reaction – more than 5 percent of Americans fear the dentist. While fear is normal, don’t let it keep you from your dental appointments. Your overall dental health depends on regular checkups and cleanings, as well as any necessary dental work. So what can you do to alleviate your…

The Benefits of Gargling with Saltwater

Saltwater gargles really are effective – even if you did hear about it from your grandma first. Grandma might not have known about the science that backs it up, but there is indeed scientific proof that the saltwater gargle is effective. Using saltwater creates a sort of osmosis effect and the salt concentration draws fluids…

What HPV Can Do to Harm Your Oral Health

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease in the US, with an estimated 14 million new cases every year. There are over 40 types of HPV, with most being cleared from the body by your immune system, without causing health issues. However, some types of HPV negatively affect the mouth and throat.…

Is Nail-biting at Any Age Harmful to the Teeth?

Biting your nails not only makes your hands unsightly, but can also cause harm to your fingers and cuticles, as well as your teeth. Nail-biting is a habit often developed in childhood, with an estimated 60 percent of children and 45 percent of teenagers who bite their nails. Although nail-biting is less common in adults,…

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