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What to do to keep gums healthy
Practicing good oral hygiene can help a person keep their gums healthy and reduce the risk of gum disease. This involves regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing, and having frequent dental checkups. Learn more about these steps, the signs of gum disease, and how diet can improve gum health. (Medical News Today)

Everything you need to know about gingivostomatitis
Gingivostomatitis is an infection that occurs in and around the mouth. It causes painful sores, blisters, and swelling. It is more common in children and is highly contagious. Learn more about the causes and risk factors in this article, as well as treatment options and how to get relief. (Medical News Today)

Crohn's mouth ulcers: What to know
People with Crohn’s disease may be more prone to mouth ulcers. Learn about the reasons why in this article. We also cover possible treatments. (Medical News Today)

What causes a bump on the roof of the mouth?
A bump can form on the roof of the mouth due to many conditions, including canker sores, mucoceles, torus palatinus, and oral candidiasis. The bump can even be an extra tooth. Most underlying causes are benign, but some require medical treatment. Learn more about the causes and their other symptoms in this article. (Medical News Today)

Why is the roof of my mouth swollen?
Many conditions may cause a swollen roof of the mouth, including sores, dehydration, and mucus buildups. In this article, learn about six causes of a swollen roof of the mouth, and possible treatment or home remedies. We also cover more serious conditions affecting the roof of the mouth and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Does teething cause a baby to vomit?
Vomiting and fever may sometimes accompany teething. Teething is a normal part of a child’s development that may cause some discomfort. However, it is unlikely that teething is a direct cause of vomiting. In this article, we suggest other possible causes of vomiting and discuss how to relieve the symptoms of teething. (Medical News Today)

What's the link between vitamin D, gum health, and diabetes?
A new study finds that periodontitis and vitamin D insufficiency increase the risk of diabetes and make blood sugar levels more difficult to manage. (Medical News Today)

How your mouth bacteria can harm your lungs
New research suggests that having poor dental hygiene means ingesting bacteria that may damage respiratory health in the long-term. (Medical News Today)

Is a runny nose during teething normal?
Teething begins at around 6 months of age. Many people associate some non-oral symptoms, including a runny nose and a fever, with the teething process. However, research suggests that the infant's exposure to the wider world and to childhood illnesses are more likely responsible for these symptoms. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Calcium-rich foods that vegans can eat
Calcium provides many health benefits. Some people who are vegan, lactose intolerant, or who do not consume dairy products for other reasons wonder how to add more calcium to their diets. In this article, we describe the 18 best nondairy sources of this vital nutrient. (Medical News Today)

What is the best kind of toothpaste to use?
To choose the best toothpaste, people need to consider a range of factors. These include fluoride content and whether or not the American Dental Association (ADA) have approved the toothpaste. People should pick a product that is suitable for their specific dental needs. Learn how to choose the best toothpaste here. (Medical News Today)

How to deal with 2-year molars
Teething can be a difficult process for infants, toddlers, and caregivers. Two-year molars are the large teeth at the back of the mouth, and when they come in, it can cause even more discomfort and irritability. In this article, learn how to relieve related pain and which medications to avoid. (Medical News Today)

Six natural ways to whiten teeth
Teeth inevitably begin to yellow with age, but a range of strategies can slow the process and even reverse it. In this article, learn how to whiten teeth naturally at home using baking soda, oil pulling, hydrogen peroxide, and other techniques. We also look at which strategies to avoid to prevent damage to the teeth. (Medical News Today)

What to know about bone grafts
Doctors use bone grafts in the treatment of a variety of health issues, including fractures, bone infections, spinal fusions, tumors, and joint problems. In this article, learn about the different types of bone grafts and replacement materials. We also cover the possible risks, complications, and the recovery process. (Medical News Today)

How long does it take for a gum graft to heal?
A gum graft is a procedure to treat receding gums. It is a simple process that does not take long to do. The recovery period is typically a few weeks and usually involves eating soft or cold foods to avoid damaging the graft. Complications are rare, and insurance may or may not cover the procedure. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Eleven tips to treat white spots on teeth
Having white spots on your teeth can be undesirable, but they are rarely a serious medical concern. Possible reasons for them include poor dental hygiene and eating too many acidic or sugary foods. Here, we look at the most likely causes of white spots on teeth and give you 11 tips for treating and preventing them. (Medical News Today)

How to treat a loose tooth in adults
Losing teeth is a regular part of growing up. In adults, however, loose teeth may be a cause for concern. Adult teeth are designed to last a lifetime and should not fall out. We explore reasons that teeth may loosen, including gum disease and osteoporosis. Learn about preventing further damage, treatments, and more. (Medical News Today)

How do you know if you have a cracked tooth?
Cracks in teeth vary in severity. Some are mild and invisible, while others are significant and cause a lot of pain. Dentists judge the extent of damage by inspecting the tooth and taking X-rays. Here, we describe how to tell if a tooth is cracked and when one needs removing. We also explore other treatment options. (Medical News Today)

What causes pale gums?
The gums can turn pale for several reasons. Pale gums around the teeth may indicate anemia, which is often caused by a lack of iron, folate, or vitamin B-12. If the gums are painful and the paleness is patchy or web-like, the cause may be more severe. Here, learn about underlying conditions and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

How long does numbness last after the dentist?
Going to the dentist for even a simple procedure might require numbing or anesthetic, because the nerves in the teeth are very sensitive. This numb feeling, from Novocaine or other drugs, will last some time after the procedure is finished. Learn more about how long Novocaine lasts, and how to make it wear off faster. (Medical News Today)

Why is my tongue bleeding?
There are many different causes of a bleeding tongue, including ulcers, bacteria, and viruses. Treatments are available for most conditions, and home remedies can improve others. However, some conditions are more serious. Learn about the different causes of bleeding tongue, their diagnosis, and how to treat them. (Medical News Today)

What causes teeth to turn black?
Teeth are vulnerable to discoloration, which can happen due to staining from foods and drinks such as coffee or red wine. Black teeth can also be a sign of underlying decay or cavities, however. A dentist can provide tips on prevention and suggest the best method of treatment, which typically depends on the cause. (Medical News Today)

How long does it take to recover from a wisdom tooth extraction?
Removal of the wisdom teeth is a common dental surgery, and there is a variety of reasons for doing it. The most common reason is that there is not enough room in the mouth for the teeth to grow, which causes pain. This article looks at how long it takes to recover after having wisdom teeth out and how to speed it up. (Medical News Today)

What does it mean when you have white gums?
Some conditions can make the gums appear white. The color change may occur in one part of the mouth or over the entire gums. There are many possible causes of white gums, including gingivitis and anemia. In this article, learn about how to get rid of white gums using home remedies and medical treatments. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol promotes disease by altering oral bacteria
Drinking alcohol disrupts the fine balance of our oral bacteria, a new study shows. Thus, harmful types are fostered over helpful ones, promoting disease. (Medical News Today)

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