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How to deal with two-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)

What is the cause of drooling?
A person usually drools while asleep, when they have less control over their mouth. Infections, neurological conditions, and other issues can lead to more frequent drooling. We describe tools, tips, and medications that can reduce or eliminate this symptom. We also explore causes and complications. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Seven causes of a green tongue
It is common to have a green tongue after eating or drinking something containing green food coloring, but an unexplained green tongue can indicate an underlying health concern. In this article, we look at infections and other conditions that cause a green coating or discoloration. We also look at the treatment options (Medical News Today)

What to do about brown spots on your teeth
Brown spots can form anywhere on the teeth, including between teeth or on the tooth surface. These brown or yellowish stains can result from dental procedures, but they more commonly indicate cavities or a buildup of plaque. Here, learn about the many causes, and potential ways to remove these stubborn stains. (Medical News Today)

What causes black gums?
The gums come in many natural colors, including red, pink, brown, and black. However, changes in gum color can indicate an underlying health problem. In this article, learn about what causes black gums, including smoking, gingivitis, Addison’s disease, and amalgam tattoos. We also look at treatment and prevention. (Medical News Today)

Why do my gums look white?
White spots on the gums have many causes. These include mild conditions such as mouth ulcers but could also be a sign of more severe conditions, which could potentially include cancer. White spots on the gums may cause pain or other symptoms Treatment depends on the cause. Learn more about white spots on the gums here. (Medical News Today)

Can a cavity cause a bad taste in the mouth?
What to do when a bad taste lingers? Many issues can cause this, from poor oral hygiene to neurological conditions. The taste may also vary, from bitter or foul to metallic, salty, or sweet. In this article, we explore a range of common causes and treatments. Learn to deal with a lasting bad taste in the mouth here. (Medical News Today)

Four causes of an orange tongue
Looking in a mirror and seeing that the tongue has turned orange may be alarming, especially when a person has eaten nothing containing food coloring recently. In this article, learn what causes an orange tongue, including infections, medications, and beta carotene. We also describe what other colors may indicate. (Medical News Today)

Six reasons your breath might smell like poop
Bad breath is often a simple, temporary problem. However, breath that smells like feces, or poop, may indicate a medical condition. These may range from a sinus infection to a bowel blockage. Here, we look at six common causes of bad breath that smells like poop. We also discuss treatments and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

What are the soft food and mechanical soft food diets?
There are many reasons why someone may need to go on a soft food diet. Reasons might include surgery, cancer, difficulty swallowing, or dental problems. The diet should consist of a variety of foods that can be mashed or pureed. Read on find out which types of food to include, and tips for following this diet. (Medical News Today)

What foods can I eat after wisdom tooth extraction?
People are advised to eat soft or liquid foods after having a wisdom tooth removed. Learn about the best foods to eat after having this type of surgey, including soups, smoothies, and mashed vegetables. We also look at foods to avoid, other recovery self-care tips, and possible complications, such as dry socket. (Medical News Today)

Midlife tooth loss may compromise heart health
Midlife tooth loss is tied to higher risk of cardiovascular disease, independently of traditional risk factors such as high blood pressure, a study finds. (Medical News Today)

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