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Mouth and Dental

Learn about mouth and dental health

If you've ever had a toothache, you know how much it can hurt. The pain from a cold sore, a canker sore, or an aching jaw can also be hard to deal with. It's important to know when you should see a dentist or a doctor before a problem gets worse. Our topics can help you learn what to do about problems with your mouth and teeth, and they can give you tips on preventing these kinds of problems.

Get the information you need in topics such as:

  • Toothache and Gum Problems.
  • Temporomandibular (TM) Disorders.
  • Thrush.
  • Canker Sores.
  • Wisdom Teeth: Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
  • Dental Care: Brushing and Flossing Your Teeth.
Health Topics
  • Abscessed Tooth
  • Arthroscopy for Temporomandibular Disorders (TMDs)
  • Bad or Changed Breath
  • Basic Dental Care
  • Basic Dental Care From Birth to 16 Years
  • Biting
  • Broken Tooth or Dental Appliance: First Aid
  • Brushing and Flossing a Child's Teeth
  • Bruxism and Temporomandibular Disorders
  • Cancer: Home Treatment for Mouth Sores
  • Canker Sores
  • Chipped or Broken Tooth or Dental Appliance
  • Cleft Lip
  • Cleft Palate
  • Cleft Palate: Feeding Your Baby
  • Cold Sores
  • Dental Anxiety
  • Dental Care During Pregnancy
  • Dental Care for Older Adults
  • Dental Care From Birth to 6 Months
  • Dental Care: 3 Years to 6 Years
  • Dental Care: 6 Years to 16 Years
  • Dental Checkups for Children and Adults
  • Dental Crowns
  • Dental Fillings (Restorations)
  • Dental Implants
  • Dental Sealants
  • Diabetes: Taking Care of Your Teeth and Gums
  • Dry Mouth
  • Dry Socket
  • Extracting Teeth for Malocclusion Treatment
  • Facial Injuries
  • Facial Problems, Noninjury
  • Flap Procedure for Gum Disease
  • Fluoride During Childhood
  • Frozen or Stuck Tongue or Other Body Part
  • Gingivectomy for Gum Disease
  • Growth Modification for Malocclusion
  • Gum Disease
  • Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease
  • Health Risks Related to Smokeless Tobacco
  • How to Transport a Piece of Tongue
  • Jaw Problems: Changing Your Diet
  • Jaw Problems: Exercise and Relaxation
  • Knocked-Out Tooth: First Aid
  • Malocclusion and Orthodontics
  • Medicines and Mouth Problems
  • Monitoring During Anesthesia
  • Mouth and Dental Injuries
  • Mouth Guard
  • Mouth Piercing Problems
  • Mouth Problems, Noninjury
  • Mouth Sores
  • Mouth Wounds: How to Stop Bleeding
  • Mumps
  • Open-Joint Arthroplasty for Temporomandibular Disorders
  • Oral Cancer
  • Orthognathic Surgery for Malocclusion
  • Parkinson's Disease: Eating and Drooling Problems
  • Physical Therapy for Temporomandibular Disorders
  • Preventing Tooth Decay in Young Children
  • Quitting Smokeless Tobacco
  • Root Canal Surgery
  • Root Planing and Scaling for Gum Disease
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Taste Changes
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Teething
  • Teething Products
  • Teething: Common Concerns
  • Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)
  • Temporomandibular Disorders: Dental Splints
  • Temporomandibular Disorders: Having Good Body Mechanics
  • Temporomandibular Disorders: Treating Trigger Points
  • Temporomandibular Disorders: Ways to Ease Pain
  • Thrush
  • Thumb-Sucking
  • Tongue Problems
  • Tongue-Tie
  • Tooth Decay
  • Tooth Development in Children
  • Tooth Extraction
  • Toothache and Gum Problems
  • Treating a Bad Taste in Your Mouth
  • Treating a Black or Coated Tongue
  • Wisdom Tooth Extraction
  • Wisdom Tooth Problems
  • Your Child and the Dentist
Medical Tests
  • Dental X-Rays
  • KOH Preparation
  • Salivary Gland Scan
  • Self-Examination for Dental Plaque
Make a Wise Decision
  • Temporomandibular Disorder: Should I Have Surgery for Jaw Pain?
  • Wisdom Teeth: Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Take Action
  • Dental Care: Brushing and Flossing Your Teeth
  • Sjögren's: Caring for Yourself at Home
  • Thumb-Sucking: Helping Your Child Stop

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