Mouth, Teeth and Oral Health

Periodontal Disease

The word periodontal literally means "around the tooth." Periodontal diseases, also called gum diseases, are serious bacterial infections that destroy the gums and the surrounding tissues of the mouth. Read the Periodontal Disease Overview ›

Dental Care for Infants and Children

Most pediatric dentists will agree that regular dental care should begin by one year of age, with a dental check-up at least twice each consecutive year for most children. Some children may need more frequent evaluations and care. In accordance with this recommendation, the following dental checklist for infants and toddlers has been provided by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

How to Prevent Tooth Decay in Infants and Children

Oral Thrush Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

Oral thrush is an infection of the mouth caused by a fungal microorganism called Candida albicans. Oral thrush is also known as oral candida and a yeast infection of the mouth. Oral thrush is most common in infants and is generally not a serious condition in healthy adults or infants. However, it can be uncomfortable and lead to difficulties with infant feeding if it does not resolve or is not treated.

Learn About Oral Thrush Infections

Preventing Mouth, Teeth and Oral Health Issues

Senior citizens, the fastest growing portion of the U.S. population, are keeping their teeth longer than prior generations and have special dental needs. As the population ages, the dental needs of the individual over 65 become increasingly specialized: each individual has different medical problems and takes different prescriptions, which can adversely interact with drugs dentists may have to use to care for dental health, including dental anesthetics. Dental patients, especially the elderly, need to keep their dentist informed of any changes or updates in their medical history to help prevent potentially harmful drug interactions or health conditions. Special Oral Health and Hygeine Concerns for Seniors ›

Prepare for Your Appointment

Doctor visits on average last 13 minutes. Make the most of your time with your doctor with pre-visit planning. Your doctor will appreciate the active role you are taking in your health. Follow the ABCs of doctor visits: Arrive early. Be prepared. Communicate. Search HealthGrades for Top Rated Local Dentists ›

Decision Guide for Jaw, Gum and Tooth Pain Symptoms

The goal of this guide is to provide information while awaiting evaluation with your dentist, doctor, or other health professional, or for additional information after you've seen a healthcare provider. The diagnoses provided are among the most common that could explain your symptoms, but the list is not exhaustive and there are many other possibilities. It's important to get emergency care if your symptoms sound like a dangerous condition or an immediate threat to your health, such as jaw pain upon exertion or accompanied by chest pain, shortness of breath, sweating, or nausea. Begin Evaluating Your Jaw, Gum or Tooth Pain Now ›