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Halitosis

<span style="color: #0b5394;">Halitosis</span>

What is halitosis or bad breath?  Halitosis is a condition of having offensive or bad breath. Nobody wants to have bad breath, and many consumers are in search of products including toothpaste, mouthwash and mints that promise a quick cure for halitosis and fresher smelling breath. Bad breath is often self-perceived and there is no test or device to diagnose or measure the problem. Breath mints or mouthwash may freshen the breath short-term but do not often get to the root of the problem. A common source of bad breath is the mouth and tongue, therefore, a trip to the...

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Oral Cancer

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What is oral cancer?  Oral and throat cancer, also referred to as pharyngeal cancer, may involve the lips, gums, tongue, teeth, cheeks, roof or floor of the mouth or back of the throat. It usually starts out as a small white spot that looks like an irritation, or an ulcer that may be red or white. The most common site is on the side of the tongue, and it oftentimes is not painful. The lesion may become infected and increase in size. There are 30,000 new cases of oral cancer each year, according to the National Centers for Disease Control....

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Gum Disease

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What is periodontal disease?  Periodontal disease is also known as gum disease or periodontitis. There are various stages of gum disease, and the two most common forms are gingivitis and adult periodontitis. Gingivitis is an inflammation or infection of the gums (gingiva) that is an early stage of periodontal disease. When left untreated, gingivitis may progress to periodontal disease, which can progress to the loss of teeth. Only a professional, a dentist or periodontist can diagnose gum disease, which often is painless. Research shows that periodontal disease may also be linked to heart, lung, kidney and respiratory disease, and to...

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Dental Plaque

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What is dental plaque?  Plaque is a colorless film that is constantly forming in the mouth. It is made up of a combination of bacteria, saliva and acids that form into a sticky deposit adhering to the teeth. Plaque can irritate the gums and the acids can destroy the tooth's enamel surface, causing holes and cavities. When plaque isn't removed, it turns into calculus and tartar. What is plaque attack?  A plaque attack occurs when sugar and acids in the mouth begin to dissolve the enamel on the tooth and starts to decay.  How can you prevent plaque?  Good oral...

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Gingivitis

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What is gingivitis?  Gingivitis is an inflammation or infection of the gums (gingiva) that is an early stage of periodontal disease (gum disease). Healthy gums appear pink in color. Gingivitis causes the gums to become inflamed and swollen and bleed easily when they are brushed or flossed.  Gingivitis is reversible and there is no permanent damage to the gums or teeth when treated early.  If allowed to progress, the infection can advance below the gum line and cause periodontal disease.  Gum disease, left untreated, can destroy the soft tissue, bone and ligaments that support the teeth.  Teeth may become loose...

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