Healthy teeth look straight and white and are seated properly in healthy gums. When teeth look unhealthy, it is typically due to yellowed enamel on the teeth's surface or to problems with the gums, including swelling, ga... More » Health Dental Dental Hygiene

Brushing removes food and plaque, which is a transparent sticky substance, from the surface of teeth. The removal is important due to bacteria found within plaque. If allowed to remain on the teeth, bacteria begin to att... More » Health Dental Dental Hygiene

There are several ways to strengthen teeth. These methods include regular brushing, attending periodic dental checkups, avoiding sugary foods, consuming foods rich in calcium, eating foods rich in vitamins and minerals, ... More » Health Dental
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Basic facts kids should know about teeth often revolve around hygiene, such as the fact that people who do not brush or floss their teeth can develop unhealthy gums and cavities that make the mouth sore and chewing diffi... More » Health Dental Dental Hygiene

Potential side effects of using mouthwash include staining of the teeth and oral appliances, irritation of the mouth and gums, and lesions of the inside of the mouth, according to the Pharmaceutical Journal. Side effects... More » Health Dental Dental Hygiene

Hydrogen peroxide is safe for teeth and gums, and it is commonly used as a whitening agent in toothpaste or on its own, according to HowStuffWorks. People also use a combination of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide as a ... More » Health Dental Dental Hygiene