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6 Sites for Maintaining Oral Health

February 05, 2009
by Sarah Amandolare
The ominous sound of buzzing dental instruments at the dentist’s office is enough to shake even the steadiest of nerves. But learning how to care for teeth and gums can eliminate much of the anxiety associated with dental health—and it’s easier than you might think. Use these Web sites to find out how to achieve a healthy mouth.

What Makes a Healthy Mouth?

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Before you dive into oral health, get acquainted with the anatomy of the mouth. Mayo Clinic presents a comprehensive slideshow that explains and diagrams the role of the tongue, teeth, gums and salivary glands. Use the “Next” button to find more detailed slides on each part of the mouth’s anatomy.

The Health Promotion Board of Singapore poses a series of questions and answers for evaluating your oral health. According to the board, a healthy mouth consists of clean, smooth teeth, gums that don’t bleed when brushed and a mouth that doesn’t smell bad, among other crucial components. If you want to know precisely why, for example, your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, the board has the answer. Learn why certain conditions, such as unusual swelling, could require medical attention.

The Scoop on Gum Disease and Other Dental Conditions

Simple Steps To Better Dental Health has three main sections: preventing dental problems, understanding dental conditions and exploring dental treatments. Believe it or not, despite its unsavory subject matter, this site is friendly and fun to browse. View the animated brushing and flossing demo and an illustration of how a tooth decays to get motivated to take oral-health action.

Nearly 80 percent of American adults experience a form of the gum diseases gingivitis and periodontitis. Symptoms can range from minor to severe, even affecting “the soft tissue and bone” that support your teeth, according to National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Preventing gum disease can be as easy as brushing, flossing, keeping up with dentist appointments, eating well and avoiding tobacco products. Learn more about what these diseases are, their causes, symptoms, how they can affect the body and treatment options.

Quick Tooth-Trouble Reference Source

Mayo Clinic provides a comprehensive library of dental and oral conditions, from A to Z. Articles cover various topics, such as bruxism (teeth grinding), cavities, dry mouth, tooth loss and a condition known as trench mouth. Each condition is defined and presented with symptoms, causes, risk factors, treatments and prevention options.

Dental Health Made Easy

The American Dental Association explains and illustrates how to brush and floss teeth, and provides suggestions for healthy foods, such as yogurt and raw vegetables that are better for your teeth than breads, cookies and chips. Also learn more about plaque and how to prevent it, and get tips on how to floss if you have problems using traditional dental floss.
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