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You should request annual oral cancer screening once you reach 18; screening is pain-free and can be done while your dentist is checking your teeth. Key takeaways: - Although relatively uncommon, oral cancer (cancers of the throat, tongue, lips and neck) results in over 9000 deaths each...

Having a dry mouth can damage your teeth. Without adequate saliva food debris can get stuck between teeth and form plaque while harmful acids attack the enamel on your teeth. Key takeaways - Sip water regularly to keep hydrated - Let your dentist know what medications you take...

We all know we should brush and floss daily in order to keep our teeth in good order. However, we sometimes abuse our teeth in ways that we shouldn’t. Lauren McGrath has listed eight common mistakes we all make that are detrimental to oral health...

‘Dry socket’ is a painful condition which can occur after the removal of wisdom teeth and the exposed nerves and bone become infected. The first symptom of a dry socket is pain which should be discussed with your dentist as soon as possible. Other signs...

During recent years, questions have been raised about the use of antibacterial mouthwashes, due to a risk of killing off healthy bacteria from the tongue. Although antibacterial toothpastes don't have as much contact with the tongue, there are differing opinions as to whether they are...

Opioids are quite commonly used by as an anaesthetic during the removal of wisdom teeth and other surgical procedures. They can also be prescribed as a painkiller following surgery but there is a small risk of patients becoming addicted to the drugs. Opioids are addictive drugs...

Bleeding gums are cause for worry. Here are three reasons why your gums may bleed. Key takeaways: - Gingivitis (plaque build-up) is one of the main reasons behind bleeding gums - Brushing your teeth aggressively with a frayed toothbrush can cause bleeding too - Untreated gingivitis can lead to...

The idea that mucus in the nose could be beneficial to health has led researchers to investigate artificial mucus, which may play an important role in protecting teeth from decay. Key takeaways - Mucus stops bacteria clinging to teeth which causes cavities - Artificial mucus with beneficial proteins...