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The ADA Patient Education Library provides the most popular topics in dentistry that will help you better maintain your dental health. Select an article or video below to get started now.

Articles

Improving Your Smile

Smile Checklist Look in the mirror. Do you like the way your teeth look? Do you dislike the color of any of your teeth? Are

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Mouth Sores and Spots

Mouth sores can be painful, annoying and unsightly. Some appear inside the mouth – on the gums, tongue, lips, cheeks or palate (roof of the

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Brushing Quick Reference

What’s the best way to fight tooth decay and gum disease? Pick up that toothbrush twice a day! Brush your teeth for two minutes twice

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Caries en Dientes de Leche

¡Los dientes de leche pueden tener caries! La caries es una enfermedad ocasionada por bacterias La caries daña y deteriora los dientes. Las bacterias en

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Sealant Quick Reference

Tooth decay often occurs on the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The good news is that sealants can help protect these surfaces from tooth decay

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Dry Mouth

The complaint of dry mouth — also called xerostomia (zero-STOW-me-uh) — is often caused by a low flow of saliva. Saliva coats and moistens oral tissues. It

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Happiness is a Healthy Smile

A message for parents Why regular dental visits are important Regular dental checkups and dental care—such as cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants—provide your child with

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Why Do I Need a Crown?

A crow-fluidn is a cover or “cap” your dentist can put over a tooth. A crow-fluidn restores a damaged or missing tooth to its normal

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Why Do I Need a Bridge?

A bridge is a custom-made replacement tooth or teeth that fill the space where one or more teeth are missing. The bridge permanently restores your bite and

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Your Dentures

If you lost some or all of your natural teeth, dentures can replace your missing teeth. Dentures can be made to look like your natural

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Pregnancy and Oral Health

It’s important to visit the dentist It’s Safe to Visit the Dentist When You Are Pregnant Dental treatment is safe for pregnant women, according to

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Scaling and Root Planing

A Treatment for Gum Disease Periodontal Disease Is Also Known as Gum Disease Periodontal (perry-o-DON-tal) disease is a bacterial infection leading to inflammation of the

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Dental X-Ray Exams

Answers to common questions Dental x-rays provide important information about your dental health. They are used to create images called radiographs. Your dentist uses the

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Treating Cavities

What is a cavity? A cavity is a hole in your tooth that forms from tooth decay. When you eat and drink, bacteria in your mouth

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Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is a disease that damages and breaks down teeth Your teeth have a hard, outer layer, called enamel (e-NAM-uhl); a middle layer, called

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Tooth Erosion

The harmful effects of acid What is tooth erosion? Enamel (e-NAM-ul) is the hardest outside layer of your tooth that protects a softer inner layer. Tooth erosion

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Seal Out Decay

A dental sealant is a thin covering that is applied onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. It acts as a barrier to “seal out” plaque

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Tobacco and Oral Health

Tobacco in any form is bad for your health Do You Use Tobacco? You are probably aware that tobacco may cause cancer, stroke and heart

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Your Child’s Teeth

Helpful tips for parents and caregivers Take Care of Yourself Before Your Baby Arrives Keep your own teeth and gums healthy While you are pregnant,

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Do You Have Sleep Apnea?

Talk to your dentist about snoring Why snoring happens Snoring happens when the muscles in your mouth and/or throat relax and cause your tongue or

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Tooth Decay in Baby Teeth

Baby teeth can get cavities! Tooth decay is a disease that is caused by bacteria Tooth decay damages and breaks down teeth. When your child eats

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Do You Grind Your Teeth?

The habit of grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw is called bruxism (BRUCKS-is-im). Grinding is when you slide your teeth back and forth over each other.

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Basic Brushing

Brush your teeth twice a day and for two minutes each time. Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride (FLOOR-eyed), a natural mineral that helps make your

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Basic Flossing

Flossing is an important part of your oral care routine. It is one of the best ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy. However,

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Your Wisdom Teeth

What Are Wisdom Teeth? Wisdom teeth are the four permanent (adult) teeth at the very back of your mouth on the top and bottom. They

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Your Child’s First Dental Visit

What is the focus of your child’s beautiful SMILE? Strong, healthy teeth!Baby teeth-also called primary teeth-are important in the grow-fluidth and development of a child.

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