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Separating fact from fiction about fluoride.

4 fluoride falsehoods to know about

Found in everything from water to mouthrinse to toothpaste, fluoride is a mineral that is proven to be effective in warding off tooth decay. However, you may have seen articles or products that seem to suggest fluoride is dangerous or something that you should avoid. It’s time to get to the bottom of this issue …

What causes bad breath to smell as bad as it does?

The causes of halitosis

While it may be amusing to poke fun at a friend whose breath stinks on occasion, chronic bad breath — halitosis, which is its official name — is a serious issue and one that afflicts millions of people around the world. It may not be life-threatening but it can affect people’s self-confidence and comfort when out in public. Here, we’ll discuss the root causes of halitosis and how you can go about treating it if it afflicts you or a loved one.

You know caramel isn't good for your teeth, but there are several others.

4 of the worst foods for your teeth

It’s not just your brain and your muscles that require regular nutrition — your teeth do, too. From the calcium that’s found in milk to the phosphate in cheese, foods contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals that your mouth and your teeth need to maintain their strength and overall functionality.

Healthy gums should appear pink to a very light red.

What unusually red gums may mean

The reason could be any number of things. We’ll go over a few of them here. There may be a quick fix, but in other more serious cases, you may need to reach out to your dentist to determine a proper solution.

The foods you choose can contribute to or counter the effects of bad breath.

5 quick fixes to fighting halitosis

The best way to staunch the stench of bad breath is brushing and flossing consistently, ideally right after meals. However, few people carry oral care kits with them everywhere they go. So what’s the solution to these stinky situations? If you’re one of the 50% of people around the world who suffers from halitosis on a regular basis, here are a few good ways to fight back against bad breath.

Oranges, grapefruit and lemons are all healthy, but can be harmful to your teeth due to their high acid content.

5 highly acidic foods and drinks that can harm your teeth

Damage resistant and durable though your teeth may be, they’re not invulnerable to deterioration, which can be expedited by routinely selecting foods and beverages that are highly acidic.

While there is nothing necessarily wrong with eating certain foods and drinks that contain acid occasionally, you may want to be careful about the frequency with which you consume the following things.

Apples are a nutritious and delicious way to keep your breath smelling fresh.

6 foods that fight bad breath

Everyone loves to eat — there are so many delicious foods to enjoy for each of the three meals of the day. But one thing that no one enjoys about it is the smelly breath that frequently comes in the aftermath. When you’re heading out on a date, going out with friends or have an important meeting or interview, halitosis — the technical term for bad breath — can be quite the turn-off.

Your dentist taking a closer look at your teeth can identify the source of your toothache.

5 possible causes of toothaches

If you’ve ever had a toothache, you know how uncomfortable it can be. Exhibited by a constant throbbing or a stinging sensation upon biting into food, toothaches can dramatically alter your quality of life. It likely needs to be checked out by a professional to assess the problem and the correct solution.

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