National Toothache Day: Learn What Causes, Cures and Prevents Tooth Pain

by Jason 2/6/2014 8:00 AM

Believe it or not, there’s a national holiday to honor – of all things – the toothache. It’s true. February 9th is National Toothache Day. Though the origin of this day remains a mystery, it’s one of those unusual days that is celebrated.... more...

Diabetes can cause serious problems in your mouth. You can do something about it.

by Jason 7/9/2012 1:38 PM

If you have diabetes, make sure you take care of your mouth. People with diabetes are at risk for mouth infections, especially periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease can damage the gum and bone that hold your teeth in place and may lead to painful chewing problems. Some people with serious gum disease lose their teeth. Periodontal disease may also make it hard to control your blood glucose (blood sugar).

Other problems diabetes can cause are dry mouth and a fungal infection called thrush. Dry mouth happens when you do not have enough saliva—the fluid that keeps your mouth wet. Diabetes may also cause the glucose level in your saliva to increase. Together, these problems may lead to thrush, which causes painful white patches in your mouth.... more...

How Oral Cancer Spreads

by Jason 4/23/2012 11:55 AM

Oral cancer, like all cancers, begins in cells. Healthy cells grow and divide to form new cells, which take the place of old cells that die off.

But sometimes this process goes haywire. Cells needlessly form and divide, or old cells refuse to die off. These extra cells form tumors, or growths. Not all tumors are cancerous; but some are.... more...

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