Family & Kids Health

STI Awareness Month

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  In the United States, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), affect young people ages 15 to 24 more than any other age group, accounting for about half of the 20 million STI cases reported each year. Since 2013, the number of people affected by three common STIs, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, has been increasing. April is STI Awareness Month, and the ... Read More »

Tips for Finding the Right Doctor

Find the right doctor

The search for the right doctor is essentially finding someone whose hands you will put your life into—and possibly your family’s, as well. Pressure’s on, right? You want that person to be qualified and experienced, skillful and knowledgeable, respected and professional. Among other requisites… At the end of the day, you want it to be the perfect fit. So, where ... Read More »

Sports Safety: Avoiding Tooth and Mouth Injuries

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  A few years ago, a dental newsletter published what seemed like an unusual story. A boy snagged his teeth on a basketball net while doing a slam-dunk. A freakish accident? Not quite. After the article appeared, nearly 40 dentists wrote in with their own stories. They all told of would-be NBA stars who sacrificed their front teeth in pursuit ... Read More »

Taking Care of Your Teeth

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  Thanks to better at-home care and in-office dental treatments, more people are keeping their teeth throughout their lives. Some diseases and conditions can make dental disease and tooth loss more likely. But most of us have a good deal of control over whether we keep our teeth into old age. The most important things you can do are to ... Read More »

How Often Should You Go to the Dentist?

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  More than 50 years ago, examinations of people entering the military showed that Americans’ teeth were in pretty bad shape. Few people took good care of their teeth. There were no guidelines for how often you should see a dentist. Many dentists focused on fixing problems rather than preventing them. Dental and health organizations decided there was a need ... Read More »

Eight Steps to Dental Health

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  It takes more than just brushing. OK, so you know about brushing and flossing. But there are other steps you should take if you want to keep your teeth for a lifetime. Some people assume they will lose their teeth as they age. That doesn’t have to happen. David A. Albert, D.D.S., M.P.H., suggests these steps to keep your ... Read More »

Illustrations: How a Tooth Decays

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Healthy Tooth: Enamel is the hard outer crystal-like layer. Dentin is the softer layer beneath the enamel. The pulp chamber contains nerves and blood vessels. It is considered the living part of the tooth. White Spots: Bacteria that are exposed to sugars or carbohydrates make acid. The acid attacks the crystal-like substance in the tooth’s outer surface. This process is known as ... Read More »

Should You Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

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  Wisdom teeth are the molar teeth in the back of your upper and lower jaws.  They are also known as third molars. A few people are born without wisdom teeth. Others have enough room in their mouths for the teeth to come in. But many of us get our wisdom teeth taken out as young adults. Often, the first ... Read More »

Tongue Piercing Not That Risky, but Things Can Go Wrong

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  It’s hard to believe that certain things ever became popular. Pet rocks, for example. Shag carpeting. Sticking a needle through your tongue. But oral piercing, if not now mainstream, has at least become more common in recent years. According to one survey, 16% of the females and 4% of the males at a New York university had pierced tongues. ... Read More »