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Can I Use Expired Toothpaste?

Can I Use Expired Toothpaste?

Yes — toothpaste can expire! Not only does it become less effective once it has passed its expiration date, but it’s also not exactly pleasant to brush with. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t regulate expiration dates for over-the-counter toothpaste. However, as the FDA considers fluoride as a drug, you’ll still be able to
Am I Allergic to My Toothpaste?

Am I Allergic to My Toothpaste?

Although just less than 1% of the population has a contact allergy to toothpaste, you should still know the signs of an allergic reaction. With countless varieties of toothpaste on the market today, finding the right one can be tough. After all, you’ll want to take into account the flavor, brand, type, list of active
Are Your Irritated Gums Self-Induced?

Are Your Irritated Gums Self-Induced?

Everything from tobacco usage to sports-related injuries can irritate your gums. However, sometimes gum irritation is self-induced. While your teeth are the hardest substance in your body, your gums are one of your body’s softer tissues. Delicate and moist, gum tissues can be irritated by several things, from sports-related injuries to accidental falls. However, there’s
Why is Salt Water Mouth Rinse Good for My Oral Health?

Why is Salt Water Mouth Rinse Good for My Oral Health?

Gargling with salt water rinses offers many oral health benefits, from reducing inflammation to encouraging tissue regeneration. Everyone knows that brushing and flossing can help keep your gums and teeth healthy. But did you know that performing salt water rinses can also improve your overall oral health? People have been using salt to dry out
Can I Use My Own Plaque Scraper at Home?

Can I Use My Own Plaque Scraper at Home?

You’ve probably seen plaque scrapers sold on the Internet. Maybe you’ve asked yourself, “Should you buy one?” The answer is no, and we’ll tell you why. Do-it-yourself may be fine for home projects, but is it right for your dental care? Although a diligent oral care regimen at home is essential for healthy teeth, some
10 Home Remedies for Dry Mouth

10 Home Remedies for Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is rarely serious, but it can be uncomfortable and lead to other oral health issues. Luckily, there are several DIY remedies for it. Saliva washes away food particles and neutralizes your mouth’s pH levels to protect your teeth from acids. However, if your mouth doesn’t have enough saliva, or if the glands responsible
5 Possible Reasons for Your Bleeding Gums

Five Possible Reasons for Your Bleeding Gums

Lots of people experience bleeding gums, whether from an underlying ailment or vigorous oral hygiene habits. Let’s dive into some common causes! It has happened to many of us — after brushing your teeth, there’s blood in your toothpaste when you spit. Or maybe you’re flossing in between your teeth, and your gums start to
I Just Got a Filling. What Now?

I Just Got a Filling. What Now?

Getting a filling is one thing, but what happens when you leave the dental office? Get tips on keeping your mouth healthy beyond the dentist’s chair. We all know that maintaining oral health is important, but despite that, very few people escape needing tooth fillings at some point in their lives — particularly in childhood.
Everything You Need to Know About Gum Abscess Treatment

Everything You Need to Know About Gum Abscess Treatment

Gum abscesses can be painful and even dangerous. Luckily, they are easily treatable, as long as you seek help from your dentist. If you’ve noticed a loose tooth, a receding gum line, increased tooth sensitivity, pus discharge, or a lump, swelling, redness, bleeding, or pain in your gums, you might have a gum abscess. While
The Hidden Dangers of Pumpkin Spiced Lattes

The Hidden Dangers of Pumpkin Spiced Lattes

Pumpkin spice lattes may seem like a delicious fall treat, but their high sugar content and acidity can lead to some serious oral health risks.  While fall was once signalled by changing leaves and cool weather, more and more the season is harkened by the appearance of the famed Pumpkin Spice Latte on menu boards