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Dental health
Keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible and keep visits to the dentist to a minimum.
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Mouth ulcers
Mouth ulcers are painful round or oval sores that form in the mouth, most often on the inside of the cheeks or lips. They're usually white, red, yellow or grey in colour and are inflamed (red and swollen) around the edge.
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Metallic taste in the mouth
Some people experience a metallic taste in their mouth from time to time. It's not uncommon, and there's usually an obvious reason for it.
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Dry mouth
It's normal to occasionally have a dry mouth if you’re dehydrated or feeling nervous, but a persistently dry mouth can be a sign of an underlying problem. You should see your dentist or GP if you have an unusually dry mouth (known as xerostomia) so they can try to determine the cause.
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Dentures (false teeth)
Dentures are removable false teeth made of acrylic (plastic), nylon or metal. They fit snugly over the gums to replace missing teeth and eliminate potential problems caused by gaps. Gaps left by missing teeth can cause problems with eating and speech, and teeth either side of the gap may grow into the space at an angle.
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Gum disease
Gum disease is a very common condition where the gums become swollen, sore or infected. It's estimated to affect more than half of all adults in the UK to some degree and most people experience it at least once. It is much less common in children.
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Fluoride
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in water in varying amounts, depending on which area of the UK you live in. It's also found in certain foods, including tea and fish.
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Teething symptoms and how babies' teeth emerge
A baby’s first teeth (known as milk or deciduous teeth) usually develop while the child is growing in the womb. In most babies, these teeth start to emerge through the gums when they are around six months old.
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Coated or white tongue
A coated or white tongue occurs when the surface is colonised by bacteria or fungi, and dead cells become trapped between the small nodules on the tongue. A coated tongue isn't a disease and isn't usually a sign of anything serious. It's usually only temporary
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Teeth grinding (bruxism)
Bruxism is the medical term for grinding the teeth and clenching the jaw. People sometimes grind their teeth without it causing any symptoms or problems. But regular, persistent teeth grinding can cause jaw pain and discomfort and wear down your teeth. It can also cause headaches and earache.
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Broken or knocked-out tooth
It's common to break, chip or knock out a tooth after a blow to the face, or even after eating something hard. If the tooth is just chipped, you should make a non-emergency dental appointment to have it smoothed down and filled. If the tooth has been knocked out or is badly broken, see a dentist immediately. Find your nearest dentist.
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Orthodontics
Orthodontic treatment is used to improve the appearance, position and function of crooked or abnormally arranged teeth. Orthodontic treatment can straighten the teeth and move them into a better position.
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