Information about dentistry, dental procedures and oral conditions for consumers.

Popular topics and pages. ▼

Cost estimates for dental procedures.

▲Procedure Costs
Low income help.

The best Sonicare models.

▲Best Sonicares
Sonicare Reviews
● The best Oral-B's.

How Invisalign works

Other systems.
● Ortho retainers.

What are porcelain veneers?

▲Porcelain Veneers
● Veneer vs Crown.

What are dental crowns?

▲Crown basics.
The procedure.
● Crown problems.

Causes of tooth discoloration.

▲Types of stain.
● Using: Strips |
Trays | Light/Laser

Digital Smile Makeovers

▲View cases.
● Case categories.
By procedure.

What to expect after your root canal.

▲Root Canal details.
When is it needed?
● Treatment failures.

Estimating wisdom tooth extraction difficulty.

▲What to expect.
Nerve damage.
Dry sockets.

Tooth extraction healing time line.

▲ Healing timeline.
● Post-op aftercare.
Bits & fragments.

Dental implant procedure.

▲Procedure steps.
Sinus lift.
● Vs. Root Canal

Causes of halitosis.

▲Halitosis causes.
Self-test / Smelling
Tongue cleaning.

Cold Sore identification and stages.

▲Cold sore stages.
● Breakout triggers.
● Vs. Canker Sores

Dental quizzes for students.

▲ All Quizzes
● Tooth numbering.
● Dental anatomy.



Most popular categories. ▼


Categories breakdown. ▼

Cosmetic Dentistry
A digital smile makeover case.
  • Porcelain Veneers - Veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are bonded onto the front side of teeth so to give them a cosmetic resurfacing.
  • Lumineers® Veneers - Lumineers® are a brand of porcelain veneer that can be made so thin that they can often be placed without having to trim back the tooth first.
  • Dental Crowns - Dentists have been improving the appearance of teeth by way of placing crowns on them for decades.
  • Dental Bonding - While typically not as lasting as other types of restorations, tooth bonding is an important cosmetic dentistry technique.
  • Digital Smile Makeovers - Check out our database of virtual smile makeovers. These before-and-after picture sets illustrate the kinds of cosmetic changes anyone's own dentist should be able to make.
Straightening Teeth
A comparison of Invisalign and metal braces.
  • Types of dental braces. - Old-style "wire" braces aren't the only choice any more. Nowadays you have a number of different orthodontic methods to choose from, with each having their own distinct set of advantages and disadvantages.
  • Invisalign® - Invisalign® is a revolutionary orthodontic system that utilizes a series of removable clear plastic aligners to realign your teeth.
  • Ceramic (clear) Braces - This aesthetically-pleasing variation of traditional braces involves the use of tooth-colored or clear orthodontic brackets.
  • Lingual Braces - Systems like iBraces® are similar to traditional braces but they are placed on the backside of the patient's teeth where they can't be seen.
  • Traditional Braces - The traditional tin-grin is "out" and a lot of cosmetically-pleasing options are "in," including fashion brackets and gold braces.
  • Orthodontic Retainers - Don't overlook the fact that after having your teeth straightened you'll need to wear dental retainers. Our pages discuss the different kinds, along with each one's advantages and disadvantages.
Whitening Teeth
Topic teeth whitening.
  • Types of tooth discolorations and their causes. - We've organized our coverage of this subject by stain color, appearance and underlying cause.
  • Professional ("laser") Whitening - In-office treatments can make the best choice for people who feel they need whiter teeth immediately. In just a matter of an hour or two, a dentist can transform the color of your smile.
  • Tray Whitening - This at-home technique involves the use of clear plastic "bleaching trays" that are first filled with whitening gel and then placed over your teeth. Individual treatments are performed each day, over some weeks, while the effects of the lightening process take place.
  • Teeth Whitening Strips - Products like Crest Whitestrips® come close to creating the same whitening effect as tray-based systems, without the hassles of wearing bleaching trays.
  • Teeth Whitening Pens - Brush-on products, like "pens", offer a way to lighten teeth without the need for wearing trays or strips.
Basic Procedures
X-ray of a tooth that has received root canal treatment and dental post, core and crown.
  • Root Canal Treatment - Does your tooth require endodontic therapy? No dental procedure has more misconceptions associated with it than this one. Our pages try to put them to rest.
  • Dental Crowns - Have you been told that your tooth needs a crown? Our pages explain the when's, why's, and how's of this procedure.
  • Dental Bonding - Tooth bonding is routinely used to create "white" fillings for both front and back teeth.
Full and Partial Dentures
Dental Costs and Insurance
  • Dental Plans and Insurance - If you're looking for dental coverage, we can provide the information you need so you can make an informed choice.
  • Dental procedure costs - Our index of prices for dental procedures can give you an idea of the expense associated with different types of dental work. But besides just cost, we also explain the different types of options and choices you'll need to make with each of them.
Oral Surgery
A panoramic dental x-ray showing wisdom teeth.
  • Tooth Extractions - Having a tooth pulled isn't nearly as scary if you know what to expect beforehand.
  • Wisdom Teeth - Scheduled to have your wisdom teeth out? Learn the how's, why's and when's of this procedure before you have it done.
  • Dry Sockets - If you're unlucky enough to have a dry socket after your extraction, our pages can help you get through it.
  • Dental implants - These "artificial tooth roots" can be used to support a dental crown, bridge or denture.
Bitewing x-ray of teeth with cavities.
  • Tooth Decay - Are you having problems with cavities? Read our pages and learn how simple home care steps and the use of fluoride can make it so you don't.
  • Dental Sealants - This procedure plastic coats strategic portions of a tooth so it's harder for cavities to form.
  • Baby teeth / Tooth development. - Our pages outline when a child's deciduous teeth usually come in and fall out, and what to do if they're not on schedule. They also explain how, when needed, a space mainatiner can help to prevent future problems or what to do if extra teeth are present.
  • Electric Toothbrushes - We think anything that helps you to brush more effectively is a good idea. A powered toothbrush can do just that. If you need help figuring out which model to buy, use these links: Picking out the best Sonicares. | Picking out the best Oral-B's.
  • Toothpaste - Ever wonder which toothpastes really are the best ones? Our Toothpaste selection section should be able to help you decide. We also give advice about how to avoid the unwanted side effect fluorosis.
  • How to use dental floss. - If you're brushing your teeth but not flossing, you're just getting half of the job done.
  • Sports Mouthguards - If you participate in sporting events, of pretty much any kind, you should be wearing an athletic mouthguard.

More about Cavity Prevention ▼

Xylitol - What if there was a great-tasting, all-natural sugar substitute that could help to prevent cavities by over 60%. Well, there is. It's xylitol. We've outlined everything you need to know on and its FYI facts page.

Oral Conditions
Pictures of cold sores.
  • Cold sores (fever blisters) - We cover it all, stages and identification, causes, risk factors and treatments.
  • Canker sores - We've got identification, causes, risk factors and treatment information for canker sores too.
  • Bad breath - Do you have bad breath? It's easier to cure than you might expect. Our pages explain how.
Topic: Dental Infographics
Dental Activities
  • Dental quizzes for students - We've put together a number of dental-related quizzes (both free-to-use and advertising-free), intended for students of all age groups and educational levels.
  • Dental Infographics - Infographics that students can use when making online reports or presentations.