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Treatment & Diagnosis
Medications & Supplements
- lidocaine injection (Xylocaine)
- cocaine hydrochloride
- sodium fluoride 1.1% toothpaste - dental
- chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse (Peridex, Periogard, Periochip)
- tetracycline (Sumycin [Discontinued])
- sodium fluoride gel - dental
- stannous fluoride 0.63% oral care rinse - dental, Gel-Kam
- sodium fluoride 1.1% dental gel - topical, Karidium, Karigel, Prevident
- sodium fluoride 0.2% rinse - dental, Nafrinse, Prevident
- stannous fluoride gel - dental, Flo-Gel, Gel-Kam
- sodium fluoride 0.02% rinse - dental, Phos-Flur
- sodium fluoride - oral, Fluor-A-Day, Karidium, Luride
- multivitamins/fluoride drops - oral
- multivitamins/fluoride chewable tablet - oral
- multivitamins/iron/fluoride chewable tablet - oral
Prevention & Wellness
- Health Tip: Kick Your Sugary Drink Habit
- Health Tip: Attacked by Plaque
- Do Early Dental Visits Really Prevent Kids' Cavities?
- Health Tip: Talk to the Dentist About a Sealant
- Can Teeth Repair Themselves Without Fillings?
- Health Tip: Chewing Sugarless Gum
- More Low-Income Kids Need Dental Sealants: CDC
- Health Tip: Why Floss?
- Health Tip: Sealing Teeth to Help Prevent Cavities
- Health Tip: Selecting a Sleep Mask
- Caring for Baby's Teeth Starts Before Birth
- Is Seniors' Dental Health Tied to Mental Health?
- Kids' Fruit Drinks, Juices Contain Day's Worth of Sugar
- A Pill to Ward Off Cavities? Scientists Say It Could Happen
- Talk Therapy to Tackle Fear of the Dentist
- Dentistry Without the Drill? New Study Offers Hope
- Sugar-Free Sodas, Candy Can Still Damage Your Teeth
- Secondhand Smoke in Infancy May Harm Kids' Teeth
- Health Tip: Moistening a Dry Mouth
- More Cavities Seen in Kids of Chronically Stressed Mothers
- Health Tip: Pregnancy Affects Dental Health
- Health Tip: Chewing Gum Can Help Your Teeth
- Back-to-School Tips for Healthy Teeth
- Health Tip: Diet Affects Your Dental Health
- What Parents Can Do to Promote Good Dental Health
- Health Tip: Diabetes Can Take a Toll on Teeth and Mouth
- Health Tip: Five Steps to Prevent Cavities in Kids
- Beavers Offer Tips on Cavity Prevention
- Dentists Offer Tips to Keep Young Children Cavity-Free
- Health Tip: Chewing Sugar-Free Gum
- Health Tip: Get the Facts About Gum Disease
- EPA Wants Less Dental Mercury Entering Environment
- Oral Health in Women of Childbearing Age Needs Improvement
- Family Troubles Tied to Poorer Dental Health, Study Discovers
- Pediatricians Offer New Dental Recommendations
- Doctors Should Give Toddlers Fluoride Treatments: U.S. Task Force
- Lab-Grown Vaginas, Noses Herald New Options for Patients
- Dentists' Group Expands Recommended Use of Fluoride Toothpaste for Kids
- Fluoride Treatments May Help Fight Cavities
- Health Tip: Prepare for Your Child's First Dental Visit
- Halloween Treats Can Spook Kids' Teeth
- Dental Care Safe for Pregnant Women: Experts
- 4 Billion People Worldwide Have Untreated Cavities: Study
- Primary Care Docs Should Play Role in Kids' Dental Health, Experts Say
- Health Tip: Promote Healthy Teeth
- Study Supports Link Between Obesity, Cavities in Homeless Kids
- Health Tip: If Your Teeth Are Sensitive
- Dental Woes Abound for Developmentally Disabled: Study
- Health Tip: Help Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
- Too Much Bottled Water Might Harm Kids' Teeth
- Cost, Not Fear, Keeps More People From Dentist
- Dental Fillings Linked to Slight Behavior Problems
- Racial Gap in Kids' Dental Care Vanishing: Study
- Missing Teeth, Cavities Common in U.S.
- Tiny Tots in the Dentist's Chair Among Changes in Pediatric Dentistry
- From One Generation to the Next, Dental Care Changes
- Energy and Sports Drinks Eat Away at Teeth, Study Finds
- Dental X-rays Linked to Brain Tumors
- Health Tip: Protect Your Kids' Teeth From Cavities
- Quitting Smoking May Halve Risk of Oral Health Problems
- Licorice Root May Cut Cavities, Gum Disease
- Health Tip: Protect Teeth From Decay
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