This content is selected and controlled by WebMD's editorial staff and is supported by Colgate.
Oral health overview
From bad breath to oral cancer, mouth problems can range from embarrassing to life threatening. However, simple measures, like brushing teeth after eating, flossing and a regular check-up at the dentist can help prevent cavities, gum disease and other oral problems.
People could be paying more than they need for dental treatment because some dentists are not upfront about prices or clear about what treatment patients are entitled to on the NHS, says the consumer magazine Which?
Looking after your teeth is important to help avoid tooth decay and gum disease. Avoiding gum disease is important for your general health too as it has been linked to conditions such as stroke, diabetes and heart disease.
Get tips on tooth and gum care.
How should I care for my teeth and gums?
There are four basic steps to caring for teeth and gums:
To provide even greater transparency and choice, we are working on a number of other cookie-related enhancements. More information