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    Academy of General Dentistry
    560 W. Lake St., Sixth Floor
    Chicago, IL 60661-6600
    (888) 243-3368
    Web: www.agd.org

    Academy of Laser Dentistry
    9900 West Sample Road, Suite 400
    Coral Springs, FL 33065
    (954) 346-3776
    Toll Free: (877) 527-3776
    Web: www.laserdentistry.org

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    American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
    402 W. Wilson Street
    Madison, WI 53703
    (800) 543-9220 or (608) 222-8583
    Web: www.aacd.com

    American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
    12100 Sunset Hills Rd, Suite 130
    Reston, VA 20190
    (800) 322-8651 or (703) 234-4142
    E-mail: bcarney@drohanmgmt.com
    Web: www.aacfp.org

    American Academy of Implant Dentistry
    211 E. Chicago Avenue
    Suite 750
    Chicago, IL 60611
    (312) 335-1550 or (888) 929-9298
    Web: www.aaid-implant.org

    American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics
    Web: www.maxillofacialprosth.org

    American Academy of Oral Medicine
    23607 Hwy 99, Suite 2C
    Edmonds, WA 98026
    Phone (425) 778-6162
    Fax (425) 771-9588
    E-mail:info@aaom.com
    Web: www.aaom.com

    American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
    1650 Diagonal Road
    Alexandria, VA 22314-2857
    (703) 836-4444
    Web: www.entnet.org

    American Academy of Pain Management
    975 Morning Star Drive, Suite A
    Sonora, CA 95370
    (209) 533-9744
    Email info@aapainmanage.org
    Web: www.aapainmanage.org

    American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
    211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 1600
    Chicago, IL 60611-2637
    (312) 337-2169
    Fax: (312) 337-6329
    Web: www.aapd.org

    American Academy of Periodontology
    737 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611
    (312) 787-5518
    Web: www.perio.org

    American Association of Endodontists
    211 E. Chicago Ave., Suite 1100
    Chicago, IL 60611-2691
    (800) 872-3636 or (312) 266-7255
    Fax: (866) 451-9020 or (312) 266-9867
    E-mail: info@aae.org
    Web: www.aae.org

    American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
    9700 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
    Rosemount, IL 60018-5701
    (847) 678-6200
    or (800) 822-6637
    Web: myoms.org

    American Association of Orthodontists
    401 North Lindbergh Boulevard
    St. Louis, MO 63141
    (800) 424-2841 or (314) 993-1700
    E-mail: info@aaortho.org
    Web: www.aaomembers.org

    American Cancer Society
    250 Williams St. NW
    Atlanta, GA 30303
    (800) 227-2345
    Web: www.cancer.org

    American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
    1504 East Franklin Street, Suite 102
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    (919) 933-9044
    Web: www.acpa-cpf.org

    Cleft Palate Foundation
    1504 East Franklin Street, Suite 102
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    (919) 933-9044 or (800) 242-5338
    Web: www.cleftline.org

    American College of Prosthodontists (ACP)
    211 East Chicago Ave., Suite 1000
    Chicago, IL 60611
    (312) 573-1260
    Web: www.prosthodontics.org

    American Dental Association
    211 E. Chicago Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60611
    (312) 440-2500
    Web: www.ada.org

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr., DMD on January 28, 2015

    How Do I Measure Up? Get the Facts Fast!

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    Only 18.5% of Americans never floss. You are missing out on a simple way to make a big difference in the health of your mouth. Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Floss removes food trapped between the teeth and removes the film of bacteria that forms there before it turns to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Try flossing just one tooth to get started.

    You are one of 31% of Americans who don't floss daily. You are missing out on a simple way to make a big difference in the health of your mouth. Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces. Flossing removes up to 80% of the film that hardens to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Aim for 3 more days!

    You are one of 31% of Americans who don't floss daily, but you're well on your way to making a positive impact on your teeth and gums. Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces. Flossing removes up to 80% of the film that hardens to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Aim for all 7 days!

    Only 50.5% of Americans floss daily, and good for you that you are one of them! Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces. Flossing removes up to 80% of the film that hardens to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Congratulations on your good oral health habit!

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