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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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