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  1. Do You Dread the Dentist?

    Nearly 1 in 25 of us is dental-phobic. But have you heard about the latest ways to calm those fears? One of these methods could give you just the dose of courage you need. "A good, trusted dentist who puts you at ease will never go out of fashion," says Alexandre DaSilva, DDS, an assistant professor

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  2. How to Pick the Right Fillings for Your Teeth

    If you have to get a filling, you and your dentist have lots of materials to choose from. Before your appointment, get up to speed on your options. Composite fillings are the most widely used dental filling material. They're made of glass or quartz in resin. Your dentist may choose a composite filli

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  3. How to Keep Your Tooth Enamel Strong

    The surface of your teeth is called enamel. It helps protect them from decay. Some wear and tear is normal, but there's plenty you can do to keep that barrier strong. Take these simple steps for a healthy mouth and a winning smile. Bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar from foods and drinks. Then the

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  4. The Ugly Truth About Your Toothbrush

    As you reach for your toothbrush each morning, you may not realize what’s hanging out on its bristles. “Toothbrushes can become contaminated with oral microbial organisms whenever they are placed in the mouth,” says Sharon Cooper, PhD.  Viruses and bacteria from an infected person’s mouth can live f

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  5. 5 Tips for a Nice Smile

    With selfies and instant photo sharing, a camera-ready smile is great to have. You don't need to be a celebrity to know how to flash a glowing grin, though. Follow these steps to get pictures you'll be happy to send to your friends. No. 1: Be natural. When it's picture time, smile gently. That way,

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  6. Whiten Teeth at Home or in the Dentist's Office?

    You can get the shine back on your smile with a variety of teeth-whitening methods. There are pros and cons to brightening up at the dentist's office or with an at-home kit. Whitening rinses. They're easy to use. All you do is swirl it around in your mouth for a minute. The whitening agent in the pr

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  7. What You Can Do About Bad Breath

    It's easy to improve your breath and keep your teeth and gums healthy at the same time. Try these simple steps to make your mouth feel fresh and clean. Plaque, the sticky buildup on your teeth, collects bacteria that cause bad breath.  Trapped food also adds to the problem. Brush your teeth at least

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  8. The Truth About Enamel Shaping

    If you've got a small chip on your tooth or a rough spot that irritates your tongue, enamel shaping may be a great choice for you. It's a quick and inexpensive method that's done in your dentist's office. Enamel is the outer covering of the tooth. It's a tough shell that protects the softer part ins

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  9. Keep Your Gums and Teeth Healthy the 'Natural' Way

    If you're looking for natural ingredients to keep your gums and teeth healthy, you've got more than one product to try. Whichever you choose, don't forget that it's not a replacement for brushing, flossing, or rinsing with a mouthwash. You've still got to stick with those good habits to protect your

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  10. Dos and Don'ts of Mouth Rinsing

    You've got lots of choices if you're looking for a way to freshen your breath. But if you want to do something healthy for your teeth and gums too, make mouth rinsing part of your daily routine. "Today mouthwashes are not just perfumes for the breath," says Mark Wolff, DDS, PhD, chair of cariology a

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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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