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    1. Natural and Home Remedies for Bad Breath

      Been told you've got bad breath? No worries -- sometimes you can fix it easily on your own, and you don't need to feel embarrassed, either. “It is very difficult to sense your own breath,” says Matthew Messina, DDS. That's why “[people] need close friends and relatives to be honest with them.” Once

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    2. Choose the Best Teeth Whitener

      Are your pearly whites not quite as white as you’d like? There’s a lot you can do to turn your stained or yellowish choppers into brighter, dazzling ones. “You can see why whitening is so popular. It works for most people,” says Edmond R. Hewlett, DDS, an associate dean at the UCLA School of Dentist

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    3. Straight Talk About Braces for Adults

      Does the word braces call to mind a teenager with a mouth full of metal? If so, it's time to rethink that picture. These days, people of all ages want to straighten their teeth. In fact, a huge number of adults are hopping on the braces bandwagon to get the grin they've always wanted. "When I starte

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    4. Bad Breath: Causes and Cures

      You only have one chance to make a good first impression. You want people to remember your confidence and smarts -- not your breath. Bad breath (halitosis) has many causes. But lucky for you it has even more solutions. CAUSE: Bacteria that breed inside your mouth. These little bugs lurk between your

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    5. Foods and Habits That Stain Your Teeth

      If your smile isn't as bright as you'd like, think about what you put in your mouth. You can stain your teeth if you smoke or if you eat or drink certain things, and it's more likely to happen as you age. But once you know what to eat -- and what to avoid -- you can keep your pearly whites bright an

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    6. 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Teeth

      Learning how to take care of your teeth is as much a part of growing up as learning to tie your shoes, recite the alphabet, or memorize the multiplication tables. You brush. You floss. You don't use your choppers to pop off a bottle cap or to crush ice. It really should be as easy as A-B-C. However,

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    7. What Wears Down Your Teeth

      Your teeth are made from tough stuff. Their outer layer, the enamel, is the strongest substance in your body. But habits, health conditions, and injuries can lead to wear and tear. Learn what you can do to protect your smile from problems like these. Your teeth are meant to bite down and chew, but t

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    8. Gum Disease: Symptoms and Treatment

      Gums protect and support your teeth and the tissue that holds them to the bone. When they aren’t healthy, you risk loss of those pearly whites -- and damage to your overall health. It "usually starts in areas that you’re not brushing or keeping clean,” says Mark Ryder, DMD, chair of periodontology a

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    9. The 5-Step Tooth-Plaque Prevention Plan

      Have you ever run your tongue along the front of your teeth and felt a slimy coating? That “fuzzy-toothed” feeling is the buildup of bacteria. It’s called plaque, and if you let it stick around for too long, it can damage your teeth and gums. What can you do to stop plaque in its tracks? Once a day

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    10. 7 Excuses for Not Flossing and How to Conquer Them

      Flossing your teeth is more important to your well-being than even brushing. So why do so many of us find reasons not to do it? We’ve got excuses, but dentists have simple answers for them all. The main purpose of flossing isn’t to remove food from the teeth. It’s to get rid of plaque. Busting out t

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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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