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    1. 15 Myths and Facts About Cavities

      You've probably been told since you were a kid to do everything you can to avoid cavities. But if you're like most of us, you may still be a bit hazy on the facts about tooth decay. Learn how to separate truth from fiction and you'll be on your way to a trouble-free smile. "The truth is, acid produc

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    2. 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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    3. Preserve Your Pearly Whites Through the Years

      Aging is inevitable. But losing your teeth isn't. Teeth and gums change as you age, but you can do things to keep your pearly whites healthy into your golden years. "If you're looking after your teeth, getting checked for cancer, and staying free of disease, you should have your own teeth for the re

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    4. Surprising Foods & Drinks That Can Harm Your Teeth

      Candy. Red wine. Coffee. Everyone knows those are no-nos when it comes to keeping your teeth healthy and white. But they’re not the only culprits that can wreak havoc in your mouth. Here are five surprising foods and drinks that can cause everything from stains to excess plaque to damaged teeth and

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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. Electric Toothbrushes: Are They Worth It?

      The biggest decision you used to make when buying a toothbrush was soft, medium, or hard bristles. Now there are dozens of types, from simple toothbrushes to pricier electric versions. Are power brushes worth the extra cash? Here’s the buzz. Regular toothbrushes get the job done when you use them th

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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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