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  1. 6 Tips for a Nice Smile

    With selfies and instant photo sharing, a camera-ready smile is great to have. Thankfully, you don’t need to be a celebrity or genetically blessed to flash a glowing grin. Smile Tip No. 1: Wear a "Parade" Smile Nice smiles are gentle and natural. Smile as if you're in a parade, suggests Lily T. Garc

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  2. The Truth About Enamel Shaping

    Is the surface of one of your teeth a little uneven? Do you have a small chip? Does a rough spot on the inside of a tooth irritate your tongue? If so, a quick, inexpensive procedure called enamel shaping may be a great solution. Enamel is the outer covering of the tooth. It's a tough shell that prot

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  3. Teeth Whitening at Home or in the Office?

    Who doesn't want a sparkling smile? Coffee, tea, wine, and other foods discolor teeth over time. If your smile has lost its luster, several teeth-whitening techniques are available. At-Home Products Whitening rinses. Used like a mouthwash, these products contain whitening agents. They're easy to use

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  4. What You Can Do About Bad Breath

    Who hasn't had a moment of less-than-lovely breath? Bad breath, or halitosis, can get in the way of your social life and make you self-conscious and embarrassed. Fortunately, there are simple and effective ways to get a fresh mouth. One of the prime causes of bad breath is plaque, the sticky buildup

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  5. The Right Way to Floss

    It's a simple piece of string, sometimes flavored, often waxed. Wrap 18 inches or so around your finger, and you have a powerful tool that can help prevent cavities and give your overall health a big boost. Dental floss dislodges food particles trapped between the teeth and under the gums where toot

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  6. How to Get a Celebrity Smile

    Watch any red-carpet awards show, and there's a good chance some of the brilliantly white smiles beaming at the camera were custom-crafted by Los Angeles dentist Grace Sun, DDS. For 30 years, the renowned cosmetic dentist has created camera-ready grins for celebs such as Ellen Page, Jean-Claude Van

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  7. What Your Dentist Wants You to Do

    You probably don't often think of dentistry and sports in the same breath, but Oakland, Calif.-based dentist Eric Yabu, DDS, certainly does. Yabu does double duty as team dentist for the sports medicine program at the University of California, Berkeley, where he's tasked with making custom mouth gua

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  8. When Heat and Cold Hurt Your Teeth

    Perhaps you've taken a swig of a cold drink and winced in pain. Or inhaled on a chilly day and felt a jolt when the air hit your teeth. Maybe you found yourself unable to enjoy a cup of hot tea without a sharp ache punctuating each sip. If any of these situations sounds familiar, you probably have s

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  9. Everyday Habits That Damage Your Teeth

    You plan meals, grab drinks, and play sports without giving much thought to your teeth. But you might not realize how food, beverages, and activities can wreck the health of your pearly whites. Twenty-five percent of U.S. adults over age 65 have lost all their teeth - here's how you can protect your

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  10. Preventing and Treating Gum Problems

    Healthy teeth depend on healthy gums. Gums protect the base of the teeth, where connective tissue anchors them to bone. Left untreated, gum problems can lead to tooth loss. Fortunately, there’s plenty you can do to keep gums healthy. Gum disease takes two forms: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivi

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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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