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  1. Natural Options for Oral Care

    Interested in natural ingredients to stave off cavities and keep your gums healthy? Here’s what you need to know. Natural ingredients aren’t a replacement for brushing, flossing, and mouthwash. Whether you choose naturals or not, those three pillars of oral health care help protect against teeth and

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Tooth Enamel: What Helps, What Hurts

    The outer surface of teeth, called enamel, should last a lifetime. "Enamel is the hardest substance in the body," says dentist Leslie Seldin, DDS, a spokeswoman for the American Dental Association. Some wear and tear of tooth enamel is normal. But Seldin says there's plenty you can do to keep your e

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Braces? At My Age?

    Braces aren't just for kids anymore. Although there are many reasons for adults to consider braces, most people simply want to look and feel their best. Here are a few leading causes for a trip to the orthodontist: A straighter smile. Who doesn't want to perfect their pearly whites for a winning smi

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  9. Where White Fillings Look Better Than Silver

    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. Advantages: Your dentist can closely matc

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  10. 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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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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