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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. Braces for Adults: How to Make the Decision

      Braces aren't just for kids anymore. You might want to consider them when you're past the teenage years for a number of reasons. You'll have lots of choices to get the best smile you can. Correct shifting teeth. Just because you had braces as a kid doesn't mean you're off the hook. "Teeth tend to mo

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    7. 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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    8. Can 'Dental Tourism' Help You Save Money?

      Scheduling a root canal or wisdom tooth extraction on vacation might seem odd, but more and more Americans are making appointments with dentists abroad. The trend's been dubbed "dental tourism." More than 500,000 Americans traveled out of the country for dental care in 2013, according to the medical

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    9. 4 Tips to Protect Your Holiday Smile

      You can enjoy seasonal sweets and still have a cavity-free smile to flash in festive photos. These tips will keep your teeth healthy during the holidays. Avoid over doing it with candy. It's the most wonderful time of year for candy canes, popcorn balls, and cookies -- and this nonstop buffet of swe

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    10. 15 Myths and Facts About Cavities

      Myth, but it’s almost a fact. “The truth is, acid produced by bacteria in your mouth is the cause of cavities,” says Kimberly A. Harms, DDS, an American Dental Association spokeswoman. Any carb you eat can start that process. That includes sugar as well as rice, potatoes, bread, fruits, and vegetabl

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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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