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  1. Do-It-Yourself Dentistry

    On their wedding day, most brides hope for sunny weather and that the photographer and band show up as planned. Not me. My wedding day wish was that my mother would not experience a dental emergency. Seem like a strange wish for the bride? It shouldn't. Growing up, there was rarely a special occasio

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  2. Brushing Up on Dental Products

    Six-hundred years ago, the Emperor of China embedded hog bristles in a bone handle and used his invention to clean his teeth. One drawback? Hog bristles were expensive and the whole family had to use the same toothbrush. Boy, have times changed. Now the average supermarket shelf has endless choices

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  3. Helpful Hints for Healthy Teeth

    Remember how your mother used to tell you almost everything you did was "bad for your teeth?" You may have forgotten some of her warnings. And some things she said might not be as bad as you think. Read on. "The function of teeth is to chew food -- and to some extent, help you talk and form words,"

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  4. Brush Up Naturally

    By Ellen Strum Find out how herbal and natural ingredients can refresh your mouth-care routine   Walk down the mouth-care aisle, and you'll find several products that tout being natural or herbal. In fact, Americans spent $386,000,000 on natural oral hygiene products in 2002, up nearly 15 percent fr

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  5. Addictive Pursuit of Pearly Whites?

    For seekers of physical perfection who live by the slogan, "You can never be too thin," there's a new one to chew on: "Your teeth can never be too white." Some are taking the attainment of white teeth to the extreme by exclusively -- and excessively -- using over-the-counter teeth-whitening products

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  6. Make Over Your Mouth.

    If you're in the market for a makeover, there are many beauty specialists who can help you. You might turn to a hair stylist, cosmetic surgeon, or dermatologist. You probably wouldn't think of going to the dentist, yet dentists can do things for your appearance that no one else can. It goes far beyo

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  7. Straight Talk About Braces for Adults

    Thinking about getting braces? Experts say it's never too late. These days, adults make up nearly half of orthodontic patients hoping to finally get the perfect smile they've always dreamed about. Braces have evolved considerably in the last 15 years. Breathe easy, the days of being a true "metal mo

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  8. Open Wide and Relax -- Really!

    "This was the best root canal ever." The words rolled off Susan Barnes' tongue with the same ease that a cringe usually would have at the mention of the dental procedure. Yet the 35-year-old isn't a lover of pain, nor is she a stranger to it. With two prior root canals and a crown under her belt, sh

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  9. Trick or Treat ... or Cavities?

    Like many of our wintertime holidays, Halloween -- with its candy and parties and excess -- could be seen as a glutton's paradise. But that's part of its attraction. It's a child's holiday -- dress up in funny outfits and eat too much candy. It's also a holiday that puts parents in a bind. Let them

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  10. Ordinary vs. Powered Toothbrushes

    Nine-year-old Nicholas Racobaldo doesn't remember what it's like to clean his teeth with an ordinary toothbrush. For two years, he's been using an electrically charged gadget with high-speed, rotating bristles. "I like it because it tickles," he says, and imagines that now a regular toothbrush would

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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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