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Medical Reference Related to Oral Health

  1. Picture of the Tongue

    WebMD's Tongue Anatomy Page provides a detailed picture and definition of the tongue as well as an overview of its function and location in the body. Also learn about conditions, test, and procedures that may affect the tongue.

  2. What Can You Do About Sensitive Teeth?

    Learn what causes sensitive teeth and how you can treat them.

  3. Your Guide to Dental Care Products

    Choosing from dozens of dental products can be daunting. Find out which toothpastes, toothbrushes, and mouthwashes are best for your teeth.

  4. Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD, TMJ)

    Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint (or TMJ), and surrounding facial muscles.

  5. What is Tartar? 6 Tips to Control Buildup

    Plaque and tarter can threaten your oral health. Learn more about them, including tips for keeping them away from your teeth.

  6. Dental Health and Cavities

    Cavities happen as a result of tooth decay. Learn more about cavities and taking care of your teeth.

  7. Tips to Prevent Tooth and Mouth Injuries

    Learn how to protect yourself from tooth and mouth injuries.

  8. Dental Health and Fluoride Treatment

    The mineral fluoride is very important for healthy teeth. Are you getting enough for optimal dental health?

  9. Easing Your Child's Fear of the Dentist

    Parents and dentists each play an important role in preventing your child from developing fear of the dentist. Get tips on making the first visit go smoothly from the experts at WebMD.

  10. Receding Gums

    Why do gums recede? WebMD explains the causes of gum recession, how it is treated, and how to prevent the condition.

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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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American Dental Association, Healthy People 2010

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