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  1. Temporomandibular Disorders: Hypnosis - Topic Overview

    As a treatment for temporomandibular (TM) disorder,hypnosis may help you relax your facial and jaw muscles and break unconscious tooth-grinding and jaw-clenching habits. Under the guidance of a trained psychotherapist,you are guided into a calm,focused,relaxed state of body and mind (trance state). Once this state is achieved,you may be more susceptible to the power of motivational ...

  2. Root Planing and Scaling for Gum Disease

    Root planing and scaling is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease before it becomes severe. Root planing and scaling cleans between the gums and the teeth down to the roots. Your dentist may need to use a local anesthetic to numb your gums and the roots of your teeth. Some dentists will use an ultrasound tool for the planing and scaling. It is less uncomfortable than a standard ...

  3. Tonsillitis - Treatment Overview

    Read about the medical treatment of tonsillitis.

  4. Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) - Health Tools

    An interactive tool about surgery for temporomandibular disorder.

  5. Temporomandibular Disorders: Medical History and Physical Exam - Topic Overview

    If a temporomandibular (TM) disorder is suspected,your dentist or primary care doctor will ask you to describe: Your jaw pain,including how long you have had it,whether you wake up with sore,stiff jaw muscles,and where you feel pain. Any recent change in the way your teeth fit together. Daily habits that may promote jaw pain-for example,whether your pain gets worse when you clench your ...

  6. Strep Throat: Home Treatment - Topic Overview

    If you have strep throat,extra fluids for the body and increased moisture in the air (humidity) will keep the throat moist and help keep mucus thin. To increase moisture in the body: Drink at least one glass of fluid [ ] every hour (less for children,according to their size) when awake. Good choices include water with or without lemon juice; warm tea with honey; broth; and fruit juices ...

  7. Repair of Oromaxillary Fistula - Why It Is Done

    This surgery is done to close a fistula between a maxillary sinus and the mouth. A fistula can cause chronic inflammation or infection of the sinus (sinusitis). ...

  8. Malocclusion and Orthodontics - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about malocclusion:What is malocclusion?What is orthodontics?What are the types of malocclusion?How do thumb-sucking and pacifiers affect the teeth?Can mouth breathing affect the teeth?Getting orthodontic treatment:What is the best age to treat malocclusion?What is the early treatment for children who have jaw problems?How can removing the baby teeth help with malocclusion?What kind of surgery may be done for adults with jaw-related malocclusion?

  9. Strep Throat - Surgery

    If strep throat continues to recur, you and your health professional may decide you need surgery to remove the tonsils (tonsillectomy).

  10. Abscessed Tooth - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about an abscessed tooth: What is an abscessed tooth? How can I take better care of my teeth and gums? Getting treatment: What medicines are used to treat an abscessed tooth? What is a root canal? What happens during removal of a tooth? ...

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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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