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Oral Care

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  1. Fillings (Restorations)

    A filling is a material that your dentist uses to fill a cavity after he or she removes any tooth decay. To fill a tooth, your dentist will:Numb your teeth, gums, tongue, and surrounding skin. Your dentist will first put a jelly substance directly on the area to start the numbing process and then inject an anesthetic to complete it. Many dentists will give you nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas) to .

  2. Canker Sores - Topic Overview

    A partially blocked airway is often the cause of mouth breathing,usually due to allergies or enlarged adenoids or tonsils. A doctor should evaluate any of these conditions. Frequent mouth breathing can cause dry,red,swollen gums. This can be especially noticeable around erupting baby and permanent teeth. In children younger than 8,about half do some breathing through their mouths,...

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    Start caring for your child's teeth as soon as you see the first baby (primary) tooth. Some tips on dental care for a child include:Clean your baby's first teeth with a clean piece of gauze, a terry cloth washcloth, or a soft - bristled baby toothbrush at least once a day. You may use one of the commercial "baby toothpastes" available for infants who are at least 5 months old. Clean your child's .

  4. Canker Sores - Topic Overview

    Problems that can develop when you have your tongue,inner cheek,uvula,or lip pierced include: Pain. Bleeding. Infection at the site of the piercing. Infections,such as hepatitis B,hepatitis C,HIV,and syphilis. Speech problems. Chewing and swallowing problems. Tooth damage,including chipped,cracked,or broken teeth. Scar tissue. Swelling that may block your throat. If you have ...

  5. Canker Sores - When To Call a Doctor

    Find out when to call a doctor about possible symptoms of tonsillitis.

  6. Strep Throat - Prevention

    To avoid getting strep throat, it is a good idea to avoid contact with anyone who has a strep infection. Wash your hands often when you are around people with colds or viral or bacterial illnesses. Do not share toothbrushes or eating and drinking utensils

  7. Canker Sores - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about gum disease:What is gum disease?Getting treatment:Which antibiotics are used to treat gum disease?How is root planing and scaling done?How is gingivectomy done?How is a flap procedure done?How does a dentist remove a tooth?Living with gum disease:How should I care for my teeth when I have gum disease?

  8. Canker Sores - Treatment Overview

    Read about the medical treatment of tonsillitis.

  9. Canker Sores - Medications

    You can use medication to relieve the pain of a temporomandibular disorder (TM disorder).

  10. Canker Sores - Topic Overview

    Mouth sores may make eating and talking painful. The most common mouth sores are cold sores and canker sores. In severe cases of canker sores,a doctor may prescribe a medicine to ease inflammation and pain. Other possible causes of mouth sores include: Impetigo. Symptoms may include oozing,honey-colored,crusty sores that appear on the face,usually between the upper lip and nose. Impetigo ...

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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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