Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Oral Care

Medical Reference Related to Oral Health

  1. Treatment for Malocclusion - Topic Overview

    Orthognathic surgery treats malocclusion ("poor bite") by restructuring the jaw through cutting the bone and repositioning the bone segments. Adults who have jaw-related malocclusion are sometimes offered a choice between simple orthodontic treatment and orthodontic treatment combined with orthognathic surgery. Adults who have severe jaw problems may need surgery to improve their looks and how ...

  2. Malocclusion and Orthodontics - Topic Overview

    Learn more about malocclusion (crooked teeth) and other dental problems.

  3. Malocclusion and Orthodontics - Other Treatment

    Learn about restorative dentistry -- crowns -- as an option for treating malocclusion.

  4. Mouth Breathing and Malocclusion - 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,...

  5. Mouth Guards for Sports - Topic Overview

    Mouth guards are U-shaped pieces of plastic that fit between the upper and lower teeth,protectively molding around the upper teeth. Use of a mouth guard can prevent dental and jaw injury during sports. Dental injury may lead to misalignment of the teeth ( malocclusion ). Although some amateur sports,such as football,field hockey,ice hockey,lacrosse,and boxing,require the use of mouth ...

  6. Malocclusion and Orthodontics - Symptoms

    Learn the symptoms of malocclusion.

  7. Tonsillectomy

    A tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils. The adenoids may or may not be removed at the same time. Adenoidectomy is not discussed in this topic.

  8. Tonsillitis - Medications

    Tonsillitis is usually caused by a virus and does not require prescription medication.

  9. Tonsillitis - Treatment Overview

    Read about the medical treatment of tonsillitis.

  10. Tonsillitis - Cause

    Learn what causes tonsillitis.

Displaying 111 - 120 of 365 Articles << Prev Page 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Next >>

How Do I Measure Up? Get the Facts Fast!

Number of Days Per Week I Floss

Get the latest Oral Health newsletter delivered to your inbox!


or
Answer:
Never
(0)
Good
(1-3)
Better
(4-6)
Best
(7)

You are currently

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!

SOURCES:

American Dental Association, Healthy People 2010

This tool is intended only for adults 18 and older.

Start Over

Step:  of 

Today on WebMD

big smile
Article
Man grinding teeth
Article
 
Is Diabetes Affecting Your Mouth
Tool
how your mouth impacts your health
Slideshow
 

are battery operated toothbrushes really better
Video
bpa dental sealants
Video
 
Healthy Mouth Slideshow
Video
Young woman holding lip at dentists office
Video
 

15 myths and facts about cavities
Video
how healthy is your mouth
Video
 
elmo brushing teeth
fitVideo
5 ways to prevent diabetes dental problems
Video
 

WebMD Special Sections