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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 - Prevention

      Since a wide variety of viruses and bacteria can cause tonsillitis, the best prevention is to follow basic health and hygiene precautions.

    3. Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) - Exams and Tests

      Learn about exams and tests used to diagnose temporomandibular disorders (TM disorders).

    4. Canker Sores - 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? ...

    5. Canker Sores - 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 ...

    6. Mouth and Dental Injuries - Topic Overview

      Is this topic for you?This topic provides information on basic dental care. If you are looking for information on tooth decay or cavities, see the topic Tooth Decay. If you are looking for information on gum disease (periodontal disease), see the topic Gum Disease.What is basic dental care?Basic dental care involves brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, seeing your dentist and/or dental ...

    7. Canker Sores - Topic Overview

      Everyone gets a bad taste in the mouth from time to time. Try the following simple home treatment measures to improve the taste in your mouth: Gargle with water. Brush your teeth,tongue,roof of your mouth,and gums using toothpaste. Rinse your mouth with mouthwash. Drink liquids,chew sugar-free gum or mints,or suck on sour candies. Use plastic utensils if you have a bitter or metallic ...

    8. Basic Dental Care - Topic Overview

      What is a canker sore? A canker sore is a shallow sore shaped like a crater (ulcer) on your tongue or on the inside of your lip or cheek. Canker sores have a red border and a white or yellow center. They may be painful and can make it hard to talk and eat. You may have one or more than one canker sore at a time. Unlike cold sores, you cannot spread canker sores to other people. See an ...

    9. Canker Sores - Topic Overview

      What are voice problems?Voice problems usually include pain or discomfort when you speak or difficulty controlling the pitch, loudness, or quality of your voice.As you exhale, air gently passes through your throat, across your open vocal cords, and out your mouth and nose. When you speak, your vocal cords close partially as air travels through them, causing vibrations and the unique sound of your

    10. Dental Care: Brushing and Flossing Your Teeth

      Your teeth can last a lifetime if you practice basic dental care, which involves brushing and flossing regularly, eating a mouth - healthy diet, and visiting your dentist and/or dental hygienist for regular checkups and cleanings. Developing good dental health habits is the best way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. What are good brushing and flossing? Why are brushing and flossing important

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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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