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    1. Mouth and Dental Injuries - Topic Overview

      The term "malocclusion" (poor bite) refers to a number of possible conditions. The most common are: Upper protrusion. In an upper protrusion,the upper front teeth are pushed outward (buck teeth). A small lower jaw may be the cause. Pacifier use or thumb-sucking can also create this condition by pushing the teeth outward,sometimes causing the roof of the mouth to change shape (upper palate). ...

    2. Mouth and Dental Injuries - Topic Overview

      Read basic facts about temporomandibular disorders (TM disorders).

    3. Canker Sores - Medications

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

    4. Bad or Changed Breath - Surgery

      Facts about tonsillectomy and the surgical treatment of tonsillitis.

    5. Canker Sores - Cause

      Learn what causes tonsillitis.

    6. Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) - Cause

      Get information on the causes of temporomandibular disorders (TM disorders).

    7. Oral Care Guide - Topic Overview

      Your child's primary teeth usually begin to break through the gums (erupt) at about 6 months of age. For more information,see the topic Teething. Teething may be painful. Letting your child chew on a clean,chilled teething ring can help relieve his or her pain. Teeth break through the gums in a certain order,generally from the front to the back of the mouth. Lower teeth often appear 1 to ...

    8. Strep Throat - Topic Overview

      Is it strep? Learn about diagnosing strep throat symptoms in children and adults, and how antibiotics are used for treatment.

    9. Dental X-Rays

      Dental X-rays are pictures of the teeth, bones, and surrounding soft tissues to screen for and help identify problems with the teeth, mouth, and jaw.

    10. Mouth and Dental Injuries - Topic Overview

      Many people worry about going to the dentist. You may be very nervous and may actually feel sick to your stomach. Some people become so nervous that they just don't go to the dentist. However,this can lead to serious problems,including infected gums and teeth,difficulty chewing,and lack of self-confidence because of bad teeth or bad breath. To help get over being nervous about the ...

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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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