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    1. Canker Sores - Medications

      Antibiotics are the treatment of choice for a confirmed strep throat infection. Antibiotics will reduce the time you are contagious. You are usually not contagious 24 to 48 hours after starting antibiotics. Antibiotic treatment for strep throat can also h

    2. 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 ...

    3. Mouth Problems, Noninjury - Topic Overview

      Dry mouth (xerostomia) may make it hard for you to eat, talk, swallow, wear dentures, or taste food. In most cases, home treatment will relieve symptoms of a dry mouth. An ongoing dry mouth can lead to mouth infections, gum disease, and dental cavities.Some causes of dry mouth include dehydration, breathing through your mouth, stress or anxiety, smoking, and problems with how the salivary glands work, so you make less saliva. Low saliva production is common as you age. It also is common with many health conditions, such as Sjögren's syndrome, or with treatments, such as cancer treatments.A dry mouth can also be caused by a medicine, such as a diuretic, an antihistamine, or a decongestant. If you suspect that a medicine is the cause of your dry mouth, call the doctor who prescribed the medicine to determine whether you should stop taking it or take a different one. An appointment may not be necessary. If you are taking a nonprescription medicine, stop taking it. Call your doctor if

    4. Canker Sores - Medications

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

    5. Canker Sores - What to Expect After Surgery

      Your doctor will prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection and a decongestant to keep the sinuses clear. You probably will take these medications for a week to 10 days.You will be given a list of precautions to follow to avoid changes in pressure between the mouth and nasal passages. You should open your mouth when sneezing, and avoid smoking, blowing your nose, or sucking on items such as a ...

    6. Mouth Problems, Noninjury - 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. Strep Throat - Topic Overview

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

    8. 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 ...

    9. Canker Sores - Topic Overview

      What are wisdom teeth?Wisdom teeth are the upper and lower third molars, located at the very back of the mouth. They are called wisdom teeth because usually they come in between ages 17 and 21—when a person is old enough to have gained some wisdom.What causes problems with wisdom teeth?Wisdom teeth that are healthy and in the right position usually don't cause problems. You may have a problem if any of the following occur:Your wisdom teeth break through your gums only partway because of a lack of space. This can cause a flap of gum tissue to grow over them. The flap can trap food and lead to a gum infection.They come in crooked or facing the wrong direction.Your jaw isn't large enough to give them room. Your wisdom teeth may get stuck (impacted) in your jaw and not be able to break through your gums. They are so far back in your mouth or crowded that you have trouble cleaning around them.What are the symptoms?If your wisdom teeth are causing problems, you may have symptoms such

    10. Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) - Symptoms

      Symptoms of temporomandibular (TM) disorders are usually mild and temporary and typically do not get worse with time.

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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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