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  1. Teething Products - Topic Overview

    There are many ways to help your baby who is teething. You can help relieve discomfort by offering your baby safe objects to chew or suck on. Use caution with teething gels.Teething rings, teethers, and toys specifically for teethingA wide variety of teethers and toys are made of nontoxic materials and are specially designed for teething babies. Teething rings come in many different sizes and shapes. Some are made of firm rubber (with or without bumps). Others are filled with water and made to be chilled in the refrigerator. Don't freeze these types of rings or teethers, because they become too hard and may harm your baby's gums. Clean teething rings, teethers, and toys after each use. Check the package label to see if the object is dishwasher-safe. Don't boil water-filled teethers, because they may break open.Never tie an object such as a teething ring or pacifier around your baby's neck. The cord could tighten and choke the baby or, at the very least, irritate his or her skin.Cold

  2. Peritonsillar Abscess

    A peritonsillar abscess forms in the tissues of the throat next to one of the tonsils. Find out more.

  3. Dental Health: Sealants

    Sealants are a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth. Is this something you need? Learn more.

  4. Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)

    Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint (TMJ), and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw.

  5. Black Hairy Tongue

    WebMD explains what black hairy tongue is, its characteristics, causes, and treatments.

  6. Weighing Your Toothpaste Options

    WebMD helps you compare different toothpastes and choose the best one for you and your family.

  7. Tonsil Stones (Tonsilloliths)

    WebMD looks at tonsil stones, also called tonsilloliths, and describes their causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

  8. An Overview of Dry Socket

    Dry socket is a painful complication that can happen after having a tooth pulled. Find out more.

  9. An Overview of Tartar

    Plaque and tarter can threaten your oral health. Learn more about them, including tips for keeping them away from your teeth.

  10. Dangers of Plaque & Gingivitis to Your Health

    Find out how plaque and gingivitis can affect your overall health.

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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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