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  1. Choosing a Toothbrush: The Pros and Cons of Electric and Disposable

    WebMD explains the pros and cons of manual and electric toothbrushes. Discover what works best for you and your kids.

  2. Diet and Oral Health

    Your diet can affect your oral health. WebMD tells you what you need to eat - and avoid eating - to ensure a healthy mouth.

  3. Improve Your Smile: Cosmetic Dentistry 101

    Get the facts from WebMD about the benefits and risks involved in common cosmetic dentistry procedures, including teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, implants, and more.

  4. Oral Health: Warning Signs You Should Never Ignore

    Learn more from WebMD about mouth conditions -- loose teeth, bad breath, mouth sores -- that could indicate a serious underlying health problem.

  5. Halitosis: Bad Breath Causes and Treatments

    Find out what you can do to improve bad breath and when you may need to see your dentist or doctor about it.

  6. Jaw Problems: Exercise and Relaxation - Topic Overview

    To help prevent or treat a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), you can try gentle jaw exercises. You can also try techniques that help you relax your jaw muscles.ExerciseTry a gentle exercise to restore normal range of motion, improve flexibility, and strengthen the jaw muscles. Your doctor, dentist, or physical therapist can recommend additional exercises.Do not do this exercise when your pain is severe or if it makes your pain worse.While watching yourself in a mirror, gently open and close your mouth, dropping your jaw straight up and down.Repeat for a few minutes each morning and night.Look for small improvements in the jaw's range of motion as you practice this exercise from day to day.RelaxationPaying attention to how you use your jaw can both prevent and help relieve symptoms. Good habits that help relax and rest your jaw include: Keep your teeth apart and your lips closed.Keep your tongue on the roof of your mouth, not between your teeth.Avoid things that make your jaw

  7. Arthroscopy for Temporomandibular Disorders

    For arthroscopic jaw surgery, the surgeon inserts a pencil-thin, lighted tube (arthroscope) into the jaw joint through a small incision in the skin. The arthroscope is connected to a small camera outside the body that transmits a close-up image.

  8. Jaw Problems: Changing Your Diet - Topic Overview

    Changes in your diet can reduce the mechanical stress on your temporomandibular (TM) joint and may help relieve your jaw pain. Avoid hard or chewy foods (such as popcorn,jerky,tough meats,chewy breads,gum,and raw apples and carrots) that cause your jaws to work overtime. Choose softer foods that are easy to chew,such as eggs,casseroles,yogurt,and soup. Cut your food into small,...

  9. Temporomandibular Disorders: Hypnosis - Topic Overview

    As a treatment for temporomandibular (TM) disorder,hypnosis may help you relax your facial and jaw muscles and break unconscious tooth-grinding and jaw-clenching habits. Under the guidance of a trained psychotherapist,you are guided into a calm,focused,relaxed state of body and mind (trance state). Once this state is achieved,you may be more susceptible to the power of motivational ...

  10. Arthrocentesis for Temporomandibular Disorders - Topic Overview

    Arthrocentesis is done by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon,who uses needles to withdraw fluid from and/or inject fluid or medicine into a joint space. Arthrocentesis of the temporomandibular (TM) joint is used: To treat painful and limited jaw movement (hypomobility) or disc displacement that has caused chronic,severe pain. As a diagnostic tool,when there is a need to analyze joint fluid ...

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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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