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  1. Basic Dental Care - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Effective tooth brushing and flossing ...

  2. Basic Dental Care - Common Concerns

    Following are some concerns that many people have about going to the dentist and dental care. What can I do about being scared?Dental anxiety is being nervous before or during a dental visit. This can make going to the dentist a difficult experience. You can take steps to limit your anxiety, such as explaining your fears to the dentist and setting up a system of hand signals.Do I need teeth ...

  3. Basic Dental Care - When To Call a Doctor

    Make an appointment with your dentist:For regular cleanings and exams. Most dentists recommend a visit every 6 months, but people who are at low risk for dental problems may need only yearly exams. If your gums bleed when you press on them or bleed often when you brush your teeth.If your teeth are loose or moving apart, or if there are changes in the way your teeth fit together.If your gums are ..

  4. Brushing and Flossing a Child's Teeth - Topic Overview

    Start caring for your child's teeth as soon as you see the first baby (primary) tooth. Some tips on dental care for a child include:Clean your baby's first teeth with a clean piece of gauze, a terry cloth washcloth, or a soft - bristled baby toothbrush at least once a day. You may use one of the commercial "baby toothpastes" available for infants who are at least 5 months old. Clean your child's .

  5. Dental Anxiety - 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 ...

  6. Basic Dental Care - Routine Checkups

    See your dentist once or twice a year. Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. Your dental hygienist will begin to clean your teeth by scraping hard mineral buildup (tartar) off of your teeth with a small metal tool. Then the hygienist will floss your teeth, use a polishing compound, and apply fluoride. Cleanings usually ...

  7. Your Child and the Dentist - Topic Overview

    A visit to the dentist can be a scary thing for children. The odors,the tools,the sounds,and the big person with the mask can all upset a child. When choosing a dentist for your child and preparing him or her for a visit,think about the following to make the visit as pleasant as possible. Choosing a dentist Pediatric dentists specialize in the care of infants',children's,and teenagers' ...

  8. Basic Dental Care - Infants and Children

    A child's dental care really starts with his or her mother's healthy pregnancy, because baby teeth begin to form before birth. If you are pregnant, make sure to eat a balanced, nutritious diet and get an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals. It's important for pregnant women to have a complete dental exam and have any cavities or gum disease treated. For more information, see the topic ...

  9. Gum Disease - Topic Overview

    What is gum disease?Gum disease is an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth. It is also called periodontal disease.There are two types of gum disease: Gingivitis (say jin-juh-VY-tus) is mild gum disease that affects only the gums, the soft tissue that surrounds the teeth.Periodontitis (say pair-ee-oh-don-TY-tus) is more severe. It spreads below the gums to damage the tissues and bone that support the teeth.What causes gum disease?Gum disease is caused by the growth of germs called bacteria on the teeth and gums. Bacteria are present in plaque, a clear, sticky substance your mouth produces. The bacteria in plaque feed on sugars in the foods you eat and drink and make poisons (toxins) and other chemicals. The toxins irritate your gums, causing them to swell and bleed easily when brushed.In time, plaque can harden into a buildup called calculus or tartar. This irritates the gums even more and causes them to pull away from your teeth. Things that make you

  10. Gum Disease - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Dental Care: Brushing and Flossing Your Teeth

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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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