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    1. Mouth and Dental Injuries - Topic Overview

      A mouth guard is a device used to protect the mouth and teeth. It can be made by a dentist or purchased at a store that sells athletic supplies. Your mouth guard should cover your upper or lower teeth and gums and fit so that your jaws are properly aligned. It should also be light,strong,and easy to clean. A mouth guard is used to prevent mouth and dental injuries while participating in ...

    2. Canker Sores - Topic Overview

      Follow these steps to transport a piece of severed tongue: Wrap the piece of tongue in a clean cloth or sterile gauze,if available. Put the wrapped piece of tongue in a bag of ice to keep it cool. Do not put the tongue directly on the ice. Do not immerse the tongue in ice water. Go to the emergency room right away. Be sure to take the bag with you. ...

    3. Mouth and Dental Injuries - Topic Overview

      A chip or break in a tooth may occur suddenly with an injury or develop slowly over time because of wear and tear. A chip,crack,or break in the tooth enamel is less serious than one to a deeper layer of your tooth. A chip may result from grinding the teeth at night. A dentist can recommend a course of treatment for you. Breaks (fractures),defects,or cracks that go deep into the tooth and ...

    4. 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

    5. Canker Sores - Frequently Asked Questions

      Learning about wisdom tooth problems:What are wisdom teeth?Getting treatment:Should I have my wisdom teeth removed?How are wisdom teeth removed, and what should I expect after surgery?What is a dry socket?

    6. Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) - Other Treatment

      Many types of treatment can successfully relieve temporomandibular (TM) disorder symptoms. Different health professionals will suggest different treatments, any of which may work to relieve jaw and facial pain.

    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. Laryngoscopy

      Laryngoscopy is an examination a doctor uses to look at the back of the throat, including the voice box (larynx) and vocal cords.

    9. Canker Sores - What Increases Your Risk

      Close contact with an infected person is the main risk factor for tonsillitis.

    10. Basic Dental Care - Topic Overview

      All of a child's 20 primary (baby) teeth usually break through the gums (erupt) between the ages of 6 months and 3 years. Then the permanent teeth begin to emerge, usually starting at about age 6. Your child probably had his or her first trip to the dentist between 6 and 12 months of age, and now you probably have regular appointments set up. If for some reason your child has not yet seen a dentist, make an appointment for an exam.Your 3- to 6-year-old child will be busily developing language skills and exploring the ever-widening world. Hard as it is to get a preschooler to sit still, this is the age during which you can teach good dental health habits.Your child can learn how to brush his or her own teeth at about 3 years of age and should be brushing his or her own teeth, morning and night, by age 4. You should still supervise and check for proper cleaning.Give your child a small, soft toothbrush, and apply fluoridated toothpaste in an amount about the size of a small green pea.

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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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