Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Oral Care

Medical Reference Related to Oral Health

  1. Tonsillitis - Symptoms

    Learn the symptoms of tonsillitis.

  2. Teeth Whitening Safety Tips

    Before you embark on a do-it-yourself teeth whitening regimen, here are some tips from WebMD for safely using a kit or system.

  3. Tooth Enamel Erosion

    WebMD explains the causes -- and effects -- of tooth enamel erosion.

  4. Gingivitis: Get Serious About Sore Gums

    If you have red, sore gums that occasionally bleed when you brush your teeth, you may have gingivitis -- the mildest form of gum disease.

  5. Canker Sores - Topic Overview

    What is a canker sore? A canker sore is a shallow sore shaped like a crater (ulcer) on your tongue or on the inside of your lip or cheek. Canker sores have a red border and a white or yellow center. They may be painful and can make it hard to talk and eat. You may have one or more than one canker sore at a time. Unlike cold sores, you cannot spread canker sores to other people. See an ...

  6. Teeth Whitening

    WebMD looks at the many available teeth whitening systems, along with products like toothpastes and gels, and compares home kits to professional office treatments.

  7. Stomatitis

    WebMD discusses stomatitis, a condition causing oral inflammation, and its symptoms, causes, and treatment.

  8. Receding Gums

    Why do gums recede? WebMD discusses causes of gum recession and treatment, including surgery.

  9. Dental Care for People With Heart Disease

    Learn about the special dental care needs that accompany heart disease.

  10. Gum Tissue Grafts

    WebMD explains how a gum graft is performed, what to expect, estimated recovery time, and more.

Displaying 161 - 170 of 343 Articles << Prev Page 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Next >>

How Do I Measure Up? Get the Facts Fast!

Number of Days Per Week I Floss

Get the latest Oral Health newsletter delivered to your inbox!


or
Answer:
Never
(0)
Good
(1-3)
Better
(4-6)
Best
(7)

You are currently

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!

SOURCES:

American Dental Association, Healthy People 2010

This tool is intended only for adults 18 and older.

Start Over

Step:  of 

Today on WebMD

big smile
Article
Man grinding teeth
Article
 
Close-up of toothbrush
Health Check
how your mouth impacts your health
Slideshow
 

are battery operated toothbrushes really better
Video
bpa dental sealants
Video
 
Healthy Mouth Slideshow
Video
Young woman holding lip at dentists office
Video
 

15 myths and facts about cavities
Video
how healthy is your mouth
Video
 
elmo brushing teeth
fitVideo
5 ways to prevent diabetes dental problems
Video