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  1. Bad or Changed Breath - Topic Overview

    When is bad breath most likely to occur?Everybody has bad breath from time to time, especially first thing in the morning. You also may have bad breath when you are hungry, when you are dieting, or after eating foods with a strong odor, such as garlic, onions, or pastrami.What causes bad breath?Many things can cause bad breath. A major cause is decreased saliva. Saliva has a cleaning action that .

  2. Tonsillitis - Symptoms

    Learn the symptoms of tonsillitis.

  3. Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) - What Increases Your Risk

    Learn the risk factors for temporomandibular disorders (TM disorders).

  4. Mouth Guards for Sports - Topic Overview

    Mouth guards are U-shaped pieces of plastic that fit between the upper and lower teeth,protectively molding around the upper teeth. Use of a mouth guard can prevent dental and jaw injury during sports. Dental injury may lead to misalignment of the teeth ( malocclusion ). Although some amateur sports,such as football,field hockey,ice hockey,lacrosse,and boxing,require the use of mouth ...

  5. Temporomandibular Disorders: Having Good Body Mechanics - Topic Overview

    Changing body mechanics can help you prevent or treat a temporomandibular (TM) disorder. Maintain good posture. Slumping your shoulders or assuming positions in which your upper body is thrust forward (many people do this to relieve back pain) disturbs the natural alignment between your facial bones and muscles. Don't sleep on the painful side of your face. Avoid sleeping on your stomach. ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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

  8. Temporomandibular Disorders: Biofeedback - Topic Overview

    You can use biofeedback to help reduce temporomandibular (TM) disorder -related muscle tension. Biofeedback uses equipment that monitors muscle tension or skin temperature. Electrodes,which detect electrical current produced by muscle contraction,are placed on jaw muscles. If you clench your teeth or have poor posture,the biofeedback machine produces a signal,such as an upward-pointing ...

  9. Tonsillitis - What Happens

    Find out how tonsillitis develops.

  10. 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' ...

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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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