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    1. Mouth and Dental Injuries - 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 ...

    2. Canker Sores - Medications

      Tonsillitis is usually caused by a virus and does not require prescription medication.

    3. Basic Dental Care - What Happens

      The course of temporomandibular disorders (TM disorders) caused by muscle tension varies depending on the cause of the muscle tension.

    4. 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 ...

    5. Mouth and Dental Injuries - Topic Overview

      The term "malocclusion" (poor bite) refers to a number of possible conditions. The most common are: Upper protrusion. In an upper protrusion,the upper front teeth are pushed outward (buck teeth). A small lower jaw may be the cause. Pacifier use or thumb-sucking can also create this condition by pushing the teeth outward,sometimes causing the roof of the mouth to change shape (upper palate). ...

    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. Strep Throat - Topic Overview

      Is it strep? Learn about diagnosing strep throat symptoms in children and adults, and how antibiotics are used for treatment.

    8. Oral Care Guide - Topic Overview

      Your child's primary teeth usually begin to break through the gums (erupt) at about 6 months of age. For more information,see the topic Teething. Teething may be painful. Letting your child chew on a clean,chilled teething ring can help relieve his or her pain. Teeth break through the gums in a certain order,generally from the front to the back of the mouth. Lower teeth often appear 1 to ...

    9. Mouth and Dental Injuries - 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' ...

    10. Canker Sores - Health Tools

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. ...

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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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