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  1. Malocclusion and Orthodontics - When To Call a Doctor

    Call your dentist or orthodontist about malocclusion and other dental problems.

  2. Mouth Breathing and Malocclusion - Topic Overview

    A partially blocked airway is often the cause of mouth breathing,usually due to allergies or enlarged adenoids or tonsils. A doctor should evaluate any of these conditions. Frequent mouth breathing can cause dry,red,swollen gums. This can be especially noticeable around erupting baby and permanent teeth. In children younger than 8,about half do some breathing through their mouths,...

  3. Early Treatment for Malocclusion - Topic Overview

    Growth modification (early treatment) is part of the first phase of two-stage orthodontic treatment of children with malocclusion (poor bite). Growth modification is only possible when bones are still growing. It is most effective during children's growth spurts. Orthodontists use growth modification devices (appliances) to change the position,shape,length,or width of the jawbone(s). Some ...

  4. Sucking and Malocclusion - Topic Overview

    Thumb-sucking,finger-sucking,and pacifier use can cause malocclusion (poor bite) in young children. But when a child stops the sucking habit,the teeth naturally begin moving back to their normal positions. Infants are born with a natural sucking reflex,and it's common for this reflex to evolve into a comforting behavior. But thumb- and finger-sucking and pacifier use for more than 4 to 6 ...

  5. Malocclusion and Orthodontics - Cause

    Malocclusion (poor bite) is usually caused by problems in the shape or size of the jaw or teeth. If children have a small jaw, their teeth may grow into a space that is too small.

  6. Tonsillitis - What Happens

    Find out how tonsillitis develops.

  7. Tonsillitis - What Increases Your Risk

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

  8. Tonsillitis - Treatment Overview

    Read about the medical treatment of tonsillitis.

  9. Tonsillitis - Prevention

    Since a wide variety of viruses and bacteria can cause tonsillitis, the best prevention is to follow basic health and hygiene precautions.

  10. Tonsillitis - Surgery

    Facts about tonsillectomy and the surgical treatment of tonsillitis.

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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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