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    1. Canker Sores - Topic Overview

      Home treatment may be all that is needed for a black or coated tongue. Brush your tongue daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste or a solution of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 2 parts water. Scrape the tongue with an upside-down teaspoon to remove the furlike coating on the tongue. Do not use tobacco products. Bismuth products,such as Pepto-Bismol,can turn your tongue black. The ...

    2. Bad or Changed Breath - What Happens

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

    3. Physical Therapy for Temporomandibular Disorders

      A physical therapist can develop a program for you that includes learning and practicing techniques for regaining normal jaw movement. The focus of physical therapy for temporomandibular (TM) disorders is relaxation, stretching, and releasing tight muscles and scar tissue. Physical therapy is an especially important part of recovery from TM joint surgery, as it helps minimize scar tissue ...

    4. Canker Sores - What to Expect After Surgery

      Your doctor will prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection and a decongestant to keep the sinuses clear. You probably will take these medications for a week to 10 days.You will be given a list of precautions to follow to avoid changes in pressure between the mouth and nasal passages. You should open your mouth when sneezing, and avoid smoking, blowing your nose, or sucking on items such as a ...

    5. Gingivectomy for Gum Disease

      You may need surgery for severe gum disease (periodontitis) if it cannot be cured with antibiotics or root planing and scaling. A gingivectomy removes and reshapes loose, diseased gum tissue to get rid of pockets between the teeth and gums.

    6. Canker Sores - Exams and Tests

      Diagnosis of tonsillitis is based on a medical history and a physical examination of the throat. \

    7. Canker Sores - Topic Overview

      In some cases of malocclusion (poor bite),bone movement is needed to put the jaw in the right position. This process is called "bone remodeling." As braces slowly move the teeth,the surrounding bone starts growing cells that become new bone. The braces make sure that the new bone forms in the right place for better jaw movement. ...

    8. Canker Sores - Topic Overview

      The articular disc provides a cushion between the ball and socket of the temporomandibular (TM) joint. It is very common for the TM joint to painlessly click or pop while opening or closing. These sounds are related to the ball (condyle) of the joint passing over the disc as the jaw opens or closes. Such painless noises are not a cause for concern. As a result of joint stress or injury to the ...

    9. Canker Sores - Treatment Overview

      Antibiotics such as penicillin, cephalexin, or amoxicillin are used to treat strep throat. Antibiotics are effective only against bacterial infections such as strep throat and will not speed the healing of sore throats caused by viral infections such as c

    10. 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.

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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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