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  1. Wisdom Tooth Problems - Topic Overview

    What are wisdom teeth?Wisdom teeth are the upper and lower third molars, located at the very back of the mouth. They are called wisdom teeth because usually they come in between ages 17 and 21—when a person is old enough to have gained some wisdom.What causes problems with wisdom teeth?Wisdom teeth that are healthy and in the right position usually don't cause problems. You may have a problem if any of the following occur:Your wisdom teeth break through your gums only partway because of a lack of space. This can cause a flap of gum tissue to grow over them. The flap can trap food and lead to a gum infection.They come in crooked or facing the wrong direction.Your jaw isn't large enough to give them room. Your wisdom teeth may get stuck (impacted) in your jaw and not be able to break through your gums. They are so far back in your mouth or crowded that you have trouble cleaning around them.What are the symptoms?If your wisdom teeth are causing problems, you may have symptoms such

  2. Health Risks Related to Smokeless Tobacco - Topic Overview

    Spit,or smokeless,tobacco products include chewing tobacco and snuff. Some people use spit tobacco because they believe it is less harmful than smoking. Although spit tobacco is less harmful,these products are just as addictive as cigarettes and do have severe health risks. Spit tobacco causes white,leathery patches ( leukoplakia ) to form on the inside of the cheek or on the gum. These ...

  3. Strep Throat - When To Call a Doctor

    Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if a severe sore throat (pain being an 8 or 9 on a scale of 1 to 10) occurs along with symptoms including: fever of 102F or more, drooling, difficulty breathing and head pushed forward to breathe.

  4. Strep Throat - What Happens

    Symptoms of strep throat usually begin within 2 to 5 days after coming in contact with someone who has a strep infection. Strep throat usually goes away in 3 to 7 days with or without antibiotic treatment. In contrast, if allergies or irritants are the ca

  5. Strep Throat - What Increases Your Risk

    Your risk of getting strep throat increases if you come in close contact with others, especially children, who have a strep infection. The size of a child's tonsils is not a risk factor for throat infections. Children or adults who have had their tonsils

  6. Strep Throat - Home Treatment

    Your health professional may have prescribed an antibiotic for strep throat. Take all of the antibiotic exactly as prescribed. This will help prevent the infection from coming back and will prevent complications of infection that could occur if you do not

  7. Strep Throat - Exams and Tests

    Strep throat is diagnosed from your medical history, a physical examination of your throat, and a rapid strep test. A throat culture may sometimes be done to confirm the result of the rapid strep test or when your health professional suspects the rapid st

  8. Strep Throat - 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. ...

  9. Strep Throat - Surgery

    If strep throat continues to recur, you and your health professional may decide you need surgery to remove the tonsils (tonsillectomy).

  10. Strep Throat - Symptoms

    Common symptoms of strep throat in children and adults include: Severe and sudden sore throat without coughing, sneezing, or other coldlike symptoms, pain or difficulty with swallowing, and fever over 102F.

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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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American Dental Association, Healthy People 2010

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