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  1. Malocclusion and Orthodontics - What Happens

    Teeth that are naturally perfectly aligned are rare. A poor fit and alignment of the teeth (malocclusion) can range from mild to severe.

  2. 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 ...

  3. Malocclusion and Orthodontics - When To Call a Doctor

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

  4. Malocclusion and Orthodontics - Topic Overview

    Learn more about malocclusion (crooked teeth) and other dental problems.

  5. Bone Movement for Malocclusion - 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. ...

  6. Tonsillitis - What Increases Your Risk

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

  7. Tonsillitis - When To Call a Doctor

    Find out when to call a doctor about possible symptoms of tonsillitis.

  8. Tonsillitis - Medications

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

  9. Tonsillitis - Topic Overview

    What is tonsillitis? Tonsillitis is an infection or inflammation of the tonsils.

  10. Tonsillectomy

    A tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils. The adenoids may or may not be removed at the same time. Adenoidectomy is not discussed in this topic.

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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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