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    1. Mouth Problems, Noninjury - Topic Overview

      Serial extraction is the carefully planned and selective removal of baby ( primary ) teeth to create room for incoming permanent ( secondary ) teeth. The reason dentists or orthodontists consider removing teeth is because after age 8,the space for a child's teeth (arch length) doesn't increase. 1 Severe crowding of teeth at this age means that permanent teeth are likely to come in out of ...

    2. Canker Sores - 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. Canker Sores - Cause

      Strep throat is caused by streptococcal (strep) bacteria, most often by group A beta - hemolytic streptococcus (GABS). Other types of strep that can sometimes infect the throat are groups C and G strep bacteria.

    4. Canker Sores - Topic Overview

      Follow these steps to transport a piece of severed tongue: Wrap the piece of tongue in a clean cloth or sterile gauze,if available. Put the wrapped piece of tongue in a bag of ice to keep it cool. Do not put the tongue directly on the ice. Do not immerse the tongue in ice water. Go to the emergency room right away. Be sure to take the bag with you. ...

    5. Strep Throat - Symptoms

      Learn the symptoms of tonsillitis.

    6. Fillings (Restorations)

      A filling is a material that your dentist uses to fill a cavity after he or she removes any tooth decay. To fill a tooth, your dentist will:Numb your teeth, gums, tongue, and surrounding skin. Your dentist will first put a jelly substance directly on the area to start the numbing process and then inject an anesthetic to complete it. Many dentists will give you nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas) to .

    7. Canker Sores - 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

    8. 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.

    9. Canker Sores - Why It Is Done

      This surgery is done to close a fistula between a maxillary sinus and the mouth. A fistula can cause chronic inflammation or infection of the sinus (sinusitis). ...

    10. Open-Joint Arthroplasty for Temporomandibular Disorders

      Open-joint arthroplasty is surgery to repair, reposition, replace, or remove parts in a joint.

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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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