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  1. Cancer: Home Treatment for Mouth Sores - Topic Overview

    A painful sore or ulcer inside your mouth may make it difficult to eat and drink. Try some of the following home treatment measures to help ease pain and speed healing. Change your diet Drink cold liquids,such as water or iced tea,or eat Popsicles or frozen juices. Use a straw. Eat soft,bland foods that are easy to swallow,such as ice cream,custard,applesauce,cottage cheese,macaroni ...

  2. Repair of Oromaxillary Fistula - How Well It Works

    Most people who have this surgery recover with no problems. ...

  3. Flap Procedure 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 flap procedure cleans the roots of a tooth and repairs bone damage caused by gum disease.

  4. Taste Changes - Topic Overview

    Taste changes may include the complete loss of taste (ageusia),partial loss of taste (hypogeusia),a distorted sense of taste (dysgeusia),such as a metallic taste,or an unpleasant or revolting taste (cacogeusia) A decrease in or loss of taste is common in older adults. It is part of the normal aging process and may be caused by: A decrease in the number of taste buds. Changes in the way the ...

  5. Teeth Whitening - Topic Overview

    Teeth whitening is not a medical procedure-it does not result in healthier teeth-but it can result in whiter teeth and a brighter smile. This in turn can make people feel better about themselves. There are two types of teeth whitening: Bleaching your teeth changes the color of the tooth enamel and removes both surface stains and those deeper in the teeth. Your dentist can bleach your teeth at ...

  6. Strep Throat - 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.

  7. Laryngoscopy

    Laryngoscopy is an examination a doctor uses to look at the back of the throat, including the voice box (larynx) and vocal cords.

  8. 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. ...

  9. 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.

  10. Dental Anxiety - Topic Overview

    Many people worry about going to the dentist. You may be very nervous and may actually feel sick to your stomach. Some people become so nervous that they just don't go to the dentist. However,this can lead to serious problems,including infected gums and teeth,difficulty chewing,and lack of self-confidence because of bad teeth or bad breath. To help get over being nervous about the ...

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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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