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  1. Basic Dental Care - Topic Overview

    What is gum disease?Gum disease is an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth. It is also called periodontal disease.There are two types of gum disease: Gingivitis (say jin-juh-VY-tus) is mild gum disease that affects only the gums, the soft tissue that surrounds the teeth.Periodontitis (say pair-ee-oh-don-TY-tus) is more severe. It spreads below the gums to damage the tissues and bone that support the teeth.What causes gum disease?Gum disease is caused by the growth of germs called bacteria on the teeth and gums. Bacteria are present in plaque, a clear, sticky substance your mouth produces. The bacteria in plaque feed on sugars in the foods you eat and drink and make poisons (toxins) and other chemicals. The toxins irritate your gums, causing them to swell and bleed easily when brushed.In time, plaque can harden into a buildup called calculus or tartar. This irritates the gums even more and causes them to pull away from your teeth. Things that make you

  2. Canker Sores - Common Concerns

    Following are some concerns that many people have about going to the dentist and dental care. What can I do about being scared?Dental anxiety is being nervous before or during a dental visit. This can make going to the dentist a difficult experience. You can take steps to limit your anxiety, such as explaining your fears to the dentist and setting up a system of hand signals.Do I need teeth ...

  3. Canker 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 ...

  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. Canker Sores - Topic Overview

    Thumb-sucking,finger-sucking,and pacifier use can cause malocclusion (poor bite) in young children. But when a child stops the sucking habit,the teeth naturally begin moving back to their normal positions. Infants are born with a natural sucking reflex,and it's common for this reflex to evolve into a comforting behavior. But thumb- and finger-sucking and pacifier use for more than 4 to 6 ...

  6. 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.

  7. Canker Sores - Topic Overview

    You can use biofeedback to help reduce temporomandibular (TM) disorder -related muscle tension. Biofeedback uses equipment that monitors muscle tension or skin temperature. Electrodes,which detect electrical current produced by muscle contraction,are placed on jaw muscles. If you clench your teeth or have poor posture,the biofeedback machine produces a signal,such as an upward-pointing ...

  8. 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.

  9. Canker Sores - Topic Overview

    Complications of strep throat are rare but can occur,especially if strep throat is not properly treated with antibiotics. Complications can be related either to the strep infection or to the body's immune response to the infection. Complications related to the strep infection Although rare,complications can result from the strep infection spreading to other areas of the body. Infection can ...

  10. Canker Sores - How Well It Works

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

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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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