Skip to content

Oral Care

Medical Reference Related to Oral Health

  1. Preventing Gum Disease When You’re at Risk for Heart Disease

    If you're at risk for heart disease or have it already, healthy gums are key to maintaining your cardiovascular health. WebMD explains the connection between gum disease and heart health.

  2. Receding Gums

    Why do gums recede? WebMD explains the causes of gum recession, how it is treated, and how to prevent the condition.

  3. Gum Tissue Grafts

    WebMD explains why and how a gum graft is performed, what to expect, estimated recovery time, and more.

  4. Dental Care for People With Heart Disease

    People with heart disease require special dental care. WebMD explains.

  5. Dental Crowns

    There are many types of dental crowns and they're used for a variety of situations. Learn more about your teeth and crowns.

  6. Treatment for Teeth Grinding

    There are a number of steps you can take to prevent teeth grinding during sleep.

  7. Tonsillitis: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

    WebMD describes tonsillitis, including its symptoms, causes, treatments, and what to expect if surgery is necessary.

  8. Do I Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

    Getting your wisdom teeth removed is almost a rite of passage for young adults. But do you really need the surgery?

  9. Brushing and Flossing Children's Teeth

    Get tips on brushing and flossing your child's teeth during infancy and beyond from the experts at WebMD.

  10. Dentin Dysplasia Type I

    Important It is possible that the main title of the report Dentin Dysplasia, Type I is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report. ...

Displaying 11 - 20 of 346 Articles << Prev Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next >>

How Do I Measure Up? Get the Facts Fast!

Number of Days Per Week I Floss

Get the latest Oral Health newsletter delivered to your inbox!


or
Answer:
Never
(0)
Good
(1-3)
Better
(4-6)
Best
(7)

You are currently

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!

SOURCES:

American Dental Association, Healthy People 2010

This tool is intended only for adults 18 and older.

Start Over

Step:  of 

Today on WebMD

close up of woman sticking out tongue
Sores, discoloration, bumps and more.
toothbrushes
10 secrets to a brighter smile.
 
Veneer smile
Before and after.
Woman checking her bite in mirror
Why dental care is important.
 

Woman dissatisfied with granola bar
Slideshow
woman with jaw pain
Quiz
 
eroded front teeth
Slideshow
brushing teeth
Video
 

Variety shades of tea
Slideshow
mouth and dental instruments
Article
 
Closeup of a happy young guy brushing his teeth
Tool
womans smile
Video