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    1. Tonsillitis - When To Call a Doctor

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

    2. Mouth and Dental Injuries - Topic Overview

      If a temporomandibular (TM) disorder is suspected,your dentist or primary care doctor will ask you to describe: Your jaw pain,including how long you have had it,whether you wake up with sore,stiff jaw muscles,and where you feel pain. Any recent change in the way your teeth fit together. Daily habits that may promote jaw pain-for example,whether your pain gets worse when you clench your ...

    3. Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) - Symptoms

      Symptoms of temporomandibular (TM) disorders are usually mild and temporary and typically do not get worse with time.

    4. Canker Sores - What to Think About

      In some cases, a very small fistula may be treated without surgery. A dentist or oral surgeon may apply gauze or another product over a blood clot that forms in the hole left by the extracted tooth. The gauze stays in place for a few days to help the wound heal. ...

    5. Canker Sores - What Increases Your Risk

      Your risk of getting strep throat increases if you come in close contact with others, especially children, who have a strep infection. The size of a child's tonsils is not a risk factor for throat infections. Children or adults who have had their tonsils

    6. Canker Sores - Medications

      Antibiotics are the treatment of choice for a confirmed strep throat infection. Antibiotics will reduce the time you are contagious. You are usually not contagious 24 to 48 hours after starting antibiotics. Antibiotic treatment for strep throat can also h

    7. Antibiotics for an Abscessed Tooth

      Drug details for Antibiotics for an abscessed tooth.

    8. Canker Sores - Topic Overview

      Home treatment may be all that is needed for a black or coated tongue. Brush your tongue daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste or a solution of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 2 parts water. Scrape the tongue with an upside-down teaspoon to remove the furlike coating on the tongue. Do not use tobacco products. Bismuth products,such as Pepto-Bismol,can turn your tongue black. The ...

    9. Mouth and Dental Injuries - Topic Overview

      To help prevent or treat a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), you can try gentle jaw exercises. You can also try techniques that help you relax your jaw muscles.ExerciseTry a gentle exercise to restore normal range of motion, improve flexibility, and strengthen the jaw muscles. Your doctor, dentist, or physical therapist can recommend additional exercises.Do not do this exercise when your pain is severe or if it makes your pain worse.While watching yourself in a mirror, gently open and close your mouth, dropping your jaw straight up and down.Repeat for a few minutes each morning and night.Look for small improvements in the jaw's range of motion as you practice this exercise from day to day.RelaxationPaying attention to how you use your jaw can both prevent and help relieve symptoms. Good habits that help relax and rest your jaw include: Keep your teeth apart and your lips closed.Keep your tongue on the roof of your mouth, not between your teeth.Avoid things that make your jaw

    10. Basic Dental Care - Topic Overview

      All of a child's 20 primary (baby) teeth usually break through the gums (erupt) between the ages of 6 months and 3 years. Then the permanent teeth begin to emerge, usually starting at about age 6. Your child probably had his or her first trip to the dentist between 6 and 12 months of age, and now you probably have regular appointments set up. If for some reason your child has not yet seen a dentist, make an appointment for an exam.Your 3- to 6-year-old child will be busily developing language skills and exploring the ever-widening world. Hard as it is to get a preschooler to sit still, this is the age during which you can teach good dental health habits.Your child can learn how to brush his or her own teeth at about 3 years of age and should be brushing his or her own teeth, morning and night, by age 4. You should still supervise and check for proper cleaning.Give your child a small, soft toothbrush, and apply fluoridated toothpaste in an amount about the size of a small green pea.

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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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