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    1. Antibiotics for Strep Throat

      Drug details for Antibiotics for strep throat.

    2. Physical Therapy for Temporomandibular Disorders

      A physical therapist can develop a program for you that includes learning and practicing techniques for regaining normal jaw movement. The focus of physical therapy for temporomandibular (TM) disorders is relaxation, stretching, and releasing tight muscles and scar tissue. Physical therapy is an especially important part of recovery from TM joint surgery, as it helps minimize scar tissue ...

    3. Mouth and Dental Injuries - Topic Overview

      Many treatment options are available for malocclusion ("poor bite"),and expert opinions differ about timing. Your dentist or orthodontist may give you a choice between early or later treatment or may prefer one particular approach. However,consider these points: An underdeveloped lower jaw (mandible) is best treated as soon as a child is old enough to cooperate with treatment (age 5 or ...

    4. Basic Dental Care - Topic Overview

      Tooth decay, called dental caries, is caused by bacteria eating away the outer protective layer (enamel) of a tooth. Help prevent tooth decay in young children by adopting the following healthy habits:Take good care of your own teeth and gums. Saliva contains bacteria that cause tooth decay. Keep your own teeth and mouth healthy so you are less likely to transfer these bacteria to your baby. Avoid sharing spoons and other utensils with your baby. Also, don't clean your baby's pacifier with your mouth.Prevent prolonged contact with sugars in formula and breast milk. Remove a bottle from your baby's mouth before he or she falls asleep. This practice helps prevent mouth bacteria from producing acids that cause baby bottle tooth decay. Also, clean your baby's teeth after feeding, especially at night. Be smart about juice. Juice is not part of a healthy diet. Compared to a piece of fruit, fruit juice doesn't have the valuable fiber, it usually has more calories, and it is absorbed

    5. Basic Dental Care - Surgery

      Facts about tonsillectomy and the surgical treatment of tonsillitis.

    6. Strep Throat - Symptoms

      Learn the symptoms of tonsillitis.

    7. Basic Dental Care - Topic Overview

      Problems in the structure of the jaw joint include: Problems in the bones or other structures of the joint. These may have been present since birth (congenital),developed over time,or been caused by injury. Problems with the disc that cushions the joint between the jawbone (mandible) and the skull,such as the disc moving out of its normal position (disc displacement) or tearing (usually the ...

    8. Basic Dental Care - Topic Overview

      Changing body mechanics can help you prevent or treat a temporomandibular (TM) disorder. Maintain good posture. Slumping your shoulders or assuming positions in which your upper body is thrust forward (many people do this to relieve back pain) disturbs the natural alignment between your facial bones and muscles. Don't sleep on the painful side of your face. Avoid sleeping on your stomach. ...

    9. Canker Sores - Exams and Tests

      Strep throat is diagnosed from your medical history, a physical examination of your throat, and a rapid strep test. A throat culture may sometimes be done to confirm the result of the rapid strep test or when your health professional suspects the rapid st

    10. Mouth and Dental Injuries - Topic Overview

      Read basic facts about temporomandibular disorders (TM disorders).

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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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