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  1. Strep Throat - Prevention

    To avoid getting strep throat, it is a good idea to avoid contact with anyone who has a strep infection. Wash your hands often when you are around people with colds or viral or bacterial illnesses. Do not share toothbrushes or eating and drinking utensils

  2. Strep Throat - 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

  3. Strep Throat - 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

  4. Strep Throat - When To Call a Doctor

    Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if a severe sore throat (pain being an 8 or 9 on a scale of 1 to 10) occurs along with symptoms including: fever of 102F or more, drooling, difficulty breathing and head pushed forward to breathe.

  5. Strep Throat - Topic Overview

    Is it strep? Learn about diagnosing strep throat symptoms in children and adults, and how antibiotics are used for treatment.

  6. Salivary Gland Scan

    A salivary gland scan uses a special test medicine (tracer) and a special camera to take pictures of the salivary glands. This can help your doctor find the cause of dry mouth (xerostomia) or swelling in the salivary glands.

  7. The Mouth-Body Connection: 6 Ways Oral Hygiene Helps Keep You Well

    Taking good care of your teeth can help you maintain your overall health. WebMD tells you about 6 ways that oral health keeps you well.

  8. Gum Contouring

    Learn more from WebMD about gum contouring, a dental procedure to correct gums that are receding or covering too much of the tooth.

  9. Finding a Dentist to Treat Sleep Problems

    Learn more from WebMD about finding a dentist who is well versed in treating sleep problems, including sleep apnea and teeth grinding.

  10. Azoles for Treating Thrush

    Drug details for Azoles for treating thrush.

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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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