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  1. Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Health

    How do you find a new dentist? Are dental fillings safe? Get the answers to these and other frequently asked questions about your oral health from WebMD.

  2. Nutrition and Healthy Teeth

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  3. Oral Surgery

    WebMD explains dental problems that can be treated with oral surgery.

  4. Tooth Sealants

    WebMD explains the use of dental sealants to prevent tooth decay.

  5. Teeth and Gum Care

    Get tips from WebMD on the basic care of your teeth and gums.

  6. Taking Dental Medications

    WebMD provides an overview of dental medications, including questions to ask your dentist and safety guidelines.

  7. An Overview of Toothaches

    Toothaches and jaw pain are common, but their sources can be very different. Learn more from WebMD about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of tooth pain.

  8. Drugs Used in Dentistry

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  9. Teeth Whitening Safety Tips

    Before you embark on a do-it-yourself teeth whitening regimen, here are some tips from WebMD for safely using a kit or system.

  10. Gingivitis: Get Serious About Sore Gums

    If you have red, sore gums that occasionally bleed when you brush your teeth, you may have gingivitis -- the mildest form of gum disease.

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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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American Dental Association, Healthy People 2010

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