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  1. Dental Health and Toothaches

    A toothache is pain in or around a tooth that may be caused by a number of dental problems. Get tips from WebMD on how to prevent and treat toothaches.

  2. Treatment for Dry Mouth

    Treatment for dry mouth depends on what is causing the problem. Learn more from WebMD about different approaches to stimulating the salivary glands.

  3. Dental Health and Pericoronitis

    Pericoronitis happens when the gums surrounding your back teeth -- usually the wisdom teeth -- become infected. Find out more from WebMD.

  4. Laser Use in Dentistry

    Learn more from WebMD about the use of lasers in your dentist's office, including pros and cons.

  5. Dental Health and Leukoplakia

    Leukoplakia, or white and gray patches inside the mouth, may be caused by irritation. Or, the condition may be a sign of oral cancer. Learn more from WebMD about how leukoplakia is treated.

  6. Strep Throat - Symptoms

    Common symptoms of strep throat in children and adults include: Severe and sudden sore throat without coughing, sneezing, or other coldlike symptoms, pain or difficulty with swallowing, and fever over 102F.

  7. 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

  8. Strep Throat - Treatment Overview

    Antibiotics such as penicillin, cephalexin, or amoxicillin are used to treat strep throat. Antibiotics are effective only against bacterial infections such as strep throat and will not speed the healing of sore throats caused by viral infections such as c

  9. 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

  10. Strep Throat - Surgery

    If strep throat continues to recur, you and your health professional may decide you need surgery to remove the tonsils (tonsillectomy).

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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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