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  1. Guinea Pigs Can Be Source of Strep Infection

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In the world of infectious diseases, one worrisome phenomenon is when an illness that originated in animals jumps over into people. The process -- known as zoonosis -- is not uncommon and keeps researchers on their toes as t

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  2. Sports Drinks and Dental Problems in Athletes

    Oct. 14, 2014 -- Dental problems caused by sports drinks could harm athletes' chances of victory, a new study suggests. It found that nearly one-fifth of athletes at the London 2012 Olympics had toothaches or bleeding gums that could have cost them a place on the podium, the Daily Mail in Britain re

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  3. Family Troubles Tied to Poorer Dental Health

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Parents and children in troubled families, where violence and verbal aggression are a common part of the daily landscape, tend to have more cavities and missing teeth, a new study suggests. New York University researcher

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  4. 4 Tips to Protect Your Holiday Smile

    You can enjoy seasonal sweets and still have a cavity-free smile to flash in festive photos. These tips will keep your teeth healthy during the holidays. Avoid over doing it with candy. It's the most wonderful time of year for candy canes, popcorn balls, and cookies -- and this nonstop buffet of swe

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  5. What's the Best Way to Brush Your Teeth?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you're unsure about the best way to brush your teeth, you're unlikely to get much help from experts. Dental associations and toothpaste and toothbrush companies don't agree on the most effective method to brush teeth,

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  6. Can Acidic Drinks Damage Kids' Teeth Permanently?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High acidity levels in soft drinks, fruit juice and sports beverages pose a threat to youngsters' teeth, a new study reports. "Our research has shown that permanent damage to the tooth enamel will occur within the first 30

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  7. Electric Toothbrushes: Are They for You?

    The toothbrush as we know it hasn’t changed much since the 1930s -- with one exception. In the 1960s, the first electric models hit the market at a higher price. And for 50 years, people have been wondering if they’re worth the extra bucks. The short answer: Probably so, since research shows 90% of

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  8. Top Excuses for Not Flossing & How to Conquer Them

    When it comes to your health, flossing your teeth is more important than brushing. So, why do so many of us find reasons not to do it? Dentists say there are simple answers for all our excuses. Excuse No. 1: Food never gets stuck in my teeth. You don’t floss so much to remove food from the teeth. Yo

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  9. 10 Toothbrush Mistakes -- and How to Fix Them

    Admit it -- brushing your teeth is so second nature you barely think about it. But doing it right is a key part of good oral health, and it can help you avoid cavities and gum disease. Brush up on your skills with these easy-to-follow tips. Do you have the right toothbrush? Think about the size of y

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  10. Gum Disease: How to Identify, Treat, and Manage It

    Gums protect and support your pearly whites and the tissue that holds them to the bone. When your gums aren’t healthy, you risk losing those teeth -- and damaging your overall health. “Gum disease usually starts in areas that you’re not brushing or keeping clean,” says Mark Ryder, DMD. He’s chair of

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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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