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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. The 5-Step Tooth-Plaque Prevention Plan

    Have you ever run your tongue along the front of your teeth and felt a slimy coating? That “fuzzy-toothed” feeling is the buildup of bacteria. It’s called plaque, and if you let it stick around for too long, it can damage your teeth and gums. What can you do to stop plaque in its tracks? We've got a

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 15 Myths and Facts About Cavities

    Myth, but it’s almost a fact.  “The truth is, acid produced by bacteria in your mouth is the cause of cavities,” says Kimberly A. Harms, DDS, an American Dental Association spokeswoman.  Any carb you eat can start that process. That includes sugar as well as rice, potatoes, bread, fruits, and vegeta

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  10. What Wears Down Your Teeth

    Teeth are built tough. With regular care they can last a lifetime. Still, the daily grind of chewing and brushing, along with injuries, can take a toll. Here are three of the biggest hazards and things you can do to avoid them. Teeth can sometimes chip or fracture when you bite down on something har

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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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