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  1. Strep Throat: How Soon Can Kids Go Back to School?

    Sept. 3, 2015 -- Children treated for strep throat with the prescription drug amoxicillin might be able to return to school the next day without putting other kids at risk for catching the illness, suggests a study published online in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. But parents, take note:

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  2. How to Keep Your Tooth Enamel Strong

    The surface of your teeth is called enamel. It helps protect them from decay. Some wear and tear is normal, but there's plenty you can do to keep that barrier strong. Take these simple steps for a healthy mouth and a winning smile. Bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar from foods and drinks. Then the

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  3. Change Your Breath From Bad to Good

    No one likes to hear it, but it's worse not to know it: You have bad breath. Bad breath (also known as halitosis or malodor) can be embarrassing and tough on those around you. Some people don't realize their breath could peel paint because people are afraid to tell them. "Certainly bad breath can ru

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  4. Your Toothbrush May Have 'Fecal Matter'

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People using communal bathrooms with many others, beware: There could be traces of poop on your toothbrush. So finds a study by researchers at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. The researchers analyzed toothbrushes f

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  5. Treating Gum Disease Might Help Prostate Symptoms

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Treating gum disease may help reduce symptoms of prostate inflammation, which can make urination difficult, a small study suggests. Previous research has shown a link between gum disease and prostate inflammation -- called

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  6. Do You Dread the Dentist?

    Nearly 1 in 25 of us is dental-phobic. But have you heard about the latest ways to calm those fears? One of these methods could give you just the dose of courage you need. "A good, trusted dentist who puts you at ease will never go out of fashion," says Alexandre DaSilva, DDS, an assistant professor

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  7. U.S. Lowers Recommended Fluoride Levels in Drinking Water

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. government has decreased its recommended level of fluoride in drinking water for the first time in a half-century, to prevent staining of tooth enamel caused by overexposure to fluoride. The optimal fluoride le

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  8. The Ugly Truth About Your Toothbrush

    As you reach for your toothbrush each morning, you may not realize what’s hanging out on its bristles. “Toothbrushes can become contaminated with oral microbial organisms whenever they are placed in the mouth,” says Sharon Cooper, PhD.  Viruses and bacteria from an infected person’s mouth can live f

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  9. 5 Tips for a Nice Smile

    With selfies and instant photo sharing, a camera-ready smile is great to have. You don't need to be a celebrity to know how to flash a glowing grin, though. Follow these steps to get pictures you'll be happy to send to your friends. No. 1: Be natural. When it's picture time, smile gently. That way,

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  10. The Truth About Enamel Shaping

    If you've got a small chip on your tooth or a rough spot that irritates your tongue, enamel shaping may be a great choice for you. It's a quick and inexpensive method that's done in your dentist's office. Enamel is the outer covering of the tooth. It's a tough shell that protects the softer part ins

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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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