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    1. Triclosan May Not Be a Dirty Word After All

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Triclosan, an ingredient used in some antibacterial products and toothpaste, is a dirty word in certain circles. But triclosan might not cause the harms that some fear, new research suggests. "There are a lot of

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    2. Natural and Home Remedies for Bad Breath

      Been told you've got bad breath? No worries -- sometimes you can fix it easily on your own, and you don't need to feel embarrassed, either. “It is very difficult to sense your own breath,” says Matthew Messina, DDS. That's why “[people] need close friends and relatives to be honest with them.” Once

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    3. Is Seniors' Dental Health Tied to Mental Health?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There seems to be a link between poor oral health and age-related mental decline, researchers say. However, the researchers emphasized there is not enough evidence to prove a direct link between oral health and thinking ("

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    4. Scientists: Pill to Ward Off Cavities Could Happen

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new discovery might one day lead to an anti-cavity pill, researchers report. The University of Florida scientists identified a strain of bacteria in the mouth that may keep cavity-causing bacteria in check. The investig

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    5. Surprising Foods & Drinks That Can Harm Your Teeth

      Candy. Red wine. Coffee. Everyone knows those are no-nos when it comes to keeping your teeth healthy and white. But they’re not the only culprits that can wreak havoc in your mouth. Here are five surprising foods and drinks that can cause everything from stains to excess plaque to damaged teeth and

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    6. Choose the Best Teeth Whitener

      Are your pearly whites not quite as white as you’d like? There’s a lot you can do to turn your stained or yellowish choppers into brighter, dazzling ones. “You can see why whitening is so popular. It works for most people,” says Edmond R. Hewlett, DDS, an associate dean at the UCLA School of Dentist

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    7. Talk Therapy to Tackle Fear of the Dentist

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many people are familiar with the fear that can precede a visit to the dentist, but new research shows that talk therapy can help when that anxiety becomes a crippling phobia. In the study, British investigators tried an

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    8. Toothlessness a Clue to Deadly Heart Disease?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Toothless heart disease patients are nearly twice as likely to die as those who have all their teeth, a new study suggests. Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss, and gum disease-related inflammation is beli

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    9. Are British Teeth Really Worse Than U.S. Teeth?

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although British teeth have long been a subject of satire in the United States, a new stereotype-busting study is giving the British a little something to smile about. Researchers have found evidence that British oral heal

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    10. Foods and Habits That Stain Your Teeth

      If your smile isn't as bright as you'd like, think about what you put in your mouth. You can stain your teeth if you smoke or if you eat or drink certain things, and it's more likely to happen as you age. But once you know what to eat -- and what to avoid -- you can keep your pearly whites bright an

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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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