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  1. Brushing Up on Dental Products

    Six-hundred years ago, the Emperor of China embedded hog bristles in a bone handle and used his invention to clean his teeth. One drawback? Hog bristles were expensive and the whole family had to use the same toothbrush. Boy, have times changed. Now the average supermarket shelf has endless choices

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  2. Do-It-Yourself Dentistry

    On their wedding day, most brides hope for sunny weather and that the photographer and band show up as planned. Not me. My wedding day wish was that my mother would not experience a dental emergency. Seem like a strange wish for the bride? It shouldn't. Growing up, there was rarely a special occasio

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  3. Low-Carb Diets Can Cause Bad Breath

    Low-carb diets may be good for your waistline, but you might not be able to say the same for your breath.   Low-carb lifestyle junkies are more likely to suffer from a seldom discussed side effect of such diets -- halitosis, aka bad breath. And since more than 25 million people say they have tried t

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  4. Helpful Hints for Healthy Teeth

    Remember how your mother used to tell you almost everything you did was "bad for your teeth?" You may have forgotten some of her warnings. And some things she said might not be as bad as you think. Read on. "The function of teeth is to chew food -- and to some extent, help you talk and form words,"

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  5. FDA: Possible Risk From Dental Fillings

    June 5, 2008 -- Mercury from amalgam dental fillings may be toxic to children and developing fetuses, the FDA now admits. Experts say there's no proof that dental fillings cause harm to consumers. But they also say there's no proof that the fillings -- which are half mercury by weight -- are entirel

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  6. Gum Disease May Raise Cancer Risk

    May 27, 2008 -- Men with a history of gum disease may be more likely than other men to develop cancer, a new study shows. The study included more than 48,000 male health care workers who were followed from 1986 through January 2004. When the study started, the men were asked if they had a history of

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  7. New Drug Reverses Dentists' Anesthesia

    May 12, 2008 -- The FDA has approved OraVerse, the first drug indicated for reversing the effects of local anesthesia used by dentists. According to Novalar Pharmaceuticals, the drug company that makes OraVerse, the FDA approved OraVerse's use in adults and children based on several clinical studies

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  8. FDA Warns of Allergy to Denture Cleansers

    Feb. 26, 2008 -- Use denture cleansers? The FDA wants you to watch for allergic reactions and make sure you use those products as directed -- and never in the mouth. The FDA says it's received 73 reports of allergic reactions, including at least one death, linked to denture cleansers. A denture clea

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  9. Marijuana Linked to Early Gum Disease

    Feb. 5, 2008 -- Gum disease is widely considered a disease of aging, but that may not be true for young adults who smoke marijuana on a regular basis. Heavy pot use was found to be strongly associated with gum disease at age 32 in a study published in the Feb. 6 edition of The Journal of the America

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  10. Magnolia Bark Extract vs. Bad Breath

    Nov. 16, 2007 -- Magnolia bark extract contains chemicals that kill bacteria that cause bad breath (halitosis), a new study shows. Those compounds are called magnolol and honokiol, according to the study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. In lab tests, magnolia bark extrac

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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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