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    1. Dental Treatments Don’t Stop Preterm Births

      Jan. 29, 2009 -- Treating gum disease during pregnancy has not proven to be an effective strategy for preventing preterm births. The observation that pregnant women with periodontal disease seem to have an increased risk for very early delivery led to hopes that treating tooth and gum problems could

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    2. 4 Steps to a Pain-Free Dentist Visit

      By Sascha Zuger Do you keep finding excuses to put off that dental cleaning? You're in good company; half of all American adults have anxiety over going to the dentist's office, and one third refuse to go at all. But the tooth -- er, truth -- is, skipping your twice-yearly appointments could mean mo

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    3. I Want a Confident Smile

      Round two with braces -- and thankfully, no zits this time -- gives Gretchen Voss something to grin about.

    4. Root Canal or Dental Implant?

      Nov. 19, 2008 -- Root canals and dental implants are equally successful, but implants may need more follow-up maintenance, a new study shows. Dental implants replace tooth roots. A root canal is a procedure designed to save an infected or decayed tooth. The study, published in the November edition o

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    5. Mouthwashes Really Do Fight Bad Breath

      Oct. 7, 2008 -- A new review of studies delves into how to beat bad breath (halitosis) -- and gives high marks to mouthwashes. Researchers led by Zbys Fedorowicz from the Bahrain Ministry of Health reviewed results from five studies with participants who were randomly given mouthwashes or placebo; 2

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    6. Could Saliva One Day Detect Oral Cancer?

      Oct. 1, 2008 -- What if a saliva test could detect mouth cancer? Researchers are taking the next step in making that a possibility. Researchers from the University of California's Los Angeles School of Dentistry compared saliva from 64 people who had mouth cancer and 64 others who did not. The type

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    7. Enhanced Gummy Bears Fight Cavities

      July 24, 2008 -- Researchers have tested gummy bears made with a sugar substitute that wards off cavity-causing bacteria. A study in Washington State gathered 154 first to fifth graders from two elementary schools. The students were given four gummy bears made with either xylitol or maltitol (types

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    8. Sweetener May Cut Cavities in Kids

      July 9, 2008 -- Daily doses of a sweetened syrup could keep very young kids from developing cavities. Dental researchers at the University of Washington have found that toddlers who are given two or three daily spoonfuls of the sugar substitute xylitol in a fruit-flavored syrup have significantly lo

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    9. Can Teeth Whitening Become an Addiction?

      Americans love a white smile. And, increasingly, we're using teeth whitening treatments to get one. Teeth whitening treatments are now the No. 1 requested cosmetic dental procedure, having increased more than 300% since 1996, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. At-home teeth whi

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    10. 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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    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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