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  1. Too Young for Gum Disease? Don't Count on It

    Sept. 20, 2005 -- Young adults may want to make a special effort to care for their teeth and gums, even if their smiles look great, according to new research on gum disease. Gum disease can start much earlier than you might expect, without obvious symptoms, and it could boost the odds of health prob

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  2. Oral Health Has Improved in U.S.

    Aug. 25, 2005 -- America's oral health report card is better than a decade ago, according to the CDC and National Institutes of Health. Improvements include: Fewer cavities in kids' and teens' permanent teeth Less tooth loss in older adults More use of dental sealants to protect kids' and teens' tee

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  3. Healthy Weight, Better Gums?

    Aug. 24, 2005 -- Losing extra pounds, revving up physical activity, and eating nutritious foods may give you a new reason to smile. Healthy teeth and gums are more common in active people who eat nutritiously and aren't overweight, a new study shows. The study appears in the Journal of Periodontolog

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  4. Straight Talk About Braces for Adults

    Thinking about getting braces? Experts say it's never too late. These days, adults make up nearly half of orthodontic patients hoping to finally get the perfect smile they've always dreamed about. Braces have evolved considerably in the last 15 years. Breathe easy, the days of being a true "metal mo

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  5. The Debate Over Mercury in Dental Fillings

    The debate over whether mercury in dental fillings can leach out and cause a wide range of health problems -- from multiple sclerosis and cancer to Alzheimer's disease --refuses to die down. The mercury in dental fillings is an amalgam, or blend, of copper, silver, and mercury that has been used for

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  6. 'Good' Bacteria Fight Bad Breath, Smelly Feet

    July 27, 2005 -- Scientists have found bacteria that fight bad breath and smelly feet. The bacteria weren't concocted in a lab or discovered deep in a tropical rainforest. They were spotted in a very common location: the human mouth. In fact, some of those bacteria may be snuffing out bad breath in

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  7. Sipping Soda Through a Straw May Cut Cavities

    June 17, 2005 -- Using a straw when you drink soda may help avoid cavities and tooth decay, but the straw needs to be in the right place, say Temple University professors. The straw shouldn't rest against your teeth, say Mohammed Bassiouny, DMD, PhD, MSc, and colleagues. "Your best option is to sip

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  8. Wisdom Teeth Removal Often Unnecessary

    May 5, 2005 -- Teens often have their wisdom teeth removed. But there's no evidence this painful procedure prevents future trouble. That's the conclusion of a careful review of dental studies by a research team including Dirk G. Mettes, DMD, of Radboud University Medical Center in, Nijmegen, Netherl

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  9. Study: Advantage Seen in Electric Toothbrushes

    April 19, 2005 - Certain types of electric toothbrushes may be better at fighting plaque and gum disease fighting plaque and gum disease than manual toothbrushes, say British researchers. Specifically, they're talking about electric toothbrushes electric toothbrushes with bristles that rotate in one

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  10. Yogurt: An Antidote to Bad Breath?

    March 10, 2005 - Forget the breath mints. Pass the yogurt. A new study suggests that a daily dose of yogurt may keep your breath fresh and fend off offensive odors. Researchers found that eating 6 ounces of yogurt a day reduced levels of odor-causing compounds, such as hydrogen sulfide, in the mouth

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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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