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    1. 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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    2. More Chinese-Made Toothpaste Recalled

      Aug. 13, 2007 -- Gilchrest & Soames, a hotel toiletry supplier, today issued a worldwide recall of its complimentary toothpaste, which may contain the toxic chemical diethylene glycol (DEG). The Indianapolis-based company is recalling its Gilchrest & Soames 0.65-ounce/18-milliliter tubes of toothpas

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    3. Stress May Wreak Havoc on Your Mouth

      Aug. 13, 2007 -- Too much stress may not only spoil your mood, it may also spoil your smile. There is mounting evidence that there’s a strong link between stress and gum disease, according to a new review of research on the issue. Researchers found 57% of recent studies reviewed showed a positive re

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    4. Wine May Curb Cavities

      June 22, 2007 -- Even with the alcohol removed, red wine and white wine may fight bacteria that cause cavities, an Italian study shows. Before you toast the findings, remember that the study was done in test tubes. So it's too soon to count on a glass of wine to chase your cavities away. The researc

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    5. Colgate Warns of Fake Toothpaste

      June 14, 2007 -- The Colgate-Palmolive Co. today warned that counterfeit toothpaste falsely labeled as "Colgate" has been found in four states and may contain a poisonous chemical called diethylene glycol (DEG). The counterfeit product has been found in "several dollar-type discount stores" in Maryl

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    6. FDA Warns of Chinese-Made Toothpaste

      June 1, 2007 -- The FDA warned consumers Friday not to use toothpaste made in China after regulators found some brands contained a poisonous ingredient also found in antifreeze. Officials say they have identified at least 16 brands of imported toothpaste potentially containing diethylene glycol, a c

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    7. Smoking and Sleep Affect Oral Health

      May 18, 2007 -- Smoking may be public enemy No. 1 when it comes to the health of your teeth and gums. A new study shows smoking was the leading lifestyle factor affecting the progression of periodontal disease. Second to smoking in terms of worsening periodontal disease was not getting enough sleep.

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    8. Baby Teeth Cavities on the Rise

      April 30, 2007 -- America's children are increasingly getting their first dental cavities before the tooth fairy arrives. The CDC today released its latest report card on the nation's oral health. The report shows that about 28% of U.S. children aged 2-5 have cavities in their baby teeth. That's up

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    9. Brush Up Naturally

      By Ellen Strum Find out how herbal and natural ingredients can refresh your mouth-care routine Walk down the mouth-care aisle, and you'll find several products that tout being natural or herbal. In fact, Americans spent $386,000,000 on natural oral hygiene products in 2002, up nearly 15 percent from

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    10. Patch May Help Heal Canker Sores

      March 22, 2007 -- A new over-the-counter patch may help canker sores heal faster. Scientists (including the patch's inventor) announced that news today in New Orleans at the 85th general session of the International Association for Dental Research. The researchers studied 46 adults with recurrent ca

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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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