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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Lip Piercing Can Lead to Receding Gums

    Mar. 10, 2005 -- People who go in for lip piercing may get more than they bargained for. Besides attracting attention, they could also wind up with receding gums. Lip piercing can lead to receding gums and may make the problem worse, say researchers from Ohio State University. They compared the gums

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  4. Fixing Cavities Without the Dentist's Drill

    Feb. 22, 2005 -- A newly invented dental paste could silence the dreaded whine of dentists' drills, fixing early cavities without fillings. The paste was developed by researchers including Kazue Yamagishi, DMD, from Japan's FAP Dental Institute. Their report appears in the Feb. 24 issue of the journ

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  5. Saliva Test Predicts Future Cavities Risk

    Feb. 22, 2005 -- A new saliva test could help kids beat cavities before tooth trouble even starts. The Caries Assessment and Risk Evaluation (CARE) test predicts which kids are most at risk for tooth decay and reveals which teeth are vulnerable to cavities, say the test's developers. The CARE test w

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  6. Brush Your Teeth, Help Your Heart

    Feb. 7, 2005 -- Brushing your teeth could help you avoid heart disease. Having clean teeth and healthy gums may cut your chances of atherosclerosis. That could make your toothbrush a weapon against heart disease and stroke. Keep that in mind as you get ready to celebrate matters of the heart this Va

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  7. Dental Devices May Cause Infection

    Sept. 30, 2004 -- Four out of five dentists may be surprised: Toothbrushes, dentures, dental floss, and athletic mouthguards may be responsible for recurring health problems ranging from asthma attacks to herpes outbreaks. The problem: Bacteria, yeast, fungi, and viruses live on these dental devices

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  8. Open Wide and Relax -- Really!

    "This was the best root canal ever." The words rolled off Susan Barnes' tongue with the same ease that a cringe usually would have at the mention of the dental procedure. Yet the 35-year-old isn't a lover of pain, nor is she a stranger to it. With two prior root canals and a crown under her belt, sh

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  9. Sodas, Canned Teas Attack Tooth Enamel

    June 11, 2004 -- Soft drinks, especially light-colored drinks, and canned iced tea appear to "aggressively" harm teeth, new research shows. The list includes many different sodas -- Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper, Sprite, Canada Dry ginger ale -- and canned iced tea, specifically Arizona Iced

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  10. Smile: Women Have Better Dental Habits

    May 14, 2004 -- Brush up on your oral hygiene, guys. A new survey shows that women take better care of their teeth than men. They brush teeth more frequently. They even have a dentist. The nationwide survey, from the American Dental Association, is based on telephone interviews with 1,014 adults con

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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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