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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Flavored Gum Kills Bad-Breath Germs

    April 6, 2004 -- Gum chewing kills off bad-breath germs. But only if it's flavored with "breath freshening" oils, a new study shows. Natural germ killers are a particular interest of University of Illinois at Chicago researcher Christine Wu, PhD. Wu has found that several plant essential oils kill t

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  7. Oral Health Score May Reveal Heart Risks

    Feb. 18, 2004 -- Your smile may speak volumes about your heart. New research shows that poor scores in five different areas of oral health may serve as a red flag for heart disease risk. A small study shows that poor oral health was a stronger predictor of heart disease than other commonly used risk

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  8. Sign of Heart Trouble -- or Gum Disease?

    Jan. 22, 2004 -- If your blood test says you're at high risk of heart disease, it might be wise to call your dentist. CRP -- C-reactive protein -- is a marker for low-grade inflammation in the blood vessels, a mechanism in the development of hardening of the arteries. It's also an early warning of g

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  9. Angry, Lonely Men Prone to Gum Disease

    Dec. 22, 2003 -- If you're angry, this may make you mad. And if you're lonely, it may make you want to shun others. Here's the news: Anger and social isolation are linked to gum disease -- particularly in men. The findings come from a survey of more than 42,500 health professionals. Nearly 60% are d

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  10. More Elderly Keeping Their Natural Teeth

    Dec. 18, 2003 -- The numbers of older people retaining their natural teeth has increased steadily over past decades, the CDC says. That trend is likely to continue, vastly improving quality of life for seniors, the new report shows. But elderly Americans need greater help from community sources for

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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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