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    1. Treat Gum Disease, Help Heart?

      Feb. 28, 2007 -- In people with gum disease, intensive treatment may benefit blood vessels as well as their gums. That's according to a study of 120 people with severe gum disease, also called periodontitis. In periodontitis, gums recede and teeth can loosen as their support weakens. Other studies h

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    2. Addictive Pursuit of Pearly Whites?

      For seekers of physical perfection who live by the slogan, "You can never be too thin," there's a new one to chew on: "Your teeth can never be too white." Some are taking the attainment of white teeth to the extreme by exclusively -- and excessively -- using over-the-counter teeth-whitening products

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    3. Tooth Whiteners Work, at Least Briefly

      Oct. 17, 2006 -- Thinking of sprucing up your smile with at-home tooth-whitening products? Your pearly whites may indeed get pearlier with those products, at least in the short run. That news appears in The Cochrane Library's online edition. Hana Hasson, DDS, and colleagues reviewed 25 studies on at

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    4. Bad Breath Banishers Battle It Out

      April 21, 2006 -- Bogged down by bad breath? Using a tongue-scraping device might be a better solution than brushing the tongue with a toothbrush. Researchers recently reviewed two studies that pitted tongue scrapers against toothbrushes in curbing bad breath. The results, published in The Cochrane

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    5. Gatorade Tough on Teeth?

      March 9, 2006 -- Gatorade erodes teeth faster than Coke, a new study shows. That doesn't mean that Gatorade and other sports drinks are necessarily harder on your teeth than are Coke and other soft drinks. But it may be a surprise that they aren't any better, either, says researcher Leslie A. Ehlen,

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    6. 9 Risk Factors for Tooth Loss

      Nov. 11, 2005 -- Avoiding tooth loss may be partly within your control, new research suggests. In the Journal of Periodontology, dental experts list nine risk factors for tooth loss due to periodontal disease. Here's the list: Being older than 35 Being male Never getting professional dental care Nev

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    7. Common Antibiotic May Affect Tooth Enamel

      Oct. 3, 2005 -- New research links amoxicillin, an antibiotic commonly used to treat babies' ear infections, to tooth enamel problems. That doesn't prove that the drug caused those problems. More studies are needed, and the researchers aren't calling for any changes in amoxicillin's use. "If the cho

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    8. Make Over Your Mouth.

      If you're in the market for a makeover, there are many beauty specialists who can help you. You might turn to a hair stylist, cosmetic surgeon, or dermatologist. You probably wouldn't think of going to the dentist, yet dentists can do things for your appearance that no one else can. It goes far beyo

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    9. 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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    10. 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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    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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