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  1. Stop the Tooth Fairy

    April 21, 2003 -- The tooth fairy may be getting a bargain. There are valuable stem cells in lost baby teeth. As medical research advances, there's a growing appreciation of what stem cells can do. These early cells haven't changed much since birth. Different types of stem cells can turn into differ

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  2. Ordinary vs. Powered Toothbrushes

    Nine-year-old Nicholas Racobaldo doesn't remember what it's like to clean his teeth with an ordinary toothbrush. For two years, he's been using an electrically charged gadget with high-speed, rotating bristles. "I like it because it tickles," he says, and imagines that now a regular toothbrush would

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  3. The Sweet Smell of Success: How to Banish Bad Breath

    Nov. 21, 2001 -- Jessica brushes her teeth after every meal, gargles with mouthwash, flosses religiously, and pops Altoids, the "curiously strong breath mint," in between. But much to her and her husband's chagrin, Jessica still has terrible breath. Bad breath, or halitosis, affects an estimated 60

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  4. New Material Enhances Fillings, Rebuilds Teeth

    Aug. 27, 2001 -- Coming soon to a dentist's office near you: 'smart' fillings that release cavity-fighting components such as calcium and phosphate. "[Smart fillings] look very much like current composites and match the appearance of [tooth] enamel quite well," says Joseph Antonucci, PhD, a research

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  5. Ooh, That Smell: What to Do if It's Coming From You

    Aug. 9, 2001 -- Though there may never be an easy way to tell someone they've got bad breath, there are better ways to diagnose and treat the condition today than ever before. Call it what you like -- malodor, halitosis, or just plain bad breath -- it stinks and no one wants it. Yes, more than 90 mi

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  6. Look, Ma, No Teeth

    Aug. 6, 2001 -- Whether falling flat on their face when first learning to walk or flying over a bicycle's handlebars during their preteen years, kids have a way of ensuring their parents will end up putting money where their mouth is -- or more accurately, where their teeth used to be. By the age of

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  7. Too Much Soda Taking Its Toll on Kids' Teeth

    July 12, 2001 -- Sodas are a thirst-quencher and a caffeine kick. But they're also ruining kids' teeth, say many experts. Kids are drinking the stuff from morning to night -- all through the school day. The result is a prevalence of cavities that dentists have not seen since pre-fluoride days. "Not

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  8. Is Mercury in Fillings Really a Problem?

    May 29, 2001 -- Chances are, you have had a tooth cavity that needed to be filled. It's a pretty common occurrence. But how often have you have stopped to wonder what those fillings contain -- and what you carry around in your mouth for decades? According to the American Dental Association, or ADA,

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  9. Passive Smoke Linked to Cavities in Children

    May 1, 2001 (Baltimore, Md.) -- If you need another reason to give up smoking, consider the dental health of your children. That's what researchers from the University of Rochester hope parents will do as a result of their new study which finds that children exposed to second-hand smoke are more lik

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  10. Cavity Cops Dis 'Drill and Fill'

    March 28, 2001 (Bethesda, Md.) -- To significantly improve dental health in the U.S., we need to develop more sophisticated strategies than to simply "drill and fill" cavities when they appear. That's the gist of a consensus statement released today by an expert panel of dental experts convened by t

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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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