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    1. Are British Teeth Really Worse Than U.S. Teeth?

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although British teeth have long been a subject of satire in the United States, a new stereotype-busting study is giving the British a little something to smile about. Researchers have found evidence that British oral heal

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    2. 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Teeth

      Learning how to take care of your teeth is as much a part of growing up as learning to tie your shoes, recite the alphabet, or memorize the multiplication tables. You brush. You floss. You don't use your choppers to pop off a bottle cap or to crush ice. It really should be as easy as A-B-C. However,

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    3. Straight Talk About Braces for Adults

      Does the word braces call to mind a teenager with a mouth full of metal? If so, it's time to rethink that picture. These days, people of all ages want to straighten their teeth. In fact, a huge number of adults are hopping on the braces bandwagon to get the grin they've always wanted. "When I starte

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    4. Foods and Habits That Stain Your Teeth

      If your smile isn't as bright as you'd like, think about what you put in your mouth. You can stain your teeth if you smoke or if you eat or drink certain things, and it's more likely to happen as you age. But once you know what to eat -- and what to avoid -- you can keep your pearly whites bright an

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    5. Bad Breath: Causes and Cures

      You only have one chance to make a good first impression. You want people to remember your confidence and smarts -- not your breath. Bad breath (halitosis) has many causes. But lucky for you it has even more solutions. CAUSE: Bacteria that breed inside your mouth. These little bugs lurk between your

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    6. Dentistry Without the Drill? New Study Offers Hope

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Good news for those afraid of the dentist's drill: New research suggests that a "no-drill" approach can halt tooth decay in many cases. An Australian team's seven-year study found that the need for fillings fell 30 to 50

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    7. Sugar-Free Sodas, Candy Can Still Damage Teeth

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even sugar-free sodas, sports drinks and candy can damage your teeth, a new study warns. Australian researchers tested 23 sugar-free and sugar-containing products, including soft drinks and sports drinks, and found that so

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    8. Electric Toothbrushes: Are They Worth It?

      The biggest decision you used to make when buying a toothbrush was soft, medium, or hard bristles. Now there are dozens of types, from simple toothbrushes to pricier electric versions. Are power brushes worth the extra cash? Here’s the buzz. Regular toothbrushes get the job done when you use them th

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    9. 9 Toothbrushing Mistakes -- and How to Fix Them

      Admit it -- brushing your teeth is so second-nature you barely think about it. But doing it right is key for a healthy mouth. It can help you avoid problems like cavities and gum disease. Sharpen your skills with these easy-to-follow tips: Just any old toothbrush may not be the one for you. Think ab

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    10. The 5-Step Tooth-Plaque Prevention Plan

      Have you ever run your tongue along the front of your teeth and felt a slimy coating? That “fuzzy-toothed” feeling is the buildup of bacteria. It’s called plaque, and if you let it stick around for too long, it can damage your teeth and gums. What can you do to stop plaque in its tracks? Once a day

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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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