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  1. Too Many Antibiotics Prescribed for Sore Throats?

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Despite efforts to curb the unnecessary use of antibiotics, many doctors still prescribe them for illnesses that don't respond to the medications, Harvard researchers report. Antibiotics only work against bacterial infections

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  2. The Right Way to Floss

    It's a simple piece of string, sometimes flavored, often waxed. Wrap 18 inches or so around your finger, and you have a powerful tool that can help prevent cavities and give your overall health a big boost. Dental floss dislodges food particles trapped between the teeth and under the gums where toot

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  3. How to Get a Celebrity Smile

    Watch any red-carpet awards show, and there's a good chance some of the brilliantly white smiles beaming at the camera were custom-crafted by Los Angeles dentist Grace Sun, DDS. For 30 years, the renowned cosmetic dentist has created camera-ready grins for celebs such as Ellen Page, Jean-Claude Van

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  4. Cavities Tied to Lower Risk of Head, Neck Cancer

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 12 (HealthDay News) -- People with more cavities in their teeth may have a reduced risk for some head and neck cancers, a new study suggests. That's because lactic acid bacteria produced by cavities may be protective against cancer cells, the stu

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  5. Poor Oral Hygiene Tied to Cancer-Linked Virus

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21 (HealthDay News) -- People whose teeth and gums are in poor condition may be more susceptible to an oral virus that can cause certain mouth and throat cancers, a new study suggests. Researchers found that of more than 3,400 U.S. adults, those who r

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  6. Can Poor Dental Health Cause Dementia?

    July 31, 2013 -- Poor dental health and gum disease may be linked to Alzheimer's disease and dementia, a new study from the University of Central Lancashire School of Medicine and Dentistry suggests. Although past studies have suggested a link between oral health and dementia, this is the first to p

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  7. Annual Dental Cleaning May Be Enough for Some

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- For many people, once-a-year dental cleaning may be enough to prevent gum disease that leads to tooth loss, according to a new study. "Twice-yearly cleanings have been recommended for over 50 years without supporting evidence,"

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  8. Tonsillectomy Might Be Worth It for Some Adults

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 2 (HealthDay News) -- Adults with recurrent sore throats might benefit from getting their tonsils removed, according to a new study from Finland. People tend to think of tonsillitis -- sore and swollen tissues at the back of the throat -- as occur

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  9. When Heat and Cold Hurt Your Teeth

    Perhaps you've taken a swig of a cold drink and winced in pain. Or inhaled on a chilly day and felt a jolt when the air hit your teeth. Maybe you found yourself unable to enjoy a cup of hot tea without a sharp ache punctuating each sip. If any of these situations sounds familiar, you probably have s

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  10. What Your Dentist Wants You to Do

    You probably don't often think of dentistry and sports in the same breath, but Oakland, Calif.-based dentist Eric Yabu, DDS, certainly does. Yabu does double duty as team dentist for the sports medicine program at the University of California, Berkeley, where he's tasked with making custom mouth gua

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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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