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  1. 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? We've got a

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  2. What Wears Down Your Teeth

    Teeth are built tough. With regular care they can last a lifetime. Still, the daily grind of chewing and brushing, along with injuries, can take a toll. Here are three of the biggest hazards and things you can do to avoid them. Teeth can sometimes chip or fracture when you bite down on something har

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  3. 15 Myths and Facts About Cavities

    Myth, but it’s almost a fact.  “The truth is, acid produced by bacteria in your mouth is the cause of cavities,” says Kimberly A. Harms, DDS, an American Dental Association spokeswoman.  Any carb you eat can start that process. That includes sugar as well as rice, potatoes, bread, fruits, and vegeta

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  4. Snooze News: What Is Sleep Dentistry?

    Have you heard of sleep dentistry? No, it's not napping during a cleaning. Sleep dentistry is what dentists do to help people with sleep problems. Since the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine's founding 15 years ago, doctors, sleep specialists, and dentists have worked together more and more,

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  5. Should You Try Oil Pulling?

    Maybe you've seen something about it on the Internet, or a friend of a friend swears by it -- but you're not sure exactly what it is. Oil pulling is a growing trend, but it's not new. "This oral therapy is a type of Ayurvedic medicine [a traditional Indian system] that dates back 3,000 years," says

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  6. Oil-Swishing Craze: All-Purpose Remedy or Not?

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Allison Bennett of Palm City, Fla., plans to swish daily. Sloshing coconut oil around her mouth for a quarter of an hour every day will make her teeth whiter, she believes. Like Bennett, plenty of consumers are dis

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  7. How to Get the Most Out of Your Dental Visit

    As president of Charles River Dental in Boston, Mark A.H. Sivers, DMD, aims to make dental care as positive, painless, and downright relaxing as possible -- complete with warm neck wraps, eye pillows, and paraffin hand treatments to distract you from the business at hand. "If you find going to the d

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  8. The Ugly Truth About Your Toothbrush

    As you reach for your toothbrush each morning, you may not realize what’s hanging out on its bristles. “Toothbrushes can become contaminated with oral microbial organisms whenever they are placed in the mouth,” says Sharon Cooper, PhD.  Viruses and bacteria from an infected person’s mouth can live f

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  9. Natural Options for Oral Care

    Interested in natural ingredients to stave off cavities and keep your gums healthy? Here’s what you need to know. Natural ingredients aren’t a replacement for brushing, flossing, and mouthwash. Whether you choose naturals or not, those three pillars of oral health care help protect against teeth and

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  10. Tooth Enamel: What Helps, What Hurts

    The outer surface of teeth, called enamel, should last a lifetime. "Enamel is the hardest substance in the body," says dentist Leslie Seldin, DDS, a spokeswoman for the American Dental Association. Some wear and tear of tooth enamel is normal. But Seldin says there's plenty you can do to keep your e

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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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