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    1. Trick or Treat ... or Cavities?

      Like many of our wintertime holidays, Halloween -- with its candy and parties and excess -- could be seen as a glutton's paradise. But that's part of its attraction. It's a child's holiday -- dress up in funny outfits and eat too much candy. It's also a holiday that puts parents in a bind. Let them

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    2. Oral Piercing Causes Long-Term Damage

      July 21, 2003 -- Piercing is a hot fashion trend but you may not be smiling pretty for long if you get one in your mouth. A new study shows oral piercing -- such as on the tongue or lip -- may cause tooth loss. "Wearing oral piercing ornaments, even over relatively short periods, may result in signi

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    3. Painless Root Canal Alternatives

      July 18, 2003 - Nashville, Tenn. -- Painless root canal may sound like an oxymoron, but new techniques are making it a reality for many dental patients. One such technique involves avoiding the root canal altogether by sealing the exposed nerve with newly developed adhesives. The procedure takes jus

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    4. Go Easy on Your Toothbrush; Less is More

      June 20, 2003 -- Less may be more when it comes to brushing your teeth. A new study shows that applying more than a light amount of pressure to your teeth or brushing longer than two minutes doesn't make them any cleaner and may increase the risk of oral health problems. Experts say many people beli

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    5. Microwave Zaps Denture Germs

      June 11, 2003 -- A quick zap in the microwave can make regular denture cleaning products better at killing germs, according to a new study. Researchers found adding a two-minute treatment in the microwave made commercial denture cleaners significantly more effective in sanitizing dentures than using

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    6. Obesity Leads to Gum Disease

      June 2, 2003 -- Many medical problems -- from heart disease to diabetes -- are linked to obesity. But now researchers have found that gum disease is also significantly more common in obese people. A new nationwide study looks at the frequency of gum disease, also called periodontitis -- and shows th

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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    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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