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    1. Braces for Adults: How to Make the Decision

      Braces aren't just for kids anymore. You might want to consider them when you're past the teenage years for a number of reasons. You'll have lots of choices to get the best smile you can. Correct shifting teeth. Just because you had braces as a kid doesn't mean you're off the hook. "Teeth tend to mo

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    2. How to Pick the Right Fillings for Your Teeth

      If you have to get a filling, you and your dentist have lots of materials to choose from. Before your appointment, get up to speed on your options. Composite fillings are the most widely used dental filling material. They're made of glass or quartz in resin. Your dentist may choose a composite filli

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    3. 5 Tips for a Nice Smile

      With selfies and instant photo sharing, a camera-ready smile is great to have. You don't need to be a celebrity to know how to flash a glowing grin, though. Follow these steps to get pictures you'll be happy to send to your friends. No. 1: Be natural. When it's picture time, smile gently. That way,

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    4. Can 'Dental Tourism' Help You Save Money?

      Scheduling a root canal or wisdom tooth extraction on vacation might seem odd, but more and more Americans are making appointments with dentists abroad. The trend's been dubbed "dental tourism." More than 500,000 Americans traveled out of the country for dental care in 2013, according to the medical

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    5. Guinea Pigs Can Be Source of Strep Infection

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In the world of infectious diseases, one worrisome phenomenon is when an illness that originated in animals jumps over into people. The process -- known as zoonosis -- is not uncommon and keeps researchers on their toes as t

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    6. Sports Drinks and Dental Problems in Athletes

      Oct. 14, 2014 -- Dental problems caused by sports drinks could harm athletes' chances of victory, a new study suggests. It found that nearly one-fifth of athletes at the London 2012 Olympics had toothaches or bleeding gums that could have cost them a place on the podium, the Daily Mail in Britain re

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    7. Family Troubles Tied to Poorer Dental Health

      By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Parents and children in troubled families, where violence and verbal aggression are a common part of the daily landscape, tend to have more cavities and missing teeth, a new study suggests. New York University researcher

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    8. 4 Tips to Protect Your Holiday Smile

      You can enjoy seasonal sweets and still have a cavity-free smile to flash in festive photos. These tips will keep your teeth healthy during the holidays. Avoid over doing it with candy. It's the most wonderful time of year for candy canes, popcorn balls, and cookies -- and this nonstop buffet of swe

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    9. What's the Best Way to Brush Your Teeth?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you're unsure about the best way to brush your teeth, you're unlikely to get much help from experts. Dental associations and toothpaste and toothbrush companies don't agree on the most effective method to brush teeth,

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    10. Can Acidic Drinks Damage Kids' Teeth Permanently?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High acidity levels in soft drinks, fruit juice and sports beverages pose a threat to youngsters' teeth, a new study reports. "Our research has shown that permanent damage to the tooth enamel will occur within the first 30

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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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