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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. Many Americans Don't Receive Preventive Dental Care: Survey

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Too many Americans lack access to preventive dental care, a new study reports, and large differences exist among racial and ethnic groups. For the study, researchers analyzed telephone survey data collected from nearly

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    5. Pricey Dental Implants Not Always Necessary: Study

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Dental implants are reliable replacements for teeth that are already missing, but they're not always the best choice for diseased teeth, a new study indicates. Instead, attempts to save the tooth with treatment, especially in

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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    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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