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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. Grow Your Own Replacement Tooth?

      March 12, 2013 -- Growing a replacement tooth from your own cells may be a step closer, according to new research. It is still too early for use in people, but the technique involves taking stem cells and growing more of them to produce a very small, immature tooth, similar to what a tooth would loo

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    8. Tooth Loss Linked to Higher Risk for Heart Disease

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 7 (HealthDay News) -- For adults, losing teeth is bad enough, but tooth loss is also associated with several risk factors for heart disease, a large international study suggests. These heart disease-related risk factors include diabetes, obesity, h

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    9. 1 in 8 Adults May Have Sensitive Teeth

      By Carina Storrs HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 1 (HealthDay News) -- If you sometimes get a jolt of pain in your mouth when you drink or eat something hot or cold, you're not alone: A new survey of U.S. dental offices finds that one in eight people has over-sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth were m

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    10. Everyday Habits That Damage Your Teeth

      You plan meals, grab drinks, and play sports without giving much thought to your teeth. But you might not realize how food, beverages, and activities can wreck the health of your pearly whites. Twenty-five percent of U.S. adults over age 65 have lost all their teeth - here's how you can protect your

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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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