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  1. FDA Warning on 39 Million Electric Toothbrushes

    Feb. 17, 2012 -- The Spinbrush electric toothbrush -- heavily marketed to children -- can cause serious face and mouth injuries, the FDA warns. More than 39 million of the toothbrushes have been sold under various brand names. But all are called "Spinbrush." Those currently on sale carry the Arm & H

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  2. Coping With Dental Phobia

    Does the thought of succumbing to the dentist's chair send a jolt of anxiety through your body? When it comes to triggering a fear response, few things can set people off like an upcoming trip to the dentist. That fear can set in early.  Threatening comments from a parent, such as "If you don't brus

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  3. Adele's Grammy Comeback After Vocal Cord Surgery

    Feb. 10, 2012 -- The Grammy Awards are the first live performance for Adele, the bluesy 23-year-old British singer and 2011 Billboard artist of the year, since having throat surgery last November to remove a benign polyp on her vocal cord. To better understand the procedure she underwent and the rea

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  4. Licorice Root May Cut Cavities, Gum Disease

    Jan. 6, 2012 -- A substance known as the main ingredient of a classic candy may actually be good for your teeth: licorice. According to a new study in the Journal of Natural Products, licorice root may help keep teeth healthy. The authors report that compounds found in the dried root of the licorice

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  5. Oral Health: The Mouth-Body Connection

    Years ago, a physician who suspected heart disease would probably not refer the patient to a gum specialist. The same went for diabetes, pregnancy, or just about any other medical condition. Times have changed. The past 5 to 10 years have seen ballooning interest in possible links between mouth heal

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  6. The Health Perils of Gum Disease

    Like a lot of people, Susan Karcz didn’t often think about her gums. “People tend to pay more attention to teeth,” she says. “You can see them, for one thing.” Gum graft surgery changed her focus. The procedure involved removing tissue from the roof of Karcz’s mouth and grafting it onto the front of

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  7. Getting Your Teeth Cleaned May Help Your Heart

    Nov. 16, 2011 (Orlando, Fla.) -- Getting your teeth cleaned may give you more than a sparkling white smile -- it may give you something to smile about, like your health. In a large study, people who had their teeth professionally scaled at least once every two years were 24% less likely to have a he

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  8. What Your Dentist Knows About Your Health

    During your routine dental check-up, your dentist can uncover important clues about your overall health. If your tooth enamel is worn down, for example, that's a sign that you may be suffering from stress and grinding your teeth at night. Swollen and receding gums can be an early sign of diabetes, a

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  9. Adele Cancels U.S. Tour Due to Vocal Cord Hemorrhage

    Oct. 5, 2011 -- Once again, British singer Adele has been forced to cancel a number of sold-out U.S. shows because of throat problems.  The award-winning singer-songwriter of such hits as "Rolling in the Deep" says on her blog that for the second time this year, she has a vocal cord hemorrhage. She'

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  10. The Importance of Early Dental Visits

    At the sight of my son's first tooth, it dawned on me: I had been so focused on every other detail of his development that I knew almost nothing about dental care for little choppers. According to Clarice Law, DMD, MS, assistant professor in the Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics sections at the U

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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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