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    1. Triclosan May Not Be a Dirty Word After All

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Triclosan, an ingredient used in some antibacterial products and toothpaste, is a dirty word in certain circles. But triclosan might not cause the harms that some fear, new research suggests. "There are a lot of

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    2. Is Seniors' Dental Health Tied to Mental Health?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There seems to be a link between poor oral health and age-related mental decline, researchers say. However, the researchers emphasized there is not enough evidence to prove a direct link between oral health and thinking ("

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    3. Scientists: Pill to Ward Off Cavities Could Happen

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new discovery might one day lead to an anti-cavity pill, researchers report. The University of Florida scientists identified a strain of bacteria in the mouth that may keep cavity-causing bacteria in check. The investig

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    4. Talk Therapy to Tackle Fear of the Dentist

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many people are familiar with the fear that can precede a visit to the dentist, but new research shows that talk therapy can help when that anxiety becomes a crippling phobia. In the study, British investigators tried an

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    5. Toothlessness a Clue to Deadly Heart Disease?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Toothless heart disease patients are nearly twice as likely to die as those who have all their teeth, a new study suggests. Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss, and gum disease-related inflammation is beli

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    6. Are British Teeth Really Worse Than U.S. Teeth?

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although British teeth have long been a subject of satire in the United States, a new stereotype-busting study is giving the British a little something to smile about. Researchers have found evidence that British oral heal

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    7. Dentistry Without the Drill? New Study Offers Hope

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Good news for those afraid of the dentist's drill: New research suggests that a "no-drill" approach can halt tooth decay in many cases. An Australian team's seven-year study found that the need for fillings fell 30 to 50

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    8. Sugar-Free Sodas, Candy Can Still Damage Teeth

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even sugar-free sodas, sports drinks and candy can damage your teeth, a new study warns. Australian researchers tested 23 sugar-free and sugar-containing products, including soft drinks and sports drinks, and found that so

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    9. Can Fillings Harm Neighboring Teeth?

      Oct. 27, 2015 -- The teeth on either side of a new filling might be at risk for decay, dental experts say. New research in the Journal of Dentistry suggests the trauma caused by the initial filling may be partly to blame. Researchers from the Nordic Institute of Dental Materials in Oslo, Norway, exa

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    10. Strep Throat: How Soon Can Kids Go Back to School?

      Sept. 3, 2015 -- Children treated for strep throat with the prescription drug amoxicillin might be able to return to school the next day without putting other kids at risk for catching the illness, suggests a study published online in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. But parents, take note:

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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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