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  1. Too Much Soda Taking Its Toll on Kids' Teeth

    July 12, 2001 -- Sodas are a thirst-quencher and a caffeine kick. But they're also ruining kids' teeth, say many experts. Kids are drinking the stuff from morning to night -- all through the school day. The result is a prevalence of cavities that dentists have not seen since pre-fluoride days. "Not

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  2. Is Mercury in Fillings Really a Problem?

    May 29, 2001 -- Chances are, you have had a tooth cavity that needed to be filled. It's a pretty common occurrence. But how often have you have stopped to wonder what those fillings contain -- and what you carry around in your mouth for decades? According to the American Dental Association, or ADA,

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  3. Passive Smoke Linked to Cavities in Children

    May 1, 2001 (Baltimore, Md.) -- If you need another reason to give up smoking, consider the dental health of your children. That's what researchers from the University of Rochester hope parents will do as a result of their new study which finds that children exposed to second-hand smoke are more lik

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  4. Cavity Cops Dis 'Drill and Fill'

    March 28, 2001 (Bethesda, Md.) -- To significantly improve dental health in the U.S., we need to develop more sophisticated strategies than to simply "drill and fill" cavities when they appear. That's the gist of a consensus statement released today by an expert panel of dental experts convened by t

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  5. Something to Chew On: Keeping Those Pearlies Healthy

    March 26, 2001 (Bethesda, Md.) -- Dental care has come a long way from the days of George Washington, when our first president struggled with custom-rigged ivory dentures after losing his teeth to disease. A surgeon general's report last year noted that our nation's oral health is its best ever. Too

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  6. Straight Talk On Invisible Braces

    Nov. 30, 2000 -- Forget the gunmetal-gray strapping -- it's not the only way to get straight teeth. That's essentially the marketing pitch behind a new type of orthodontic device that promises a straight smile while being easy on the eyes. The Invisalign process uses a series of clear, plastic molds

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  7. What Teeth May Come.

    Reviewed by Dr. Aman Shah Nov. 1, 2000 -- Your teeth are the hardest part of your body, but they aren't indestructible -- just ask some of the rough and tumble sports heroes whose choppers didn't withstand the last fist, elbow, or hockey puck that found its way to their mouths. Dentists have long re

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  8. Is Fluoride Good for Teeth and Bones?

    Oct. 10, 2000 -- Drinking bottled water may be trendy, but a new study shows that, despite its taste, the stuff straight from the tap may be better for your bones. Researchers found that drinking fluoridated tap water slightly improved bone density in women and reduced their risk of hip and spine fr

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  9. Keep That Smile! Calcium and Vitamin D Prevent Tooth Loss

    Sept. 27, 2000 -- If you're supplementing your diet with calcium and vitamin D to prevent bone loss, you may be more likely to hang onto your pearly whites, according to a report at this week's meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research in Toronto. Even so, older adults need to fl

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  10. Premature Babies' Teeth Aren't Necessarily Problem Teeth

    Sept. 22, 2000 -- When Sara DeSanto's water broke at 36 weeks, her first question was why her labor began early. But the Minneapolis attorney's thoughts quickly turned to concern for her five-and-a-half pound daughter, Natalie, whose sudden birth meant she was now considered a premature baby. "Of co

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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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