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    1. Oral Health Score May Reveal Heart Risks

      Feb. 18, 2004 -- Your smile may speak volumes about your heart. New research shows that poor scores in five different areas of oral health may serve as a red flag for heart disease risk. A small study shows that poor oral health was a stronger predictor of heart disease than other commonly used risk

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    2. Sign of Heart Trouble -- or Gum Disease?

      Jan. 22, 2004 -- If your blood test says you're at high risk of heart disease, it might be wise to call your dentist. CRP -- C-reactive protein -- is a marker for low-grade inflammation in the blood vessels, a mechanism in the development of hardening of the arteries. It's also an early warning of g

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    3. Angry, Lonely Men Prone to Gum Disease

      Dec. 22, 2003 -- If you're angry, this may make you mad. And if you're lonely, it may make you want to shun others. Here's the news: Anger and social isolation are linked to gum disease -- particularly in men. The findings come from a survey of more than 42,500 health professionals. Nearly 60% are d

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    4. More Elderly Keeping Their Natural Teeth

      Dec. 18, 2003 -- The numbers of older people retaining their natural teeth has increased steadily over past decades, the CDC says. That trend is likely to continue, vastly improving quality of life for seniors, the new report shows. But elderly Americans need greater help from community sources for

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    5. Oral Piercing Causes Long-Term Damage

      July 21, 2003 -- Piercing is a hot fashion trend but you may not be smiling pretty for long if you get one in your mouth. A new study shows oral piercing -- such as on the tongue or lip -- may cause tooth loss. "Wearing oral piercing ornaments, even over relatively short periods, may result in signi

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    6. Painless Root Canal Alternatives

      July 18, 2003 - Nashville, Tenn. -- Painless root canal may sound like an oxymoron, but new techniques are making it a reality for many dental patients. One such technique involves avoiding the root canal altogether by sealing the exposed nerve with newly developed adhesives. The procedure takes jus

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    7. Go Easy on Your Toothbrush; Less is More

      June 20, 2003 -- Less may be more when it comes to brushing your teeth. A new study shows that applying more than a light amount of pressure to your teeth or brushing longer than two minutes doesn't make them any cleaner and may increase the risk of oral health problems. Experts say many people beli

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    8. Microwave Zaps Denture Germs

      June 11, 2003 -- A quick zap in the microwave can make regular denture cleaning products better at killing germs, according to a new study. Researchers found adding a two-minute treatment in the microwave made commercial denture cleaners significantly more effective in sanitizing dentures than using

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    9. Obesity Leads to Gum Disease

      June 2, 2003 -- Many medical problems -- from heart disease to diabetes -- are linked to obesity. But now researchers have found that gum disease is also significantly more common in obese people. A new nationwide study looks at the frequency of gum disease, also called periodontitis -- and shows th

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    10. Stop the Tooth Fairy

      April 21, 2003 -- The tooth fairy may be getting a bargain. There are valuable stem cells in lost baby teeth. As medical research advances, there's a growing appreciation of what stem cells can do. These early cells haven't changed much since birth. Different types of stem cells can turn into differ

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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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