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    1. Your Toothbrush May Have 'Fecal Matter'

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People using communal bathrooms with many others, beware: There could be traces of poop on your toothbrush. So finds a study by researchers at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. The researchers analyzed toothbrushes f

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    2. Treating Gum Disease Might Help Prostate Symptoms

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Treating gum disease may help reduce symptoms of prostate inflammation, which can make urination difficult, a small study suggests. Previous research has shown a link between gum disease and prostate inflammation -- called

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    3. U.S. Lowers Recommended Fluoride Levels in Drinking Water

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. government has decreased its recommended level of fluoride in drinking water for the first time in a half-century, to prevent staining of tooth enamel caused by overexposure to fluoride. The optimal fluoride le

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    4. Guinea Pigs Can Be Source of Strep Infection

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In the world of infectious diseases, one worrisome phenomenon is when an illness that originated in animals jumps over into people. The process -- known as zoonosis -- is not uncommon and keeps researchers on their toes as t

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    5. Sports Drinks and Dental Problems in Athletes

      Oct. 14, 2014 -- Dental problems caused by sports drinks could harm athletes' chances of victory, a new study suggests. It found that nearly one-fifth of athletes at the London 2012 Olympics had toothaches or bleeding gums that could have cost them a place on the podium, the Daily Mail in Britain re

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    6. Family Troubles Tied to Poorer Dental Health

      By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Parents and children in troubled families, where violence and verbal aggression are a common part of the daily landscape, tend to have more cavities and missing teeth, a new study suggests. New York University researcher

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    7. What's the Best Way to Brush Your Teeth?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you're unsure about the best way to brush your teeth, you're unlikely to get much help from experts. Dental associations and toothpaste and toothbrush companies don't agree on the most effective method to brush teeth,

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    8. Can Acidic Drinks Damage Kids' Teeth Permanently?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High acidity levels in soft drinks, fruit juice and sports beverages pose a threat to youngsters' teeth, a new study reports. "Our research has shown that permanent damage to the tooth enamel will occur within the first 30

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    9. Oil-Swishing Craze: All-Purpose Remedy or Not?

      By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Allison Bennett of Palm City, Fla., plans to swish daily. Sloshing coconut oil around her mouth for a quarter of an hour every day will make her teeth whiter, she believes. Like Bennett, plenty of consumers are dis

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    10. Many Americans Don't Receive Preventive Dental Care: Survey

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Too many Americans lack access to preventive dental care, a new study reports, and large differences exist among racial and ethnic groups. For the study, researchers analyzed telephone survey data collected from nearly

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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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