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    1. 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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    2. Pricey Dental Implants Not Always Necessary: Study

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Dental implants are reliable replacements for teeth that are already missing, but they're not always the best choice for diseased teeth, a new study indicates. Instead, attempts to save the tooth with treatment, especially in

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    3. Too Many Antibiotics Prescribed for Sore Throats?

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Despite efforts to curb the unnecessary use of antibiotics, many doctors still prescribe them for illnesses that don't respond to the medications, Harvard researchers report. Antibiotics only work against bacterial infections

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    4. Cavities Tied to Lower Risk of Head, Neck Cancer

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 12 (HealthDay News) -- People with more cavities in their teeth may have a reduced risk for some head and neck cancers, a new study suggests. That's because lactic acid bacteria produced by cavities may be protective against cancer cells, the stu

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    5. Poor Oral Hygiene Tied to Cancer-Linked Virus

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21 (HealthDay News) -- People whose teeth and gums are in poor condition may be more susceptible to an oral virus that can cause certain mouth and throat cancers, a new study suggests. Researchers found that of more than 3,400 U.S. adults, those who r

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    6. Can Poor Dental Health Cause Dementia?

      July 31, 2013 -- Poor dental health and gum disease may be linked to Alzheimer's disease and dementia, a new study from the University of Central Lancashire School of Medicine and Dentistry suggests. Although past studies have suggested a link between oral health and dementia, this is the first to p

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    7. Annual Dental Cleaning May Be Enough for Some

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- For many people, once-a-year dental cleaning may be enough to prevent gum disease that leads to tooth loss, according to a new study. "Twice-yearly cleanings have been recommended for over 50 years without supporting evidence,"

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    8. Tonsillectomy Might Be Worth It for Some Adults

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 2 (HealthDay News) -- Adults with recurrent sore throats might benefit from getting their tonsils removed, according to a new study from Finland. People tend to think of tonsillitis -- sore and swollen tissues at the back of the throat -- as occur

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    9. Grow Your Own Replacement Tooth?

      March 12, 2013 -- Growing a replacement tooth from your own cells may be a step closer, according to new research. It is still too early for use in people, but the technique involves taking stem cells and growing more of them to produce a very small, immature tooth, similar to what a tooth would loo

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    10. Tooth Loss Linked to Higher Risk for Heart Disease

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 7 (HealthDay News) -- For adults, losing teeth is bad enough, but tooth loss is also associated with several risk factors for heart disease, a large international study suggests. These heart disease-related risk factors include diabetes, obesity, h

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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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