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  1. Colgate Warns of Fake Toothpaste

    June 14, 2007 -- The Colgate-Palmolive Co. today warned that counterfeit toothpaste falsely labeled as "Colgate" has been found in four states and may contain a poisonous chemical called diethylene glycol (DEG). The counterfeit product has been found in "several dollar-type discount stores" in Maryl

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  2. FDA Warns of Chinese-Made Toothpaste

    June 1, 2007 -- The FDA warned consumers Friday not to use toothpaste made in China after regulators found some brands contained a poisonous ingredient also found in antifreeze. Officials say they have identified at least 16 brands of imported toothpaste potentially containing diethylene glycol, a c

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  3. Smoking and Sleep Affect Oral Health

    May 18, 2007 -- Smoking may be public enemy No. 1 when it comes to the health of your teeth and gums. A new study shows smoking was the leading lifestyle factor affecting the progression of periodontal disease. Second to smoking in terms of worsening periodontal disease was not getting enough sleep.

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  4. Baby Teeth Cavities on the Rise

    April 30, 2007 -- America's children are increasingly getting their first dental cavities before the tooth fairy arrives. The CDC today released its latest report card on the nation's oral health. The report shows that about 28% of U.S. children aged 2-5 have cavities in their baby teeth. That's up

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  5. Patch May Help Heal Canker Sores

    March 22, 2007 -- A new over-the-counter patch may help canker sores heal faster. Scientists (including the patch's inventor) announced that news today in New Orleans at the 85th general session of the International Association for Dental Research. The researchers studied 46 adults with recurrent ca

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  6. Treat Gum Disease, Help Heart?

    Feb. 28, 2007 -- In people with gum disease, intensive treatment may benefit blood vessels as well as their gums. That's according to a study of 120 people with severe gum disease, also called periodontitis. In periodontitis, gums recede and teeth can loosen as their support weakens. Other studies h

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  7. Tooth Whiteners Work, at Least Briefly

    Oct. 17, 2006 -- Thinking of sprucing up your smile with at-home tooth-whitening products? Your pearly whites may indeed get pearlier with those products, at least in the short run. That news appears in The Cochrane Library's online edition. Hana Hasson, DDS, and colleagues reviewed 25 studies on at

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  8. Bad Breath Banishers Battle It Out

    April 21, 2006 -- Bogged down by bad breath? Using a tongue-scraping device might be a better solution than brushing the tongue with a toothbrush. Researchers recently reviewed two studies that pitted tongue scrapers against toothbrushes in curbing bad breath. The results, published in The Cochrane

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  9. Gatorade Tough on Teeth?

    March 9, 2006 -- Gatorade erodes teeth faster than Coke, a new study shows. That doesn't mean that Gatorade and other sports drinks are necessarily harder on your teeth than are Coke and other soft drinks. But it may be a surprise that they aren't any better, either, says researcher Leslie A. Ehlen,

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  10. 9 Risk Factors for Tooth Loss

    Nov. 11, 2005 -- Avoiding tooth loss may be partly within your control, new research suggests. In the Journal of Periodontology, dental experts list nine risk factors for tooth loss due to periodontal disease. Here's the list: Being older than 35 Being male Never getting professional dental care Nev

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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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