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    1. Dental Treatments Don’t Stop Preterm Births

      Jan. 29, 2009 -- Treating gum disease during pregnancy has not proven to be an effective strategy for preventing preterm births. The observation that pregnant women with periodontal disease seem to have an increased risk for very early delivery led to hopes that treating tooth and gum problems could

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    2. Root Canal or Dental Implant?

      Nov. 19, 2008 -- Root canals and dental implants are equally successful, but implants may need more follow-up maintenance, a new study shows. Dental implants replace tooth roots. A root canal is a procedure designed to save an infected or decayed tooth. The study, published in the November edition o

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    3. Mouthwashes Really Do Fight Bad Breath

      Oct. 7, 2008 -- A new review of studies delves into how to beat bad breath (halitosis) -- and gives high marks to mouthwashes. Researchers led by Zbys Fedorowicz from the Bahrain Ministry of Health reviewed results from five studies with participants who were randomly given mouthwashes or placebo; 2

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    4. Could Saliva One Day Detect Oral Cancer?

      Oct. 1, 2008 -- What if a saliva test could detect mouth cancer? Researchers are taking the next step in making that a possibility. Researchers from the University of California's Los Angeles School of Dentistry compared saliva from 64 people who had mouth cancer and 64 others who did not. The type

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    5. Enhanced Gummy Bears Fight Cavities

      July 24, 2008 -- Researchers have tested gummy bears made with a sugar substitute that wards off cavity-causing bacteria. A study in Washington State gathered 154 first to fifth graders from two elementary schools. The students were given four gummy bears made with either xylitol or maltitol (types

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    6. Sweetener May Cut Cavities in Kids

      July 9, 2008 -- Daily doses of a sweetened syrup could keep very young kids from developing cavities. Dental researchers at the University of Washington have found that toddlers who are given two or three daily spoonfuls of the sugar substitute xylitol in a fruit-flavored syrup have significantly lo

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    7. FDA: Possible Risk From Dental Fillings

      June 5, 2008 -- Mercury from amalgam dental fillings may be toxic to children and developing fetuses, the FDA now admits. Experts say there's no proof that dental fillings cause harm to consumers. But they also say there's no proof that the fillings -- which are half mercury by weight -- are entirel

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    8. Gum Disease May Raise Cancer Risk

      May 27, 2008 -- Men with a history of gum disease may be more likely than other men to develop cancer, a new study shows. The study included more than 48,000 male health care workers who were followed from 1986 through January 2004. When the study started, the men were asked if they had a history of

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    9. New Drug Reverses Dentists' Anesthesia

      May 12, 2008 -- The FDA has approved OraVerse, the first drug indicated for reversing the effects of local anesthesia used by dentists. According to Novalar Pharmaceuticals, the drug company that makes OraVerse, the FDA approved OraVerse's use in adults and children based on several clinical studies

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    10. FDA Warns of Allergy to Denture Cleansers

      Feb. 26, 2008 -- Use denture cleansers? The FDA wants you to watch for allergic reactions and make sure you use those products as directed -- and never in the mouth. The FDA says it's received 73 reports of allergic reactions, including at least one death, linked to denture cleansers. A denture clea

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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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