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To Prevent Tooth Decay, Practice Effective Brushing and Flossing
... Getting from Fact 1 to Fact 2 requires the daily hygiene habits of brushing and flossing...

Johnny's Teeth Aren't Rotten Any More
...But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants...

Clear Aligners Reduce Risk for Developing Gum Disease Better than Braces
...It can be treated and brought under control — but keeping it under control requires daily brushing and flossing, along with frequent office cleanings and checkups...

Don't Neglect Dental Care When You Encounter Tough Budget Times
...Practice daily brushing and flossing to remove bacterial plaque from tooth surfaces, a primary cause of dental disease...

Actor David Ramsey Says: Don't Forget to Floss!
... Apparently, Ramsey had always been very conscientious about brushing his teeth but he never flossed them...

Proper Brushing and Flossing Removes Disease-Causing Plaque
You've been brushing your teeth since you were big enough to look over the bathroom sink: now you brush and floss every day...

Nancy O'Dell on Making Oral Hygiene Fun for Kids
...She bought Ashby a timer in the shape of a tooth that ticks for two minutes — the recommended amount of time that should be spent on brushing — and the little girl loved it...

Sofia Vergara: 'Obsessed' With Oral Hygiene
...You can’t remove tartar by flossing or brushing, but we can clear it away — and leave you with a bright, fresh-feeling smile! So take a tip from Sofia Vergara, and don’t skimp on professional cleanings and checkups...

Topical Fluoride Could Further Lower Tooth Decay Risk in Children
...Consistent daily brushing and flossing, a nutritious diet low in added sugar, and regular dental visits still remain the backbone of preventive care...

Regular Flossing not Your Thing? Try an Oral Irrigator
... Brushing does an effective job removing plaque from the broad surfaces of teeth...

In Today's NFL, Oral Hygiene Takes Center Stage
...When used along with brushing and flossing, they can reduce gum disease (gingivitis) and promote good oral health...

America's (Dentists) Got Talent - for Fixing Damaged or Missing Teeth!
... We’re pleased to see that the Atom has kept his natural teeth in good shape: He must have found time for brushing and flossing in between stunts...

Tooth Decay can be Less of a Problem with Minimally Invasive Dentistry
... We also can’t forget the role of the twin daily hygiene practices brushing and flossing to remove bacterial plaque, the main source of dental disease...

Not Your Granddad's Dental Care: the New Approach to Tooth Decay Treatment
...The foundation for prevention, though, remains the same as it was for past family generations—practice effective oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily and regular dental cleanings and checkups to keep bacterial plaque from accumulating and growing...

Tom Hanks' Abscessed Tooth Gets Cast Away
...By brushing your teeth twice each day for two minutes, and flossing at least once a day, you will go a long way towards keeping harmful oral bacteria from thriving in your mouth...

Improve Your Brushing and Flossing Habit with These Tips
...So then, here are answers to 4 typical hygiene questions that can help you improve your brushing and flossing...

3 Tips for Helping Your Kids Develop Great Tooth-Friendly Habits
...The most important thing you can do is train them in effective brushing and flossing...

Increase Your Implant's Success Chances by Keeping Your Gums Healthy
...Of course, the best way to treat peri-implantitis is to attempt to prevent it through daily brushing and flossing, and at least twice a year (or more, if we recommend it) dental visits for thorough cleanings and checkups...

Can an App Help You Brush Your Teeth?
...And shortly, you’ll be able to check how well you’ve been brushing your teeth...

Not All Crowns are Alike. Know the Differences to Get the Look you Want
...A skilled dental technician will spend several hours, including brushing on as many as fifteen coats of liquid porcelain to the crown, to achieve the most life-like outcome...

Where - and How - Does it Hurt? Getting to the Source of Tooth Pain
...The latter often occurs either because of over-aggressive brushing or periodontal (gum) disease...

Think Water First for Summer Thirst
...And wait at least an hour before brushing your teeth; otherwise you might remove tooth enamel that has been softened by acids...

Pros and Cons for Flossing Before Brushing and Vice-Versa
For best results in cleaning your teeth of disease-causing plaque you need both the power of brushing open teeth surfaces and flossing in between them...

Beyonce Makes Flossing a Family Affair
...Depending on your child’s dexterity, age 3 might be a good time to let them have a try at brushing by themselves...

How to Help Your Kids Form Good Oral Hygiene Habits
...Research shows that when young children notice other family members brushing their teeth, they want to brush, too...

4 Causes for Gum Recession and What We Can Do About It
... Over-aggressive brushing...

Don't Let GERD Ruin Your Teeth's Health
...If you’ve been diagnosed with GERD, be sure to maintain good oral hygiene practices like brushing or flossing, especially using fluoride toothpaste to strengthen enamel...

Keep the Space between an Implant-Supported Bridge and the Gums Clean
...Brushing around a bridge could be difficult with a traditional brush, so you may want to use an interproximal brush designed for just such situations...

Expert Advice: Vivica A. Fox on Kissing and Oral health
... For proper at-home oral care, nothing beats brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossing once a day...

4 Dental Care Areas to Keep in Mind for the Senior Adult in Your Life
...As we grow older, arthritis and similar conditions make brushing and flossing difficult to perform...

What You Should do About This Bizarre Drug Side Effect
...It's mostly remedied by removing the original cause, such as changing to a different antibiotic or quitting smoking, and gently cleaning the tongue everyday by brushing it or using a tongue scraper you can obtain from a pharmacy...

4 Things You Should be Doing to Maintain a Healthy Mouth
...Brushing with fluoride toothpaste at least once every day is a must for removing plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles which is the main cause of dental disease...

4 Affordable Ways to Transform Your Smile for a Once-In-A-Lifetime Moment
...Your own daily practice of brushing and flossing will also help you maintain a beautiful smile...

See Your Dentist if You Have one of these Top 3 Oral Problems
...Because dental disease is usually the ultimate culprit, the best way to avoid this is to practice daily brushing and flossing and regular dental visits...

How to Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy During Pregnancy
...First and foremost, keep up a daily regimen of brushing and flossing to remove accumulated dental plaque...

Keep an Eye on Your Teeth and Gum Health During Cancer Treatment
...So, be sure you keep up daily brushing and flossing and see your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups...

Tooth Sensitivity Could Be a Sign of Deeper Problems
...The most important thing you can do is practice daily brushing and flossing to reduce bacterial plaque and see your dentist regularly for dental cleanings and checkups...

Baseball's Francisco Lindor Shines as "Mr. Smile"
...Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office...

Keep Alert to These Signs of Impending Tooth Decay
...It’s essential to remove it daily through diligent brushing and flossing and more thorough office cleanings at least twice a year...

Healthy Smiles for Alfonso Ribeiro and Family
... Keep Up the Good Work—That means brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day, every single day...

Here's How to Cut Through All the Choices to Find Your Right Toothbrush
...A brush that’s comfortable to use and easy to handle can make your brushing more effective...

4 Dental Health Areas That Deserve Attention Before Getting Back to School
...The break in routine caused by sheltering in place may have had a stilting effect on regular habits like brushing and flossing...

Take These Steps to Alleviate Chronic Dry Mouth
...Brushing and flossing clear away dental plaque, the top cause for dental disease...

Dental Implants
... They require exactly the same care as natural teeth: daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dental checkups and professional cleanings...

A Word to Young Adults: Brushing and Flossing are Key to a Healthy Mouth
...Brushing and flossing removes this buildup and thus reduces the long-term risk for either disease...

Brushing & Flossing with Braces
...Let's start with the basic brushing tools: Either a soft-bristle brush or a bi-level brush (one that has shorter bristles in the middle and longer bristles at the edges) can be effective...

Invisalign for Adults
...Rather than being cemented or bonded to the teeth as metal or clear braces are, clear aligners are completely removable — for important social occasions, for eating, and, most importantly, for tooth-brushing and flossing...

Invisalign for Teens
...Because they're removable, there's nothing to keep you from brushing and flossing everywhere in your mouth, just as you would without appliances...

Post-Orthodontic Care
...Fixed retainers are cleaned by brushing and flossing; a floss threader or interproximal brush can also be a helpful cleaning tool when needed...

Orthodontics & Dental Hygiene
...Keep eating healthy foods like carrots and apples — but cut them into bite-sized pieces first! And don't chew on ice, pencils, or your nails: these habits can cause damage to your appliances, and even result in chipped teeth! Daily Maintenance You know how important brushing and flossing are for keeping a healthy smile — especially now that you're in orthodontic treatment...

How To Brush
... First, the reasons why: Brushing is an effective way to remove plaque — a sticky, bacteria-laden biofilm that clings stubbornly to your teeth...

How To Floss
...Brushing is a good start — but flossing removes plaque in places a brush can't reach, like the small gaps between teeth and under the gums...

Interdental Cleaning Devices
Almost everyone understands the importance of regular brushing and flossing to their oral health...

Mouthrinses
Numerous studies have shown that using an appropriate mouthrinse, in conjunction with regular brushing and flossing, is an easy and effective way for you to improve your overall oral health...

Oral Hygiene for Kids
...From toothbrushing for your toddler to helping your teenager stay away from tobacco, Dear Doctor magazine offers the most important tips for healthy habit formation through childhood and beyond...

Toothpaste
...Today, most have a similar set of active ingredients, including: Abrasives, which help remove surface deposits and stains from teeth, and make the mechanical action of brushing more effective...

Inlays & Onlays
...Conscientious daily brushing and flossing, and regular professional cleanings at the dental office are all you need to make sure your restoration lasts for years to come...

Porcelain Veneers
... Caring for Your Veneers Just like the teeth nature gave you, teeth restored with veneers need gentle brushing and flossing every day...

Teeth Whitening
...First of all, please maintain your usual, conscientious routine of brushing and flossing every day, and keep up with your regular schedule of professional cleanings at the dental office...

Tooth Decay Prevention
...Is your brushing technique adequate...

Tooth Wear
...The most common source of abrasion is traumatic toothbrushing, meaning that you are using a toothbrush that's too hard or applying too much force when you brush...

Age One Dental Visit
...Tips on cleaning and brushing effectively will be reviewed and a follow-up visit will be scheduled as required...

Sealants
...From toothbrushing for your toddler to helping your teenager stay away from tobacco, Dear Doctor magazine offers the most important tips for healthy habit formation through childhood and beyond...

Teething
...From toothbrushing for your toddler to helping your teenager stay away from tobacco, Dear Doctor magazine offers the most important tips for healthy habit formation through childhood and beyond...

Gum Grafting
... One is ineffective oral hygiene: This includes both inadequate brushing, which fails to remove dental plaque; and excessive brushing, which erodes the tissue...

Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment
...You will be instructed in the most effective brushing and flossing techniques, and given recommendations for products that you should use at home...

Periodontal (Gum) Disease
...Still, there are some important things to look for: Bleeding gums — Some people think that when their gums bleed, it simply means they're brushing too hard...

Cleft Lip & Palate Repair
...From toothbrushing for your toddler to helping your teenager stay away from tobacco, Dear Doctor magazine offers the most important tips for healthy habit formation through childhood and beyond...

Wisdom Teeth
... You may want to eat soft foods for a few days after the extraction; likewise, be careful when brushing or putting anything in your mouth until your healing is complete...

Aging & Dental Health
... Sometimes, decreased mobility (due to arthritis or similar conditions) makes routine brushing and flossing more difficult...

Antibiotic Premedicationfor Dental Treatments
...This could occur in many dental procedures - and it could also occur during routine activities like chewing, brushing and flossing...

Blood Pressure Medications & Your Gums
... In addition to regular dental cleanings, you will need to be extra vigilant at home: proper brushing technique and the use of interdental cleaners (such as floss) are needed to clean the spaces between teeth is a must...

Fluoride
...If you maintain an effective daily routine of brushing and flossing, and avoid sugary and/or acidic foods and beverages, your decay risk will likely be low...

Nutrition & Oral Health
...If you do occasionally have a soda, swish some water in your mouth afterwards — but don't brush your teeth for at least an hour! Doing so could make it easy for tooth enamel, already softened up by acid, to be eroded away by brushing...

Oral Piercings
...From toothbrushing for your toddler to helping your teenager stay away from tobacco, Dear Doctor magazine offers the most important tips for healthy habit formation through childhood and beyond...

Pregnancy, Hormones & Oral Health
...Wait a full hour before brushing your teeth...

Preventive Dentistry
...Daily effective brushing and flossing will go a long way toward removing the dental plaque responsible for dental disease, tooth loss, and the need for more complex dental treatment...

Root Canal Surgery (Apicoectomy)
...You can probably return to normal activities the following day, but you may want to avoid eating hard or crunchy foods or brushing vigorously for a few days afterwards...

Root Canal Treatment FAQs
... Keep your teeth decay-free by brushing and flossing every day...

Tooth Sensitivity
...This can be caused by genetic factors, periodontal disease, excessively vigorous brushing — or a combination of all three...

Implant Dentistry
...Flossing and brushing your teeth on a daily basis, along with regular professional cleanings, can prevent this...

Oral Health
...Effective oral hygiene involves brushing your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once per day to remove plaque from between the teeth...

Oral Hygiene
...Using a therapeutic mouthrinse has been proven to control plaque bacteria and prevent cavities better than brushing and flossing alone...

Pediatric Dentistry
...Starting at age 2, when there are more teeth in the mouth, establish a daily brushing routine with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and no more than a thin smear of fluoridated toothpaste...

Periodontal Therapy
... Your Role in Periodontal Health Dental plaque is the main cause of periodontal disease, so it's essential to remove it every day with effective brushing and flossing...