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Actor David Ramsey Says: Don't Forget to Floss!
...So why is flossing so important...

3 Ways to Reduce the Bacteria in Your Mouth that Cause Tooth Decay
...By brushing and flossing at least once a day, you can remove most of this buildup, with twice a year dental cleanings to remove hard to reach plaque you may have missed...

Beyonce Makes Flossing a Family Affair
...The clip shows the superstar songstress — along with her adorable three-year old daughter Blue Ivy — flossing their teeth! In the background, a vocalist (sounding remarkably like her husband Jay-Z) repeats the phrase “flossin’…flossin’…” as mom and daughter appear to take care of their dental hygiene in time with the beat: https://instagram...

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...

Dr. Travis Stork: Don't Ignore Bleeding Gums
...” As many as 90 percent of people occasionally experience bleeding gums when they clean their teeth — particularly if they don’t do it often, or are just starting a flossing routine...

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...

Help Your Child Develop Good Oral Habits and Avoid Bad Ones
...That means brushing and flossing each day, along with regular dental cleanings and checkups...

Nancy O'Dell on Making Oral Hygiene Fun for Kids
...Kids can usually take over the task of brushing by themselves around age 6, but may still need help with flossing...

Help 'De-Stress' Your Child's Dental Visits with these Tips
Regular dental visits are just as important for healthy teeth and gums as daily brushing and flossing...

Look at Your Options for Saving a Tooth First Before Replacing it
... Of course, your best option is to avoid dental disease in the first place with daily brushing and flossing and regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups...

Regular Flossing not Your Thing? Try an Oral Irrigator
... Unfortunately, flossing is a lot of people’s least favorite hygiene task...

Take Care of Your Gums
...With gingivitis, gums can be red and puffy, and bleed easily when brushing or flossing...

Prompt Treatment for Gum Disease Could Ultimately Save Your Teeth
...Prevention begins with daily brushing and flossing, and continues with regular dental cleanings and checkups...

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...

Sealants Could Protect Your Child's Teeth From Future Problems
...Daily brushing and flossing, a “tooth-friendly” diet and regular dental cleanings and checkups are also necessary in helping to keep your child’s teeth healthy and free of tooth decay...

Stop White Spots Before They Appear While Wearing Braces
...They occur because acid-producing bacteria escape removal during brushing and flossing due to the braces hardware...

Any Time, Any Place: Cam Newton's Guide to Flossing
... Of course, there has been a lot of discussion lately about flossing...

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...

Back to School Do's and Don'ts
...Even 100% juices have loads of sugar—so go easy on the sweets for better checkups!Do be sure kids brush and floss regularlyThat means brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, and flossing once a day—every day! Brushing and flossing daily is the most effective way to fight cavities at home...

Stop Gum Disease Before it Gets Started with Daily Oral Hygiene
...In most cases, plaque builds up due to a lack of brushing and flossing...

Practice Daily Oral Hygiene to Prevent Calcified Plaque Formation
...Once it forms, calculus is impossible to remove by brushing and flossing alone...

Flossing Daily Around Implants will Help Prevent Losing Your Bridge
...This type of flossing is quite different than with natural teeth where you work the floss in between each tooth...

4 Things that can Cause Gum Recession and What to do About Them
...To prevent gum disease, you should practice daily brushing and flossing and see your dentist at least twice a year to thoroughly remove plaque...

Ultrasonic Plaque Removal an Effective Alternative to Manual Scaling
...While a daily habit of brushing and flossing cleans bacterial plaque from most tooth surfaces, it’s difficult to remove from places your brush or floss can’t access well...

How Big Bang Theory Actress Mayim Bialik Gets Her Kids to Floss
...“Flossing is really a pleasure in our house...

Gum Disease Could be Affecting More Than Just Your Mouth
...You can do this by brushing twice and flossing once every day to keep dental plaque, the main trigger for gum disease, from accumulating on tooth surfaces...

Do This for Your Dental Health Before, During and After Cancer Treatment
...But you should also practice daily brushing and flossing, drink plenty of water and seek treatment for any resulting GERD symptoms...

NBC Star Delivers a Message about the "Perfect" Smile
...So if you’re satisfied with the way your smile looks, all you need to do is keep up with daily brushing and flossing, and come in for regular checkups and cleanings to keep it healthy and bright...

Smoking Could Increase Your Gum Disease Risk
...You should also practice daily brushing and flossing to keep plaque at bay, followed by regular dental cleanings to remove hard to reach plaque and calculus (tartar) deposits...

4 Serious Health Conditions That Gum Disease Might Make Worse
...That’s why you should adopt a disease prevention strategy with daily brushing and flossing and regular dental visits (or whenever you notice puffy, reddened or bleeding gums)...

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...

3 Reasons Why Correcting a Poor Bite Is Worthwhile at Any Age
...Crooked teeth are more prone to collect and harbor disease-causing plaque that can “hide” from brushing and flossing...

Topical Fluoride Offers a Protective Boost to Children at High Risk for Decay
You're doing all the right things helping your child avoid tooth decay: daily brushing and flossing, regular dental visits and a low-sugar diet...

Take Extra Dental Care Precautions While Undergoing Orthodontic Therapy
...Flossing can be difficult while wearing braces, but plaque removal from between teeth is necessary for healthier teeth and gums...

4 Things You Can Do to Avoid Damage From Gum Recession
...Removing it every day with brushing and flossing minimizes the risk of gum disease and gum recession...

What You Can Do About Bad Breath (Unless You're a Famous Actress Pranking Your Co-Star)
...Thorough brushing and flossing can clear away plaque and the potential breath smell...

Brushing & Flossing with Braces
...While it's easy to use, an oral irrigator isn't a substitute for a toothbrush or dental floss — but when used along with proper brushing and flossing techniques, it can be very 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
... Variations for Comfort If you're having trouble with the two-finger method, here's another way to try flossing: Just tie the same amount of floss into a big loop, place all your fingers (but not thumbs) inside the loop, and work it around your teeth with index fingers and thumbs...

How To Floss
...Flossing is probably your single most important weapon against plaque, the clingy bacterial biofilm that sticks to the surfaces of your teeth...

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...

Tips to Prevent Cavities
...Flossing is particularly important because a toothbrush can't reach in between the teeth the way floss can...

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
...Keeping up a regular habit of brushing and flossing, getting adequate fluoride, and a diet with limited acidic foods is certainly helpful...

Gum Grafting
...Your regimen should include proper brushing with fluoride toothpaste, daily flossing, a healthy diet and regular dental and periodontal checkups...

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...

Professional Teeth Cleanings
...It may be possible to prevent this from occuring in the future with oral hygiene measures you can perform at home (such as improved flossing techniques or special mouthrinses); it might also indicate that you need more frequent in-office cleanings...

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...

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...

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...

Professional Teeth Cleanings
...It may be possible to prevent this from occuring in the future with oral hygiene measures you can perform at home (such as improved flossing techniques or special mouthrinses); it might also indicate that you need more frequent in-office cleanings...

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

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

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...

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...

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