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How to Have Healthy Teeth and Gums

“You don’t have to floss all your teeth, just the ones you want to keep.” This popular phrase, posted in many dental offices, takes a humorous approach to preventive dental care. Daily tooth brushing and flossing requires a little time, but the benefits are many. Here’s how to have healthy teeth and gums throughout life. … Read Full Article

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Ameritas Online Tool Helps Members Estimate Dental Costs

Concerns about cost are often the reason people put off going to the dentist. Research shows that most people have less than $1,000 saved for unexpected expenses. So they use their credit card to cover bills that exceed their monthly budgets, such as health and dental procedures. That’s why Ameritas dental insurance members can estimate … Read Full Article

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Tips for Brushing Your Teeth for Better Oral Health

Most people think they do a good job of taking care of their oral health. After all, they usually brush their teeth once a day and often floss, too. But dentists recommend the following tips for brushing your teeth for better oral health. Clean all tooth surfaces Food particles can collect between your teeth and … Read Full Article

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The Reason You Can’t Blame Genetics for Bad Teeth

For years, people have attributed their mouth problems to family genes. But new research shows that you can’t blame genetics for bad teeth. It happens because of bad mouth bacteria and fungus that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Inherited microbes, not genes Researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Maryland studied the … Read Full Article

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Why Energy Drinks and Processed Foods Hurt Teeth

Americans enjoy energy drinks and processed foods, such as white bread, crackers, cakes and pretzels. But dental experts say that the acids in energy drinks and the starches in processed foods hurt teeth by damaging tooth enamel. Here’s what you need to know. How starchy foods can affect teeth The Journal of Dental Research reports … Read Full Article

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Do Your Kids Use Too Much Toothpaste and Do They Brush Correctly?

Nearly 40% of children ages 3 to 6 use more toothpaste than needed when brushing their teeth, dentists report. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that when kids use too much toothpaste and inadvertently ingest too much fluoride, it can damage growing teeth. And many kids don’t brush their teeth correctly. Here’s what … Read Full Article

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Can Baking Soda be Used to Brush and Whiten Teeth?

Baking soda is considered a miracle product. Originally developed in 1843, baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a reliable cleaning agent, deodorizer, baking ingredient and home health remedy. Many people wonder whether they can safely use baking soda to brush or whiten their teeth. Here’s what you should know. Safe, inexpensive toothpaste Next … Read Full Article

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9 Things to Avoid Putting in Your Mouth

If you’ve ever used your mouth or lips to hold small objects when your hands are occupied, you’re not alone. But dentists advise people to drop this bad habit. Review this list of nine things to avoid putting in your mouth. Fingernails About 20 to 30 percent of Americans bite their fingernails. For some people, … Read Full Article