7 Things You Need To Know About Your Teeth As You Age

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As far as body parts go, teeth are pretty low-maintenance. You can keep them happy and healthy with just 4 minutes of brushing—2 minutes, twice a day—and the occasional dentist checkup. But those simple steps become more challenging as we age. And that’s a problem, because cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer are all more common later in life, says Judith Jones, DDS, a professor of dentistry at Boston University and an expert...

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Health Tip: Keep Teeth Healthy During the Holidays

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By Diana Kohnle, HealthDay Reporter (HealthDay News) — Holiday favorite foods can wreak havoc on your teeth, so take care to protect your smile. The American Dental Association recommends: Floss after eating the holiday turkey or ham, which can lodge between teeth. Eat cranberry sauce as part of a meal, rather than by itself. This should reduce the chances of it sticking to teeth. Opt for yams without marshmallows and sugar. If you do eat...

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Surgeon General report: E-cigarette use a ‘major public health concern’

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By Michelle Manchir E-cigarette use among youth has increased in recent years at an “alarming rate” and public health professionals and others must work together to address it, the U.S. Surgeon General said in a report released Dec. 7. E-cigarettes, or devices that deliver nicotine, flavorings and other additives to users via an inhaled aerosol, in 2014 surpassed conventional cigarettes as the mostly commonly used tobacco product...

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