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University of Michigan Students Receive Customized Oral Hygiene Therapy Awards

ANN ARBOR, Michigan — Eight School of Dentistry students were recently recognized for their contributions to a new patient education initiative that uses customized instructional videos to help patients learn about and improve their oral health.

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New Survey Highlights 'Unusual' Flossing Habits

Fingernails. Pieces of paper. Safety pins. Strands of hair.

When appropriate tools aren't around, Americans resort to using some common, however unusual, items to remove that piece of food stuck between their teeth, according to a national survey conducted by Ipsos.

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To Floss Or Not To Floss — Or Is It That Simple?

DALLAS, Texas — There’s something missing from the federal government’s “2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.” You have to look closely, otherwise you might not notice that in the customary corner of the “Use Sugars only in Moderation” or “Healthy Eating Patterns” sections, there is no longer any reference to flossing.

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Kids get ready for healthy school year during event at LSU after-hours clinic

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — There was pizza and popcorn, puzzles and games, movies, balloon hats and — the main event — dental care at a back-to-school event the Louisiana State University Health New Orleans After-Hours Pediatric Dental Clinic hosted Aug. 14.

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LSUHealthNO to Hold Dental Hygiene Program Open House

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — The Dental Hygiene Program at LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry will hold an Open House on July 18, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at the school, 1100 Florida Avenue. The event is for prospective students or those considering a dental hygiene career. To reserve a spot, email

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Dental Partners Team Up to Give Kids a Smile

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — The LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry and the New Orleans Dental Association (NODA) are teaming up to Give Kids a Smile. About 120 third-graders from ReNew McDonough City Park Academy are expected to take part in the 2017 Give Kids a Smile Day. The event will be at the LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry, 1100 Florida Avenue, on February 10, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.

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Federal Government, ADA Emphasize Importance Of Flossing And Interdental Cleaners

CHICAGO, Illinois — Recent news reports question whether existing scientific research support oral health benefits associated with flossing. The bottom line for dentists and patients is that a lack of strong evidence doesn't equate to a lack of effectiveness. As doctors of oral health, dentists are in the best position to advise their patients on oral hygiene practices because they know their patient's oral health status and health history.

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Statement from the AAP (American Academy of Periodontology) on Flossing Efficacy

CHICAGO, Illinois – The American Academy of Periodontology recommends daily flossing as one part of a regular oral hygiene routine, which also includes brushing your teeth twice a day and ensuring you receive a comprehensive periodontal evaluation every year. The accumulation of plaque bacteria beneath the gum line may cause an inflammatory response which ultimately leads to gingivitis, a mild form of periodontal disease. If left untreated, periodontal disease can worsen, leading to tooth loss and increased risk for other systemic disease such as diabetes and heart disease. Flossing allows for the removal of plaque bacteria and debris from areas in the mouth that brushing alone cannot reach.

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Statement from the American Dental Association about Dental Floss and Interdental Cleaners

CHICAGO, Illinois – Recent news reports question whether existing scientific research support oral health benefits associated with flossing.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), interdental cleaners such as floss are an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums. Cleaning between teeth removes plaque that can lead to cavities or gum disease from the areas where a toothbrush can’t reach. Interdental cleaning is proven to help remove debris between teeth that can contribute to plaque buildup.

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Waterpik Agrees With AP Report That There Is Little Proof That String Flossing Is Effective

FORT COLLINS, Colorado — Water Flossing is the Clinically Proven More Effective Way to Floss

FT COLLINS, Colorado – Waterpik, a leader in innovative personal oral health care products for over 50 years, wants Americans to understand that the AP's announcement earlier today that there is very little scientific evidence that flossing daily prevents gum disease and cavities, only applies to string flossing, not water flossing.

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