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What can I do about bad breath?


How safe is tooth whitening?


When do baby teeth appear?


Should I brush or floss first?
The sequence makes no difference as long as you do a thorough job. Look for products that have the ADA's Seal of Acceptance. Choose a toothbrush that feels comfortable in your hand and in your mouth, and use it twice a day. While tooth brushing removes plaque from tooth surfaces, it can't do the entire job of removing plaque. Cleaning between the teeth daily with floss or other interdental cleaners removes debris from between the teeth, where your toothbrush cannot reach. An ADA-Accepted dental floss or interdental cleaner is recommended.

How do you know if you're doing a thorough job? Your dentist may recommend using plaque disclosing tablets available over-the-counter at pharmacies and other stores that sell oral hygiene products. Plaque disclosing tablets are chewed after you clean your mouth. Red dye will stain plaque that has not been removed showing you spots that need additional cleaning.



Where can I get individual dental insurance?
The ADA does not have information about individual dental insurance or dental plans. Please contact your state's department of insurance. Please see for a link to your state.


I can't find what I'm looking for? Where else can I search?
You may wish to visit the National Oral Health Information Clearing House (NOHIC) web site for information on this subject. The NOHIC Web site at contains oral health information, news and events, Web searches and links to other oral health resources


Medline™ is the National Library of Medicine's searchable database of more than 12 million citations from more than 4,600 medical, dental, health and scientific journals. Launched by the NLM in 1971, MEDLINE contains citations of dental articles dating back three decades to 1964. Go to: and

Try an Internet search, using a search engine such as and entering the word, term or phrase to locate information. You also could check at your local public library to see if a dental or medical reference book contains the information that you seek.