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Coast Guard: This is still an active search and rescue

CNN - 11 hours 36 min ago
Coast Guard crews are searching for two teenagers who went missing on a fishing trip off the Florida coast Friday. CNN's Alina Machado reports.
Categories: National News

Who must be killed to beat ISIS and al Qaeda?

CNN World - 11 hours 44 min ago
Every other week, it seems, U.S. officials disclose that another "key" terror commander has been eliminated -- in Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan, etc.
Categories: International News

Rare whale washes ashore

CNN - 12 hours 12 min ago
The carcass of a deep-sea beaked whale found washed up on a Plymouth, Massachusetts, beach is so rare that it had marine experts confounded: what is its exact species and how did it get to shore?
Categories: National News

Trumping Washington: The Donald's appeal

CNN - 12 hours 12 min ago
Donald Trump's so-far durable support in the Republican race for the presidential nomination rests largely on widespread dissatisfaction with Washington, and has been bolstered by his vocal criticism of the country's immigration policies.
Categories: National News

What it's like to fly in a tin 'time machine'

CNN - 12 hours 12 min ago
The Ford Tri-Motor was the first all-metal, multi-engine commercial airliner. Step aboard this nearly 90-year-old plane they call the "Tin Goose."
Categories: National News

Photos: Cheney and Bush on 9/11

CNN - 12 hours 17 min ago
Categories: National News

Bill Cosby's 35 accusers appear on New York magazine cover

Business News - 12 hours 20 min ago
Read full story for latest details.

America: More diverse, less wealthy

Business News - 12 hours 35 min ago
The numbers seem to tell a pretty clear story. The typical American family is poorer than it was 25 years ago.

Kim Kardashian tweets and Twitter's boss listens

Business News - 12 hours 57 min ago
Kim Kardashian is known for glamour but she has another concern: grammar.

Osama bin Laden's compound

CNN World - 13 hours 10 min ago
Categories: International News

China eliminates all restrictions on gaming consoles

Business News - 13 hours 11 min ago
Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft will now be able to manufacture and sell video game consoles in China without any restrictions.

Survey Shows Americans' Views on Dental Hygiene Differ by Region

Lifestyles - 13 hours 33 min ago
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(NewsUSA) - Does where you live impact your flossing and dental hygiene habits? A new national survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) shows it does.

For instance, while more than a quarter of adults surveyed said they lied to their dentists about how often they floss their teeth, those who live in Atlanta (82 percent) are more likely to be honest about how often they floss. Could that be Southern manners at play?

Conversely, one in five, or 20 percent, of Chicagoans said they would rather sit in an hour of the city's notorious gridlock traffic than floss daily. In D.C., less than one in five participants, or 18 percent, said they would let a friend know if they had something in their teeth.

Other key survey findings by geographic region:

* Three in five (60 percent) of U.S. adults, including New Yorkers, who have a partner say their partner's oral health has an effect on their intimacy.

* Twenty percent of Houstonians guessed incorrectly when asked what a periodontist treat-ed versus a majority of those in other metro areas.

* Almost half of those in Los Angeles (45 percent) and Boston (44 percent) are more likely than those who live in Chicago or Houston to say a smile is the first thing they notice when meeting someone they are attracted to.

* 21 percent of Philadelphians would rather wait in a long check-out line than floss.

So, while the survey indicates oral health habits may differ from region to region, it also clearly shows that Americans do have one thing in common -- we all don't floss as frequently as we should.

While flossing should only take an extra minute or two each day, it would appear it's more than we're willing to give. There are more than 500 bacterial species that can be found in dental plaque, which brushing alone won't remove, so that should be incentive enough to get flossing.

Whatever the reason for our reluctance to floss, there are benefits to showing your teeth a little love, according to the AAP.

The most obvious is that flossing prevents plaque, and those 500 bacterial species, from building up below the gum line, causing swelling and eventually leading to periodontal disease. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to a host of oral health issues such as receding gums, tooth decay and tooth loss, and is even linked to other chronic diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The good news is that periodontal disease is preventable by brushing at least twice a day, flossing once a day and receiving an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation. If you are at risk for or have gum disease, a periodontist has the specialized training and expertise for the right treatment.

For more information, visit www.perio.org.

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