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Questions related to disorders/diseases of the teeth and gums, including questions about prevention of dental health issues or dental procedures.

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How do whitening mouthwashes work?

I am trying to achieve shiny white teeth. However, I am not trying to do laser whitening or any type of dye whitening. I have recently started using an electrical toothbrush and it was amazing. Now, I ...
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Why a dental visit before age 1?

I followed the recommendations to take my teething 10-month old to a dentist: American Dental Association: the reasons given are to “check for mouth injuries, cavities or other issues” American ...
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Are products used in dentistry tested for toxicity?

Drugs are systematically tested for toxicity according to strict standards nowdays. But are products and materials used in dentistry (varnishes, resins, metals, acrylic, cements, etc..) tested using ...
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What type of malocclusion would this person have?

I'm doing a biology course and we are studying human teeth. We are given a picture and asked to say if the individuals teeth are normal or not. If not, what malocclusion do they suffer from. I would ...
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When we get a cavity, do some teeth get cavities more frequently than others?

Phrased in another way, what are the factors which may increase the probability that a given tooth to have cavity over other tooth in the whole set of our teeth? Searching on google, I got hints ...
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What amount of standard fluoride toothpaste used by an adult when brushing his or her teeth provides the maximum protection against new cavities?

What amount of standard over the counter fluoride toothpaste used by an adult when brushing his or her teeth provides the maximum protection against new cavities (formation of new dental caries)? In ...
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What is the maximum amount of toothpaste an adult can safely use when brushing his or her teeth? [duplicate]

What is the maximum amount of toothpaste an adult can safely use when brushing his or her teeth, and why? The person brushes his or her teeth and rinses out the mouth thoroughly after, once a day (...
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How much do certain probiotics reduce cavity causing bacteria?

In the paper titled Effect of Short-term Consumption of Amul Probiotic Yogurt Containing Lactobacillus acidophilus La5 and Bifidobacterium Lactis Bb12 on Salivary Streptococcus mutans Count in High ...
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Do teeth have some sort of memory?

I have read of some cases where teeth moved after having been aligned with braces or similar procedures. Here is one of those sources The longer the amount of time since you’ve had braces, the less ...
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Does mouthwash provide any benefits?

I have came across two questions on the topic, however they both seem to assume that mouthwash is beneficial. • How frequently should non-alcoholic mouthwashes be used? • How often should I use ...
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Why are tartar and stains more likely to occur on the lingual incisor surfaces?

The lingual surfaces of the incisors tend to accumulate more tartar and stains than any other location. I'm not asking about how to remove or prevent stains, etc. I'm asking why that specific area is ...
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Crowns vs veneers

What risks are associated with the use of cosmetic crowns (as opposed to veneers) in a healthy mouth? In other words, if the goal is essentially cosmetic and crowns would give a better cosmetic result,...
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Are All Root Canal Treatments Safe?

As we know, in root canal treatment the tooth is cleaned of bacteria; however, it cannot be 100% cleaned of bacteria. "There is always bacteria left behind in the auxiliary canals" and the ...
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Does tea tree oil acutally whiten teeth?

I heard about tea tree oil antimicrobal properties. But does it something similar to active oxygen or nitrogen pyroxide? Or it makes them whiter just killing organisms that cause change in color or ...
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How quickly does remineralization of teeth happen from brushing?

To the extent that toothpaste can remineralize tooth enamel, how quickly does it happen? Is it a as-soon-as-there's-contact occurrence? Is it after ~30-120 seconds of scrubbing? Is it 10+ minutes ...
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Why does a capped cracked tooth hurt when sugar hits it?

Assume a cracked tooth with a cubic zirconia crown. If something sweet touches this tooth/crown... YEOUCH! Pain shoots through the tooth and into the root. Why? A similar reaction occurs from cold or ...
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What is the relationship (if any) between poor posture during the day and problems with bruxism and/or TMJ, or is this just idle speculation?

The two popular news articles discuss increased rates of Temporomandibular joint dysfunction or "TMJ" symptoms and broken teeth reported in the US as well as the (potentially bi-directional) ...
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Teeth cancer in Humans [closed]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cancer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_tooth https://www.google.com/search?q=teeth&oq=teeth&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l3j69i60.10521j0j7&client=ms-android-lava&...
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What is topical snuff?

I am reading Burket’s Oral Medicine, Chapter - 4 on ‘Ulcerative, Vesicular, And Bullous Lesions’. Under Herpesvirus infections, the author has this to say: Animal studies on hamster cheek pouches ...
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All canal types of mandible premolar teeth

Is there any case with a mandible premolar tooth with distal and mesial canals? I have a problem with finding the canals of the mentioned tooth. Can anyone help me?
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Why is there no generally accepted system of disease classification?

I am reading Burket's Oral Medicine: Diagnosis and Treatment, Chapter 1 - Evaluation of the Dental Patient: Diagnosis and Medical Risk Assessment. Under the section 'Establishing The Diagnosis', the ...
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What are non-specific somatic sensory receptors in the nasal mucosa?

I am reading Oral Medicine: Diagnosis and Treatment by Greenberg and Glick, Chapter 2 - Evaluation Of The Dental Patient: Diagnosis and Medical Risk Assessment. Under Cranial Nerve Examination, ...
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Can a tooth be saved if it was accidentally knocked out from its socket?

Due to trauma, e.g., from road accidents, sports, falls, etc a tooth may be removed entirely from its socket. Can this tooth be saved? If so, what should a person do at the accident site?
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Why are carbonated drinks contraindicated after extraction

So after the extraction of a tooth the dentists advice patients not to spit till the next hour(for primary clot formation), followed by ice cream or cold juice(for vasoconstriction). Also to have soft ...
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What are the criteria to decide revascularization vs apexification in a young permanent tooth with necrosed pulp?

If a paediatric patient comes to the clinic with necrosed pulp either due to trauma or caries in one of his/her young permanent tooth then should apexification be done or revascularization? What are ...
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Which dental implants would be better? [closed]

My upper left molar (teeth #7) crumbled and the crown also broke down. The dentist suggested to go for a tooth extraction, followed by an implant. Is it fine if I avoid the implant, and only do the ...
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Why don't dentists use stitches after doing a tooth extraction?

I had tooth extraction in 2007. Dentist didn't use stitches just gave me a cotton told me to hold onto it with teeth. Bleeding last for 3-4 hours. Usually, however, bleeding will almost completely ...
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Rinsing vs not rinsing until 30 mins after brushing teeth (dry sensation) [duplicate]

First timer here.. I don't know this situation has been asked/shared before or not, but I couldn't find any similar question online. So I have read the recommendation that better we do not rinse ...
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Why does a dental abscess / infection usually go away after a root canal?

After an abscess is diagnosed and a root canal treatment is done on a tooth, why does the infection go away? It seems all the root canal treatment does is remove the total volume of space for the ...
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Does brushing your teeth immediately after sleeping have some medical significance?

Context: I have generally only brushed my teeth once-a-day, before going to bed. My dentist has advised to start brushing twice a day, adding "immediately in the morning" to my dental routine. I ...
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Why isn't iontophoresis more commonly used in dentistry?

I happened to find a bunch of articles that suggest iontophoresis could revolutionize dentistry through allowing needle-free delivery of local anaesthetic, or even an alternative to drill-and-fill. ...
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Are electrical toothbrushes harmful for gingiva?

I found this answer about the benefits of electric toothbrushes with tons of sources. It only mentions the positive impacts on plaque removal and gingival inflammation (i.e. efficiency of the cleaning)...
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Full metal crown for badly carious teeth

I was studying the topic of full metal crowns (fixed prosthodontics), and in my book it says that one of the indications of making a full metal crown is that the tooth that is going to receive the ...
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Can the use of hydrogen peroxide in dentistry worsen the oxidative stress in patches of facial vitiligo vulgaris?

According to this study 1, hydrogen peroxide is not absorbed by the skin, but can cause systemic toxicity when inhaled or ingested. I am not entirely sure how often hydrogen peroxide is inhaled or ...
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Is there an interaction between methamphetamine and dental anesthetic?

According to the sign shown in this post on Reddit, using methamphetamine and dental anesthetic together is lethal. If you use Methamphetamines (Crystal Meth, Crank, Speed, Glass, Tweak, Yaba)...
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Are there known instances of a zirconium crown resonating at certain frequencies and causing discomfort?

I've seen a case where a zirconium crown installed on the second molar of a patient vibrates at certain frequencies of vocalization (e.g., nasal consonants, humming higher-frequency notes, i.e., in ...
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Is there a temporary way to prevent two maloccluding teeth from impacting one another?

If one's bite is bad and two teeth are constantly impacting one another causing pain problems, is there an advisable way to prevent impact from constantly occurring, for example, with a squishy, gummy ...
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How often and in what manner can one use warm water with salt for oral health?

I have heard about the benefits of swishing with warm salt water. I have hard that it promotes oral health and keeps many oral diseases at bay. I read a lot about it on the web but all the posts are ...
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Dental sealant - what happens when they expire?

I've read Wikipedia and used Web search for like after 10 years, expiration but found only what percentage remains intact, no need to remove prematurely, etc. My question is if sealant is ...
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Do alcohol-free mouthrinses have the same efficacy in terms of antiplaque and antigingivitis effect as mouthrinses that contain alcohol?

The 2005 randomized control trial {1} concluded that: This randomized, controlled comparative clinical trial demonstrated that rinsing twice daily with the experimental alcohol-free 0.07% CPC rinse ...
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Does longer oil pulling than recommended 20 minutes bring any benefits?

EDIT. I am looking for references to serious research articles on the subject, whether confirming or refuting. (Or articles referring to such, but not articles without peer refereed references.) To ...
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Has a correlation between sleep apnea and grinding of teeth been identified or ruled out?

Disclaimer: I have no formal education in any medical field. Jaw position has been demonstrated to be a modulating factor in sleep apnea. Has any investigation been conducted to consider the possible ...
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Is there an inexpensive test (IE: perhaps a form of litmus paper?) for keeping tabs on oral pH at home?

My initial research into the effect of oral pH on health I came across an article that suggests that using fluoride products in an acidic environment has many negative effects on health and that 32% ...
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Has a guideline been set for the optimal pH level in the mouth?

My thought is that improper pH might might be a factor in bacterial growth and tooth decay. Supporting the idea is this research summary that implicates low pH (high acidity) to Fluorosis. Notes: ...
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What percentage of fillings performed today are done with mercury amalgam?

There's a lot of talk on the internet that mercury amalgam fillings are toxic and should not be done. In the 20 years since my first cavity I've only received metals-free composite fillings. My ...
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Cause of distal convergence in anterior teeth

In anterior teeth, the distal side of the incisal edge is more curved than the mesial side. Furthermore, the incisal edge slopes distally, and the cingulum twists towards the distal side. Why does ...
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Why aren't fluoride mouthwashes with cetylpyridinium chloride labeled as both anticavity and antibacterial?

I recall just a few years ago, there was a common misconception that fluoride interferes with the antibacterial activity of cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) - in fact, I've often seen instructions on ...
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Are citrus fruits bad for your teeth? [closed]

I've heard that the acid in citrus fruits can slowly eat away at your teeth, possibly causing premature loss of teeth. I've heard that you should be sure to drink water while eating citrus fruit to "...
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Lactulose and dental decay

Lactulose is an osmotic laxative made from the milk sugar lactose. It is non-absorbable in the gut, and so draws water into the gut by osmosis, with the aim of alleviating constipation. I have heard a ...
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Is there any medical evidence that one toothbrush shape is better than another? [closed]

I've noticed that electric toothbrushes these days typically come in one of two shapes, or a combination of the two. The first shape is a circular shape, where the bristles spin in a circle. The ...