Questions tagged [dentistry]

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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Is there some kind of guard you can wear on bottom front teeth to protect gums?

Imagine foods that require you to really sink your teeth into and can't be broken into small chunks like a tough big piece of barbecue meat. There must be some kind of mouth guard that has teeth on ...
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Is it bad to swallow the toothpaste after brushing?

If you brush teeth in bed, then once finished swallow the leftover toothpaste before falling asleep, is this bad over a long period of time? I'm specifically asking about the health effects to the ...
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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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Are homemade toothpastes as effective as industrial toothpastes?

There are a lot of recipes in the internet of homemade toothpastes (see this link or this link as examples). Most of the recipes remark the benefits of using these toothpastes to promote ...
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Do clear aligners really work?

My lower jaw is not perfectly aligned, especially the canine teeth(lower jaw) are a bit crumpled. I will turn 21 next month and opting for braces is not a viable choice for me. Someone, suggested me ...
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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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How can one choose the proper pressure setting on a water flosser (e.g., Waterpik)?

How can one choose the proper pressure setting on a water flosser (e.g., Waterpik)? Below is what I have read and heard: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/9u18am/...
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Clinical Papers Proving Benefits of Oil Pulling

I am researching oil pulling, i.e. practice of swishing oil in mouth for several minutes to remove dental bacteria. Ancient medicine says it reduces tooth sensitivity, pain, prevents gingivitis. ...
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Safe way to increase salivation at night/during sleep

While sleeping salivation is usually decreased. If you are sleeping and have a blocked nasal tract (rhinitis, allergies) or just an open mouth you further dry out your mouth. Other causes might also ...
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What is the safe temperature range for nylon sutures?

I got one of my teeth extracted. The dentist applied a suture using a nylon string. I've been advised to not eat hot food because the suture would melt. Now I'm wondering what is the maximum safe ...
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Is there any definitive prevention for tooth decay?

I understand (in a too simplified way) that the main cause of tooth decay is the mineral breakdown of the tooth enamel by the action of acids formed from food debris on the mouth. If that's correct, ...
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Can posture affect the jaw position?

How are jaw, teeth and other related part of body ( more precisely, head ) affected by bad posture? Can a bad jaw position be solved in 'nature' way, by exercise, correction of posture of neck, so ...
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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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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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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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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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Does consuming xylitol-containing products help prevent dental caries?

Does consuming xylitol-containing products help prevent dental caries? From the systematic review {1}, the effect is quite inconclusive: We found some low quality evidence to suggest that fluoride ...
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Why do some people get purple stains on teeth from red wine, and some don’t?

Drinking red wine, some people’s teeth, gums or lips will get a very distinct purple stain, while this does not happen at all for other people. I have a few guesses as to why: The smoothness of the ...
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Reasons for tooth-base sensitivity?

What are the possible reasons for sensitivity of tooth bases to heat, cold, or sweet? (I am not referring to gum pain, but pain in the actual teeth at the base at/below the gum line.) In my ...
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What happens if you use teeth-whitening strips too often?

Most whitening strips instruct the user to apply them only once every 6 months. What negative effects could occur if I used them once every 4 months instead?
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Does an infected dental nerve affect nose breahting?

I went to my dentist for a lookup and he told me I needed a tooth canal treatment. He asked me if I had some problems with my nose, like if it's closed or dry. He was right about it and he told me the ...
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Adverse Effects of Liquid Diet

If I eat liquid food for 19/21 meals each week, will there be any adverse side effects? Assume that the liquid meals have the exact same nutritional content as a regular solid meal.
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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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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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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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Impacted wisdom tooth

I have a impacted wisdom tooth. I am thinking about having a dentist extract it. What are the pros and cons when your molar is being extracted?
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Early Childhood Caries treatment

My 3 yo has Early Childhood Caries since he was around 1yo, 3 of his 4 upper teeth are rotten. I've asked around and the best solution from Dentists has been the recommendation of extraction of the 3 ...
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Do re-implanted avulsed tooth heal completely?

I had a tooth re-implanted by a dentist and it's been two weeks and it is getting harder and stronger. My question is, will the tooth heal completely or do I need to go under a dentistry procedure..?
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My front tooth was rei-implanted after avulsion…?

I fell in my bath tub a week ago and my front tooth literally came out. I went to the dentist and he re-implanted the tooth, put some kind of glue/sealant to hold it in place and told me he would see ...
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My front tooth fell out after a fall, dentist put it back in…?

Has anyone had this happen where the dentist put it back in? He told me he would see whether my body rejects it or not and than he would do a root canal and put a crown. What are the chances my body ...
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Does an overbite affect jaw development?

I have had a severe overbite my entire life and I'm 20 now. Could it have affected my jaw development? Like made my jaw smaller than it should be?
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Do Gums typically pull away from dental crowns?

I had to have a dental crown done yesterday. When I got home, I took a look at in in the mirror, and the gums looked like they were butted up right next to the tooth, but this morning, I took a look ...
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How to properly clean a mouthguard (e.g., a nightguard)?

How to properly clean a mouthguard (e.g., a nightguard)? For example, https://mouthguardsforteethgrinding.com/how-to-clean-your-mouth-guard-effectively/ (mirror) mentions 7 general methods: ...
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Why are parts of my teeth super white, but most yellow?

I've noticed that teeth have white spots on them. What are they, why are they there and how can I remove them?
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Fluoride poisoning by toothpaste

Long story short: Is there a maximum number of teeth brushing per day without having fluoride poisoning? Full story: It is certain that a high fluoride intake leads to health problems. This is ...
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systemic absorption of chlorhexidine

I have question from dentistry field in Periodontology. How much is .25% chlorhexidine gel absorbed in plasma or blood when placed in periodontal pocket ? Any help would be appreciated.