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 it helpful to a dentist to report pain during a procedure?

Suppose that a dentist is doing a standard dental procedure, e.g. drilling out decay, on me, and I start feeling pain as he does it. Assuming that I can handle the pain silently, so I don't need to ...
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What are these lines in teeth?

The following tooth cracks are noticeable when a torch is shining on them (without the torch, they aren't visible). Are they serious? How viable are the teeth, and might they need to be replaced ...
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How often should I use mouthwash?

I recently started using a mouthwash recently (Yes, I recently started taking care of my teeth more) However, I've read that (I'll link when I find the article again) mouthwashing everyday doesn't ...
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How do I know if I'm flossing correctly?

I recently started flossing regularly. However, I'm not sure if I'm doing it right because sometimes my gums bleed. If I floss the right way, should it never bleed? Aside from bleeding, how can I ...
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Do adult braces have a medical need beyond cosmetics?

While middle/upper-class American parents often have their children get braces as teenagers, an adult getting braces out of his/her own volition could be viewed as a sign of vanity, much like plastic ...
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How frequently should non-alcoholic mouthwashes be used?

Foreword: I ask this only for mouthwashes with no alcohol; so please omit alcoholic mouthwashes (which may hurt the mouth and may have been claimed to cause cancer). My grandmother uses the Crest Pro-...
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Brushing teeth before or after breakfast

Usually in the morning I brush my teeth after breakfast. But my dentist told me that it's better not brush them right after eating food, because eating makes them soft. So now I brush my teeth before ...
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Can effervescent multivitamin tablets cause teeth problems?

I somehow stumbled upon this article: Revealed: How fizzy vitamin supplements can wreck your teeth. Certainly, Daily Mail is probably not a very reliable source. But when I searched in Google Scholar ...
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Teeth brushing technique: what to avoid, and how is it better done?

By "better done" I mean more efficiently and without causing harm to gums, teeth, and other parts of the mouth. By what to avoid I'm referring to things that can harm, or not be effective. There's a ...
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Is it beneficial to keep using fluorised toothpaste after prolonged use?

As far as I understand, fluoride helps in hardening the enamel of our teeth by replacing the calcium element in hydroxyapatite to convert it in the stronger fluorapatite, like explained here. Wether ...
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Is Changing Toothpaste brand harmful for teeth?

There are so many variations available in the market to choose from as far as toothpaste brands and categories are concerned. Should you go for tartar control? Fluoride? or Both? And don't forget to ...
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How to stop or even reverse cavities?

This is not a question that requires any knowledge of dentistry. All I ask for is your personal experience. What do you in case of a cavity and don't want to go dentist because you fear the side ...
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Why isn't sweet toothpaste bad for teeth?

I've noticed that many common toothpaste products are very sweet. (Too sweet for me, usually!) This confuses me because my understanding is that sugars are one of the things we brush to get off our ...
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What are the possible health consequences of using whitening strips?

Whitening strips are very thin, virtually invisible strips that are coated with a peroxide-based whitening gel. The strips are applied twice daily for 30 minutes for 14 days. Initial results are ...
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Can we re mineralize our teeth?

Is it possible to mineralize and make our corroding teeth strong back again? What should one do? Which food items will help? Answers will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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How to remove the yellow stains from my teeth?

How to remove the yellow stains from my teeth? I brush two times a day once in the morning and once in the night.But I am still having yellow stains in my teeth.The back side of two of my teeth have ...
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How much is green tea really good against tooth decay?

I heard that many times: Green tea is good for cavity protection. For example, it is written on this site (the first one googled): Cavity prevention Because green tea controls ...
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For long-term use: Non-Alcoholic Mouthwash vs Saltwater [closed]

Foreword: Please beware that I ask this question only for mouthwash with NO alcohol whatsoever; so please omit alcoholic mouthwashes (which can cause cancer). Since my grandmother continues to ...
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Is water flossing more efficient than string flossing to remove plaques from tooth surfaces?

Is water flossing more efficient than string flossing to remove plaques from tooth surfaces? I present below what I have found so far. In the following: Waterpik is a manufacturer of water flossing ...
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Why drinking unflavored sparkling water has such an aggressive effect on teeth?

I would say it because of the erosion of the enamel by its carbonated acid, but is it really the case?
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Are chlorhexidine mouthwashes safe?

After having braces removed, a part of my gum was slightly larger than it was before, so my dentist suggested that I use chlorhexidine mouthwash. Is that type of mouthwash safe for general use?
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What's involved in an extraction of palatally impacted teeth? [closed]

I have two impacted teeth (some combination of premolars and molars) that are on my palate. They are fairly close to my "normal" teeth: generally, the only impact of them on my everyday life is a ...
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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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What procedures do dentists use for cleaning teeth, is there variation, and what is the rationale?

I am curious if there is a standard regimen that a dentist uses for cleaning teeth, how standardized it is, and what is the rationale for that process over say some other. The process my dentist ...
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Why is saliva smelly?

Why does saliva smell only out of the mouth, and not as long it is still inside? What role do oral bacteria play, and which ones?
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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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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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Will using fluoride-free toothpaste eventually lead to tooth decay?

I've been using fluoride-free toothpaste for about a year now: https://www.desertessence.com/store/natural-tea-tree-oil-neem-toothpaste While I'm not necessarily averse to fluoride - at least when ...
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Can filling cavities affect Invisalign treatment?

I am 5 months into an Invisalign treatment which is set to last one more year. During my annual checkup, my dentist found that I have two cavities and recommended that they be filled. Could getting ...
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Pain after root canal treatment

Can there be pain in a tooth which has undergone root canal treatment about 3 years ago, due to breaking the crown of the tooth? I would think that it should not, because the root nerve to the tooth ...
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How to cope with compulsive teeth-brushing?

I brush my teeth for 15-20 minutes and it's really annoying. I simply don't know how to force myself into cleaning them for a shorter time. I might have OCD, because when I clean my teeth I keep ...
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How much brushing time is needed to get a toddler's teeth clean?

I brush my toddler's teeth 2x per day with a tiny amount of toothpaste as recommended. We use a standard kids toothbrush, not an electric one. We sing the ABC song while I'm doing it, to keep her ...
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Dental cleaning and Bleeding

Is it possible to clean your teeth so well that there is no bleeding during bi-annual cleanings or is this goal unreasonable? I am especially curious about the experience of dentists. If you have ...
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How do electronic cigarettes affect the teeth?

Vaping has been growing quickly over the past few years, but we aren't sure of the long term health effects. One of the reasons I began vaping was because I enjoyed smoking, but there were too many ...
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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 ...
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Can dental scaling cause gum recession

If even forceful brushing which may cause a little bleeding can lead to gum recession, then why not dental scaling, which can often make the whole mouth bloody? If scaling is done every 6 months (as ...
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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 eating after brushing before bed all that bad?

I'm typically very strict about oral hygiene. I'll brush 3 times a day, once in the morning after breakfast, once in the middle of the day, and once in the evening before bed. Sometimes I get hungry ...
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Root canal before trying to get pregnant

Would it be bad to get pregnant a month after getting a root canal? Are there any negative effects from the anesthesia, etc.? If so, how long should we wait after the root canal before trying?
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What is the difference between the AAO and the ABO?

What is the difference between the American Association of Orthodontists, and the American Board of Orthodontics from the perspective of a patient? When I am evaluating two orthodontists, one of whom ...
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How dangerous are cracked teeth?

Common accidents can lead to tooth injuries. A tooth that has fallen out obviously needs a dentist, but cracked teeth are on a line between important and ignorable. How does this type of injury affect ...
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Even topical tetracycline causes teeth discoloration?

I learned that tetracycline can cause tooth discoloratoin when taken orally. How about topical use as a creme? Can tetracycline also stain the tooth through skin absorption?
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Are retainers preferred to fiberotomies after dental work and, if so, why?

Long ago, after years of wearing braces and expanders to correct some pretty severe problems, when they came off I received what I now know is called a fiberotomy on my top teeth only. I was also ...
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Is it possible to have dental sealants removed permanently?

I'm interested in whether it's possible to have dental sealants (on the back molars) removed (and not replaced). I've heard from (possibly not-credible sources) that acid used when applying (possibly ...
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Does caffeine teeth coating prevents cavities?

I've heard something about caffeine coating on the teeth will help in preventing cavities (caries). Is this true or just a myth?
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Getting rid of white spots on front teeth

Wearing braces can lead to some very visible color changes. Very often some parts are darker than others and "white spots" appear. Heavy brushing of the teeth is not a good idea since this will not ...
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How to restore mouth PH balance after lime soda? [closed]

Squashed lime soda is my favorite drink. And I usually combine it with coffee. I recently learnt the drink creates an very low, acidic pH level in mouth which can cause tooth enamel to decay and ...
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Will swishing water in your mouth after meals widen teeth gaps?

I have a small gap between my middle two teeth, I recently started swishing water in my mouth since I find it very effective at removing food stuck in or in-between teeth. Is this a bad thing to do? ...
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How does removal of calculus/tartar above the gum line affect deposits below gum line?

I have some dental calculus on the back of my mandibular incisors (bottom front teeth). Some of the calculus is beneath the gum line (I'm not sure how far), and the gums are starting to recede (very ...
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Health risks of acrylic mouth guards

Are there any reported health concerns or risks from use of an acrylic mouth guard, such as one to prevent teeth grinding? I ask (in part) because they're often used for many years and they often ...