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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Can dental abscess cause acne?

I have heard that a dental abscess can cause acne. Because the bacteria from the dental abscess escapes into the body and the body cannot kill it, so it causes pimples. So once the dental problem is ...
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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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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)...