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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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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Looking for dental professionals to take part in a quick survey [closed]

Hi I am developing a software application for dental practices, to help with day-to-day workflows and general operation. I'd like to learn a bit more about the tasks involved, working as a dentist, ...
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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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Pain during scaling procedures under local anaesthetia [duplicate]

Generally, during scaling, pain or sensitivity is felt at times when plaque is extensive. In those cases doctors may give local anaesthesia to subside that pain/sensitivity while the procedure is ...
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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 ...
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Is there a limit to the duration of swishing with chlorhexidine oral rinse?

With solutions like salt water that are innocuous, if swishing with it for 30 seconds is beneficial, it seems that using it longer would be even more beneficial. But for prescribed oral solutions ...
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Why does one have to use warm water with water flossers (e.g., Waterpik)?

I read in a few places that one has to use warm water with water flossers (e.g., Waterpik). Why wouldn't cold water be ok too? E.g., from https://www.waterpik.com/oral-health/blog/waterpik-mouthwash/ ...
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Is it preferable to brush one's teeth before or 30-60 minutes after breakfast? [duplicate]

Is it preferable to brush one's teeth before or 30-60 minutes after breakfast? I found plenty of blog posts / testimonials but no actual scientific studies. I'm looking for the latter. Waiting at ...
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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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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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Air flossers vs. water flossers: which cleans teeth better?

I read on https://lifehealthhq.com/airfloss-vs-waterpik/ (mirror): In a study published in 2012 in the Journal of Clinical Dentistry, clinicians found that that the WaterPik water flosser reduced ...
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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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Can dental scaling cause gum recession? [closed]

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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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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Tooth enamel regeneration

I have been listening to a poscast at Naked Scientists (Haylor, 2018) where the host was talking to researcher, Alvaro Mata, about the possibility of regerating tooth enamel by painting a substance ...
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Does calculus also prevent caries?

Calculus is a mix of minerals (calcium and phosphate) and organic material. This organic material consists of bacteria which cause caries, due to their acid waste products. Is it possible that in ...
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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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Pain relating to Root Canal Treatment

What are the causes of pain during and after root canal therapy?
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Is targeted antimicrobial peptide mouthwash currently available anywhere (including experimentally)?

For reference: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/ucla-scientists-explain-mechanism-that-makes-their-mouthwash-so-effective-against-tooth-decay Antimicrobial peptides as mouthwash were first invented ...
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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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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 ...