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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Dentist cavity preparation [closed]

Suppose a dentist is going to prepare a cavity using a drill... but he drills in the wrong spot away from where the cavity is... Does this damage the tooth? Also, is it possible for the outer ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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Which criteria should one look at when purchasing an electric toothbrush?

Which criteria should one look at when purchasing an electric toothbrush (from a medical perspective, i.e. ignoring non-medical criteria such as price, battery, life expectancy or warranty), and what'...
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vigorous brushing a cause for dental issues or not?

My daughter is twelve years old. She is having frequent tooth problems. She brushes her teeth vigorously and most of the times she has gum pain too. One of the teeth from the lower jaw is decayed and ...
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Should I wash dental floss pick before passing on the next teeth?

Very simple question, which I checked is not answered here., so please, don't link that question. I'm using a dental floss picklike this one, or this one. I use it normally, passing in between teeth ...
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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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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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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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Can fasting be used to reset the oral microbiome?

The mouth is known to harbor many different types of bacteria, including actinomyces, bacteroides, bifidobacterium, lactobacillus, peptostreptococcus, selenomomas, treponema, veilonella1, and fungi, ...
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Are there any risks about switching to a non-fluoride toothpaste?

Assuming I am not on any prescribed toothpaste and only toothpaste I been using are conventional toothpaste bought over the counter with fluoride. Also, assume I have a good brushing and flossing ...
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Ways to reverse a cavity before it goes rotten?

I was at the dentist for a checkup today and I was asking about a small black bit in my back tooth. He said it will eventually become a cavity and need a filling but for now it's fine and depending on ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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White, filling type of, tooth medication. What is it?

The tooth was drilled deeply to the nerves and before the end of the visit, it was filled with so called medication. Its color is 100% white and it's very easily dissolvable. Question is what is it ...
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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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Why are dentists special compared to other doctors?

On one level, dentists are not different from "normal" specialists - they just specialize in treating teeth. On another level, they're different: Many universities have separate faculties of ...
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Possible to whiten teeth beyond natural color without veneers?

My teeth, in some parts, are impossibly yellow and do not whiten no matter what procedures have been done. I am seeking out a method to artificially whiten the yellow parts without veneers or resin ...
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Teeth with removed nerves. Possible remineralization?

I have friends and acquaintances having remineralized and healed their teeth, some of whom having quite some cavities. I really doubted it but decided to do some research instead and it is possible ...
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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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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.
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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 bacteria and lowers ...
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What does fluoride toothpaste do to the dentin on the teeth?

I've read articles about how fluoride toothpaste is essential to maintaining a healthy mouth, and how it is beneficial to the enamel. However, I could not find articles/papers regarding the effect of ...
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Does eating/chewing honey help prevent gingivitis, periodontal disease and dental caries?

Does eating/chewing honey help prevent gingivitis, periodontal disease and dental caries? The studies have found so far tend to say yes but it needs to be confirmed by other studies. From {2}: ...
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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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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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Root canal therapy for diabetes patient?

If someone has the symptoms of the damaged nerve and should undergo a root canal therapy: Is there any risk for a diabetes patient to undergo this procedure?
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Risk of tooth decay from uncleaned night guards?

Assuming an individual has otherwise sufficient dental hygiene (brushing twice a day, flossing daily, tongue scraping, avoiding acidic foods and drinks, etc.), is there any potential for bacteria from ...
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Can you never have a dental cavity your entire life?

I am 41 years old and I take terrible care of my teeth. I can remember when I was younger ,I never used to brush my teeth, maybe twice a week, nowadays if I remember I brush once a day. But still, ...
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Dentures for my mother

My mother is seventy-five years old. She had been suffering from dental issues for so long. She has undergone four root canal treatments till now. But still, she is suffering from toothache and most ...
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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 ...