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 kind of implant abutment is it?

My dentist has discovered an implant of unusual shape, see two x-rays of the same area, To the left there is a normally-looking implant, but the other one seems unusual, the abutment does not seem to ...
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Can you eat nuts after brushing?

I recall from a commercial that brushing is to get rid of plaque, and the point of getting rid of plaque is to stop it from producing acid with sugars. So what if I don't eat sugars? Does that mean ...
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Relationship between carbonated water intake and cavities?

How does the intake of carbonated water with sugar additives correlate with the incidence of cavities? Is carbonated water itself corrosive?
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How to publish a new orthodontic technique/device? [closed]

I am not an orthodontist but a physicist. But while discussing a certain orthodontic technique with an experienced board-certified orthodontist (who graduated and practice in the US), it became ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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's the best toothpaste you can get in the wild? [closed]

I'm planning to live in the wild for a year but I'm concern with my teeth... I'm thinking of What's the best toothpaste you can get in the wild? Which I could use 3 times a day in a year.
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Is dental floss really effective? According to studies, it is not

Recently I had to go through a lot of ultrasound teeth cleaning because my gums suffered inflammations in the past. I am doing the dental cleaning every 3 to 4 months and every time the dentist says ...
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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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Is there by any way to 'remotely' brush teeth

As the title stated, is there any way we can get our teeth clean (like we brushed it) without physical contact of us with our teeth? Or is there anyway to get our teeth clean in less than 3 minutes (...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should my tongue literally be pink when I stick it out?

When I stick out my tongue, it is always at least a bit yellow (if my mouth has been really fry for ages, it is totally coated in yellow bacterial stuff). I don't think I have a major problem with ...
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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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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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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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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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What are the medications you definitely need to tell your dentist about?

I will go see a new dentist and I know that they ask all their patients what medications they're taking (in the US, at least). However, I don't want to tell my dentist this information because I feel ...
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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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centric occlusion vs maximum intercuspation

I have found it very confusing that in the dental and orthodontic literature, it is often stated that "centric occlusion" (CO) and "maximum intercuspation" (MIC) are synonyms (for example), despite ...
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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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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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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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What can I do to minimize the chance of tooth pain? [closed]

A tooth in the rear left of my mouth (I think it's my wisdom tooth) has temperature sensitivity; if I eat something very cold and I chew it with that tooth, it begins to hurt. Due to some problems ...
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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 ...
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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 there an accepted way to remove a tonsilloliths at home?

Are there any safe, medically accepted ways to remove tonsilloliths (tonsil stones) from your mouth at home? Should I instead go to a doctor to get it removed?
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Do sensibility to hot, cold, sweet, acid foods/drinks or air mean different levels of tooth decay?

Usually a dentist would ask you if you're sensible to cold, hot, sweet or acid foods or drinks. The dentist may even expose the suspect tooth to compresed air, but what cues do this information give? ...
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How many people, on average, floss on a regular basis?

How many people, on average, floss on a regular basis? I feel like I'm the only person who doesn't floss on a regular basis according to my dentist, but do we know the statistics of how many people ...
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Can drinking magnesium citrate cause tooth enamel erosion?

I am taking trimagnesium citrate powder dissolved in water and I was thinking whether the citric acid is a problem to my teeth.
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What is a definition of a clean tooth, or a dirty tooth?

What is a definition of a 'clean' tooth or a 'dirty' tooth? I mean, when we brush our teeth, what do we do to them (or is it just getting something to brush it and it'll be clean, or is there ...
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Why don't gum abscesses heal on their own?

A gingival (gum) abscess is a pus filled pimple on the gum. I've read that they don't go away on their own and need to be drained by a dentist and cleaned before the wound can start to heal. From ...
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If a patient has dentine hypersensitivity, can thermal stimuli damage the dentine?

As defined by this paper: Dentine hypersensitivity is characterized by short, sharp pain arising from exposed dentine in response to stimuli, typically thermal, evaporative, tactile, osmotic or ...
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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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My tooth hurts when I drink liquids? [closed]

My front tooth was chipped four months ago and I saw a dentist who filled in the chip and It was sensitive before I had the filling. I can't drink any liquid without it hurting. It's not just cold ...
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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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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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Without Trial and Error or a dental professional, how can you determine your size of Interdental Brush?

How can you determine by himself which size of TePe Interdental Brushes fits (your Interproximal Space)? Disregard and pretermit: Trial and Error (ie: randomly selecting a size, and then ...
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What to do about a dental infection? [closed]

I have an infection in my gums, similar to the picture below. The 'pimple' has gotten bigger and than shrank back down but never disappeared.Mine being only one and much smaller. Besides taking ...
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When my gums are swollen, flossing a lot reduces and fixes up my gums. Why?

Is it just because when I don't floss for a long time (few weeks to a few months) the food trapped between my teeth causes bacteria that cause my gums to swell up? Thanks,
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Did my dentist lie to me? [closed]

I went to the dentist a couple of years ago for a diagnosis of my jaw clicking. He told me it was TMJ joint disorder and said that my jaw was misalligned and needed to be corrected. he showed me a ...
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How does sensitivity on teeth heal?

When teeth become sensitive I suppose it's because of enamel wearing away. Isn't this permanent? If so, then how come sensitive teeth eventually 'heal'?
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Can brushing teeth to hard cause the gums to retract? [closed]

I started to notice that the gums around some of my teeth start to retract. Fortunately, this does not give me any discomforts and nothing looks like inflammation. But I suppose that ≈ 0.3mm - 0.5mm ...
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Treating gingivitis

If you brush your teeth twice a day, and floss once a day (in the evening). Then your dentist tells you that you have gingivitis, because of bleeding gums. Why? The only thing I can think of is if you ...