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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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 ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the pH of La Croix?

Searching around online, there are tons of silly articles about sparkling water, making sweeping statements about how bad they are for your teeth and even the rest of your body, but with no concrete ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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What happens if you use teeth-whitening strips too often?

Most whitening strips instruct the user to apply them only once every 6 months. What negative effects could occur if I used them once every 4 months instead?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Will my retainers ever become comfortable again? or do I need new ones?

I wore my retainers for about a year and then "lost" them for a year and a half. Sadly, one of my bottom front teeth as become a tiny bit angled, which has gotten me to reinstate my retainers. The ...
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Did my dentist lie to me?

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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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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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 ...
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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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Tooth decay treatments [closed]

I had issues with acid reflux GERD and that plus grinding my teeth together when sleeping caused a lot of tooth decay. At this stage my teeth are a yellowish color and is very thinner than it is ...