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 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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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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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 ...
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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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Root canal and filling or root canal and crown....? [closed]

My dentist re-implanted my avulsed front tooth 2 1/2 weeks ago and I went back yesterday and he said my tooth was healing and getting stronger and he wanted to do a root canal, clean the nerves out ...
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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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Need advice in whether to get a crown on my tooth...? [closed]

Well, two weeks ago my upper front tooth came completely out when I slipped. I went to a dentist who put the tooth back in place and told me to wait two weeks to see if my body rejects it or not. I ...
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Adverse Effects of Liquid Diet

If I eat liquid food for 19/21 meals each week, will there be any adverse side effects? Assume that the liquid meals have the exact same nutritional content as a regular solid meal.
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My front tooth was rei-implanted after avulsion......?

I fell in my bath tub a week ago and my front tooth literally came out. I went to the dentist and he re-implanted the tooth, put some kind of glue/sealant to hold it in place and told me he would see ...
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My front tooth fell out after a fall, dentist put it back in...?

Has anyone had this happen where the dentist put it back in? He told me he would see whether my body rejects it or not and than he would do a root canal and put a crown. What are the chances my body ...
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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 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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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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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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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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How to safely prescribe steroids in Aphthous ulcers?

Topical steroids are the mainstay of treatment in Aphthous ulcers. An important differential diagnosis of oral aphthous ulcers is intra oral herpetic ulcers. And sometimes, it may be difficult to ...
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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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about one-piece dental implant

I read on some articles saying that two-piece (kind of nut-and-bolt system) dental implants might have gap as time goes, because a man chews foods everyday. Some bad bacteria (anaerobic bacteria such ...
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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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How to restore mouth PH balance after lime soda? [closed]

Squashed lime soda is my favorite drink. And I usually combine it with coffee. I recently learnt the drink creates an very low, acidic pH level in mouth which can cause tooth enamel to decay and ...
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Can filling cavities affect Invisalign treatment?

I am 5 months into an Invisalign treatment which is set to last one more year. During my annual checkup, my dentist found that I have two cavities and recommended that they be filled. Could getting ...
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Pain after root canal treatment

Can there be pain in a tooth which has undergone root canal treatment about 3 years ago, due to breaking the crown of the tooth? I would think that it should not, because the root nerve to the tooth ...
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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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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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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 ...