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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why are some dentist-recommended products not accepted by the ADA? [closed]

I've wondered this for a long time now, and I think ACT Restoring Mouthwash is a good example of this: If you look at the front label it says "#1 Dentist Recommended Fluoride Brand" on it, and the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...