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Brushing teeth before or after breakfast

Yes. The acid in the food can harm the enamel and brushing it to soon can remove it. So wait at least 30 minutes, brush before or avoid acidy foods. Brushing abrasion of softened and remineralised ...
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Is it beneficial to keep using fluorised toothpaste after prolonged use?

Fluoride can be absorbed into the teeth and form fluoroapatite only in children up to 6-8 years of age (WebMD). Later, fluoride from toothpaste may still be helpful, because it stimulates the ...
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Why don't gum abscesses heal on their own?

Good evening, The reason the abscesses in your mouth won't heal on their own is due to: The fact that the mouth is one of the areas of the body with the most bacteria Therefore, the immune system ...
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How much is green tea really good against tooth decay?

Green tea, or any real tea made from the Camellia sinensis plant, has many advantages as a go-to beverage. It itself does not contain significant amounts of sugar, it has an enamel preserving pH ...
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Is water flossing more efficient than string flossing to remove plaques from tooth surfaces?

The latest systematic review in this issue found: there is only weak, very low quality and unreliable evidence avalaible for floss the magnitude of the effect was small, for woodsticks and oral ...
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What procedures do dentists use for cleaning teeth, is there variation, and what is the rationale?

Your question seems to be about the "cleaning" or periodontal maintenance portion of your appointment. (Periodontistry is a field in dentistry which is concerned with the gums or soft tissues around ...
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Does calculus also prevent caries?

Yes, the presence of calculus prevent the demineralization of the surface of the tooth. This is a common finding during routine scaling or calculus removal, where usually the underlying enamel is ...
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Does brushing your teeth immediately after sleeping have some medical significance?

The NHS says (emphasis mine) Brush your teeth for about 2 minutes last thing at night before you go to bed and on 1 other occasion every day. They don't specifically stipulate as soon as you get ...
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Can effervescent multivitamin tablets cause teeth problems?

Couldn't find any articles directly looking at effervescent tablets and dental problems, so I took a more broad look and searched for citric acid's effect on teeth. The combination of citric acid and ...
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Does eating/chewing honey help prevent gingivitis, periodontal disease and dental caries?

Analysing the papers already cited in the question and further looking for evidence there seems to be some promising research going on. Honey has bactericidal properties, Manuka honey even more so. ...
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Why does one have to use warm water with water flossers (e.g., Waterpik)?

Comfort factor only. Chat session started at 9:16:01 Thank you for contacting Waterpik. One of our customer service representatives will be with you in just a moment. You are now chatting with ...
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Is Changing Toothpaste brand harmful for teeth?

You can find more information here about this issue: Comparison between different concentrations of fluoride toothpaste for preventing tooth decay in children and adolescents [...] Although ...
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Will using fluoride-free toothpaste eventually lead to tooth decay?

First, some quote from British Fluoridation Society webpage (which text is based on some article authored by dr Levine, author of "The action of fluoride in caries prevention. A review of current ...
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Can filling cavities affect Invisalign treatment?

1) Depending on the location of the cavities, the fillings could impact your Invisalign treatment, especially if you have many Invisalign molds that have already been pre-fabricated. This is due to ...
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How dangerous are cracked teeth?

More dangerous than healthy teeth, but not impossible to live with. A cracked tooth has a higher risk of breaking, is less resistant to tooth decay, heat, cold, acid etc. The 2 most dangerous ...
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What are the medications you definitely need to tell your dentist about?

You should provide your dentist with a complete medical history and up to date list of all your medications. For example, endocarditis, inflammation of the lining of the heart, can be triggered by ...
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Root canal therapy for diabetes patient?

Is there any risk for a diabetes patient to undergo this procedure? Yes, root canals carry some risks for everyone, and the degree of risk depends on your health status. Surgical risks for diabetics ...
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What is the pH of La Croix?

Some vendors publish the pH values for the products they sell (examples in this answer). But that seems to be only the case if their product really stands out to the competition with high pH levels. ...
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Can you never have a dental cavity your entire life?

Well, you could die today and that would make the answer yes. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-do-some-people-get-mo/ Dental caries is the most prevalent infectious disease in ...
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Getting rid of white spots on front teeth

Currently, there are three options to deal with white spots in frontal teeth after orthodontic treatment: remineralization, micro-abrasion, and resin infiltration. There are several case report ...
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What is the difference between the AAO and the ABO?

In the American system of Dentistry, there are three levels: Dentist Orthodontist Board Certified Orthodontist This is visually demonstrated by the ABO here. Dentists have passed ...
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Is it beneficial to keep using fluorised toothpaste after prolonged use?

The main protective effect of fluoride is outside the tooth, not inside. Small amounts of fluoride in solution around the tooth inhibit demineralization more effectively than incorporated ...
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Is there a limit to the duration of swishing with chlorhexidine oral rinse?

The age-old adage "the dose makes the poison" applies here. With ingested medications, dosage is more simple to conceptualize: how much did you swallow. With topical creams: how much did you apply. ...
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Is there an interaction between methamphetamine and dental anesthetic?

Catecholamines This interaction relates to a broad family of hormones called catecholamines. There are many examples and they share a common structure. Dopamine Adrenaline (epinephrine) Notice the ...
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Why don't dentists use stitches after doing a tooth extraction?

It is not a black-and-white rule that no sutures are used in dental surgery. There are disadvantages to suturing, e. g.: Clinical disadvantages of suturing: Although suturing postsurgically has ...
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Why does a capped cracked tooth hurt when sugar hits it?

A tooth has two parts- crown and a root. Now going from outside to inside the crown portion has 3 layers- enamel, dentin and pulp. The root has 3 layers- cementum, dentin and pulp. Reference Now among ...
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Does mouthwash provide any benefits?

Apparently, yes fluoridated mouthwash seems beneficial against carries, at least in children. ADA says: Fluoride ions, which promote remineralization, may be provided by certain mouthwashes. A ...
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Do clear aligners really work?

Invisalign® works for many conditions but not all. E.g., see the 2018 systematic review {1}: There was substantial consistency among studies that the Invisalign® system is a viable alternative to ...
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Are retainers preferred to fiberotomies after dental work and, if so, why?

Retainers prevent the teeth from reverting to their original position, and therefore progressively force the periodontal ligament (PDL) to adapt itself to the new position. Doing a Fiberotomy ...
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How to restore mouth PH balance after lime soda?

Water is typically pH neutral at around pH7. Sometimes you can also buy bottled varieties with a more alkaline character so something closer to pH8. Now there's a basic chemical reaction called ...
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