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What are the best ways to increase fertility?

I will try to answer your question by using another perspective (risk factors for infertility). MALE Among the main causes of male infertility, "idiopathic" causes (ie not du to endocrine problems, ...
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Is eating after brushing before bed all that bad?

Short You should brush, 20-30 minutes after eating on the night (just before you sleep) and, 10-20 minutes before eating your breakfast. Midday brushing, is not essential for most albeit, it's highly ...
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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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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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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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Are there scientific studies that support the daily usage of xylitol to prevent oral problems?

Original Answer This comes from my high-school chemistry book (in German): Hexanhexol (sorbitol) is common in apples, cherries and other fruits. The sweet taste comes from the OH-Groups within ...
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Can you get a yeast infection in your mouth from oral sex?

The yeast (fungus) that causes thrush or yeast infection in both men and women are of the genus Candida. These fungi can be found as normal flora on skin however outgrowth results in yeast infection. ...
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What does B.D means in a Doctor's Prescription?

As @LangLangC pointed out, bis in die is Latin for twice a day. However, usually drugs come with a prescription information a bit more elaborate, and twice a day is more commonly abbreviated as B.I....
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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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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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Any evidence that "burning off tastebuds" increases oral cancer risk?

I'll limit this to alcoholic mouthwash and capsaicin, the chief spiciness compound in chilis. Alcoholic mouthwash I am too much of a wuss to do spicy foods. However, when I read the "burning off ...
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Does caffeine teeth coating prevents cavities?

The answer to your specific question in particular, is rather indefinitive. However, when a the bean/extract of the Coffea canephora plant is used in a strong brew of black coffee it was shown to ...
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How often and in what manner can one use warm water with salt for oral health?

Swishing with warm salt water may not help to prevent mouth disease in otherwise health individuals. Salt water rinse can be used as adjunct to routine mechanical plaque control for prevention of ...
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Is dental floss really effective? According to studies, it is not

Is dental floss really effective? The evidence shows that we don't know. Here the main issue is the lack of good evidence. How we find how effective is? Simple: we took a group of people with ...
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How a bite inside the mouth gets healed though mouth is always wet inside?

One reason the mouth heals quickly because it's very well vascularized (meaning it has a lot of blood vessels). Yes, the mouth does have a lot of bacteria, but so does the rest of you: humans contain ...
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Are chlorhexidine mouthwashes safe?

Like almost all products, there are some side effects that come with using chlorhexidine gluconate mouthwash (CGM). Luckily, they are usually very minor and the ones that are more serious are ...
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Do dosage directions refer to the amount of medical product or to the amount of active ingredient of it?

First of all, the leaflet in question also states: Your doctor will tell you how much Daktarin oral gel to take and for how long you should take it. It is essential that your therapy is ...
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Should my tongue literally be pink when I stick it out?

A tongue may have this appearance due to build up of dead cells on the surface. And then it's worse after not being used as there is no friction from food removing dead cells that might be trapped ...
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Root canal and filling or root canal and crown....?

As it is a front tooth, root canal and tooth coloured filling like composite is enough. A full crown is strongly recommended if the tooth is a back or posterior tooth in order to survive the strong ...
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Root canal and filling or root canal and crown....?

It should be possible to just do the root canal treatment and cover that with a small composite filling on the tongue side of the tooth. My opinion is that this is the ideal way to treat the tooth ...
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Can fasting be used to reset the oral microbiome?

Oral bacteria requires tiny amounts of carbohidrates to survive. In long term fast, the glicoproteins from the saliva brings necessary carbohidrates to them to survive. But the main actor from diet, ...
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How many people, on average, floss on a regular basis?

According to this page, http://sunvalleypediatricdentistry.com/statistics-brushing-flossing-oral-health/ 50% of Americans floss daily, 31% floss less regularly, and 18% do not floss at all.
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Relationship between carbonated water intake and cavities?

There is no difference between real and added sugar. Glucose (C6H12O6) as an example can be an additive or a "original" nutrition of any natural product. Carbonated water with sugar additives ...
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Health risks of acrylic mouth guards

Conclusion As your source points out, there are Health concerns with some acrylic mouthguards, if they contain BPA. However, the concerns are, according to the FDA, negligible and propose no danger ...
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Baking soda + xylitol, as replace for casual flouride toothpaste

First of all: even brushing with nothing – except the dry brush – is better for dental hygiene than doing nothing at all. Before the invention of the tooth brush people were actively caring for their ...
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Why do lower tooth extractions heal slower?

Though I couldn't find the exact reason or a well written reason for this question. But I have a significant difference between upper jaw, i.e. maxilla and lower jaw, i.e. mandible. The maxilla has ...
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Relationship between carbonated water intake and cavities?

About sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB), the ingestion of 1-2 SSB daily increment the caries incidence at least in 31% (Source) The use of carbonate drinks without sugar added increase the incidence ...
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Can a mucocele on the lip pop up and become a canker sore?

Mucoceles can rupture. Usually that will resolve them though. If it persists, it needs a doctor most likely. You can find more details on that here and explanation of what a doctor would do for one ...
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Do sensibility to hot, cold, sweet, acid foods/drinks or air mean different levels of tooth decay?

It's just a rough initial check. Sensitive teeth are indicative of exposed dentin, but not necessarily tooth decay. Teeth have layers to them: The top layer (enamel) is composed almost entirely of ...
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Can fasting be used to reset the oral microbiome?

I didn't find any study about fasting and oral flora but in this study (PubMed Central, 2005), fasting for 8 days did not significantly change the intestinal flora in patients with fibromyalgia and ...
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