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Does longer oil pulling than recommended 20 minutes bring any benefits?

The study you linked in the comments (Amith et al., 2007) stated that there were 10 subjects and the subjects were to Swish approximately 8-10 minutes or till you feel a fullness in your mouth. The ...
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Lactulose and dental decay

This saccharide is of very minute risk, absolutely, and even more so if compared with glucose, fructose or saccharose. Two reasons: Caries is the result of microbiota producing acids which dissolve ...
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Does longer oil pulling than recommended 20 minutes bring any benefits?

Is oil pulling beneficial for oral health? It may not be possible to make convincing conclusions from three small studies (linked in the question) about the benefits of oil pulling on oral health, ...
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Risk of tooth decay from uncleaned night guards?

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23016013 PAM (protective athletic mouthguards) are contaminated by microorganisms that have the potential to produce oral and systemic diseases. They should be ...
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What can I do to minimize the chance of tooth pain?

To minimize the chance of tooth pain, assuming that your tooth has a cavity, i.e. dental caries, you must: avoid sugar: sugar is metabolized by oral bacteria generating acids, hence pain avoid ...
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I'm afraid of going to dentist

When you go to the dentist the first thing she will do is not to fix that cavity, but an inspection of your teeth. This will give you a chance to meet and talk to the dentist before anything gets ...
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Dental Braces : Urgent Advise Needed

If the bracket is removed all the way and is not cemented you can remove it carefully. You should be fine but I have had this happen before. Just open the tiny latch on the bracket and place bracket ...
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Dentures for my mother

Dentures: In general, there are two kinds of removable denture: Complete and Partial, indicating whether the denture replaces all or only some of the teeth. Purposes: Restore or improve ...
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What does fluoride toothpaste do to the dentin on the teeth?

This is usually seen in clinical settings: a child is left with an untreated enamel caries. Then the lesion progress and the lesion is cavitated. The dentin then start to react, ocludding the dentinal ...
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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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Is it reasonable to put a crown on a baby tooth?

The reason that dentists might want to crown a baby tooth instead of removing it is to prevent crowding of the jaw from premature tooth loss, and to prevent the decay spreading to adjacent teeth. ...
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Playing badminton after tooth extraction

That will be hard to predict, as it varies from person to person. I've had one of them extracted and could train the next day (a different sport, korfball, but with similar impact on your body as ...
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White, filling type of, tooth medication. What is it?

Please clarify : did the doctor touch the nerve or not? If he did he probably placed calcium hydroxide inside the nerve space and removed the nerve. you will need a future appointment to complete ...
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Teeth with removed nerves. Possible remineralization?

It depends on which part of tooth has the decay, if it is in enamel it can be remineralized because of this process doesn't need pulp tissue despite of the dentin decay which needs the pulp tissue to ...
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vigorous brushing a cause for dental issues or not?

Can 'vigorous' brushing cause dental problems? Short answer: Yes* (* reviews tend to conclude that it's better to over-brush than under-brush) Longer answer: In addition to the good answer by ...
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vigorous brushing a cause for dental issues or not?

A detrimental effect of toothbrushing can be influenced by use of an abrasive toothpaste use of hard bristles toothbrush use of excessive force during toothbrush excessive number of toothbrushing per ...
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I'm afraid of going to dentist

Dental Student here, I highly recommend that you go see the dentist. First if the cavity gets into the pulp, you will need Root Canal Therapy to save that tooth, plus a core, and crown. Which is ...
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What does cavity look like on X ray?

Bottom row, second from the front, right at the gum line. See the darkened wedge-shaped area on the right edge of the tooth in the enlargement below? That is exactly what it looks like: a hole in the ...
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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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