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 last part of the instructions to the subjects suggests that the feeling of fullness in the mouth could happen before the 8 minute point. Plus the study of 10 ...
This saccharide is of very minute risk, absolutely, and even more so if compared with glucose, fructose or saccharose.
Caries is the result of microbiota producing acids which dissolve the enamel, and
this effect is enhanced when this takes place under plaque when and where saliva cannot dilute the acids
For reason 1:
Most bacteria tested ...
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, especially when knowing this is an Ayurvedic dental technique and most authors involved in the studies are Indians, so they might be biased for positive results.
PAM (protective athletic mouthguards) are contaminated by microorganisms that have the potential to produce oral and systemic diseases. They should be sanitized daily and changed when they become sharp and/or jagged.
And a commentary from the AGD on this study
"These concerns are similar to using an ...
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,
avoid acidic beverages and foods, like lemons
avoid food or drinks too warm or cold
avoid to put anything in the tooth, as aspirin or anything else
Brush twice a day ...
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 serious and you can ask all the questions you want.
The truth about the pain is, filling cavities used to be extremely painful in the long gone days before ...
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 in a safe place. If you cannot remove it mouthwash and a little floss or a Christmas tree brush will help clean behind it.
In general, there are two kinds of removable denture: Complete and Partial, indicating whether the denture replaces all or only some of the teeth.
Restore or improve masticatory function (eating)
Restore or improve phonetics (speech)
Restore or improve esthetics (smile and appearance)
Keep in mind that the patient will need time to ...
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 tubules. When the saliva (+ minerals) reach the dentin, the caries process start to slow down and the dentin change from dark brown to almost black. At the ...
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 teeth. One interesting example is found in the "toothbrush tree", which has a number of beneficial attributes.
To address the questions:
Abrasiveness is ...
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.
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 badminton); a team mate couldn't play for a week after his operation. Wikipedia states
Most patients will experience pain and swelling (worst on the first post-...
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 the root canal therapy.
If he did not, he has placed a sedative dressing (temporary filling) made of clove oil extract and zinc oxide (Zonalin is the name of ...
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 do that.
I mean enamel decay needs outer resources for reminerlization and dentin ones need pulp to do the process.
Can 'vigorous' brushing cause dental problems?
Short answer: Yes*
(* reviews tend to conclude that it's better to over-brush than under-brush)
In addition to the good answer by sergiouribe which lists factors relevant to detrimental tooth brushing, there are a few more things you mentioned which are worth dealing with as implicit questions.
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 day
and any combination of the above
A recent review concludes:
The benefits of normal oral hygiene procedure exceed possible side effects by far, but ...
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 expensive. If you get it treated early, a filling may be all you need. A third possibility is getting the tooth extracted and getting an implant, but that is ...
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 enamel of the tooth. That is what a cavity is and it's what it looks like on x-ray.
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 hard minerals. It is impermeable, and totally insensitive to physical stimuli.
However, the next layer (dentin) is a little softer, and has many thin channels ...