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Oral Health and Dental Care

Dental health or oral hygiene is the practice of keeping the mouth, teeth, tongue and gums healthy and clean through constant brushing and flossing to avoid gum disease and tooth loss. Practicing oral health must be a lifetime habit.


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What causes teeth grinding while sleeping?

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   There isn't a single answer to this question as it could be a list of things, such as stress, nightmares, or even mental disorders such as PTSD can be the cause of such. Caffeine intake is also known to be a factor that can cause you to grind your teeth. Try to avoid caffeine before bed, and minimize intake during the day. The most common reason is your stress level. People tend to clench their teeth at night when a stressful situation bothers them. Without realizing it, you will just bite so hard that your muscles are hurt. Then when you are asleep, your jaws are moving so hard that the chewing surfaces are damaged. Other reasons for teeth grinding while you are sleeping include: New medication or a change in medication Abnormal bite or crooked or missing teeth

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What effect does Coca Cola have on teeth?

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   The acid in soft drinks such as Coca Cola can damage your tooth enamel around the bacterial colony, allowing the bacteria to move into the eroded areas, eventually leading to cavities and possible tooth decay. It only takes about 20 seconds for bacteria to produce acid but the effects can last for up to 30 minutes.

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How do you find a reputable dentist in Mexico?

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   Dental care abroad If you go abroad for dental care: -- Check with the appropriate government agency in the destination country about its national dentistry guidelines. -- Find out what recourse is available if something goes wrong. -- At the dental office, look for infection-control procedures, including instrument sterilization and use of protective gloves, mask and eyewear. -- A traveler's guide to dental care is available through the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures at Source: American Dental Association. Why is dental cheaper in Mexico? - lower operating costs, dentists are not required have malpractice insurance, dentists are less advanced and use less expensive technology and infection control procedures. Dental treatment performed abroad although less expensive, also carries an increased number of associated complications and risks. Travel, Dental Care and Dental Tourism There is a growing phenomena called "Dental Tourism" in which people travel to a
   destination that offers less expensive dental care. The decision to visit another country for dental care should go beyond simply comparing prices or even evaluating the dentists' expertise. Countries differ in their standards for infection control and safety. The use of fresh gloves, sterile instruments and safe water are not standard practice in all countries. Without these precautions, patients could be infected with diseases such as hepatitis B. Before considering such trips, it is important to be prepared by using information such as that contained in OSAP's Traveler's Guide. Additional information may be obtained at, and Go to Mexico's largest dental directory at and search for a dentist, all dentists are fully licensed and governed by the country of Mexico From other contributors: My wife has experienced in our opinion, the worst dentist ever and he is in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico... His name is Dr. Victor M. Silva. He put
   in an implant in her upper jaw and two days later she had a very bad infection. Upon Dr. Silva looking at it, he just stated that it was too small of an implant and grabbed it with his finger and just pulled it out ... He did not even offer her any antibiotics until I insisted on them... His practice is a one room office/examining room that is not sanitary and usually he is there by himself without an assistant. After removing the implant, he told her to come back in two months and he would put in another one that was longer. When my wife returned, to his office, he then told her that there was not enough bone and that she should come back in one year, At this point (4 trips later from Tucson to Nogales)we did not want to deal with him anymore and asked for our money back, he straight out refused to refund the money that we had given him as a down payment for the service. I would strongly suggest that this dentist be avoided at all if looking for a good dentist in Nogales. REMEMBER, his
   name is Dr. Victor M. Silva. He will take your money and give you the run around. I went to a dentist in Naco 9 years ago and please don't make the mistake I did. I was 25 at the time and had great teeth but I hadn't been to the dentist for 2 years for financial reasons. I was living in Bisbee at the time and heard dentists were cheaper in Mexico. The dentist told me I had 9 cavities-- which should have tipped me off right there-- 5 on my lower teeth and 4 up top. I only had only two tiny cavities previously, but I thought, was afraid that I had "neglected my teeth". He drilled and filled the lower teeth, one side at a time on 2 separate visits (if I remember correctly) and told me to come back for the top teeth. It was incredibly painful whereas I usually have a high pain tolerance. I think on some level my body knew it was wrong and was trying to tell me. He charged me $50 per filling. They were enormous fillings and I could see the metal shifting around my mouth, or my chemistry reacting
   to it or something because months later dark lines were settling around the base of my teeth. I did not return for the top teeth. About six months later, I went to a free dental clinic in the town where I now live (U.S.) thinking that i would need to get the cavities up top filled. The dentist there told me that I didn't have 4 cavities that needed to be filled, only ONE "weak spot" (which to this day has not required a filling). He said the dentist in Mexico must have been following a very old dental philosophy. Nowadays dentists fill very minimally if at all. It looked like he had carved out all the valleys, any area potentially vulnerable and filled, over what were probably "weak spots" or tiny cavities at best. I had the fillings replaced with composite a few years later just to have all the metal out of my mouth. The receptionist (U.S.) on the phone had quoted me about $60 per filling (I swear I was specific). I was surprised, but really happy it would be so affordable, so when I came
   out of the dental chair after the procedure and they told me I had a $3,000 bill, I nearly passed out. It's not over either. The fillings were so big that the integrity of the teeth under them has been compromised and 2 or more of my teeth have fractures in them now. Those cracks don't heal, they only eventually go all the way down to the nerve. That means I will need crowns, and maybe root canals, and maybe to have the teeth completely extracted and a bridge put on. I got the news it's time for the first crown today, because the tooth actually has two cracks and has started causing some pain. $1,150. I am not the kind of person that has awful things like this happen a lot. I have just been had this very unfortunate experience with dentistry, and it's not over yet, and it's very expensive. I think there surely must be many reputable dentists in Mexico, and occasions when getting a procedure done there is more affordable. But please be careful and trust your gut. I was nearly shaking when I
   THE PAYMENT. AFTER A BIG HASSLE MY CARD RULED FOR THEM THE CHARGE WAS 2700-5000. I'M OUT THE CASH BACK IN THE STATES, I HAD TO HAVE A ROOT CANAL ON ONE OF MY TEETH THAT THEY RUINED AND A NEW PARTIAL FOR ANOTHER 3,000. YOU DO THE MATH. JUST BE REALLY CAREFUL NO CLINICS THEY ARE SO MUCH WORSE THEN CLINICS HERE!! This is in regards to the Fierro Clinic in Palomas, MX. Beware, the good Dr. Fierro has much more competition from other very good dentists in the town like Dr. Lam and others, therefore he is not backing up the work done in his clinic and not willing to "make good" on bad work. He has overextended himself by beginning to build a hotel next door to his clinic and therefore the clinic's practice is compromised! I will not go into any details because I believe that the clinic has some very good doctors, specially the specialists, and the clinic still has a chance to live up to its reputation if Dr. Fierro maintains the standards that people coming from the U.S. side expect. Dr. Carolina
   Borjon AKA Dr. Borjon Acevedo Carolina did a hack job on my teeth. I would never recommend anyone to ever visit her or any other practicing Dentist in Mexico. The price quoted to me over the phone was much lower than what it was at the time of payment. I went in to receive 3 crowns and I ended up with 3 large boulders in my mouth. The pain is intolerable and I am out 600$, now I have to pay another 2100$ here in California just to repair the mistakes she made. So much for a guarantee, she will not even return my phone calls. I just came back from a local dentist office and he was horrified to see the work that was done on me, he compared it to a mad doctors science experiment. PLEASE DON"T EVER VISIT ALGODONES MEXICO FOR DENTAL CARE< & JUST TO BE SAFE FOR NOT ANY TYPE OF HEALTH CARE. Please spread the word so that no one else will make the same mistake as I did, many elderly were at her office and I hope that she did not take them for a ride like she did me.

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Can mouth ulcers be caused by allergic reaction to bactrim?

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   Yes, they sure can. Bactrim, which is a sulpha drug, is known to cause allergic reactions and can cause swelling of the mouth and face, mouth sores, skin reactions, fever, and more. Sulpha reactions also have cause fatal reactions called Stevens Johnson Syndrome.

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What is the cost of dental implants in Mexico?

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   Dental care abroad If you go abroad for dental care: -- Check with the appropriate government agency in the destination country about its national dentistry guidelines. -- Find out what recourse is available if something goes wrong. -- At the dental office, look for infection-control procedures, including instrument sterilization and use of protective gloves, mask and eyewear. -- A traveler's guide to dental care is available through the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures at Source: American Dental Association. Why is dental cheaper in Mexico? - lower operating costs, dentists are not required have malpractice insurance, dentists are less advanced and use less expensive technology and infection control procedures. Dental treatment performed abroad although less expensive, also carries an increased number of associated complications and risks. Cost of dental implants in Mexico Dental implants Mexico are today's best alternative to natural teeth. They can be your
   doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind. An implant is, essentially, a sophisticated titanium screw which is placed into the jaw bone to replace the root of a lost natural tooth. The implant fuses with the jawline to form a secure foundation for tooth replacement. The end result... replacement teeth that look, feel and function just like natural teeth. The embarrassment , irritation and self-consciousness often experienced by people who have missing teeth, those who wear dentures or who have suffered through older methods of tooth replacement are overcome with the confidence of permanently anchored dental implants. Dental implants are now recognized as routine treatment for a full range of problems from replacing a single tooth, to full oral rehabilitation, or simply for reliable denture retention. The fees that I see are only $100-$300 more in McAllen, Brownsville, or Harlingen for an oral surgeon to place the implant. The cost of the crown or denture on top of it is only
   slightly higher, too. What you must realize is the post-op care and guarantee that goes along with the cheaper price. What if you get a bleeding problem after the surgery? What if your are left permanently numb in your chin after the surgery? What if you get a serious, life-threatening infection in your neck and chest after the implant is placed? What if the implant fails after 2 or 3 months? Would you rather have a US trained dentist, or Mexico trained? What if you get Hepatitis, TB, or AIDS from the procedure? I am a retired dental assistant from south Texas and I have seen it all. Be Careful! Dental care abroad If you go abroad for dental care: -- Check with the appropriate government agency in the destination country about its national dentistry guidelines. -- Find out what recourse is available if something goes wrong. -- At the dental office, look for infection-control procedures, including instrument sterilization and use of protective gloves, mask and eyewear. Source: American
   Dental Association. Why is dental cheaper in Mexico? - lower operating costs, dentists are not required have malpractice insurance, dentists are less advanced and use less expensive technology and infection control procedures. Dental treatment performed abroad although less expensive, also carries an increased number of associated complications and risks. Travel, Dental Care and Dental Tourism There is a growing phenomena called "Dental Tourism" in which people travel to a destination that offers less expensive dental care. The decision to visit another country for dental care should go beyond simply comparing prices or even evaluating the dentists' expertise. Countries differ in their standards for infection control and safety. The use of fresh gloves, sterile instruments and safe water are not standard practice in all countries. Without these precautions, patients could be infected with diseases such as hepatitis B. Before considering such trips, it is important to be prepared by using
   information such as that contained in OSAP's Traveler's Guide. What can anxious patients can do to prepare themselves for dental treatment? If one has had a negative dental experience in the past, especially in the distant past, be aware much has changed in the dentistry in a short time. The dentists are using more modern equipment, better materials and up to date methods to insure better comfort. Inform them of your fears. Don't expect them to know your fears by mental telepathy. Most dentists try to be kind, caring and gentle, but I assure you they will try even harder if they are aware of your fears. Patients should never self medicate prior to dental treatment without informing their dentist. It could pose a danger if the dentist administers anesthesia or other medications. Think positively! Once a patient convinces themselves that treatments is necessary, and the dental problem will only worsen if gone untreated and may required more difficult procedures whish could cost more. The
   patients must remember that the dentist is their partner in achieving good oral health. Never consider your dentist an adversary, but rather a friend. Visiting the dentist could care your finances. The people that have an extensive treatment plan are usually the ones that haven't visited a dentist in years. For some one that needs more difficult procedures visited their dentist for regular check ups and cleanings, could care their finances, most dental problems can be quite inexpensive if diagnosed early. What's a cavity and how to prevent them A cavity develops when a tooth decays or break down. A cavity is a hole that can grow bigger and deeper over time. Cavities are also called dental caries, and if you have a cavity. Its important to be repaired. If you don't go to the dentist the acids can continue to make they way through the enamel, and the inside parts of your tooth can begin to decay. Though cavities can be repaired, try to avoid them by taking care of your teeth, here's how:
   Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste after each time you eat or at least twice a day. Bedtime is an important time to brush Brush up and down in a circular motion Gently brush your gums as well to keep them healthy Floss your teeth once a day fore more plaque and food that's stuck between your teeth. Limit sweets and sugary drinks like a soda

Asked in Medical Terminology, Oral Health and Dental Care, Digestive System


What is the medical term meaning chewing?

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   Mastication means chewing. masticate Mastication. It's from the Greek mastikhan, for to grind the teeth.

Asked in Oral Health and Dental Care, Gum Disease


What is true pocket?

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   A true pocket is formed when, due to gum disease (periodontitis), the periodontal ligament (that attaches the tooth's root to the surrounding gum) is destroyed. This causes a gap or pocket that runs down the sides of the tooth. Eventually the bacteria that caused the periodontal disease will be introduced to the underlying Alveolar Bone and will destroy that also, causing the tooth to become mobile and ultimately it will fall out. Gum disease can be halted, (the prognosis is better if caught earlier) by a routine of careful cleaning, visits to the dentist for ultrasonic periodontal cleaning, and use of anti-bacterial mouthwashes. Signs of gum disease are: red angry swollen gums, bleeding gums on brushing, bad breath and build-up of tartar. Remember life is more enjoyable with healthy teeth and gums.

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Is dental work safe when you are pregnant?

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   Dental x-rays and Pregnancy If it is imperative you have dental x-rays make sure the dentist knows you are pregnant, but otherwise leave them until after you have the baby. The dentist will only take x rays that are completely necessary. And they probably won't take any in the first trimester. You will be covered with a lead apron that will protect you very well, but it's better to be safe. If you don't want an x ray, you can refuse to have one until later in your pregnancy or after you have the baby. Could an X-Ray at the dentist's office damage an unborn fetus? Tooth x-ray, also known as dental radiography, is using low energy radiation. If what you mean by tooth x-ray is orthopantomography (OPG), the dose is slightly higher. There are risks of unwanted effects to your baby especially during the first trimester. Unless the x-ray is emergency, I recommend you to postpone. Be sure to tell your dentist first hand that you are pregnant. Most dentist offices make you put on a lead cover
   anyhow. I have my tubes tied and they still do it to prevent other radiation effects. They say that any x-ray can be harmful and cause birth defects. Is it safe to get a filling from the dentist when pregnant? 'Safe' is a relative term. Yes, it is safe, that is it is more than likely that neither you or the baby will experience any adverse effects. On the other hand, the possibility does exist, even though it is remote. Therefore, it is necessary to weigh the risks against the benefits. If you are in pain, it is probably likely that you have an infection. If so, the infection itself could lead to complications of the pregnancy or delivery. In that case, having the tooth treated is probably the most prudent course. On the other hand, if the tooth is not painful, it might be better to wait until the baby is born before treating the tooth. At the very least, waiting until the last trimester might be sufficient. The best course of action would be to discuss your concerns with your dentist.
   Dental fillings and Pregnancy White fillings are safe. Local anesthesia is safe. X-rays are not safe for the baby. Some drug medications are not safe. Most dentists agree that silver fillings are not safe. The best time to go is in your second trimester, most doctors won't do anything unless you are in that trimester (and some don't do anything in any trimester). I would call your dentist and ask what they accept; all they can really do is clean your teeth though. It is imperative you go to the dentist while pregnant and you can have most treatments while pregnant, especially with the techniques now employed. There was an old saying that you lost a tooth for every baby you had. In the UK you can get free dental treatment on the National Health Service while pregnant and for a year after the baby is born. Just make sure the dentist doesn't take x-rays. Usually if you tell the dentist that you are pregnant, he will know the precautions. When you are pregnant you can do all dental treatments,
   including anesthesia, but you cannot take x-rays. Some drugs are also not advised to be taken.

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How do you cure gum disease?

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   Curing Gum Disease: There are many different reasons for gum disease or Periodontal disease and sometimes called "Pyoria". 1) Improper or inadequate home care. 2) Not seeing the dentist or dental hygienist on a regular basis. 3) Genetic disposition. This does not mean that if your parents lost their teeth, you will lose your teeth. This just means you need to be aware that you are a possible candidate for periodontal disease. 4) Occlusive trauma. This means that you bite may be off or you are grinding and clenching your teeth. Usually excessive wear on your teeth is a sign that you are doing this. 5) Habits, such as smoking. This is proven to accelerate the periodontal disease. Most periodontal disease activity if caught early is very easily treated. It may require a deep periodontal cleaning and periodontal surgery. Look in the yellow pages for a PERIODONTIST, who is a gum specialist. Here is more input from others: Brush your teeth, floss them, and rinse with Listerine, also be sure to
   stimulate them regularly like you are brushing your gums. be gentle! Supplement with a good multivitamin/multimineral, COQ10, and Peri-gum. Ideally amalgam fillings other metal, cavitations, and root canals should be cleaned up. New answer; Brushing and flossing alone cannot completely remove all of the plaque and biofilm from a person with gum disease. If it could, most gingivitis would be non-existent. Plaque biofilm is full of anaerobic bacteria (living without oxygen) that are deposited on your teeth and in the concave root surfaces under your gums. Your brush and floss can't physically reach all of these areas to completely remove these bacteria. However, with an irrigator, you can easily deliver a stream of water to flush the bacteria and loose particles out of these hard-to-reach areas. --------------------- Managing gum disease is all about daily plaque control - essentially sound oral hygiene. That means, in most cases, stopping the plaque in your mouth is really in your own hands.
   Brush every day. Floss every day. Period. Your dentist or oral hygienist may recommend fluoride toothpaste or tartar reduction rinses. Colgate Total is approved by the FDA for helping to prevent advanced gum disease by reducing plaque and tartar. Dental professionals recommend oral irrigation as a great way to really clean teeth and gums. Oral irrigators get what your toothbrush and floss, don't, so plaque and tartar and the resulting advanced gum disease never come back. Oral irrigators flood the mouth with a jet of water under pressure to flush offending food particles and bacteria from the mouth. And most importantly, from under the gum line where the infection is. It is just like a wound on your arm - you must keep it clean for it to heal. There are many types of irrigators. Fairly new on the market are irrigators that attach to your shower head or your sink faucet such as Waterpik or OralBreeze. A search on Amazon will produce 99% of available products. All types have pros and cons.
   ================================================================================== New Answer Introduction: Gum disease mainly affects the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. It is also known as periodontal disease. This type of disease commonly indicates the swollen condition of the gums. Symptoms: Swollen in gums. Puffed gums. Loose teeth. Bleeding gums. To feel pain during chewing. Pus between teeth and gum. Causes: Poor oral hygiene is the common reason for all gum related disease. Always try to brush your teeth at regular interval or else it can cause plaque formation on your teeth. It is a mass of bacteria that easily grows on mouth surface. When you consume starchy food or sweet beverages, bacteria starts to convert carbohydrate into energy and acid at the same time. Formed acid starts to break down your gums and tooth strength. Treatment: Improve your good oral habits such as brushing habits, use toothpaste that contain the right amount of natural mineral, flossing your
   teeth at regular basis, try to quit smoking, visit your dentist on a regular basis. Mouthwash is the best natural way to kill mouth bacterial, because it contains hydrogen peroxide and chlorhexidine. You can also use a deep cleaning method such as scaling and root planning. Scaling is mainly used to remove tartar and root planning is used to remove rough spots from teeth. Sometimes, this procedure may result in bleeding, light swelling, etc.

Asked in Conditions and Diseases, Oral Health and Dental Care, Head, Ears, and Nose, Ear Infection


Is my dizziness the result of ear infections or dental infections?

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   Answer common. Make sure you see a doctor, just to be sure. If it is an ear infection Your dizziness could be caused by an ear infection, but if it is a dental problem, it is probably inflammation of the TMJ bone in your skull. I have TMJ problems myself, and I sometimes get dizzy, have pain that feels like it is inside my ear, and get headaches and jaw aches from time to time. Either way, you should go to the doctor and have it checked out, but if you have pain in your ears and jaw (and sometimes in your neck), and you feel and popping or clicking in your jaw, you may want to visit a dentist first.

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Can you brush your teeth after using whitening strips?

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   Of course you can brush after using whitening strips! Most use the same bleaching compounds as "whitening" toothpastes. Interestingly, you get more bang for your buck if you brush beforehand. It makes sense, scrubbing off any excess substances that would absorb whiteners, as well as creating a more even surface for the strips to work on. There was a clinical trial done by R.W. Gerlach, et al. about this "Impact of Prior Tooth Brushing on Whitening Strip Clinical Response": "According to crest, you should not brush immediately before applying the strips; but after applying strips, it is fine to brush gently" Here is the Q and A from their site. Q. Can I brush my teeth immediately before using Whitestrips? A. Do NOT brush immediately BEFORE applying strips. To avoid gum irritation, allow for some time to pass after you have brushed your teeth to apply strips. Q. Can I brush my teeth immediately after using Whitestrips? A. Yes, after using Whitestrips, you can brush gently. For more
   information please refer to the related link.

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Can a bad wisdom tooth cause throat and ear pain?

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Where can you get braces that wellcare covers?

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   It depends on what area you are in. Call wellcare and give them your zip code they will give you a few names and numbers in your area. You may have to travel to destinations that are far. If you are in the area of Georgia : Medical College of Georgia offer it but you have to be on a waiting list.

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Why does your teeth hurt when you have a common cold?

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   The very tips of the roots of your top teeth sit very close to and sometimes in your sinus cavity. When you have a cold and your sinuses are blocked and inflammed it put pressure on the teeth which can be very sore. It does not cause any long term damage to the teeth but it can feel just like a tooth ache.

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Where can you buy Colgate Tooth Powder?

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   The only Colgate Tooth Powder you can still buy is the one made in India. It is very good stuff and has fluoride, is not abrasive etc etc. The only source I know of for online ordering is here:

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What should you do if your tooth gets knocked out?

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   First, track down that tooth! You can actually take it to the dentist and have it reimplanted, provided that you handle your knocked-out tooth somewhat delicately. Once you’ve found the tooth, be careful cleaning it off—it’s best to just gently rinse it with milk or a saline solution so that you don’t accidentally damage it further. Try not to touch the roots. On your way to your emergency dentist appointment, keep the tooth in its original socket, if that’s possible. And if not, a little container of milk is a great tooth receptacle—the milk’s sugars can feed the cells, keeping them alive until they can get reimplanted. If all goes well with the reimplantation, your tooth can be healed in two months.

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How do you secure loose teeth in a partial plate?

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   It's not really recommended you do it yourself if you get the tooth/teeth in the wrong place the plate won't fit. Take the plate to your dentist for advice or go to a dental technician as many do repairs while you wait

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When does bad breath go away after tooth extraction?

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   Keep rinsing with warm salt water as needed and keep yourself hydrated. Once the area heals and your mouth gets back to its usual chemistry, the smell should go away.

Asked in Conditions and Diseases, Oral Health and Dental Care, Wisdom Teeth and Oral Surgery


How do you cure a wisdom tooth infection?

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   To cure a wisdom tooth infection, there are two options. Option 1: If your wisdom tooth is normal, you need to follow a course of antibiotics to get rid off the infection, and maintain oral hygiene in order to avoid getting back such infection. Option 2: If your wisdom tooth is impacted, first you need to follow a course of antibiotics to get rid off the infection, while maintaining oral hygiene in order to avoid getting back such infection, and then get it extracted by an oral surgeon before the impacted tooth outgrows and damages the adjacent tooth. Tooth extraction can be done with just a local anesthesia using nitrous oxide (laughing gas ), or general anesthesia with an injection..

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How much should fillings cost?

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   "Although costs vary across the country and by dental office, the cost of typical metal filling ranges from approximately $75 to $145 per filling, whereas a composite resin fillings range from $150 to $300for a single surface white composite filling." Here are more opinions and answers from other users: About $50 a tooth or less. Hi. I am a dentist. An honest dentist, one of the few. As a rule of thumb: "Cheap" fillings are bad fillings, 100% guaranteed. If a dentist makes good and cheap fillings, he/she will be out of the dental business in a very short time. Very often, a bad filling is worse that no filling at all, so the "cheapness" of the filling is doubtful. "Expensive" fillings have a chance of being good fillings. A well cared-for good filling can last a lifetime, so the expensiveness of the filling is also doubtful. ... but dishonest dentists can also charge a lot for a bad filling. The trick is to find a honest dentist, and for this task you MUST educate yourself about basic
   dentistry. I strongly suggest you to read "Complete Guide to Dental Health", a consumer report book. I just had a resin filling done today, my first ever filling at the age of almost 31 and the cost was $90 without insurance. It was only a very small cavity. I am a person with a fear of dentists because I grew up with free dental and medical being an airforce brat and I was very nervous picking a dentist for the first time (so many exposes on corrupt dentists claiming work needs to be done when it doesn't). I hadn't been in 7 years and was amazed I didn't need more fillings. I contacted 1800 DENTIST. I had two fillings done in the last two weeks. I wanted only composite fillings, and it cost $170 per filling. I live in Northern Virginia where rent is relatively high. My insurance only paid 80% of the mercury filling, that is $86 (of $105). I guess $170.00 is right in the middle of the range of prices. Years ago I paid $250 per composite filling, which fell out within a year in San Diego.
   The dentist charged the same for the replacements, which also fell out. So I didn't see a dentist for years. Yesterday I got some composite fillings in Ensenada Mexico that were $45 per filling, with a warranty. Dr. Judd's research will hopefully lead us from the current medieval practice of treating teeth into a brighter future. Please read Dr. Judd's information... Dear Government Executive and Employee: We can all stop spending billions for American dental work and research. Let me tell you why: I have learned the real causes of dental cavities and gum infection. People, including you, will now be able to take care of their own dentistry with insignificant cost, and end with perfect teeth. Cavities and gum infections are ended! A great amount of REPUTABLE DENTAL RESEARCH proves the following: Tooth cavities will be ended simply by rinsing acids off the teeth. ACIDS ALONE EAT THE ENAMEL. There would be no cavities in the world if all people rinsed acids from their teeth promptly. Just sip
   water, milk or other liquid while eating. Water reacts with acids. Foods and drinks, other than those containing acids, have no action on tooth enamel. SUGARS HAVE NO ACTION ON THE ENAMEL. Bacteria cannot damage the enamel (calcium hydroxy phosphate). There is no such thing as decay of the enamel since bacteria require carbon and hydrogen to live. Billions of human and animal remains show teeth and bones are resistant to earth-bound organisms. Teeth reenamalize when clean. TO MAKE TEETH CLEAN ONE BRUSHES WITH ANY BAR SOAP. (There are good toothpastes at the health food stores. Check the ingredients before buying. Don't get anything with glycerine in it.) Soap washes off in just two rinses. What about toothpastes? Glycerine in all tooth pastes is so sticky that it takes 27 washes to get it off. Teeth brushed with any toothpaste are coated with a film and CANNOT PROPERLY REENAMELIZE. Taking calcium and phosphate in the diet results in reenamelization of the teeth, but only when they are
   clean. Bar soap does a perfect job in cleaning the surface. The enamel thickens and becomes less sensitive. Adenosine diphosphatase furnishes phosphate to teeth. Gums are disinfected by brushing with any bar soap. Not only bacteria and viruses are destroyed promptly by small amounts of soap in water, but also white flies and aphids. Gardeners: Spray 1 tsp of dishwashing soap in 1 gallon of water to kill white flies and aphids. Plaque, a poorly formed crystal stuck to the bottom of the enamel, is prevented and eventually removed by brushing with bar soap. Dental procedures to get the badly formed crystals off dig holes through the enamel. These cavities catch food and cause gum infection. Prevention of plaque retards gum pockets. Gum pockets are formed as the plaque pushes the gums away from the teeth. Gum pockets, from 1 to 8 mm deep, are also formed by FLUORIDE, which severs the protein molecules adhering the gums to the teeth. SOAP PREVENTS GINGIVITIS caused by bacteria which is lodged in
   the gum pockets. VITAMIN C AND PHOSPHATE help knit the gums back to the teeth. Pressing against the gums with fingers forces adhesive materials from the gums onto the teeth, which helps the process. Abscesses can be offset by holding Cepacol (14% alcohol) in the mouth 5 minutes. Receding gum surgery will end when the gum pockets cease. The very mention of the procedure, which involves transferring flesh from the roof of the mouth to the excised area of the gums, is a heinous and useless procedure which ought to pass into oblivion. Removal of flouride from drinking water, pastes or gels saves the enzyme adenosine diphosphatase so it can deliver phosphate to calcium at the tooth surface, resulting in a beautiful, semi-flexible enamel. As stated above, the gums can be reconnected to the teeth by taking vitamin C (ascorbic acid) (1 tsp) with Arm and Hammer baking soda (1/2 tsp) in 1 inch of water, letting it fizz and then diluting to 1/2 to 1 cup with water, then drinking. The resulting SODIUM
   ASCORBATE is non-acid, very pure and a thousand times more soluble than vitamin C. Sodium ascorbate is more reactive than ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) in building connective tissue and antibody structures and more effective in killing some viruses and bacteria. Receding gums and plaque are ended when soap is used for brushing and vitamin C is taken daily in the form just mentioned. 30% of American youths ages 8-10 have no cavities. 100% of Ugandan youths ages 6-10 have no cavities. What does this tell us? The reason Ugandan youths have 3 times better teeth than American youths is because they do not consume as many acid foods, have no fluoride in their drinking water, have regular meals rather than sipping acid drinks all day, have more calcium and phosphate in their diet, and have fewer dentists to work on their teeth. Dental literature says 42% of Americans over 65 have no natural teeth, while 25% of those over 43 have none. Dental literature says Americans age 43 average 32 cavities, those
   age 17 have 13 cavities, blacks and poverty stricken (without calcium and phosphate) have twice this and the native Americans have four times this amount. The Native American plight can be blamed on their poor nutrition, excessive fluoridation, and free but improper dental care. If fluoridation were effective in preventing cavities, Native Americans would have the least cavities. They have had forced fluoridation for approximately 62 years. Fluoride in water at 1 part per million INCREASED tooth cavities in four large reliable studies (7%, 22%, 45% and 10%, averaging 21%). The reason far these increases has to do with the fact that adenosine diphosphatase is destroyed by fluoride and CALCIUM FLUORIDE which slips into the enamel, is alien to the tooth composite and makes the enamel weak, brittle and discolored. The health of American teeth will increase to be very nearly perfect if the regimen of water rinsing, soap brushing and taking calcium, phosphate and vitamin C in the diet is
   implemented. Fortunately, we now know the current teeth perfecting protocol of dentistry with fluoridation is flawed. If the early estimates of 80% tooth improvement in childrens' teeth by age 13 were true, each American would now have less than one cavity. That is far from true. The teeth in America are in a sorry state, and at the present time are getting worse. Numerous top scientists over the past 60 years have discarded the theory that fluoride helps teeth, or is a nutrient helpful to man. To avoid fluoride is to prevent more than 114 ailments listed with references in a book "Good Teeth Birth to Death" by Gerard F. Judd, Ph.D.. These 114 medical side effects extend all the way from cancer down to headaches caused by 1 ppm fluoride in the water. Thirteen of these side effects are proved by a double blind study on 60 patients by 12 physicians, 1 pharmacist and 1 attorney. The mechanism for destruction of enzymes by fluoride has been proven by x-ray studies. Hydrogen bonds are broken by
   fluoride. Fluoride is the smallest negative particle on the face of the earth. Since the fluoride particles are so small and so intensely negative, they connect with the hydrogen bonds holding the enzyme coils in place and ruin every enzyme molecule at very low concentration, around 1-3 ppm. These enzymes are often 3,000 or more times the small size of the fluoride. The effect is ruinous. To avoid fluoride is to prevent the destruction of 83 enzymes listed with references in Good Teeth, Birth to Death, by Gerard F. Judd, Ph.D.. Fluoride is a severe biological poison. Being intensely negative, it unlatches positive hydrogen bonds in enzymes AND proteins. It is fortunate we have learned fluoride is a nerve poison. Fluoride causes cavities. There is not the slightest doubt. Methylmercury formed from amalgams in the body is deadly. It causes brain disease. Fillings made of quartzite and epoxy are a safe substitute. Fluoride harms the economy by making people purchase other than city water to
   avoid it. It also harms the economy by making people dependent on undependable professions that know nothing about it. Ignorance about fluoride and what it does is worldwide. Keep the teeth moist. Teeth that are dry crack. If you chew ice, teeth may crumble. Teeth do have a breaking strength. LOOK IN YOUR MOUTH. Tell the dentist(s) what you want done and get several bids for examination and work. Save your fortunes. We now know we can cancel the green light given by Harry Truman with the help of Congress to subsidize dentistry. Billions of dollars being wasted in this regard (Public Law 755, June 24, 1948) can now be returned to the taxpayers. I hope you will put this information in the hands of your Congress persons so they and we may alert the newspapers, radio and TV stations, magazines, and all other news media as well as their friends, families, and associates about this giant leap in dental technology. I ask for your feedback on this letter and I would also like you to ask for
   feedback from the ones you contact. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT! Respectfully yours, Gerard F. Judd, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, Chemistry Dr. Judd only said to use BAR SOAP. I must have copied his info from a place other than his site. This is what he says,(ref 5)? Reenamelization of the teeth occurs when they are clean.? All toothpastes make a barrier of glycerine on the teeth which would require 20 rinses to get it off.? A good solution for clean teeth, which I have used for 5 years, is bar soap.? Wet the brush, swipe the bar two or three times with it, then brush the teeth thoroughly and the gums gently.? Rinse with water three or four times.? All oils are washed off the teeth and the gums are disinfected.? The bacteria are killed by the soap.? The teeth are then ready for reenamelization with calcium and phosphate in the diet.? The enzyme adenosine diphosphatase delivers phosphate to the enamel surface.? Do not use liquid soaps.? Their different composition is harmful to the protoplasm. This
   is a link to Dr. Judd's site so you can read his affidavit. Fillings cost between $50 and $300 depending where you live, and the filling material (amalgam or composite) used. Dentists won't lose their jobs because they use mercury amalgams. There has been study after study after study, that shows no diseases linked to amalgams. To say mercury is poisonous in all forms is akin to saying oxygen is poisonous, because when combined with carbon it can form carbon monoxide - therefore all oxygen is poisonous. And so far as re-mineralization is concerned - I'm sure Dr. Judd's research is accurate, but most cavities are formed in deep pits and fissures in tooth structure. Food particles get jammed down deep into crevasses so small that a tooth brush can't remove them. Eventually a cavity forms. This is how 90% of cavities form. Sealants, fluoride and proper hygiene and diet can control the vast majority of decay in this country.

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What makes the uvula drop?

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   Paralysis of cranial nerve ten causes uvula palsy. Uvula deviates to the opposite side.

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What does a dry socket look like and can you see the bone?

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   I currently have a dry socket, but cannot see the bone. My dentist told me there are varying "degrees" of dry socket. Some people can see the bone, and so they have the worst type of dry socket. Mine has a clot, but it is slightly dislodged, so it is still quite painful. I would like to add a new comment, however. Everyone seems to be saying that as soon as the medicated gauze is in place, the pain is relieved. This has not been my experience. When the dentist first placed the gauze in, I felt some relief and that lasted about 30 minutes or so. Then, the pain slowly came back and I am taking 600 mg of ibuprofen along with prescription pain medication in order to be comfortable. Maybe whatever my gauze is medicated with isn't as strong as some. Yes, you can see the bone and it tastes like infection and the pain is unbelievable. A dry socket looks like a hole in the gum and it appears to have a yellowish, white color. It tastes bitter, and it is so sore you can't touch your face with pounds
   of pressure on the gum. If you have these symptoms immediately go to dentist, he will fill hole with packing of clove oil and the pain will immediately stop. I went 10 days before returning to dentist. this is VERY dangerous and pointless. When you get a tooth pulled there should be no pain after the 3rd day. if you have pain, go to dentist. Your jaw will appear to have a small ping pong ball in it as well. I've currently got a dry socket, and, yes, I can see the bone. The dry socket occurred five days post-extraction. Until then, I was pain-free, and when I looked into the hole left by the removal of a lower wisdom tooth, it was pinkish-red. I assume that what I was seeing was the protective blood clot. Then, I started experiencing INTENSE pain. Fearing a dry socket, I decided to investigate. I grabbed a small flashlight, turned out the lights, and shone the light into the hole. It was no longer pinkish-red, but the pale white. I went to the oral surgeon a couple of hours later, and he
   verified that what I was seeing was exposed bone. If you think you have a dry socket, I encourage you to see your dentist or oral surgeon ASAP. They will pack the site with a very small piece of gauze soaked in a clove oil mixture. The whole procedure takes less than 5 minutes, will cost you around $35 (that's a Chicago price, though - could be high), and you will feel UNBELIEVABLY better in about 10 - 20 minutes.

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You wake up with lock jaw on the right side and it takes several hours to go away completely so what is it?

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   The condition is NOT true "lock jaw". Rather, a sore jaw on one side that makes it hard to open your mouth or chew is most likely that you clench your teeth at night. It's a common problem to many people living in these stressful days. A dentist can evaluate your bite and make a mouth guard for you to wear at night. The mouth guard helps to prevent clenching and so it keeps the jaw/facial muscles from going into spasm during the night. Until you see the dentist, apply ice--not heat----to the jaw in front of the ear. Ice can be left on about 10-15 minutes, then off. You can repeat several times a day.

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What is the average cost of having 3 wisdom teeth pulled if you have to be put to sleep to have it done?

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   Out of personal experience it cost me about $2000. Cost of Having Wisdom Teeth Pulled Here are answers and opinions from FAQ Farmers: I would say it is probably about 2000 dollars. Or more possibly. And just a side note, it won't be too much more to have the 4th one taken out at the same time, if you have it. And it will be much better for you in the long run. It could be a lot less than that if you had the right plan and I am not talking insurance. I am talking a discount card that cost less than insurance and save you more money than no insurance at all. My doctor charged 460 per tooth for extraction and 260 for IV sedation. Having four wisdom teeth pulled will cost 2133.00 at the place I am having it done. I will also have general anesthesia. I got my wisdom teeth pulled in Brazil while I was there as it was much cheaper. I paid $600 for pulling my four wisdom teeth. To have all four of mine, plus IV sedation, and gas, it was $1100CA. It would have been $50 cheaper if I had it done in a
   hospital, but being in a hospital would mean total sedation and I'd loose all my piercings. Price really depends on experience and qualifications. I just got all 4 of my wisdom teeth yesterday. I have absolutely no pain at all. I am taking penicillin and ibuprofen, but I have not experienced pain yet. To take out all four of my wisdom teeth, it cost $295 for all 4 because we have insurance. It's a good thing we have insurance or else it would of cost over $1200. (Don't listen to what your friends say, because it does not hurt. For best results, be put to sleep because you do not feel a thing). I didn't pay a thing to have mine out, I've looked after the computers for my dentist for years. You don't need any sort of general sedation, only local. I just had to find my "happy place" while they were being pulled, it only took a few minutes each. Believe it or not but in my experience it hurts more while having a filling. My girlfriend just got 2 (bottom) wisdom teeth pulled today, in Medellin
   Colombia. It cost 300,000 COP (about $125). She had the top 2 pulled a few months back, and it was cheaper (they came out easy). For about $400 round trip from Miami, $200 to have teeth pulled, you still have quite a bit left over for a vacation, hotels, etc. to enjoy another country. I would recommend carefully considering the need for sedation, which our Marin, California dentist was trying to "sell" us at around $500! My kid had three teeth that were not impacted and one that was slightly. We refused the sell job on the sedation and my son said the procedure was nothing to worry about. It took 20 minutes and we saved a lot. I'm also pretty sure that sedation is not covered by many insurance companies. It is probably because it is not necessary. Let's face it, if you have impacted teeth and are going to be sitting there with your mouth open for an hour or more, then maybe sedation is the way to go. If not, don't be sold on something that is not necessary. I was shocked at the line of BS
   we were given to try and get us to go for the $500 pop. Unethical in my opinion. my son needs his out. for 4 teeth $1900.00 i just got all 4 of mine taken out today with IV total sedation. it cost me 424.60 but i think insurance took care of most of the price

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How much money does a dentist earn?

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   According to Salary List, the average is about $106K, ranging from $800-$40K also. According to the American Dental Association, the average general dentist made 185,000 in 2004, the average dental specialist made 315,000. The average hygienist made 62000 in 2004. So in reality dentist make about 3 times what hygienists make. [I am a practicing dentist with 20 years experience. These numbers are the most accurate that I have seen posted] Dentists make about twice that of a dental hygienist. I am going to college right now for dental hygiene in mass and i know i can expect to leave school with a starting salary of about 30-35 an hour. that averages out to be 63,700 a year. So dentists average about 130,000 dollars a year or even more. It depends what type of dentistry they are involved in. Also, some get compensated through commission. I am a practicing dentist. I made $410,000 last year and will improve on that slightly this year. I do some pro bono work, but not as much as I could. That
   will increase as my net worth does. My salary is certainly on the higher end of the bell curve. I have an associate dentist working for me and he is just finishing his first year in practice. He'll make approximately $145,000 this year. So, experience and stage of practice makes a big difference. The more indispensable you are, the more you're worth to society (pro sports, Hollywood, etc. being exceptions to that rule obviously). 130,000 +/- Whoever is asking this question is definitely on the right track. My wife is a dental assistant and I have been around many of her employers over the years and they all have one thing in common, their filthy rich. Dentistry is a very good field to go into and you are guaranteed much, much, money. It does take 8 years of college though, so get started now. For many dentists in private practice, it's between $70,000 and $120,000 per year, take home. Note that managed care is not cutting into dentist's salaries as quickly as it is in other professions,
   like doctors. I have been practicing family and cosmetic dentistry for five year and netted $960,000 last year. This year I will easy make over a million. However, I work very hard, have a large and talented staff and am very talented. Very few can accomplish this income. Ask someone at the reference desk of your local public library for the Occupational Outlook Handbook. It lists all kinds of information you would need to know,(including the salary) of just about any occupation you can think of. I have a friend who is a dentist and has been asking me to consider taking that route as well. He says pay ranges are around 120k-160k. It really depends on experience and where you are going to be practicing.... it could ran from $70,00-120,000. Dentists can make well over 400,000 a year, depends on what procedures they do. To answer the original question dentists generally start around 135K and can work their way up to around 450K in private practice. That being said some teach or do research and
   earn less, while others join large group practices or specialize and earn more. It also depends on where the dentist has his or her practice. A dentist in Utah (which is saturated with dentists) will make significantly less than a dentist in another state. A dentist in Alaska will make significantly more than anywhere else, in general. The average Australian dentist earns $90,000 per year. Give or take some for location, competition and experience. It depends on a lot of factors. Where you practice: in a big city, or in a rural area. Which State you practice in: Utah is flooded with dentists, so Dentists there do not make nearly as much as Dentists in most other states. However, Dentists in Alaska can make over a million dollars per year. How many other Dentists are in the area: the more Dentists, the less patients. How long you've been building clientele: Dentists are like hair dressers. It can take years to build up clients. Whether you own your own practice, are an Associate Dentist, or
   work for a big company that owns practices around the country (in any of these cases, the more experience you have, the more you will make). Dentists can choose how many days they work, and if they work more they will make more. Usually, Dentists don't make as much just out of school (unless they are taking over their fathers practice or something). It can take years, but you can make anywhere from 80,000 (if you are a military dentist) to 200,000 (or more) within a few years of working. Specialists make a lot more (but they have more schooling) And as I mentioned earlier, Dentists in Alaska make a LOT of money. My husband is a Dental Student, and so we know a LOT about this.
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