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Smoking and Tongue Piercing

What happens if you smoke cigarettes after you just get your tongue pierced? Thanks, Andrew Dear Andrew, We recommend that you wait about six weeks to smoke after getting your tongue pierced. The reasoning behind this is the newly pierced … Continue reading

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Plaque Disclosing Tablets

What are plaque disclosing tablets and should you use them before or after you brush your teeth? Thanks, Stacy Dear Stacy, Plaque disclosing tablets are used after tooth brushing and flossing. Plaque disclosing products can come in a tablet form … Continue reading

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Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Dental Health

I was recently diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and was told by my medical doctor that I should inform my dentist of my condition because it can pose dental problems. Can you tell me what dental concerns I need to be … Continue reading

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Can you Whiten Hypoplasia?

I have a small yellowish white spot on my front tooth. If I use Crest Whitening Strips would it change the color of the spot to where it blends in with the rest of my teeth? Thanks, Annette Dear Annette, … Continue reading

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Can a Tongue Scraper Help With Bad Breath?

Using a tongue scraper may help reduce bad breath, however will not eliminate the problem of halitosis completely. Post-nasal drip is a common reason for bad breath because it coats the back of the tongue with bacteria so a tongue … Continue reading

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Oxycodone and wisdom teeth extractions

I had my four wisdom teeth taken out two days ago and I’ve been taking oxycodone every 5 hours because my dentist told me to. It really helps with the pain but when I take it I feel really happy … Continue reading

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Can TMJ Cause Facial Swelling?

I was diagnosed with TMJ a few months ago. I have noticed when it hurts; my cheeks and jaw line are swollen. I also have some facial pain along with pain in my jaw joint. Is all of this normal? … Continue reading

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How do I know if its tartar on my teeth and not plaque?

My teeth are a yellow white color and I am not sure if it is tarter or plaque. When they do the procedures to remove tartar and plaque how clean will my teeth look? Is it a financially wise to … Continue reading

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Does Graves Disease Cause Cavities?

I’m 16 and I’ve never had a cavity and when I found out I had one I was shocked because I have excellent dental hygiene. I brush my teeth every day, floss, and use mouthwash. Recently I was diagnosed with … Continue reading

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Is Wrigley’s EXTRA cool breeze sugar free gum good or bad for your teeth?

I am wondering if sugar free gum is ok to chew? Thanks, Pat Dear Pat Chewing gum does stimulate our salivary glands, therefore helps cleanse our teeth. However chewing gum on a constant basis it not good on our jaw … Continue reading

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