Category Archives: Oral Hygiene

Will piercing my tongue really ruin my teeth?

I just graduated from high school and really want to get my tongue pierced, but my mom swears I will ruin my teeth if I do. She paid for my braces and doesn’t want me to mess up what we’ve … Continue reading

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Would a cold cause bad breath or is it something else?

I work with a lot of kids and I think one of them shared his cold virus with me a few weeks ago. Ever since then my breath has been terrible. My husband has started making comments about kissing me … Continue reading

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Does Salt Water Rinse Hurt My Teeth?

I have a sharp chip in my tooth that created a cut in my mouth. My mother suggested I rinse my mouth with salt water so my sore doesn’t get infected. I’m concerned the salt water will damage my teeth. … Continue reading

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Should I Still See My Dentist if I have the Flu or a Cold?

I have an upcoming dental appointment but I haven’t been feeling great. I’ve been coughing and my nose is running but I don’t have a fever. I keep hearing about flu season but I’m not sure if I have the … Continue reading

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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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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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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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