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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Zumstein
Dentistry 24 years experience
Bleaching: Whitening toothpaste can help reduce stains (coffee, tea, tobacco) on the outside of teeth. But, to really whiten teeth, there are three different types of 'bleaching': 1. Over-the-counter = crest whitestrips. 2. Trays that hold bleaching gel against the teeth, and 3. In-(dental)office bleaching. All three types of whitening are effective. The faster the effects, the more expensive.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Zumstein
Dentistry 24 years experience
Bleaching: Whitening toothpaste can help reduce stains (coffee, tea, tobacco) on the outside of teeth. But, to really whiten teeth, there are three different types of 'bleaching': 1. Over-the-counter = crest whitestrips. 2. Trays that hold bleaching gel against the teeth, and 3. In-(dental)office bleaching. All three types of whitening are effective. The faster the effects, the more expensive.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Zumstein
Dentistry 24 years experience
Bleaching: Whitening toothpaste can help reduce stains (coffee, tea, tobacco) on the outside of teeth. But, to really whiten teeth, there are three different types of 'bleaching': 1. Over-the-counter = crest whitestrips. 2. Trays that hold bleaching gel against the teeth, and 3. In-(dental)office bleaching. All three types of whitening are effective. The faster the effects, the more expensive.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Zumstein
Dentistry 24 years experience
Bleaching: Whitening toothpaste can help reduce stains (coffee, tea, tobacco) on the outside of teeth. But, to really whiten teeth, there are three different types of 'bleaching': 1. Over-the-counter = crest whitestrips. 2. Trays that hold bleaching gel against the teeth, and 3. In-(dental)office bleaching. All three types of whitening are effective. The faster the effects, the more expensive.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Justin Zumstein
Dentistry 24 years experience
Bleaching: Whitening toothpaste can help reduce stains (coffee, tea, tobacco) on the outside of teeth. But, to really whiten teeth, there are three different types of 'bleaching': 1. Over-the-counter = crest whitestrips. 2. Trays that hold bleaching gel against the teeth, and 3. In-(dental)office bleaching. All three types of whitening are effective. The faster the effects, the more expensive.
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A member asked:
Dr. Justin Zumstein
Dentistry 24 years experience
It's harmless: Geographic tongue affects about 2% of the us population. It is a harmless alteration of the cells on the surface of the tongue. It's cause is unknown, but it can run in families so it probably has a genetic component. Geographic tongue is not a result of poor oral hygiene. Brushing the tongue is an important part of oral hygiene especially to prevent halitosis.
A member asked:
Dr. Justin Zumstein
Dentistry 24 years experience
Very safe: It is possible to overdose on nitrous. This happens if the body does not receive enough oxygen. But, modern delivery systems of nitrous in dental offices will have regulators that will not allow the oxygen content to drop below safe levels.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Zumstein
Dentistry 24 years experience
Motrin and Tylenol (acetaminophen): Combining Ibuprofen (motrin) and Acetaminophen (tylenol) works well for otc pain relief. They each work on different pain receptor sites making them synergistic. Pay particular attention to the maximum doses for each medication.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Zumstein
Dentistry 24 years experience
Can be...: Limited mouth opening following oral surgery is a rare complication. If a patient cannot fully open their mouth after wisdom teeth are removed, they should consult their surgeon for appropriate follow up care.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Zumstein
Dentistry 24 years experience
Unfortunately, no: It would be great if it were true, but chewing gum will not reduce the amount of baldness that happens. But, don't give up chewing sugar free gum; it can help reduce tooth decay.
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