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Dr. Richard Davidson

Periodontics
Saint Louis, MO
52 years experience

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I am an expert in occlusion or bite adjustment- getting the teeth to fit together EVENLY. I am also known for very low pain following surgery. Referring offices tend to send me their toughest cases, since other practitioners would usually order full extractions. drricharddavidson-periodontist.com

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Periodontics

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57 Answers
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Possibly candida : Possibly Candida Albicans or herpes. See your dentist if they persist.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Could be herpes sore: It could be a herpes sore. Avoid giving your child peanut butter, other nuts and whole wheat bread. Lysine suppresses viruses and is an essential am... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Very common: Depending on the study, between 30% an 80% of population have the herpes virus. There is no way to know how you got it. There are prescription drugs... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Sore throat: Gargling very hot- but not boiling) water may help. If you have a fever, you should see your ENT doctor.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
A bump that hurts: There is a small white or red bump or group of bumps that are painful.
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Don't wait very long: If you have a definite, solidly diagnosed abscess, ask your dentist to put you on Clindamycin hcl 500mg. One capsule every eight hours for a week. Th... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Much less sore: Once you take out the infected tooth, the body can get to the infection effectively and eliminate the cause of the pain. It should get comfortable ve... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Squeeze or pop: Squeezing works, but more frequent gentle washing of face with very warm water will reduce the number of pimples (blocked pores). Doxycycline/ tetrac... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Lanap is temporary: Lanap works best on clean teeth (which requires physical planing), but does not alter flora in the mouth, so reinfection occurs soon after lanap. Roo... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Oral infection: It sounds like you may have an early but possibly serious oral or dental infection. See a dentist or ENT specialist as soon as possible.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Antibiotics work: Antibiotics work, as does inhaling intomy sinuses a warm solution of 1/4 tsp and a pint of water. The xylitol makes the bacteria very slippery so the... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
No: The lysine was ok, but works much better when swallowed. The acid in the vinegar reacted with the baking soda, foaming up and releasing carbon dioxid... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Apple: Eat an early supper- well before bedtime. Do not eat an overly large meal. Consume a moderate amount of fluids with your meal. Eat a medium apple f... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Geographic tongue : Geographic tongue changes appearance of tongue. It appears to be familial, and presumably hereditary. It is not dangerous, just somewhat unsightly i... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
See an ent doctor: You might have a middle or inner ear infection. See your ENT doctor.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Have teeth cleaned: Have your teeth cleaned thoroughly and start brushing and flossing better. If you do not get a lot better, see a periodontist.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Clenching headache: It sounds like you have been clenching or grinding your teeth all night. Your temples (the muscles infront of your ears are probably very sore when y... Read More
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Exercise energetical: Try a short, high energy work out, rather than a slow, easy, low energy work out. You may want to make sure your md thinks its safe.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Muscle tension: Your body is very stressed and tense from whatever is making you cry. It sounds like you are tensing a lot of muscles. Try to not grit or grind your... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Try xylitol solution: I don't know of any herbal remedies, but if the child can inhale a solution of xylitol and warm water (1/4 tsp xylitol in a pint of warm water) into h... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Probably very little: Most people's tongues are cleaned somewhat by food and drinking, so that thick odoriferous bacteria does not build up. There are tools sold to scrap... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Sore throat: It sounds like a sore throat. Try gargling water as hot as you can stand without burning your throat. Also try some vitamin c & e if you have it. I... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Tension in neck: It sounds like muscle tension in the neck muscles is causing pain- like a charley horse. Try stretching the muscles and massaging your neck firmly. T... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Gritting teeth: A lot of people grit their teeth when exercising or doing strenuous activity. This makes some facial muscles sore and is very hard on the teeth and j... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
It depends: If the teeth look short, a gingivectomy (cutting off gum) should help esthetics- but only if you have plenty of non-mobile gum to allow this. If not,... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Try lysine: A supplement called lysine suppresses herpes outbreaks in most people. Also avoid whole wheat bread and nuts. Do not take if you have phenylketonuri... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Probably infection: Probably means an infection of some sort, possibly of your ear, but also possibly an early sore throat. Try sipping very hot water or thin hot tea an... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Lysine id good: Yes. Lysine is very useful in most people. Also avoid whole wheat bread, nuts and arginine which grow viruses.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Not usually: Pizza burns on the roof of the mouth do not usually require medical attention. If pain persists for more than a few days see your periodontist or or... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Maybe the food: Possibly a food allergy or sensitivity. Could there have been msg in the food. Peanuts?Try eating small amounts of the food again to see if you expe... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
You can: You can pop it, but that is hardly thorough treatment. It is not like popping a zit. You still have a serious underlying infection that needs to be ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Possibly : Cold sores are frequently caused by herpes simplex virus. Lysine frequently suppresses this virus to eliminate symptoms- possibly permanently.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Canker sores/ herpes: It is most likely canker sores or herpes. If it is herpes (a dds would need to diagnose it), then a supplement called lysine is very effective and sa... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Try lysine: Once a virus gets into your cells it may not be possible to get it out, but if you take a supplement called lysine, you will probably be able to suppr... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Yes: Not higher than 120/70 is desirable. You should see your physician.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Try lysine: Lysine seems to suppress the herpes virus. Try taking a capsule daily. Avoid nuts, peanut butter and whole wheat bread and stress. After a while, y... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Yes: Yes. Eat smaller meals before bed. Eat early. Do not have late meals just before bed. Have a medium sized apple for desert with your early dinner... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Cold will help pain: Cold will help temporarily, but you need to see a dentist for definitive help.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Food poisoning?: Sounds like you could have eaten contaminated or spoiled food, or you have stomach flu, or other bacterial infection get plenty of fluids so you do n... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Show your daughter : Show your daughter how to brush and floss, expecially the back teeth. Most people do not clean the back teeth well. Train her to do cleaning on a re... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Breathe fresh air: Breathing fresh air will eliminate the irritation that is causing you to tense muscles that are causing headaches. Also, massage your neck, shoulder ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Massage muscles: Massage your head, neck and facial/jaw muscles to loosen up tense, hard sore muscles. Headaches are cramping of neck, shoulder or facial/ jaw muscles... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Red throat: It sounds like a throat infection. Gargling very hot water may help soothe your throat. You should consider seeing an ENT doctor.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Massage muscles: Massaging sore and tense (hard) muscles will get them to relax and stop hurting. Think of a headache as a charley horse in your head, neck or shoulde... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Wash face more often: Gently washing face more often with very warm water and mild soap should help dissolve the plugs blocking the pores.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Maybe allergy: I'm guessing that maybe you used colgate or crest paste some people are allergic to these. If this what you used, try some antihistamine from the dru... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Maybe, try it: I'm not sure what the mode of action would be for most toothpastes, but a toothpaste called oxyfresh has chlorine dioxide as an active ingredient- thi... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Yes, if very tense: Try to relax at work. Massage your neck and shoulder muscles ar work. Keep your teeth apart. Massage and loosen up your temporal muscles if they fe... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
Tension headaches: Try to relax as you exercise. Tensing your muscles while using them exercising will really wear you out- much more so than just exercising. Headache... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
52 years experience
See your ENT doctor: See your ENT doctor. It could be as simple as a small hair rubbing on your ear drum. But you do not want to poke a hole in your ear drum trying tom ... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Davidson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Davidson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! I thought of this, afterwards, only at home. Need new appn't for #.Bye
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thanks saw my dr today that was my BP pulse was 98 she didnt to care
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Means a lot, and ive been very careful with the barbell.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

washington university school of dental medicine
Graduated 1970MD

Awards

Top Periodontist, First Place, Missouri - Summer
2013
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