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can i get braces with bone loss.think my overbite could be causing front teeth to be loose?

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Dr. David Schneider
Dentistry 38 years experience
Yes: However, it is imperative that the periodontal disease (bone loss) be treated so that you are in good periodontal health and in a maintainable level of periodontal health. See a periodontist before beginning the orthodontic therapy. I can provide you with a local good periodontist via e-mail (dhschneid@gmail.Com).
Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 36 years experience
Bone loss: It depends on how much bone loss and why it is occurring. Your dentist can evaluate this. You will need to also evaluated if you are loosing bone in other parts of your body. May need a bone density test depending on you age etc.
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
Absolutely: Your orthodontist will need to proceed cautiously, and it is beyond critical that you have periodontal clearance to begin orthodontic treatment. If the bone loss is being induced by mobility and trauma to the teeth, then correction of your bite could help to stabilize the situation. It will be very important for your orthodontist to minimize trauma to the teeth during treatment as well!
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Team approach: Your mobility indicates a periodontal (bone/gum) problem. Unless your front teeth bang into each other when you chew that's rob ably not the cause of the mobility. See an Orthodontic Specialist who will diagnose your malocclusion and, with the help of a Periodontist, perhaps an Oral Surgeon, and your General Dentist, arrive at the safest, most effective treatment plan for your individual problem

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Is it true that fluoride can cause tooth discoloration in children?

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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: Fluoride, which occurs naturally in some city water supplies, is incorporated into children's developing teeth and helps to prevent tooth decay. Many municipalities have carefully added Fluoride to their water. Unfortunately, too much Fluoride may cause discoloration of the enamel. You should speak to your pedodontist or pediatrician about the proper amount of Fluoride for your child.
Dr. Andrew Killgore
Cosmetic Dentistry 16 years experience
The potential systemic health consequences to our pediatric population far outweigh the benefits of strengthening enamel and caries prevention. I have attached a brief Harvard overview to reference one of many potential concerns. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi/
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Dr. Anthony D'Amico
Dentistry 54 years experience
In addition there can be potential consequences to the adult population. Some areas have naturally ocurring very heavy concentrations of fluoride in their water and flourosis or dark discoloration is common in these localities. I am a dentist but have never been in favor of medicating a total population to treat one segment-especially when they can receive the benefits of flouride in other ways.
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I agree to some extent with Drs. D'Amico & Coogan, but want to add that injested (drops, pills, drinks high in fluoride, swallowed toothpaste) is difficult to control dosage that could lead to discoloration of developing adult teeth for a specific child. Discolored baby teeth is usually caused from something injested or illness of mother during pregnancy. See: http://www.888-smile.com/Ask_Dr.html
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A 27-year-old male asked:

My lip is still partly swollen 6 weeks after I had a wisdom tooth extracted. Is this normal?

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Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 15 years experience
Wisdom teeth: No. This is not typical. You should get it evaluated by the doctor that extracted the wisdom tooth.
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A 23-year-old female asked:

Is it ok to make a 2 month old baby sit upright. Won't it hurt her back bone?

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Dr. Rodrigo Argenal
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Not natural: Sitting is not natural for a 2 mo old. Laying on a surface semi-upright is. If you sit him supporting him (like on your lap while holding him), then it is ok. I would not advise sitting him by himself on a high chair for example.
A 24-year-old male asked:

I am facing problem of mouth blister from last 3 days it's happened under toung. So what shoud I do.?

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Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Mouth sores: Sores in the mouth do occur from time to time, can be due to vit b deficiencies illnesses, smoking, i'll fitting dentures, hiv, certain autoimmune diseases, stress etc. Suggest take some b complex tablets for a few days, if does not resolve, see your doctor.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Will partial dentures decrease the chances of bone loss in the jaw?

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Dr. Earl Sandroff
Dentistry 43 years experience
Better to have em: What makes bone disappear in the jaws is lack of teeth. Keeping as amany as possible and helping the rest of your mouth may help e bone stay a lot longer. Sometimes we will even file teeth level with the bone (with or w/o root canal) and then give you an over denture just to try to keep yu bone level up. The partials will also make it easier to chew food than having an empty space.

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