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A 42-year-old member asked:

Is there a way to not gag when i get my teeth cleaned?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Suggestions...: Practicing placing a spoon on the back of the tongue can help some people to overcome the gag reflex. In the office, laughing gas (nitrous oxide) and oral conscious sedation often help as well.
Dr. Media Najafi
Dentistry 23 years experience
Distraction: If the suction is not the cause of gagging then distract yourself by wiggling your toes or thinking of something else. Take frequent breaks during cleaning.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What can I do to get my teeth squeaky clean?

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Dr. Marshall Dicker
Dentistry 47 years experience
Clean teeth: 1 see your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning 2 floss and brush after each meal.....You asked 3. Get a water pik and use it twice a day am and right before bed 4 use the toothbrush your dentist reccommends ( i like a motorized tooth brush for my patients ) do all this and you will be good esp #1 above.
A 19-year-old male asked:

I have gunk on my teeth. How do I get it cleaned?

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Tartar: Food debris and bacteria which must be removed to avoid cavities and gum disease !
A 48-year-old member asked:

Why do I get sick after having my teeth cleaned?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Bacteria/Resistance: You may have significant amounts of bacteria which are removed, but in cleaning an aerosol may be created and if you have a lowered resistance, then you may get sick. Possibly, you may need to have more frequent teeth cleanings and consider perioprotect a non-invasive home treatment to significantly remove the bacteria on a daily basis. www.perioprotect.com for a dentist near you.

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