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A 40-year-old member asked:

how can i get pearly white teeth at home?

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Dr. Sharon Perelman
Dentistry 29 years experience
Toothpaste: There are many different types of whitening toothpaste that you can get over the counter with whitening agents. It is not as affective as professional whitening though. Also there are whitening strips you can use at home.
Dr. James Yang
Dentistry 13 years experience
Pro whiten: Over the counter product can be effective but not as effective as professional whitening.
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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Has anyone heard of or suffered from burning mouth?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Yes: This can be very troublesome. I had herpangina and this was the worst aspect of the illness (lasted for months), and many people have it much more severely. If no cause (hormones, meds, GI reflux, xerostomia / sjogren's) is found, a good multivitamin may help. Topical anesthetics and lozenge Clonazepam are used & sometimes it resolves by itself.
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What could cause white spots or stains on my teeth?

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Decalcifications: Acid reflux could cause the white spots while many foods and or medications can stain the enamel
A 44-year-old member asked:

What does a supernumerary tooth look like?

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Dr. Michael Teitelbaum
Dentistry 32 years experience
Anything: I personally have 2, they look like regular molars. Some are weird shaped, some are tiny teeth.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What can cause a coffee-colored coat on my tongue?

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Dr. Scott Harwood
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Black hairy tongue: It is a condition caused by lengthening of the filiform papilla of the tongue. This in turn can cause it to become stained easily by coffee, food or tobacco. It can also occur after taking pepto-bismol or can be a side effect from taking penicillin. Certain types of bacteria and yeast can also be a factor.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Where can I find information on the net about dental health?

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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
ADA.org: The ada is the american dental association and should have a lot of resources for you. You could ask your locat dentist as well.
Dr. Justin Zumstein
Dentistry 24 years experience
The Academy of General Dentistry is another good dental health resource...www.AGD.org
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