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A 45-year-old member asked:

can chewing trident gum replace brushing your teeth?

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Dr. Dominick Curalli
Dentistry 20 years experience
No: Chewing trident gum can be helpful if it is sugar free as this can stimulate saliva and buffer acids in your mouth. You still need to brush and floss your teeth to remove the plaque that can cause cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
NO, NO, NO: Get the message ! :) gum chewing is a great thing to do when you are unable to brush, but it is not a replacement. The chewing stimulates saliva which washes away some things and alsobegins the digestive process with enzymes. In addition, the mechanical action helps cleanaway debris. So ... Keep chewing, but keep brushing , too. :).

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The gums above my two front teeth are swollen and I need them to go back to normal within 72 hours what do I do?

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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
Brush, rinse, floss: Brush and keep them clean, floss them gently and try rinsing with warm salt water in that area specifically. Rinse for a minute or so or as long as you can. This should help it go away. If the swelling is not going away you need to see your dentist to have it checked out. Good luck.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How come when I smile wide my mouth trembles?

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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Essential tremor: This maybe part of an essential aka familial aka intention tremor. These are not serious but tend to run in families. They usually are seen most in hands when trying to lift things, are made worse by caffeine, stimulants and anxiety. If concerned consult a neurologist.
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What are the symptoms of an infected lip piercing?

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Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 51 years experience
Piercing: Infections are characterized by redness, swelling and pus.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What should I do for swollen tonsils that make it hard to breath if medication from a doctor isn't working?

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Dr. Kamel Sadek
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Be seen again: If you are still having problems and your symptoms are not getting better, a second exam by your doctor would help in deciding whether you need additional treatment. Depending of the severity of your symptoms, your doctor will likely decide on placing you on a short course of steroids to help in reducing the swelling of your tonsils. Also, another exam will help in ruling out tonsillar abscess.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for a dry socket post wisdom tooth removal to close?

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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
Totally Close?: Could take a month or more to fully close but to have the pain go away could be from 4-14 days +/-. It really depends on the anatomy of the area after the surgery.

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