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A 38-year-old member asked:

there are swollen gums where my wisdom teeth are. why is it and how do i reduce the swelling?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Erupting or ?: You may or may not have enough room for your wisdom teeth to erupt. You may have swollen gums from the normal eruption of your wisdom teeth, or an infection, pericoronitis (inflammation) or food impaction. See a dentist to determine the cause and advice as what to do. Take some otc pain medication and rinse with salt water in the meantime.
Dr. Maryam Chiani
Dentistry 29 years experience
Wisdom teeth: Sometimes as the wisdom teeth erupt, the gingival tissue swells up and at times it gets infected. It would be a good idea to check with your dentist.

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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/
Jul 15, 2013
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.
Oct 1, 2013
Dr. Michael Wexler
Cosmetic Dentistry 23 years experience
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
Oct 5, 2013
A member asked:

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).
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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.
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 46-year-old member asked:

Is it okay to have a lump checked while having PMS symptoms like breast swelling?

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Dr. Hashim Alani
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Breast lump: Yes, you need to see a general surgeon who does a lot of breast surgery.

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