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A 37-year-old member asked:

how long does it normally take to get your teeth cleaned?

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Dr. Meng Syn
Dr. Meng Syn answered
Dentistry 38 years experience
Depends: It really depends on how much there is to clean. Typically a light patient takes an hour from being seated. If you have heavy staining and tarter from smoking for instance, it can take 4 hours of deep cleaning to achieve a beneficial level of clean. In dentistry, its the areas that you don't typically see that benefit the most from cleaning--behind the teeth and below the gums.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Endodontics 44 years experience
Depends: In patients w very little buildup of deposits, maybe 30-45 min. People w a lot of calculus it may take several one hr. Visits.
Dr. Felicia Mata
Cosmetic Dentistry 25 years experience
Types of Cleaning: Polishing- takes 20-30 minutes. No gum disease. Scaling and root planing (also called deep cleaning)- takes an hour to 1.5 hours depending on the bone loss taken over by tartar, supra and subcalcular deposit; sometimes more if teeth are surrounded by infected bleeding periodontal tissue, and stains.., etc.; srp also has to be done first in advance cases that requires gum surgery.

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Is it normal for bottom teeth to come in before top teeth?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Yes: The bottom middle incisors are almost always the first teeth and usually come in around 7 months old. However it is not a concern if the top teeth come in first. If your child has no teeth at 15 months old, your pediatrician will likely recommend a dental visit.
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Dr. Ron E. Bell commented
Cosmetic Dentistry 45 years experience
You could be proactive and see a dentist before the pediatrician recommends
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A 22-year-old male asked about a member:

What is a normal age to start losing teeth?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
6 years: Children lose their first baby teeth around age 6 years when the permanent teeth start coming in. They will get a total of 28 teeth (not counting any wisdom teeth). In the teen years, some kids have 2-4 teeth pulled before getting orthodontic braces. Years later, adults lose teeth through accidents, tooth decay, etc. . . The average number of remaining teeth at age 50-64 is 22-23 teeth.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How do I treat periodontal problems without pulling my teeth?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Difficult: The mainstay to good dental health is brushing, flossing and perhaps using a prescribed oral rinse. Adequate nutrition is mandatory and you may need a good multiple vitamin and a gram or so of vitamin c daily. Stress control, no smoking and no drinking to excess are mandatory. Outside of this, you are going to have to work closely with your dentist/oral surgeon and do the best you can.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is pulling your teeth necessary to treat periodontal problems?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
No always: Some periodontal disease is treated with gingival surgery, cleaning, medications, grafts and doing everything to preserve the teeth. At times a tooth may be too far gone and have root problems that would necessitate removal. Do all you can to have the greatest of oral hygiene and follow closely with your dentist/oral surgeon/periodontist. Hope it goes well!
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A 38-year-old female asked:

I ve bad tooth sensitivity on all teeth recently, went to dentist, he can't c why, please advice me of other possible health problems i may b suffering with?

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Dr. Russell Lieblick
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 21 years experience
Bruxism: You may be grinding or clenching your teeth which is called bruxism. This can cause painful teeth with no discernable reason. The treatment is fairly simple and requires wearing a guard or thin mouthpiece at night called a splint. Your dentist can help.

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