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Dr. Gary Sandler answered

Specializes in Dentistry

For dental appointments, mark your calendar or add it as a reminder to your smartphone.

Answered Jul 24, 2014

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Dr. Gary Sandler answered

Specializes in Dentistry

How the dental office responds to your questions is a good indication of their concern for you.

Answered Dec 15, 2013

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Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein answered

Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry

Soak dentures, nightguards, retainers, etc. In white vinegar to soften tartar and then brush it off.

Answered Jul 18, 2014

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Dr. Gary Sandler answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Use external warm hot compresses just in front of your ear for TMJ pain.

Answered Sep 29, 2016

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Dr. John Van der Werff answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Floss holders work well to get floss between teeth.

Answered Mar 21, 2015

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Dr. Gary Sandler answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Have a travel pocket tooth brush and a sample of dental floss with you for midday meals and snacks.

Answered Dec 22, 2014

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Dr. Robert Ryan answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Keep a plastic toothpick in your purse or wallet. Use it frequently.

Answered Jan 29, 2014

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Dr. John Thaler answered

Specializes in Prosthodontics

Reserve special time each day to fully clean your teeth - am or pm. Stick to it.

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Dr. John Van der Werff answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Small fillings can sometimes be done without anesthetia, ask your dentist.

Answered Mar 21, 2015

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Dr. Robert Ryan answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Swish with bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) of soda solution to neutralize the acids that cause decay.

Answered Dec 28, 2013

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Dr. Charles Kattuah answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Brush twice daily with a Fluoride containing toothpaste. Spit out but don't rinse to get the effect.

Answered Aug 7, 2014

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Dr. John Van der Werff answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Tie floss in a circle instead of wrapping it around your fingers.

Answered Mar 21, 2015

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Dr. John Van der Werff answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Use just a pea size amount of toothpaste when brushing.

Answered Mar 21, 2015

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Dr. Thomas Namey answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

Chewing sugar-free gum helps with plaque and cleans your teeth! helps your breath as well!

Answered Mar 16, 2013

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Dr. Thomas Namey answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

More important than your smile. Healthy teeth and gums reduces risk for heart disease and stroke!

Answered Sep 29, 2016

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Dr. Kenneth Grossman answered

Specializes in Endodontics

Keep dental floss in your purse and car!

Answered Mar 16, 2013

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Dr. David Muench answered

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The american association of orthodontists recommends a child's first orthodontic exam by age 7.

Answered May 18, 2014

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Dr. David Schleimer answered

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For orthodontic patients: irritating, poking wires and hooks: use eraser on pencil & gently push in.

Answered Mar 21, 2013

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Dr. Victor Bonuel answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Eat less sweets & quit smoking. Brush & floss after meals. See your dentist annually.

Answered Mar 22, 2013

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Dr. Zahid Ahmed answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Avoid sipping on drinks for more than 30min at a time. Prolonged exposure increases risks for decay.

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Dr. Amber Patel answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Floss before you brush to make it easier to remember to do and help your mouth feel even cleaner!

Answered Dec 9, 2013

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Dr. Amber Patel answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Use a soft toothbrush and make sure you brush for an 2 minutes! some electric brushes have timers!

Answered Dec 10, 2013

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Dr. Colin Kerr answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Mouthwash helps. Use often. Your friends will love it too!

Answered Feb 7, 2018

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Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Use an interdental brush daily if you have significant bone loss or bridge work.

Answered Jul 1, 2014

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Dr. Charles Kattuah answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Rinse with a baking soda/water rinse to reduce acidity in your mouth which helps reduce cavity risk.

Answered Mar 29, 2013

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Dr. Victor Zeines answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Place a few drops of oil or oregano on your toothbrush when brushing.

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Dr. Brian Hoffman answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Limit time foodstuffs remain on teeth, brush 3x/day, floss nightly, rinse often.

Answered Apr 5, 2013

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Dr. Gary Sandler answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Use a soft toothbrush and change it at least every three months for good oral hygiene.

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Dr. Thomas Namey answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

Chew sugar free gum. Your breath will also be helped!

Answered May 31, 2014

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Dr. Kayvon Javid answered

Specializes in Dentistry

The best time to floss is before you go to bed.

Answered Jun 15, 2014

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Dr. Kayvon Javid answered

Specializes in Dentistry

The best time to brush your teeth is right before you go to bed.

Answered Jun 3, 2014

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Dr. Arnold Malerman answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

Wearing braces make beautiful faces for all to see.

Answered Aug 23, 2013

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Dr. Thomas Wright answered

Specializes in Phlebology

Eating sweets - just rinse or brush so teeth don't bathe in the sugary residue.

Answered Jun 17, 2014

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim answered

Specializes in Pain Management

If you take care of your teeth, they will take care of you, for your whole life. Next is your diet.

Answered Sep 16, 2013

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