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A 36-year-old member asked:

why does pain medicine ruin peoples teeth?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Please explain: I have never read or learned anything about analgesics causing tooth decay or periodontal problems. If anything, people who prolong dental care by taking pain meds for toothaches instead of seeking care cause the loss of the teeth due to neglect. People who regularly visit their dentist for preventive care rarely have catastrophic problems.
Dr. William Jakavick
Cosmetic Dentistry 37 years experience
Pain meds: Pain meds do not ruin teeth but addiction to pain meds can lead to behavior detrimental to maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

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Is it advisable to immobilize my leg after pulling my hamstring if the pain is not severe?

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Dr. Randy Lisch
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No: Try to massage the hamstring with a roller and stretch the muscle gently as much as possible.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What could be the source of lines on a 14-year-old girl's nose and mouth?

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Dr. Mitchell Vogel
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Could be cosmetic: No coomon for a young person. Please see a pediatrician or a dermatologist and have a great day!
A 33-year-old member asked:

Can mouthwashes containing peroxide cause mouth cancer?

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Dr. Michael Teitelbaum
Dentistry 32 years experience
Probably not: In japan they showed it could happen, but with 40% peroxide. It's illegal in the usa, here we only get up to 3-5% no proof here.
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My daughter just came back from haiti..She has a 1" radius of redness with a black center? Is this a spider bite? She is having pain with it.

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Could be : She needs to be seen and have that evaluated. Black center means a necrotic center and may need to be debrided. Make an appointment.
A 25-year-old female asked:

I feel like I have pain in my kidneys. What could this be?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Muscle pain?: Pain in back muscles is more common reason for this complaint than actual kidney pain. But kidney stone possibility cannot be ruled out. Also, could be related to kidney infection esp if you have signs of of UTI e.g. Burning, frequency, or foul odor with urination. A visit to your doc will help differentiate this.

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