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Dr. Barton Cook
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Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

Cardiomyopathy is a disease that weakens and enlarges the muscle surrounding the heart. It is a condition that makes it harder for the heart to pump blood and deliver it throughout the body. A common symptom is chest pain, although mild cases ...Read more


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I have GERD and hiatal hernia. That causes me a bad breath. How can I treat my dental hygiene appropriately?

I have GERD and hiatal hernia. That causes me a bad breath. How can I treat my dental hygiene appropriately?

Maybe unrelated : While gerd can damage enamel, and even bad breath, it may also be completely unrelated to your dental hygiene. A trial of anti-acid medications will control the acid, but may not control the reflux of non-acid stomach contents. If the problem is bad enough, consider testing to quantify the the reflux and look for damage to the esophagus - endoscopy, ph test, manometry, & upper GI contrast study. ...Read more

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What might be the cause of bad breath if it's neither the thrust (candida) nor poor dental hygiene. (My throat doesn't hurt)I'm so confused plz help?

What might be the cause of bad breath if it's neither the thrust  (candida) nor poor dental hygiene. (My throat doesn't hurt)I'm so confused plz help?

Halitosis: Bad breath can be caused by many different factors, including sinus infections, periodontal problems, smoking, cavities, acid reflux, and your diet. Address all of these possibilities with your dentist and physician, and I'm confident that your problem will at least be minimized, and hopefully eradicated. ...Read more

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What causes foul smelly saliva ; have excellent dental hygiene but saliva is very stinky?

What causes foul smelly saliva ; have excellent dental hygiene but saliva is very stinky?

Mahybe hygiene: Not knowing what you are doing for "excellent hygiene" makes answering more difficult. A mouth rinse and toothpaste called closys are formulated to neutralize the volatile sulfur compounds that cause breath problems. ...Read more

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What are the possible causes of tooth loss besides poor dental hygiene?

What are the possible causes of tooth loss besides poor dental hygiene?

3 Main Causes: Except for rare medical/genetic disorders, tooth loss is caused by three main things: gum disease, large cavities, & trauma. Gum disease is the most common, accounting for about 80% of lost teeth. Nearly all these conditions can be prevented with excellent oral hygiene at home & regular dental visits. Unfortunately, you can't do it yourself. You need professional help to keep your mouth healthy. ...Read more

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If I have a lingering bad taste in my mouth due to acid reflux how can I treat it other than basic dental hygiene?

If I have a lingering bad taste in my mouth due to acid reflux how can I treat it other than basic dental hygiene?

Treat cause: The first step would be to see if something can be done to control acid reflux in the first place. It can have damaging effects on your teeth over time and is quite uncomfortable as you know. A physician can offer a prescription if it a chronic problem. For dealing with the taste, try a string over the counter mouth wash, or perhaps salt water. Brushing alone won't do it. ...Read more

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Do water picks really help dental hygiene?

Yes: A water pick will help remove more plaque than not using it. It should always be used in conjunction with good brushing and dental exams. ...Read more

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Can you tell me docs, is dental hygiene a good field?

Can you tell me docs, is dental hygiene a good field?

Great field : Dental hygiene is a great career that allow flexibility to work as much or little as you would like during different phases of life , raising children. There is a great demand for hygienists, salary is good. You are highly respected , are highly skilled, and work closely with and develop great relationships with patients and dentists . Very rewarding career. ...Read more

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Should i punish my daughter for her poor dental hygiene?

Should i punish my daughter for her poor dental hygiene?

No. : Scare tactics may help but sitting her down and talking to her about why she does not want to clean her teeth properly is usually the best option. See if there is a way to make it fun. There is a company that makes tooth brushes that vibrate a popular tune when they are used. I think they are called tooth tunes brushes (not 100% sure). Positive reinforcement will go a long way as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Hedi Kermani
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Dental Health (Definition)

Healthy non-swollen gums with no bleeding. No dental caries. No loose teeth, nor any missing teeth. No bone loss, with teeth in proper alignment providing good esthetics and proper function in speech, ...Read more