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Does methadone rot your teeth?

Does methadone rot your teeth?

No: There is no specific correlation between Methadone and mouth hygiene. The only cause that comes to mind is a substance abuse behaviors in which taking drugs is more important than tooth hygiene. That stated, there is a clear association between methamphetamine and tooth decay. This is due to direct drug effect (poor salivation, teeth grinding) as well as poor hygiene. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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How does sugar rot your teeth?

How does sugar rot your teeth?

Sugar doesn't rot: It is the acid produced from the bacteria in your mouth that eat the sugar that causes decay. Sugar is like rocket fuel to the bacteria, and the more you eat the more acid is produced and the more prone you are to cavities. ...Read more

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What does crystal meth do to your teeth?

What does crystal meth do to your teeth?

Methamphetamine mouth: Broken, discolored and rotting teeth likely because the drug causes the salivary glands to dry out, which allows the mouth's acids to eat away at the tooth enamel, causing cavities. Teeth are further damaged by grinding and poor diet and poor dental hygiene. ...Read more

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Does the health of your gums affect how fast your teeth will move with braces?

Does the health of your gums affect how fast your teeth will move with braces?

Absolutely: Teeth will move faster through healthy tissues than through unhealthy tissues. Moving teeth in the presence of inflammatory disease can result in gum/bone loss. ...Read more

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How long does a periodontist clean your teeth for?

How long does a periodontist clean your teeth for?

Depends...: Any dental cleaning does not have a time limit. If you are at a periodontist...It means you have a more difficult case. To start with it may take 2 one hour appointments. It may take only and hour with heavy scraping. If you are diligent and follow the doctors directions and improve...Cleaning time may be reduced to 30 to 45 minutes. But i would say allow an hour after initial treatment. Earl. ...Read more

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How long can it take for tooth decay to kick in by not brushing your teeth?

How long can it take for tooth decay to kick in by not brushing your teeth?

It varies: Dental decay is a demineralization of enamel, following by the advancing of the lesion into dentin and ultimately the nerve. The rate of the decay depends on the host factors, the amount of sticky or ferment carbohydrates on the tooth, the saliva quality and quantity (age related), the oral hygiene, the occlusion, the environment optimal for food impaction (open contact, gap, faulty restoration). ...Read more

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How much does laser teeth whitening damage your teeth and gums? I'd like to get my teeth whitened, and have read that laser teeth whitening can cause your teeth to be tender. Does it do any permanent damage? .

How much does laser teeth whitening damage your teeth and gums? I'd like to get my teeth whitened, and have read that laser teeth whitening can cause your teeth to be tender. Does it do any permanent damage?


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Not much: There are some changes that can be found at a microscopic level but nothing serious. If properly done laser whitening won't harm your gums. The sensitivity that you will get from your teeth will go away in a day or two. ...Read more

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Does whitening your teeth damage them at all?

Does whitening your teeth damage them at all?

Not really: While teeth whitening can cause temperature sensitivity, this is usually only a temporary thing that resolves once the whitening process has stopped. Using a "for sensitive teeth' Fluoride toothpaste will help decrease that sensitivity even more quickly. Other than that, tooth whitening is a safe procedure. ...Read more

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Will teeth whitening kits from the store work better after a dental cleaning? I’ve read that the dentist cleans your teeth before doing the whitening. Does that mean that the gunk on your teeth stop the whitening solution from working? So if i buy white s

Will teeth whitening kits from the store work better after a dental cleaning? I’ve read that the dentist cleans your teeth before doing the whitening. Does that mean that the gunk on your teeth stop the whitening solution from working? So if i buy white s

Generally no: The dentist "cleans" the teeth before whitening, but it is not with prophy/toothpaste. It is with pumice, which is just an abrasive, without fluoride. The abrasive pumice cleans the surface of enamel and allows the whitening gel to get further into the tooth to whiten faster. The only difference is the speed of whitening. If at home, just brush with water before whitening to get same effect. ...Read more

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If you constantly bite your teeth together or clench is bad for your teeth, will they eventually crack and fall out?

If you constantly bite your teeth together or clench is bad for your teeth, will they eventually crack and fall out?

Not fall out: Teeth fall out due to loss of gingival and bone support. Clenching and grinding your teeth does cause cracks in your enamel, which if join together, can cause large parts of the tooth to break off. Teeth can also fracture vertically and then have to be extracted. Clenching/grinding can also cause the biting surfaces to wear down until only the dentin is remaining. ...Read more

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How does tooth decay affect your heart?

How does tooth decay affect your heart?

Decay isn't healthy: Do you think you may be thinking of the studies that have shown a correlation between periodontal disease causing plaque and plaque in your heart? Here's an article with more information: http://www.Colgate.Com/app/cp/us/en/oc/information/articles/oral-and-dental-health-basics/medical-conditions/heart-disease-and-oral-health/article/cardiovascular.Cvsp. ...Read more

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How does the dentist should clean dentures?

How does the dentist should clean dentures?

Special chemicals.: The dentist will have his staff clean the denture with special instruments and solutions to remove stains, plaque, or any buildiups present. They will then be polished to a high shine. Keep smiling ! ...Read more

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Please help! does baking soda ruin your gums when you use it to whiten your teeth?

Please help! does baking soda ruin your gums when you use it to whiten your teeth?

Why?: With so many products on the market that carry the ada seal showing them to b both safe and effective, why would you pick a product to use off label? ...Read more

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How long does it take for purging to start rotting your teeth?

How long does it take for purging to start rotting your teeth?

Stop Purging: There is no medical or dental benefit to it. Please see your physician and dentist. ...Read more

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Please explain how long does meth stay in your teeth?

Please explain how long does meth stay in your teeth?

Incorrect Info: Meth does not reside in your teeth. Teeth get destroyed because of the habits associated with the meth lifestyle. Lots of sugary drinks, dry mouth, ineffective oral hygiene, teeth grinding and lack of dental care. This process destroys the teeth and supporting gums, causing devastating problems for people. Many times, these tooth related issues will haunt meth users for life! ...Read more

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Does brushing your teeth with baking soda and braces on cause your teeth to be discolored when you get your braces off later?

No: Keeping your teeth clean is the key to not having issues later when the braces come off. Baking soda is good for managing gum issues but it lacks Fluoride which is helpful to prevent decay especially while wearing braces. I'd suggest avoiding any bleaching of your teeth while the braces are on as the enamel under the brackets won't change color and you could end up with dark spots. ...Read more

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Methadone (Definition)

Methadone is a synthetic opiate used for pain control and in the rehabilitation of opiate addicts. Methadone used in rehabilitation relieves craving, suppresses withdrawal symptoms, and blocks the euphoric effects associated with ...Read more