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How come people often say the only negative effects of fluoridation is dental?

How come people often say the only negative effects of fluoridation is dental?

Misinformed: They are uninformed, misinformed, distrustful of the medical profession or establishment, brainwashed, or any other number of reasons. It is often said that if someone doesn't like something or somebody they tell 10 people but the ones who like something or somebody may only tell one other person. Therefore the bad stuff gets exaggerated and blown out of proportion to reality. ...Read more

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Can there be not better ways to help the poor with their teeth besides water fluoridation?

Can there be not better ways to help the poor with their teeth besides water fluoridation?

Education: People from all walks of life can benefit from being properly educated in taking care of their health. Brushing ; flossing properly together with eating healthy foods all go a long way in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Being proactive rather than reactive will prevent many future problems. An apathetic patient, regardless of their socio-economic background, will need more healthcare overall. ...Read more

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Do you know if there are good ways to help the poor with their teeth besides water fluoridation?

Do you know if there are good ways to help the poor with their teeth besides water fluoridation?

Food purchase habits: Educating them on how their diet can have a major influence, and how by modifying what they buy, what they eat, and how they eat it, would likely do a lot of good for their teeth. Dietary habits have a huge impact on oral dental health, as well as overall health of every individual. ...Read more

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Could you please describe fluoride water and why we should oppose to fluoridation?

Could you please describe fluoride water and why we should oppose to fluoridation?

Decay preventer: Drinking fluoridated water during tooth development prevents a lot of tooth decay and tooth loss. The healthier your teeth are the healthier you are overall. Dr. Charles mayo of the mayo clinic said you can expect to live 10 years longer if you have all your teeth. There is no good reason to oppose fluoridation. ...Read more

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I need to know what is your opinion on water fluoridation?

I need to know what is your opinion on water fluoridation?

Safe and healthy: And the effective way to prevent tooth decay. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is fluoride water and why we should be opposed to fluoridation?

Different flourides: Sodium fluoride, first added to public drinking water in 1945, is now used in less than 10% of fluoridation systems nationwide, according to the center for disease control’s (cdc) 1992 fluoridation census. Instead, silicoflourides are now used to treat drinking water delivered to 140 million people. While sodium Fluoride was tested on animals and determined safe the other versions have by the epa. ...Read more

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Can topical fluoridation cause fluorosis even if a patient doesn't swallow any fluoride?

Can topical fluoridation cause fluorosis even if a patient doesn't swallow any fluoride?

No: Topical Fluoride is absorbed by the enamel. Fluoride penetrates only to a very, very thin layer. Fluorosis happens as the tooth develops. It takes place years before the tooth erupts in the mouth. It requires a very high level of Fluoride intake. It is not the only reason a tooth can develop white or brown spots as it forms. ...Read more

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What do docs think? Should CDC promote fluoridation of drinking water?

What do docs think? Should CDC promote fluoridation of drinking water?

Yes, they should: The small carefully controlled amount of Fluoride that is added to most municipal water supplies in the usa protects teeth against tooth decay. Despite lots of fear mongering by anti-fluoridation groups the scientific facts are that this small amount of Fluoride causes no health problems and only protects teeth. Don' buy into mindless fear. ...Read more

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If fluoridation is seen to cause delayed tooth eruption, what else is it doing to our bodies?

Misinformation: Your premise is wrong so your question is not realistic. Fluoridation has decreased the dental disease of children over many decades. The conspiracy theories and injury claims refer to unsupported junk science or no basis at all. ...Read more

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What is dental insurance?

What is dental insurance?

Insurance for teeth: As above - covers most services at dental offices. ...Read more

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Should you get regular dental checkups?

Should you get regular dental checkups?

Yes: Regular dental check ups will keep your teeth and mouth healthy. Small problems will be found and treated. Regular dental will help to prevent many potential problems. Twice a year is good for many of us, however some people benefit from more frequent dental visits. ...Read more

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What dental fill is most commonly used?

What dental fill is most commonly used?

Filling options: For many years, silver amalgam has been the choice of material for posterior teeth. Composites or tooth colored fillings are becoming more popular as people want to get away from metals in their mouths. The composites are certailnly more cosmetic. ...Read more

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Why do I choke easy like on dental xrays?

Why do I choke easy like on dental xrays?

Many reasons: An exaggerated gag reflex can be caused by many factors:
large tongue
small mouth
excess saliva
psychological reasons
improper placement of the x- ray. ...Read more

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Can I take flucoxacillin for a dental abuess?

Can I take flucoxacillin for a dental abuess?

Self-medication: Self-medication is not a good idea and can often cause harm. Do you have effective dosage? Do you have enough pills for a full course of treatment? Antibiotics will reduce spread and severity of dental infection, but hands-on dental treatment is required or infection will come roaring back once you stop taking pills. Please call a Dentist to be properly treated. ...Read more

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Are dental xrays once in a while are dangerous?

Are dental xrays once in a while are dangerous?

Dental x-rays: Dental x-rays taken for diagnostic purposes by a qualified professional and along with routine safe guards are not dangerous. Not taking them and risking dental disease, tooth bone and gum destruction and infections that go undiagnosed are more dangerous to one's health. ...Read more

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I am wondering about dental shot pain, how bad is it?

I am wondering about dental shot pain, how bad is it?

Shot pain: The dental shot for anesthesia is like a pinch
followed by pressure

what I do which I have been told works well
is to use a topical anesthetic to numb the gum
or cheek surface

then inject a small amt of anes only

wait 2 mins and then give the remainder

of the anes

i have been told that is the least painful way to inject

overall.....Its not terrible pain no matter how it is done. ...Read more

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Curious about first dental appointment. What to expect?

Curious about first dental appointment. What to expect?

Evaluation: Typically on a first dental visit, you will fill out a dental and medical history, along with personal information, all of which is needed in order to render you the best dental care. Bring a list of all medications you take and any dental insurance information, if covered. You will receive a complete clinical exam and whatever x-rays they feel are appropriate. Next, depends on office. Ask first! ...Read more

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Is it necessary to get dental cleanings every 6 months?

Is it necessary to get dental cleanings every 6 months?

Yes: Surely recommended. To detect any cavities or gum disease at early stage before it worsens. ...Read more

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Please tell me, are dental xrays hazardous to my health?

Please tell me, are dental xrays hazardous to my health?

Risk vas benefit: The benefit derived from being able to view tissues not visible to the naked eye far outweighs the risk. Dental x-rays allow detection of small easy to fix problems before they become big unwieldy ones. A full mouth dental x-ray series is less radiation than spending a day up in the mountains skiing, less than you'd get on an airplane flight. All radiation carries risk, but it's minuscule. ...Read more

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What is the recommended age for a childs first dental exam?

What is the recommended age for a childs first dental exam?

1st tooth/1st Bday: The american association of pediatric dentists suggest that your child visit the dentist when either their first tooth erupts or by their first birthday. During this appointment, the dentist will discuss eating and brushing habits. This helps your child get 'used to' someone else being in their mouth. Children who have dental visits within the first 2 years experience less anxiety. ...Read more

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Are dental shots and locals for delivery everlife-threatening?

Are dental shots and locals for delivery everlife-threatening?

Usually not: In children and patients with a heart condition or high blood pressure are at higher risk of "overdosing" with local anesthetics containing epinephrine. Epinephrine increases heart rate and blood pressure. It's extremely rare for a patient to die from too much local, but I suppose it is possible and more probable in that population. ...Read more

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My dental foul smell?

My dental foul smell?

Many causes/sites: Bad breath can have GI cause, as simple as what food's eaten. Bowel blockage, lesions can cause odor. A physician can evaluate. If a tooth is decaying, it might have a persistent odor. That decay can occur even under a crown. A patient should keep asking the dentist or doctor to evaluate if no cause of persistent smell is found. Dental/tongue hygiene is important no matter what cause. See comments. ...Read more

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Best dental care routine?

Consistency: Brush at least twice a day. Floss before you brush. Rinse with a Fluoride rinse if you get many cavities. Chew xylitol gum. ...Read more

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What is a dental dam for?

What is a dental dam for?

Isolation: Used for isolating the teeth being worked on.
They help control moisture and prevent patient from aspirating foreign objects. ...Read more

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Can dental work cause tn?  

Can dental work cause tn?  

Maybe: Tn is due to inflammation of the fifth cranial nerve. Dental work could cause it but more likely than not it simply inflamed the condition which you already had before the dentist performed the work. ...Read more

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What is a dental pulpotomy?

Partial root canal: On adult teeth, it is a temporary solution to get one out of pain.
Is mostly used on baby teeth to take care of pain, exposed nerve until permed ant tooth is ready to erupt. ...Read more

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Is a dental X-ray dangerous?

Is a dental X-ray dangerous?

Safe Diagnostic Tool: Dental x-rays are one of the lowest radiation dose studies performed. X-rays allow your dentist to see signs of the tooth disease or potential gum, bone problems that are not visible to the naked eye. Very important tool. ...Read more

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What can a dental X-ray show?

What can a dental X-ray show?

A lot!: A dental x-ray can show decay, supporting bone level for gum disease evaluation, odontgenic tumors, cysts, Periapical abscesses, impacted teeth, internal or external root resorption, help evaluate pulpal health, TMJ status and do much more! Dental X-rays are very safe (especially the new digital ones) and show an abundance of essential dental diagnostic information! ...Read more

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