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Is wisdom teeth removal necessary if they are not aligned properly. Can it lead to cavity or trouble in neighboring teeth?

Is wisdom teeth removal necessary if they are not aligned properly.  Can it lead to cavity or trouble in neighboring teeth?

Wisdom teeth: usually appear between the ages of 16 and 25. If you are experiencing pain, swollen lymph nodes and it does not go away or if you find it difficult to open your mouth, you should see a dentist for evaluation, x-ray and wisdom teeth removal. However, impacted wisdom teeth that are free from disease and symptoms should not be operated on. ...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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Is wisdom teeth removal necessary if they are not aligned properly. Can it lead to cavity or trouble in neighboring teeth?

Is wisdom teeth removal necessary if they are not aligned properly. Can it lead to cavity or trouble in neighboring teeth?

Sometimes: Wisdom teeth can cause problems in neighboring teeth, including resorption, decay, and gum disease. These are more common when the wisdom teeth are not aligned properly in the mouth. When wisdom teeth even pose a threat to other teeth, it is best to get them out before any problems arise. Your dentist should evaluate your wisdom teeth and make a recommendation, so go see your dentist. ...Read more

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Are you supposed to try close your child's mouth if he is sleeping with his mouth wide open?

Are you supposed to try close your child's mouth if he is sleeping with his mouth wide open?

I wouldn't: Babe may have the mouth open to bypass narrowed nasal passages that prevent enough air movement for deep sleep. Leave sleeping babies alone! ...Read more

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Is yawning bad to do when wearing elastics in your mouth?

Is yawning bad to do when wearing elastics in your mouth?

No: If the elastic band brakes, see your dentist or orthodontist for a replacement. ...Read more

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Can you get Gonorrhea in your mouth/throat from not properly brushing your teeth?

Can you get Gonorrhea in your mouth/throat from not properly brushing your teeth?

No unless oral sex: if having oral sex can spec. if ejaculates into your mouth , would have bad sore throat after , need to be tested , using listerine , brushing teeth right after might help prevent but doubt it since can go down throat too far. ...Read more

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Can opening my mouth as wide as 2 fingers inside be enough for general anesthesia's mouth intubation?

Can opening my mouth as wide as 2 fingers inside be enough for general anesthesia's mouth intubation?

Intubation: Intubation of the airway can be facilitated without mouth opening of 2 fingers breath via fiber optic guidance; the use of an i-gel , lma, or retrograde intubation. If your procedure is elective, then a visit with your anaesthesiologist before the day of surgery is warranted. ...Read more

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What does poor tooth positioning that leads to gum recession mean? My teeth are moving and they are not perfectly straight like they used to be.

What does poor tooth positioning that leads to gum recession mean? My teeth are moving and they are not perfectly straight like they used to be.

Sounds like: Sounds like you may have a malocclusion (bad bite) where your teeth are positioned off of proper bone support. Improper tooth position is probably the cause of your tissue loss, rather than the other way around. Complexity of your problem mandates that you see 2 Specialists, an Orthodontist and a Periodontist. This is a progressive problem that requires immediate intervention. ...Read more

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Burning mouth and TMJ. Mouth opening problem bad breath sores in mouth?

Burning mouth and TMJ. Mouth opening problem bad breath sores in mouth?

Problems: You have quite a number of dental problems and each need to be addressed. When was you last dental exam? You need a one on one comprehensive evaluation from a dentist along with proper treatment. Call and set up an appointment. ...Read more

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Could not chewing food properly result in bad breath?

Could not chewing food properly result in bad breath?

Yes, it may: The bad breath may differ during the day, due to eating certain foods like garlic, onions, meat, fish, cheese and and not chewing your food completely can cause you to have bad breath. Ask your dentist for more information. ...Read more

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Early 20's, thin male, healthy. Why is it my mouth and throat is always dry at bedtime? I'm hydrated. Not mouth breather.

Direct cause: Is not enough saliva production. Common cause is medication side effect. If you are truly well hydrated and take no medications, you need to see your doctor because it could be a condition called sjorgren's syndrome, which can also cause dry eyes. ...Read more

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So my wisdom teeth extraction holes are finally closing what happens if there's still food in it when it fully heals, is that okay?

So my wisdom teeth extraction holes are finally closing what happens if there's still food in it when it fully heals, is that okay?

Okay: The healing process will expel any food or other material that may be in the hole. Do not worry about food getting trapped in the holes. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get dry sockets through mouth breathing?

Is it possible to get dry sockets through mouth breathing?

Not usually: No one really knows exactly what "causes" a dry socket. There are basic instructions to follow that will help minimize the chances of developing a dry socket but some patients will develop it anyway. Mouth breathing is not a typical reason for developing it. ...Read more

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Stitches that are still inside the wound and not properly remove?

Stitches that are still inside the wound and not properly remove?

Not sure: of your question!!! However this should be evaluated by the surgeon who created the incision!!!! Good follow-up includes dealing with the `problem you mention! Good Luck Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Is it possible to damage the jaw accidentally by smacking the sides of mouth or ends of teeth with toothbrush too hard while brushing?

Is it possible to damage the jaw accidentally by smacking the sides of mouth or ends of teeth with toothbrush too hard while brushing?

Not likely: Sometimes a minor injury to the jaw can result in TMJ disorder, or a bite problem, but not by brushing or flossing your teeth. See your dentist for TMJ eval. ...Read more

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Is it okay to floss while your mouth is sore from braces?

Is it okay to floss while your mouth is sore from braces?

Ok to floss !: Oral hygiene is the utmost importance while wearing braces. It's definitely ok to floss while wearing braces, even if you are sore, it will only get better. Also see your dentist for a cleaning more often during the year, every three months. Good Lyck! ...Read more

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When you get the fixed retainer do you have the lip retractor in your mouth and suction?

When you get the fixed retainer do you have the lip retractor in your mouth and suction?

Yes: If the orthodontist is bonding a wire to your teeth as a retainer , he will probably use a retractor and suction to keep the area dry from saliva or water. ...Read more

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Do active probiotics that are not individually sealed need to be refrigerated before opening the bottle, or only after opening?

Do active probiotics that are not individually sealed need to be refrigerated before opening the bottle, or only after opening?

Check instructions: on the bottle, If you bought them on a regular shelf at the store then ai would say no. If refrigerated in store then yes. ...Read more