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Oral hygiene - which is most important: brushing teeth, flossing, or brushing the tongue?

Oral hygiene - which is most important: brushing teeth, flossing, or brushing the tongue?

All: Brushing removes plaque from your teeth to prevent cavities and gum disease. Flossing aids in removing plaque between your teeth preventing gum disease. Brushing your tongue improves home care by removing sulfer producing bacteria implicating in causing bad breath. ...Read more

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Is the tongue scraper an important tool for oral hygiene?

Is the tongue scraper an important tool for oral hygiene?

It can help: But brushing, flossing, and regular dental hygiene visits are even more important. ...Read more

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Does getting braces decrease your oral hygiene?

Does getting braces decrease your oral hygiene?

Clean teeth: No. Oral hygiene is up to the individual. We either brush and floss our teeth or we don't. It is true that it's harder to clean your teeth with braces but the hygiene is up to you. ...Read more

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How is poor oral hygiene a risk factor for periodontal disease?

How is poor oral hygiene a risk factor for periodontal disease?

Cause and effect: Bacteria cause gum disease. Toothbrushing only reaches 1mm below the gum and floss only removed 15% of plaque. You need something that can manage the environment so you can kill 99+% of the bacteria (j dent res 2007) and is better than deep cleaning (j clin dent 2012). Look into the perio protect method. It will help you manage the bacteria that cause the disease. ...Read more

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Could cavities still grow with good oral hygiene?

Could cavities still grow with good oral hygiene?

Yes: If good oral hygiene doesn't include regular trips to the dentist for regular maintenance than absolutely as decay will start small. Also an old filling could feel normal, but be failing or tarter could also be hiding decay. Don't forget that diet and genetics also play a role in decay susceptibility and again for that you need your dentists help. ...Read more

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How is oral health impacted by one's diet?

How is oral health impacted by one's diet?

Substantially: Certain components of diet such as high sugar intake and citric acid of sodas combine with the oral bacteria to produce corrosive acids which etch enamel and cause both gingival inflammation and decay. BEST TO MINIMIZE THESE PRODUCTS AND GOOGLE INFO ON OTHERS AS WELL ...Read more

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Can periodontitis heal if good oral care/hygiene?

Can periodontitis heal if good oral care/hygiene?

Can be arrested: Periodontal disease by definition is the premature loss of bone which may not be reversed however the disease may be arrested. Once diagnosed with periodontal disease it is important to have your mouth periodically evaluated and professionally cleaned to reduce the chances of relapse. Be encouraged that by employing meticulous oral home care usually yields excellent results for the patient. ...Read more

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Help please! is chlorhexidine mouth wash effective in treating oral thrush?

No: Not really. You have a fungal (yeast) infection. There are drugs specifically for that. You will need a prescription. ...Read more

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Could good oral hygiene lead to select the bacteria?

Could good oral hygiene lead to select the bacteria?

Not exactly: It will keep the numbers down and prevent the anaerobic ones from entering into the equation by preventing deep enough pocketing for them to appear. There is a balanced ecosystem in the mouth and elimination of the bacteria allows the fungus to take up residence. Keep up the meticulous hygiene for a healthy mouth and a longer life expectancy. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Oral sex, could one develop oral thrush?

Oral sex, could one develop oral thrush?

Possible & unlikely: Thrush should not occur in adults without some underlying deficiency. It is conceivable that intense cunnilingus with a woman who has significant yeast infection can do this, but very uncommon. ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which is the difference between oral lichen planus of the tongue and oral hairy leukoplakia of the tongue?

Expert opinions? Which is the difference between oral lichen planus of the tongue and oral hairy leukoplakia of the tongue?

Hairy Leukoplakia: Is caused by the epstein barr virus and is seen in people with hiv. It is a variant of leukoplakia. Lp has no cure and is poorly understood. It may resolve on its own and the cause is unknown. ...Read more

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I just had 2 dental implants and have chlorhexidine gluconate 0.12% oral rinse. Prevent more tartar buildup vs. OTC mouth wash while gums heal?

I just had 2 dental implants and have chlorhexidine gluconate 0.12% oral rinse. Prevent more tartar buildup vs. OTC mouth wash while gums heal?

Follow instructions: You trusted the Dentist to do surgery (implant placement) but not to follow his/her post procedure instructions. Why? Chlorhexidine will reduce chance of surgical sites becoming infected. OTC mouthwashes for the most part just enrich the manufacturer and can actually interfere with healing. ...Read more

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Must soft or super-soft toothbrushes always be used for effectiveness in oral hygiene?

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Must soft or super-soft toothbrushes always be used for effectiveness in oral hygiene?

Always soft: tooth brash with ergonomic and flexible handle. Also important to look for manual or electrical soft toothbrushes that have earned the ADA Seal of Approval. ...Read more

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General dentist in india fresh practice started a month ago.Have a patient 30 yr old female with fdi 44 and 17 mobile tooth . Good oral hygiene mainta?

General dentist in india fresh practice started a month ago.Have a patient 30 yr old female with fdi 44 and 17 mobile tooth . Good oral hygiene mainta?

Hard to help you: Mobile teeth can be from a number of factors, but usually is indicative of periodontal problems. If the situation is beyond your skill and expertise at this stage of your career, you may want to consider referring the patient to a periodontist. ...Read more

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Is an ulcer in their mouth oral herpes?

Is an ulcer in their mouth oral herpes?

Oral lesions: There can be many different causes of an oral ulcer, other than herpes. A doctor can distinguish the different causes of an oral ulcer with proper evaluation. All the best! ...Read more

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Which dental restoration has the same durability as natural tooth with proper oral hygiene?

Which dental restoration has the same durability as natural tooth with proper oral hygiene?

Dental materials: Historically gold restorations are considered the finest and longest lasting restorations dentistry has had to offer. We now have many new materials that are tooth colored that are trying to meet the same standards that gold has set. The present material that most closely meets this is emax for full crown use. It's strength is similar to enamel and has similar wear characteristics as well. ...Read more

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Does it matter what order you do your oral hygiene routine in?

Does it matter what order you do your oral hygiene routine in?

Whatever works: Whatever works best for you. Typically brushing first is preferred because you remove the major accumulations. Then flossing to get in between, then rinsing or Waterpik. Then fluoride rinse if needed. Good luck. ...Read more

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How to maintain proper oral hygiene?

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How to maintain proper oral hygiene?

See your dentist: Your dentist or hygienist can help you learn the proper oral hygiene. Practicing good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your general health and your dental health. The formula is simple proper brushing , flossing and visiting your dentist evry 6 month. Call your dentist today. ...Read more

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How can I help maintain good oral hygiene?

How can I help maintain good oral hygiene?

With good care.: Brushing your teeth and flossing daily are two staples of good oral hygeine. Another is good nutrition. A healthhy diet not only helps keep your teeth and gums clean, but it also keeps them well nourished so they are healthy enough to resist germs, etc. That may get in the mouth. ...Read more

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Could cavities still grow with good oral hygiene?

Yes: If good oral hygiene doesn't include regular trips to the dentist for regular maintenance than absolutely as decay will start small. Also an old filling could feel normal, but be failing or tarter could also be hiding decay. Don't forget that diet and genetics also play a role in decay susceptibility and again for that you need your dentists help. ...Read more

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What is a good routine to maintain good oral hygiene?

What is a good routine to maintain good oral hygiene?

Easy: Clean teeth and use a "christmas tree" brush to clean between teeth morning and night.Also a good diet. If you have any gum bleeding from gingivitis, use a daily dose of coenzyme q 10. ...Read more

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Must soft or super-soft toothbrushes always be used for effectiveness in oral hygiene?

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Always soft: tooth brash with ergonomic and flexible handle. Also important to look for manual or electrical soft toothbrushes that have earned the ADA Seal of Approval. ...Read more

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Could good oral hygiene lead to select the bacteria?

Not exactly: It will keep the numbers down and prevent the anaerobic ones from entering into the equation by preventing deep enough pocketing for them to appear. There is a balanced ecosystem in the mouth and elimination of the bacteria allows the fungus to take up residence. Keep up the meticulous hygiene for a healthy mouth and a longer life expectancy. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Can you give me some tips for oral hygiene with braces?

Can you give me some tips for oral hygiene with braces?

Floss, brush observe: Ones oral hygiene decreases because teeth without braces have only chewing surfaces, inside and outside gum/tooth interfaces ; the approximating walls "between the teeth" that need cleaning, teeth with braces have five additional surfaces and the retaining wires that are impossible to clean everything. Just do your best! brush floss and proxabrush daily and they will be "clean" as it gets! ...Read more

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Why do I need periodontist despite having good oral hygiene?

Why do I need periodontist despite having good oral hygiene?

Many reasons: The best thing to do is ask the referring dentist. Periodontists treat gums as well as bone around teeth. You may have a problem that isn't related to your oral hygiene. Your dentist must of found something that would be best handled by a periodontist. ...Read more

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How should I practice proper oral hygiene 4 days after tonsillectomy?

How should I practice proper oral hygiene 4 days after tonsillectomy?

Moderation: The same routine hygiene : flossing regularly, diet control, brushing your teeth and brushing your tongue. If any discomfort due to the surgery; do it in moderation. ...Read more

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What kinds of routine oral hygiene tests should you have done by your dentist?

What kinds of routine oral hygiene tests should you have done by your dentist?

Speak with dentist: When you visit your dentist, the dentist will perform a clinical and radiographic examination. The dentist will perform an oral cancer screen as part of the examination. The hygienist will evaluate your gingival health and may do periodontal probing in addition to ascertain if your gums are in good health. ...Read more

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In the oral hygiene and dentistry fields, is debridement the same thing as a "cleaning"?

Not exactly: A debridement is a procedure that is performed when the periodontal condition of the gums cannot be determined. This is usually an appointment where the bulk of the calculus is removed from the teeth followed by a brief healing period. The patient is brought back for a periodontal evaluation and then the proper diagnosis and treatment can occur. ...Read more

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I have good oral hygiene but I have bad breath is this a sign that i could have something seriously wrong with me?

I have good oral hygiene but I have bad breath is this a sign that i could have something seriously wrong with me?

Most Likely Not: But possible if cause of odor is from your oral cavity brushing the tongue and proper flossing may help. You may also have sinus problems, diabetes, or digestive issues. All of these can cause odor issues. A dental exam first with a medical follow-up would be advised if not resolved. ...Read more

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My lips suddenly became bigger to the point of deformity. Could that be due to oral hygiene. What could be the cause and how do I reverse it?

My lips suddenly became bigger to the point of deformity. Could that be due to oral hygiene. What could be the cause and how do I reverse it?

Allergic Reaction: If by "suddenly" you mean within the last few minutes, you may be experiencing an allergic reaction (possibly anaphylaxis) to something you ingested. You should seek medical attention immediately. ...Read more

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3 months ago I woke up to my lips bigger to a point of deformity. Could it be due to oral hygiene. What could be the cause and how do I reverse it?

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3 months ago I woke up to my lips bigger to a point of deformity. Could it be due to oral hygiene. What could be the cause and how do I reverse it?

See a PCP: Lip swelling may be related to a local or and it can be the earliest sign of a systemic disease. See your doctor for evaluation, tests and treatment. ...Read more

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Is the tongue scraper an important tool for oral hygiene?

It can help: But brushing, flossing, and regular dental hygiene visits are even more important. ...Read more

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Why are my teeth going bad despite good oral hygiene?

Why are my teeth going bad despite good oral hygiene?

See dentist: You could have a highly acidic diet that's causing your teeth to degrade. Highly acidic foods , such as mountain Dew, Red Bull, coca cola break down the enamel exposing the underlying dentin, that can develop cavities more easily. You also should avoid a lot of dried fruits - they're sticky and full of sugar that feed bacteria. See your dentist to evaluate your teeth. ...Read more

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Does getting braces decrease your oral hygiene?

Clean teeth: No. Oral hygiene is up to the individual. We either brush and floss our teeth or we don't. It is true that it's harder to clean your teeth with braces but the hygiene is up to you. ...Read more

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