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How can dental hygienists remember periodontal pocket measurements without writing them down?

How can dental hygienists remember periodontal pocket measurements without writing them down?

I am sure recorded: I am sure that the measurements are being recorded, either manually, on computer or there are some programs where the instrument doing the measuring senses the reading and records. Need to have a record to compare on subsequent visits and protocol. ...Read more

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Is waxed floss preferable to Oral B's super floss?

Is waxed floss preferable to Oral B's super floss?

Glide easiest to use: What ever your preference, just make sure that you are using the dental floss correctly and at least two times daily. The easiest dental floss to use is Glide. ...Read more

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How to clean dental implants using waterpik?

How to clean dental implants using waterpik?

In concert w/brushin: Dental implants should be cared for the same as you would your natural teeth. Brushing, flossing, mouth rinses, and the water pik is a great addition, but not a substitute for any of the others. You also need to maintain your professional dental visits as well, so get that water pik and bring your oral hygiene to the next level! ...Read more

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Using a space maintainer to give impacted teeth time to grow in?

Using a space maintainer to give impacted teeth time to grow in?

More info please: I'm not sure exactly what prompts this question from you. Space maintainers are used to "hold" a space between teeth while a tooth between them erupts at a later time. Since the wisdom teeth are the furthest back in your mouth and since there is often insufficient room for them, a space maintainer will be of no use. Why not discuss your question with your own dentist or repost the question. ...Read more

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Why did j&j stop manufacturing reach floss for sensitive gums?

Why did j&j stop manufacturing reach floss for sensitive gums?

I would ask them: Companies can discontinue products for a number of reasons. Poor sales, unavailable raw materials, etc. Can lead to the extinction of your favorite products. Don't give up on flossing just because of that. There are many brands/varieties of floss out there and try them one at a time until you find one that you like. Btw, i don't know what j&j does to floss to make it work better on sensitive gums. ...Read more

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Is there a special toothbrush for cleaning your wisdom teeth? Have high narrow palate so hard to reach

Is there a special toothbrush for cleaning your wisdom teeth? Have high narrow palate so hard to reach

Not necessarily...: However, a power toothbrush may help you reach those areas easier and may be slightly more efficient. I use a manual brush, but many of my patients like the oral-b professional or a sonicare. I've tried both as well and they seem to be easy to use. ...Read more

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Is dental floss more effective than floss picks?

Is dental floss more effective than floss picks?

Dental floss: For efficiency and patient compliance, I find that my patients do better with the floss picks. From a pure cleaning standpoint, floss wraps around the teeth better if you use is properly. If you are doing one or the other, you are doing better than 90 percent of America, so pat yourself on the back. Just make sure to floss daily along with twice daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste ...Read more

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Will medicaid cover dental work (filling in cavities and wisdom teeth removal)?

Will medicaid cover dental work (filling in cavities and wisdom teeth removal)?

Location matters: Medicaid services are state services. With this said, every state is different. Most adult dentistry through medicaid is very minimal in its coverage. Call your provider to know the specifics for your particular needs. ...Read more

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Cracks in tooth.I need crown.Have recession at base-not interested in gum graft. Dr. says he can make crown go down to cover expsd root.Safe for root?

Cracks in tooth.I need crown.Have recession at base-not interested in gum graft. Dr. says he can make crown go down to cover expsd root.Safe for root?

Usually: We do this all the time and in itself there is no more danger to the tooth. However, not being able to clinically examine you nor see x-rays of the tooth I can only make a generalization on the safety of the procedure and cannot tell you what would be the best treatment for you for your particular situation. If you question the treatment you can go for a second opinion. ...Read more

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Is it possible for dentists to reach cavities in hard-to-reach, barely-visible spots?

Is it possible for dentists to reach cavities in hard-to-reach, barely-visible spots?

Usually: But there are instances that may require removal of a crown or a good part of the healthy tooth just to gain access and visualize the lesion. Each case is unique and requires careful consideration. ...Read more

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Dental hygienist said the high end Sonicare electric brush, when used properly, will add to gum recession all the time vs. circular motion Oral B.(?)

Dental hygienist said the high end Sonicare electric brush, when used properly, will add to gum recession all the time vs. circular motion Oral B.(?)

Corporate hype: This situation is likely a comment made from a sales rep visiting a dental office. The game here is...Sales rep from company "A" buys the hygenist's lunch and teaches them how to put down company "B." This unfortunately is the corporation trying to market products through professionals. I am often disappointed that there is rarely science to base any of these claims. ...Read more

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Which is better for dental care: the philips sonicare or the oral-b professional care tooth brush?

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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Which is better for dental care: the philips sonicare or the oral-b professional care tooth brush?

No difference: Both brands are the market leaders and both have been around for more than 30 years and FDA approved. ...Read more

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How do you fix the gumlines you pushed up through brushing?

How do you fix the gumlines you pushed up through brushing?

See a periodontist: Firs5 make sure you only use a soft bristle brush don't suck on acid fruits and see the periodontist who specializes in these problems gum grafting is the way new gum is grown to restore the receded gum to its original position this procedure works very well your bite will be checked to see if there is trauma to the teeth. ...Read more

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Is the dental office spit bowl cleaned?

Is the dental office spit bowl cleaned?

Spit bowls? In 2014?: Over the past twenty years, most modern dental practices eliminated "spit bowls" because they cannot be cleaned to current standards. Instead, most dentists will high speed suction/evacuate debris from your mouth in "real time." if any debris still remains, your mouth is "sprayed'" with water and you can "spit" into a clean, paper lined, funnel mounted onto a high speed suction line. ...Read more

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Abscessed tooth, draining so dentist (back home in Iowa) didn't give me antibiotics. Live in Texas, need dentist ASAP?

Abscessed tooth, draining so dentist (back home in Iowa) didn't give me antibiotics.  Live in Texas, need dentist ASAP?

I would: If you have an infection, I think it's essential for you to be on a proper dose of an effective antibiotic. If I were in your position, I would find a local dentist to see you and evaluate the situation. That's something we can't do over the internet. ...Read more

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Can the waterpik waterflosser both models of wp-900 /wp-100 help my braces better versus flossing my teeth?

No: Floss is beat but is difficult and time consuming. Try to completely clean all your teeth very thoroughly once a day. The best time is after your last meal of the day. Waterpik/waterflosser is a supplement not a replacement for floss. Use in the morning to quickly freshen up. ...Read more