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Do getting braces help with teeth grinding and receeding gums issues?

Do getting braces help with teeth grinding and receeding gums issues?

Partly: By improving your bite with braces, the stresses caused by grinding can be better distributed over your entire chewing system. This may help in part to lessen the issues with receding gums, but mostly likely will not stop the grinding. A nightguard appliance post-ortho and/or appliances to protect the system during ortho will probably still be advised. ...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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Do impacted wisdom teeth cause crowding and damage other teeth?

Do impacted wisdom teeth cause crowding and damage other teeth?

Possibly: Impact wisdom teeth probably do not cause crowding of the teeth in the front, because the wisdom teeth would need to push on the 2nd molar, 1st molar, 2nd premolar, 1st premolar, canine and the incisors. Some people believe the wisdom teeth do cause the crowding but people without the wisdom teeth can still get crowding in the front teeth. Sometimes the wisdom teeth cause damage to the 2nd molars. ...Read more

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Prograf and cavities; do people get bad teeth and gums problems?

Prograf and cavities; do people get bad teeth and gums problems?

Not specifically but: Not specifically from the use of Prograf (tacrolimus), but it might be possible that immune suppression could leave you more vulnerable to infection generally, so really careful hygiene is important, as well as regular dental checkups. ...Read more

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Can wisdom teeth push other teeth out of your gums?

Can wisdom teeth push other teeth out of your gums?

Yes: Yes, erupting wisdom teeth can apply pressure to surrounding teeth. Wisdom teeth can also prevent other teeth from erupting. For best advice, see a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon for evaluation/treatment. ...Read more

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Can laminates on teeth cause gum problem?

Can laminates on teeth  cause gum problem?

laminates: If the laminates were designed and placed properly and you practice correct oral hygiene they should not cause gum problems. ...Read more

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Can teeth and gum problems create body aches and lightheadiness?

Can teeth and gum problems create body aches and lightheadiness?

Oral-systemic links: Absolutely. Infections found in the mouth can travel elsewhere to the body and cause symptoms like body aches and lightheadedness. Its also your body's way of dealing with an infection. Your flu like symptoms are common with dental issues. ...Read more

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Need some dental expertise! my teeth are rotting at the gums?

Need some dental expertise! my teeth are rotting at the gums?

Need a dentist...: ... One that is local, one who can treat you. Please call for an appointment. Can't diagnose the severity of your problems or restorative options over the internet. ...Read more

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Can leaving your wisdom teeth in cause jaw problems?

It can but depends: Many people don't have the room in their mouth for wisdom teeth and sometimes removing them is necessary if they will cause problems from being impacted. If someone has the room they need to be vigilant in cleaning them and seeking regular dental care because if they get decayed they can be difficult to restore. Keeping them increases risk for gum disease and TMJ problems if the bite is not right. ...Read more

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Can dental work like bonding and grinding of rigged teeth cause tmj, sleep apnea, problems with epiglottis, tongue enlargement, suffocation?

Can dental work like bonding and grinding of rigged teeth cause tmj, sleep apnea, problems with epiglottis, tongue enlargement, suffocation?

Bonding: And other dental work can sometimes create a slight malocclusion, which can lead to TMJ symptoms in predisposed individuals. All of the other symptoms you mentioned have absolutely no cause & effect relationship with dental bonding and enamaloplasty of teeth - outside of an acute allergic reaction to something used during treatment. Have those other issues worked up by internist & sleep med doc. ...Read more

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Can?Tmj cause biting problems and malocclusion?

Can?Tmj cause biting problems and malocclusion?

Yes: Although often it's the other way around, with malocclusion causing or contributing to TMJ problems. They go hand in hand. Resolution of malocclusion often diminishes or eliminates TMJ symptoms. Please have an orthodontist check your occlusion and your tmj. ...Read more

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Why does smoking lead to tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontal disease?

Why does smoking lead to tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontal disease?

Indirectly: Smoking indirectly leads to tooth decay because of the increased heat of the cigarette or cigar etc. Causing the bacteria that cause the decay to be more active, this also applies to gingivitis and periodontal disease. The other component chemicals from the smoke cause irritation and tissue damage. ...Read more

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Does using a soft toothbrush lessen gum disease and back tooth decay?

Does using a soft toothbrush lessen gum disease and back tooth decay?

Toothbrush: Proper brushing and flossing technique will lessen periodontal disease. Have your dental hygienist demonstrate the proper technique. Soft brush is ideal. ...Read more

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Can tooth cavities and the fillings cause permanent damage to your teeth?

Yes: Cavities have destroyed part of the tooth by definition. Fixing the cavity removes the bad part of the tooth and a little more to ensure you are touching "good" tooth. So you have a hole in the natural tooth that is filled or restored with different materials depending on how big the cavity was. ...Read more

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Can tooth cavities and the fillings cause permanent damage to your tooth?

Can tooth cavities and the fillings cause permanent damage to your tooth?

It all wrecks things: Tooth decay will damage teeth as they eat away at the structure. Our jobs as dentists is to minimize the damage we cause when we fix the problem. So...The combination of decay and corrective measures does damage a tooth. The hope is to minimize the damage and hope that it stays like that. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of chewing sugar-free gum? Is chewing sugar-free gum really good for your teeth and mouth?

What are the benefits of chewing sugar-free gum? Is chewing sugar-free gum really good for your teeth and mouth?

Absolutely! : Absolutely! xylitol based gum stimulates salivary flow and helps keep your teeth clean without feeding sugar to the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Too many articles on the internet to post here. Do a quick search and you will get a better understanding. ...Read more

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Can teeth extractions and new dentures create allergy or sinus problems?

Can teeth extractions and new dentures create allergy or sinus problems?

Definitely, yes: Having an allergic response to dental materials is a common cause of intractable pain, chronic fatigue, chronic sinusitis and headaches. Clear plastic partial dentures with plastic teeth are preferable to pink. ...Read more

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Could wisdom teeth cause stress, jaw ache and tooth clashing/grinding?

Could wisdom teeth cause stress, jaw ache and tooth clashing/grinding?

No: No. The symptoms you related is TMJ or tmd. Removing your wisdom teeth will do nothing for your described symptoms. ...Read more