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What might be the cause for bleeding gums and bad breath for a 5 year old boy? (note: we do brush his teeth twice a day!)

What might be the cause for bleeding gums and bad breath for a 5 year old boy? (note: we do brush his teeth twice a day!)

Bleeding gums: Sign of gum infection. Bravo for brushing his teeth twice daily. Have to brush for 2 full minutes by the clock with a pea-sized portion of fluoridated toothpaste. Must also floss him daily, can-t get between teeth with toothbrush. Important that your son be seen immediately by General Dentist or preferably a Pediatric Dental Specialist. Infection requires immediate treatment. ...Read more

Tooth Decay (Definition)

Tooth decay is the destructive process that occurs when the acids and bacteria in the mouth demineralize and dissolve away portions of the tooth structure. This can be stopped with proper tooth care and mineralization products (like fluoride) that ...Read more


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How to prevent dental cavities on my 5 yr old son?

How to prevent dental cavities on my 5 yr old son?

Brush his teeth: You still have to brush his teeth for him, but also let him do it and make sure he is doing it properly, good oral hygiene habits start young. Also if he can rinse and spit, you can use a Fluoride rinse before he goes to sleep, like act. ...Read more

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Why does my 5 year old have such bad breath after her tonsills are out?

Why does my 5 year old have such bad breath after her tonsills are out?

Healing process: After having your tonsils removed, there is a raw surface that needs to heal. That raw surface typically is coated with a fibrous layer along with bacteria, making the back of the throat appear white. The bad breath comes from this healing surface and lasts the 1-2 weeks of the recovery from surgery. Bad breath is expected. Bleeding, poor pain control are complications that need care asap. ...Read more

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Children and cavities? Our dentist said that our five year old has a cavity. We've been doing out best to brush and floss and keep her away from sugary things, but i guess it happened anyway. What i'd like to know is, what is the procedure for filling a c

Children and cavities? Our dentist said that our five year old has a cavity. We've been doing out best to brush and floss and keep her away from sugary things, but i guess it happened anyway. What i'd like to know is, what is the procedure for filling a c

Don't : Don't be dejected that your child has a cavity. Be proud that as a conscientious parent, you are able to provide your child with good dental health care! if the cavity is small, the procedure is similar as with adults - local anesthetic, remove decay, fill. Children, most often than not, do better than adults at the dentist's, when they are given gentle and great care. Good luck! :). ...Read more

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I have bad breath and it's due to me never brushing my teeth as a kid. For past 1.5 years I have vasty improved my hygiene but still suffer from bad breath, usually 1 hour after brushing my teeth it appears? How can I rule out underlying causes? I've trie

I have bad breath and it's due to me never brushing my teeth as a kid. For past 1.5 years I have vasty improved my hygiene but still suffer from bad breath, usually 1 hour after brushing my teeth it appears? How can I rule out underlying causes? I've trie

Bad breath: Problems with bad breath (hallatosis) can be related to oral hygiene (i.e., caries, periodontal disease, insufficient saliva) or due to general medical problems such as sinusitis, gastric reflux, diabetes etc. Smoking is a major cause of bad breath. Recommend starting with a dental evaluation. If that doesn’t turn up the cause – then recommend evaluation by your physician. Take care. ...Read more

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What could cause a 5 yr old boy to have a bleeding ulcer besides meds and bacteria?

What could cause a 5 yr old boy to have a bleeding ulcer besides meds and bacteria?

PUD BLEEDING: Upper GI disorders such as: ulcerations, erosions, varices, strictures, vascular, esophagitis, polyps, diverticula, etc. ...Read more

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My son is 11 years old and has mouth ulcers what can I use to get rid of them?

My son is 11 years old and has mouth ulcers what can I use to get rid of them?

Dental evaluation: Your son should be checked by a dentist when he is having an ulcer. There are several causes; trauma , biting, allergies, stress, sensitivities to food, allergies, viral, immune disorders. So have a dentist find the cause. In the meantime try an otc medication for mouth sores or canker sores. ...Read more

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Can a 31 year old loose his teeth what would cause it?

Can a 31 year old loose his teeth what would cause it?

Many possibilities: Periodontal disease comes to mind first. Severe decay resulting in unrestorable teeth is another possibility. How diligent was this 31 year old in maintaining his health and in visiting his dentist for professional cleanings and restorations? ...Read more

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If I have a lingering bad taste in my mouth due to acid reflux how can I treat it other than basic dental hygiene?

If I have a lingering bad taste in my mouth due to acid reflux how can I treat it other than basic dental hygiene?

Treat cause: The first step would be to see if something can be done to control acid reflux in the first place. It can have damaging effects on your teeth over time and is quite uncomfortable as you know. A physician can offer a prescription if it a chronic problem. For dealing with the taste, try a string over the counter mouth wash, or perhaps salt water. Brushing alone won't do it. ...Read more

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My 8year old son has really bad shaped and yellowish teeth after the milk teeth fell out. What can I do to whiten them at least?

Pedodontic consult: Rather that rely on answers given to you by dentists over the internet, it would be prudent for you to consult with a pedodontist who can actually examine your son and suggest some solutions. Normally we do not recommend tooth whitening at this age. Perhaps a professional cleaning is all that is necessary. There might be some temporary measures such as composite bonding until he is older. ...Read more

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My 6 year old daughter can't stop thumb sucking. Her teeth are not in allignment. What can be done? Please help. Thanks.

My 6 year old daughter can't stop thumb sucking. Her teeth are not in allignment. What can be done? Please help. Thanks.

See a pedodontist: Thumb sucking should stop by age 2. After that, it does harm by moving the teeth and opening the bite. Also the jaw bones become malformed. Don't panic though because there is treatment . See your dentist. They will refer you to the proper specialists to stop the oral habit, orthodonticly move teeth to proper alignment. And the bone will be remolded to normal. ...Read more

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My nine year old went to the dentist recently and the dentist missed a bad cavity. Are cavities hard to detect?

My nine year old went to the dentist recently and the dentist missed a bad cavity. Are cavities hard to detect?

Sometimes: When they are large it should be quite easy unless there was a lot of debris that was not removed first. Small ones can be very difficult to find in some areas even with xrays, but large ones should be pretty easy to find with the aid of xrays. Sometimes they are larger than they appears as well. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent my 3 month old from getting hand foot mouth disease from his daycare center there is an outbreak there?

What can I do to prevent my 3 month old from getting hand foot mouth disease from his daycare center there is an outbreak there?

Keep him home...: He may have contracted the virus already..The incubation period is about 3-7 days (time from contact to development of disease). So, if he has been home for past week without the fever/rashes etc..Likely he does not have it. It is usually mild and often resolved in 7-10 days. If you dont want him to get it, keep him home until outbreak is over..Consult your doc..Good luck.. ...Read more

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My son he is 4 years old keep getting canker sores in his mouth what can I do to prevent him from getting them?

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My son he is 4 years old keep getting canker sores in his mouth what can I do to prevent him from getting them?

Nonspecific sore: It is more ikely that he gets nonspecific mouth ulcers associated with viral illness. True canker sore is not common at this young age. Pain reliever and adequate hydration are recommended when he gets another. ...Read more

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My 5 month old baby has a two really bad anal fissures (i can see the tears) what can I use that is natural to help heal them?

My 5 month old baby has a two really bad anal fissures (i can see the tears) what can I use that is natural to help heal them?

Stool softeners: Anal fissures, especially in children, are often caused by sigificant constipation and large stools. A mild stool softener like docusate, karo syrup, or even a very low dose of milk of magnesia can take care of the constipation and get her bowels regular again. Goal is to get the stools the consistency of toothpaste. In the interim, an ointment like a&d or desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) should soothe her sore bottom. ...Read more

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For what reason do the arms of my grandmother ( 76 year old ) are black as in a really deep black like it was burned?

For what reason do the arms of my grandmother ( 76 year old ) are black as in a really deep black like it was burned?

Bruising?: You may be describing bruising (ecchymosis) which then raises the question of abuse vs accidental injury vs drug- effect (is she taking a blood thinner, perhaps) vs medical condition. Best to take her to see her family doctor or geriatrician as soon as possible. Be sure to bring all her medications from all her other doctors along w/all her over-the-counter dietary supplements. ...Read more

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One of my tooth implants I've had for 5 years has become sensitive to hot and cold foods? Why and what can I do

One of my tooth implants I've had for 5 years has become sensitive to hot and cold foods? Why and what can I do

Implant: have you been seeing your dentist routinely since the implant was placed and restore? Just like teeth there can be peri( around) implant issues. It could also be an adjacent tooth. Go see your dentist... ...Read more

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My 2y.&4 months son has sore mouth after fever, now he can't eat any thing due to pain. He can't do mouth rins so what is best treatment for him?

Teething?: May be getting baby molars in. Can be a difficult time. Have your dentist take a look and talk with you about topical numbing agents and pediatric analgesics. 1st dental appt age 1 to evaluate growth and development, fluorides, diet, oral hygiene, etc. You may want to consider seeing a pediatric dental specialist for the same reasons you see a pediatrician. ...Read more

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Caries (Definition)

A destructive process causing decalcification of the tooth enamel and leading to continued destruction of enamel and dentin, and ...Read more