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Will dental cleaning make my teeth whiter?

Will dental cleaning make my teeth whiter?

White Teeth: Dentists can make your teeth white after cleaning. You can gargle with h2o2 about a teaspoon for ten minutes after brushing your teeth. ...Read more

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Dr. Earl Sandroff
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Dental Cleaning (Definition)

Periodontitis is inflammation and infection of the ligaments and bones that support the teeth. It is important to have the teeth cleaned thoroughly. This may involve use of various instruments or devices to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth (scaling). Meticulous home oral hygiene is necessary after professional tooth cleaning to limit further destruction. The dentist or hygienist will demonstrate brushing and flossing techniques. It is often recommended that patients with periodontitis have professional tooth cleaning more frequently ...Read more


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Will teeth whitening kits from the store work better after a dental cleaning? I’ve read that the dentist cleans your teeth before doing the whitening. Does that mean that the gunk on your teeth stop the whitening solution from working? So if i buy white s

Will teeth whitening kits from the store work better after a dental cleaning? I’ve read that the dentist cleans your teeth before doing the whitening. Does that mean that the gunk on your teeth stop the whitening solution from working? So if i buy white s

Generally no: The dentist "cleans" the teeth before whitening, but it is not with prophy/toothpaste. It is with pumice, which is just an abrasive, without fluoride. The abrasive pumice cleans the surface of enamel and allows the whitening gel to get further into the tooth to whiten faster. The only difference is the speed of whitening. If at home, just brush with water before whitening to get same effect. ...Read more

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What can cause upper right teeth from becoming extremely sensitive when biting down following a dental cleaning. This has never happened before. ?

What can cause upper right teeth from becoming extremely sensitive when biting down following a dental cleaning. This has never  happened before. ?

Possible sinusitis : I note in your history several sinus scans. The Maxillary Sinus is right above the upper teeth and an inflamed sinus can make the teeth sore. Give it a week and if the symptoms are still present, check with your ENT. If the sinus is clear, go see your dentist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can dental cleaning and scaling clean off my teeth plague?

Can dental cleaning and scaling clean off my teeth plague?

Definitely, yes: Dental cleanings involve removing plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria infested film) and tartar by definition. The dental hygienist or dentist uses specialized instruments to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth and surrounding tissue. ...Read more

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Can a dentist refuse a dental cleaning, if he insists on doing a deep cleaning on three teeth? All i wanted was a regular cleaning.

Can a dentist refuse a dental cleaning, if he insists on doing a deep cleaning on three teeth?  All i wanted was a regular cleaning.

Yes: If you your dentist says that you need a deep cleaning on some of your teeth then he should have informed you that you have periodontal disease affecting those areas and the standard of care for treatment is scaling and root planing (deep cleaning). Your dentist can either choose to not treat you the way you request or have you sign an informed refusal to treat the periodontal disease then clean. ...Read more

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I don't like flossing my teeth. Can I use mouthwash instead of floss? If yes then which one will work same as floss. I go for regular dental cleaning.

I don't like flossing my teeth. Can I use mouthwash instead of floss? If yes then which one will work same as floss. I go for regular dental cleaning.

Sorry you must floss: There are places between your teeth and beneath the gum cuff that can only be reach with dental floss. By disturbing the bacterial plaque colony with floss you allow the saliva to flow in and neutralize the acid and toxins that bacteria produce as a part of their life cycle. Mouth wash is not enough. http://www.drneilmcleod.com/procedures/cleanings-prevention/plaque-control/. ...Read more

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I took every year dental cleaning for my teeth but why I noticed some of my gums lines on front teeth are a little bit swelling that it recedes?

I took every year dental cleaning for my teeth but why I noticed some of my gums lines on front teeth are a little bit swelling that it recedes?

Receding gums: Receding gums can occur from gum disease, trauma, infection, decay, teeth grinding. Why they are swollen and receding can only be answered by a dentist doing a thorough clinical exam. Ask your dentist, or make an appointment with a Periodontist for an examination. ...Read more

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2 days after a dental cleaning, my son woke up with swelling behind his 2 front left teeth as well as very swollen upper left lip. Now its worse.

2 days after a dental cleaning, my  son woke up with swelling behind his 2 front left teeth as well as very swollen upper left lip. Now its worse.

Must be examined: There are many possible reasons for swelling including, but not limited to, infected tooth, infected gums, allergic reaction, food impact ion, trauma, etc. Must see dentist now. ...Read more

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Is dental cleaning /scaling (done by drill like thing in office) is good or bad for teeth. Is it true that it weakens the teeth by removing layer. ?

Is dental cleaning /scaling (done by drill like thing in office) is good or bad for teeth. Is it true that it weakens the teeth by removing layer. ?

Recommended: There are many good reasons for having your teeth professionally cleaned. To keep your teeth, to prevent gingivitis, to have whiter more attractive teeth and improve your general health. It's actually safe when performed according to current standards by your dentist or dental hygienist. ...Read more

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Can a dentist shave off your teeth too much during a dental cleaning? what about when she scrapes off the tartar? my gums hole is bigger than last tim

Can a dentist shave off your teeth too much during a dental cleaning? what about when she scrapes off the tartar? my gums hole is bigger than last tim

It is impossible: and it cannot damage the tooth structure or hurt the tooth enamel. Dental cleanings are essential not just for clean teeth, but a healthy mind and body as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Teeth Whitening (Definition)

Teeth whitening is a treatment of the tooth to reduce pigments so enhancing their appearance and reducing discoloration. Usually the outer enamel is lightened using an oxygen releasing carbamide product for extrinsic bleaching, but when access to the pulp chamber is possible, intrinsic bleach with a stronger reagent that can significantly reduce the color. Dr neil mcleod dds ...Read more