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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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One of my molars is really bothering me after a dental cleaning. I've had a severe abscess a year ago, not on that tooth tho. Could this be infected?

One of my molars is really bothering me after a dental cleaning. I've had a severe abscess a year ago, not on that tooth tho. Could this be infected?

Possibly!: You mention pain in a molar, but not swelling...usually another sign of abscess. Your best option is to see your dentist and have your pain isolated and diagnosed! Than follow though with treatment recommendations. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hi. On Tuesday I got a standard dental cleaning. Now today the gum behind my lower left wisdom tooth which is fully erupted and not impacted is swolle?

No worries: No worries...this is a common thing to happen around a back wisdom tooth area due to the type of tissue and how it will heal from a cleaning vs other areas. Not to say that the hygienist might have been a little to thorough in that area but I would clean/floss as normal, take some IBU for inflammation and do a warm salt rinse 2x per day until better (1-3days) ...Read more

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1 week since my wisdom tooth is extracted, is it possible for a dental cleaning even if i can't fully open my mouth? Can they make some fillings on?

1 week since my wisdom tooth is extracted, is it possible for a dental cleaning even if i can't fully open my mouth? Can they make some fillings on?

Not recommended: Wait 2-3 weeks for complete recovery and normal range of motion. This way your recovery from oral surgery will be comfortable and rapid as possible. ...Read more

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Want to know do those teeth "whitening" kits clean your teeth or just bleach the plaque white?

Want to know do those teeth "whitening" kits clean your teeth or just bleach the plaque white?

Neither: Whitening kits remove or lighten pigment stains. Kits do not clean teeth or remove plaque (bacteria). For best treatment, see your dentist rather than trying to do this yourself. ...Read more

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What amount should a basic dental cleaning cost?

No set fee...: .... Unless you belong to an insurance network and are being treated by a participating dentist. If so, the fees are set by the insurance co and you can be told what the procedure "should" cost. Otherwise, it is what the office chooses to charge, and fees vary so widely that posting numbers is really meaningless. ...Read more

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Can professional dental cleaning cure gingavitis?

Can professional dental cleaning cure gingavitis?

Yes but: Gingivitis can be addressed with a regular dental cleaning. However, the real prevention comes with routine home care that includes proper brushing 2x a day and flossing. For severe cases of gingivitis, you may consider a mouth wash to supplement your home care. A dentist will evaluate the severity of your gingivitis and help you create a plan for getting it all under control. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I'm pregnant and I am due for a dental cleaning. Is it safe?

I'm pregnant and I am due for a dental cleaning. Is it safe?

Yes: Check with your ob-gyn, however it is usually safe and recommended in the second trimester. ...Read more

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Would it be possible to have good oral health even if you don't go for regular dental cleaning?

Would it be possible to have good oral health even if you don't go for regular dental cleaning?

No: Would it be possible not to loose hair even if you shampoo every day? Not all oral health problems are hygiene related. Also, there are places you can't see and that are difficult to reach. Cheaper to prevent problems than to treat break-down. For best oral health, please have check-up and cleaning as often as your dentist recommends. ...Read more

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Every dental cleaning my right jaw gets stuck open and then I have to wait for it to "pop back into place" to close, what is this?

Every dental cleaning my right jaw gets stuck open and then I have to wait for it to "pop back into place" to close, what is this?

Maybe TMD: Tell your concerns about your jaw popping to your dentist & hygienist. It is important to have your condition diagnosed. You may have temperomandibular joint disorder. This is a condition of limited movement & pain in your jaw joints. There are remedies for this, and during your teeth cleanings, it is important to take a few breaks. This will allow your joints to rest..Take care.. ...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


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