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Will Dental Cleaning Make My Teeth Whiter
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
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Do you have to brush your teeth after a dental cleaning before you eat? or can you eat right away after a dental cleaning? is it clean?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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?
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.
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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
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?
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
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 6 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 (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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