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Questions tagged [dentistry]

The study or practice of medicine as it relates to the oral cavity and related structures.

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Healing Tooth Decay via Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralisation?

According to The Guardian scientists from the UK have developed a tool to repair cavities without filling or injections. The new treatment, called Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced ...
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Do ultrasonic scalers produce shockwaves that damage bacterial cells in the mouth?

I came across an interesting claim that ultrasonic power scalers, besides for removing and crushing existing hard plaque on the teeth, create shockwaves that disrupt harmful bacterial cells that cause ...
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Does Honey Promote Tooth Decay or Prevent It?

Both honey and sugar are comprised of a combination of glucose and fructose. In sugar glucose and fructose are bound together to form sucrose while in honey glucose and fructose exist independently of ...
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Does Sipping Soda Through a Straw Prevent Tooth Decay?

It is well known that sugar causes tooth decay by feeding harmful bacteria in the mouth. An article on webmd states that "sipping soda through a straw may cut cavities": Using a straw when you ...
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Root canals cause heart attacks?

There is a widely viewed Youtube video (400,000 views as of now), by a cardiologist, referencing his book, co-authored with a dentist, that claims that root canals, even if they are done well, cause ...
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Were George Washington's teeth ripped from the mouths of living slaves?

I've seen lots of things like this going around. The real deal is George Washington had the teeth of his slaves in his mouth and not wood.. Wake Up my people they are still using us for body ...
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Can a lightbulb once inserted into your mouth be safely removed?

There is a viral video going around that repeats a claim I've heard before about getting a light bulb stuck in your mouth Graphic reads, The bulb shape allows it to be put into the mouth, but ...
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Are children's baby/milk teeth a potentially useful supply of stem cells?

There's a raft of claims recently that baby (or milk) teeth are are a rich source of stem cells and could be used in the future to help cure diseases to or regrow failed and damaged organs. These ...
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Is brushing your teeth after vomiting dangerous for your teeth?

There's a claim (Day9 / Centre for Clinical Interventions) out there that goes: Don’t brush your teeth immediately after vomiting. While the teeth are covered in stomach acids, the vigorous action ...
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Is coconut oil effective as a toothpaste or in promoting oral health?

There's a good deal of information about "oil pulling" which is the process by which you swish oil around your mouth for 20 minutes or so then spit it out. There are many claims about what it can heal,...
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Is the “Light Walker” dentist's tool effective at many issues?

In my local newspaper a little while ago, there was a full-page article (can't find an online copy) on a local dentist who uses a device called "The Light Walker", supposedly made by a group in ...
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Does Propolis in toothpaste protect the gums and the mouth area?

Lavera Naturkosmektik, a German cosmetics brand, has a toothpaste called "Basis Sensitiv Zahncreme Classic mit Bio-Echinacea & Propolis". They claim that Propolis protects the gums and the mouth ...
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Does using a fluoride-based toothpaste or fluoride-supplemented tap water lead to higher fluoride concentration in the pineal gland?

Dr. Edward Group writes in Everything You Wanted to Know about the Pineal Gland: Calcification is the biggest problem for the pineal gland. Fluoride accumulates in the pineal gland more than any ...
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Does regular tongue scraping improve overall immune function?

Gillian Mandich of MindBodyGreen writes in 5 Reasons Why Everyone Needs A Tongue Scraper: The tongue is part of the first line of defense in your immune system. Scraping your tongue prevents toxins ...
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Does ProBiora3 promote tooth and gum health?

Oragenics advertises on their website the benefits of ProBiora3: Oral probiotics are live bacteria that are similar (or identical) to the beneficial microorganisms found naturally in the oral ...
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Is diet soda as bad for your teeth as regular soda or methamphetamine?

I've heard of many claims about soda water itself containing carbonic acid (as claimed by a teacher I had in high school) and having a generally high pH that's enough to destroy one's teeth. This ...
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Is it better to floss before or after brushing the teeth?

Floss: Dental floss is a cord of thin filaments used to remove food and dental plaque from between teeth. The floss is gently inserted between the teeth and wiped along the teeth sides, especially ...
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Has cessation of water fluoridation lead to a 90-200% increase in cavities in children?

A news piece by KWCH 12 in Wichita Kansas about a local community voting on whether to cease water fluoridation quotes local dentist, Doctor Allison Lesko, as saying: Depending on which grade level ...
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Did some Romans clean their teeth with urine?

buzzfeed The Romans used to clean and whiten their teeth with urine. Apparently it works. Is this true?
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Are wisdom teeth disappearing?

I was sent an article (am a bit of a future evolution fan), entitled 5 Signs Humans Are Still Evolving, from a website called "MentalFloss" - and as it is not peer-reviewed, I am a bit dubious of its ...
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Does green tea help with dental hygiene?

This Youtube video claims that green tea "is the best mouthwash", citing various medical studies that claim that green tea is more effective in reducing dental bacteria than various standard chemicals....
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Does unflavoured carbonated water cause damage to teeth?

I have been told that Carbon Dioxide (CO2) dissolved in carbonated water produces carbonic acid, that can attack your tooth enamel. The Daily Mail claims: believe it or not sparkling water is ...
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Can wisdom teeth replace 2nd molars?

I went to a dentist because my 2nd molar needed a filling. Just out of curiosity I asked him if a wisdom tooth can replace a lost 2nd molar. Suddenly he looked at me like I killed somebody and said ...
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Does baking soda remove stains from your teeth?

I've heard this a few times now with people claiming that brushing your teeth with baking soda is a good way to whiten your teeth and generally a better product to use than toothpaste. Toothpaste ...
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Is Sensodyne recommended by “nine out of ten dentists”?

Sensodyne is famously known for saying "Recommended by nine out of ten dentists". Since being introduced in 1961, Sensodyne has become the favorite sensitive toothpaste of dentists around the world....
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Can teeth cavities be cured through diet?

I've seen this Natural News article popping out a lot recently. It claims that dental caries is not caused by bacteria but by poor nutrition: which results in minerals being pulled from bones, ...
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When and how does the consumption of fluoride cause health problems? [duplicate]

I have heard about orally consuming fluoride and rinsing with a solution containing fluoride to help prevent cavities, but I've also heard some claims that fluoride is bad for peoples' health. What ...
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Do modern toothbrush features remove more plaque than regular toothbrushes?

The Oral-B makes some claims about their Oral-B Pro-Health All-In-One: Oral-B Pro-Health All-In-One toothbrush has been clinically proven to remove more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush with ...
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Are dental X-Rays safe?

Although I had to take 5 this month on individual teeth, my dentist reassured me that with the current technology there is absolutely no risk and that I can take as many as I need. If you search the ...
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Replace toothbrush every 3 to 4 months

I read from this link (http://www.ada.org/1887.aspx) It says to: Replace toothbrushes at least every 3–4 months. The bristles become frayed and worn with use and cleaning effectiveness will ...
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75% of headaches due to poor bite?

I read the following claim on a commercial dentistry website: Some estimates suggest that 75% of all headaches are muscle-contraction headaches that could be tied to a poor bite. Wow! What ...
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Does alcohol-free “essential oil” mouthwash kill bacteria in your mouth?

Case in point: No other alcohol-free mouthwash has been proven more effective at killing bad breath germs. Contains signature 4 Essential Oils found in LISTERINE® Antiseptic for bad breath ...
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Does chewing on gum help clean your teeth?

Several chewing gum commercials advertise chewing their gum after meals to help clean the teeth. I was chewing today and realized that there is never a point when I am chewing that it actually touches ...
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Did the EPA fire a toxicologist, Dr. William Marcus, for refusing to remain silent on the cancer risk of fluoride?

I read that here in this article: http://www.nteu280.org/Issues/Fluoride/NTEU280-Fluoride.htm EPA fired the Office of Drinking Water's chief toxicologist, Dr. William Marcus, who also was our ...
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Does drinking fluoridated water prevent cavities?

The Green Vision blog made the claim that fluoride doesn't prevent cavities. Here is a quote from the article: The topical application of fluoride is a proven method for protecting teeth from ...
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Is cleaning of teeth necessary for healthier gums?

I found the following passage in Man's Search for Meaning by Dr Viktor Frankl I would like to mention a few similar surprises on how much we could endure: we were unable to clean our teeth, and ...
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Do we need to brush our teeth?

While everyone is telling us that we should brush our teeth twice a day, the human species has evolved for several million years without any teeth brushing. Apes don't brush their teeth, and they don'...
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Is the real benefit of flossing that your gums strengthen?

I read that the actual benefit of flossing your teeth is not to remove food that is between them, but that your gums actually become stronger at fighting infections. Is this true?
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Does Sensodyne Total Care Toothpaste remove plaque, protect against tooth decay and help sensitive gums?

As shown in the toothpaste cover: It is mentioned that using Sensodyne Total Care toothpaste can do the following: Protects against sensitive teeth Protects against tooth decay Removes ...
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Does flossing your teeth regularly increase your lifespan?

According to Life Tips: Regular flossing, long considered an essential part of daily dental cleansing, has been found to have a positive effect on your life expectancy, increasing it by up to 6 ...
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Does parsley improve bad breath?

This Livestrong article - Does Parsley Help With Bad Breath? suggests that parsley can improve bad breath. The article suggests that bad breath is caused often by poor oral hygiene, allowing ...
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Is this image about child teeth development accurate?

There's a picture on Pinterest depicting a child's skull with all deciduous teeth (baby teeth) still attached, and adult teeth showing in a quite developed stage underneath: The picture is described ...
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Does flossing produce better oral health?

Every time I go to the dentist, I'm told I need to be flossing more. We always go over the techniques, etc, and I always get a Stern Talking To about not flossing once or twice a day. If I go to the ...
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Are silver dental fillings safe?

Are silver tooth fillings safe for a person's health? My dentist says they are safe for my health. My general practitioner has no opinion on the matter. Some countries have banned or restricted ...
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Does vitamin D prevent cavities better than fluoride?

Dr. Mercola has released the following article: The Vitamin that is Better than Fluoride in Reducing Cavities. He quotes the VitaminD Council as his source for this: "There were also several ...
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Do I have to brush my teeth at least 3 minutes each time?

There are various claims about how long a tooth brushing session should last for proper dental hygiene. I have heard that 3 minutes is the time and that my tooth brushing sessions should be ...
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Does (diet) soda cause tooth decay?

I've often heard and read that soda causes tooth decay; most often the reason involves the sugars present in the soda being converted into acids which wear out the enamel. I'm curious if there is ...
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Does eating too much candy make your teeth rot?

This is something I remember hearing pretty often as a kid. Specifically, that you shouldn't eat too much candy or it will give you tooth decay. Is this the case? Does eating a lot of candy make your ...
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Does chewing ice cubes damage your teeth?

As I child I had the habit of chewing on ice cubes and was told that this damages your teeth. Now my son has this habit and I'd like to know if it is true. Does chewing on ice cubes damage your teeth?
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Can brushing your teeth too often damage your teeth?

I've heard that brushing your teeth too often (usually stated as more than 3 times per day) will cause the enamel on your teeth to become damaged or wear away, is this possible? Example 1: the ...