Questions tagged [dentistry]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Is “tongue on roof of mouth” the correct tongue posture?

There is a movement / theory paddled by Dr. Mew, that heavily revolves around tongue posture (among other things). The claim is that the tongue should rest in a suction hold on the roof of the mouth. ...
26
votes
2answers
39k views

Is it possible to pick up radio signals from dental fillings?

I recently heard this claim referred to on House M.D. when the titular character is experiencing phantom sounds, and the show appeared to give the idea some credibility. So I decided to look it up, ...
16
votes
1answer
43k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
243 views

Do dental chews for pets reduce plaque and tartar?

Many manufacturers and retailers of dental chews for dogs and cats claim it will help reduce plaque and/or tartar. For example: Greenies Dental Chews: Unique texture fights plaque and tartar ...
21
votes
1answer
1k views

Does teeth whitening toothpaste or laser whitening work?

Teeth whitening toothpaste is one of the latest marketing tools or alleged added functions of many brands. I have also read several blogs or journalists who have had teeth whitening laser treatment ...
5
votes
3answers
3k views

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 ...
13
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
31
votes
1answer
3k views

Brushing your teeth multiple times per day

Is there evidence that suggests that your teeth will be more healthy if you brush them multiple times per day than when you brush them once per day?
-1
votes
1answer
549 views

Home-made vs. commercial toothpaste?

My friend recently introduced me to home-made toothpaste. Quite a few websites offer recipes, for example: 1, 2, 3. One such recipe is: bicarbonate of soda charcoal coconut oil optional essential ...
45
votes
1answer
15k views

Were George Washington's teeth ripped from the mouths of living slaves?

I've seen lots of things about George Washington's teeth 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 ...
11
votes
2answers
1k views

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....
26
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
68
votes
2answers
16k views

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'...
3
votes
1answer
273 views

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 ...
7
votes
0answers
271 views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
189 views

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 ...
10
votes
1answer
683 views

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 ...
71
votes
2answers
81k views

What's the point of brushing teeth in the morning?

Why should I brush my teeth in the morning? My teeth are just going to get dirty again when I eat breakfast 5 minutes later. Plus, I've already done an extensive cleaning (floss, brush, mouthwash) the ...
13
votes
1answer
922 views

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 ...
17
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
12
votes
2answers
6k views

Does toothpaste cause acne?

Does tooth paste cause acne around the mouth? This source claims it can, but gives no sources: Another cause of acne around the mouth is toothpaste. The flavors and perfumes added to flavored ...
9
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
373 views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
2k views

Do expensive electronic toothbrushes outperform cheaper models?

There are a variety of different electronic toothbrushes on the market. If you ignore features like a timer that tells you when you have brushed the planned time, is there a measurable difference in ...
23
votes
2answers
15k views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
5k views

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 ...
16
votes
2answers
1k views

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,...
23
votes
2answers
7k views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
197 views

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 ...
13
votes
1answer
680 views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
14
votes
3answers
7k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
270 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
577 views

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 ...
13
votes
1answer
3k views

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?
17
votes
1answer
3k views

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....
4
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
14
votes
2answers
4k views

Does Sensodyne Toothpaste reduce teeth sensitivity?

The manufacturers of Sensodyne toothpaste claims their products "helps relieve the pain of sensitive teeth", using the active ingredients of (either) Strontium Chloride or Potassium Nitrate Does ...
13
votes
1answer
2k views

Is fluoride toothpaste dangerous?

Is there any proof that the amount of fluoride that commonly used in toothpaste is unhealthy?
11
votes
1answer
438 views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
833 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
371 views

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?
20
votes
1answer
5k views

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 ...
27
votes
1answer
1k views

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, ...
9
votes
1answer
697 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
230 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
61 views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
838 views

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 ...