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Dr. Joanne Sue Caplin, D.D.S.

Dentist

Dr. Joanne Caplin is a Dentist practicing in New York, NY. Dr. Caplin specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic procedures, and performing examinations, among many others.
Dr. Joanne Sue Caplin, D.D.S.
  • New York, NY
  • Accepting new patients

Is chewing gum often bad for your teeth?

Chewing sugarless gum actually helps remove some plaque and debris from tooth surfaces. You are doing no harm.

The dentist has recommended my son’s tooth extraction. Is it the right way to go?

You did not give enough information for an answer. Are they primary or permanent teeth? Does he have decay in other teeth? If they are primary teeth, what is the status of the READ MORE
You did not give enough information for an answer. Are they primary or permanent teeth? Does he have decay in other teeth? If they are primary teeth, what is the status of the permanent teeth? Are there radiographs to be seen?

What can I eat or avoid eating to reduce plaque?

This is not dietary, but mechanical. Are you on any medications? Some medications cause dry mouth which increases plaque buildup. I suggest a sonicare brush used on the "gum READ MORE
This is not dietary, but mechanical. Are you on any medications?
Some medications cause dry mouth which increases plaque buildup.
I suggest a sonicare brush used on the "gum care" setting.
This mechanically removes more plaque. Many people do not floss properly.
Make sure your dentist shows you how. There is also an air flosser ( by sonicare)
that is more user friendly o remove debris from between the teeth.
Continue your fluoride rinses.
You may need dental cleanings mor often. Ask your dentist.
Hope this helps you with your problem

Can I whiten my teeth with baking soda alone?

Baking soda removes stains, but does not bleach teeth.