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Dr. Carolina Giraldo

Dentist

Dr. Carolina Giraldo is a Dentist practicing in Norwalk, CT. Dr. Giraldo 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 other responsibilities.
24 years Experience
Dr. Carolina Giraldo
Specializes in:
  • Dental Health
  • Dental Exam
  • Teeth, And Gum Care
  • Norwalk, CT
  • University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
  • Accepting new patients

Can calcium deficiency impact teeth?

Yes, calcium deficiency will affect the health of his teeth and bones. Calcium as a necessary mineral that affect the hardness of the teeth. He can get the necessary calcium READ MORE
Yes, calcium deficiency will affect the health of his teeth and bones. Calcium as a necessary mineral that affect the hardness of the teeth. He can get the necessary calcium through many other foods like green leafy vegetables, grains and nuts and beans. Fluoride pills can also be given before his permanent teeth erupt ( I don't know how old your son is) because the Fluoride ions will adhere more to potassium in the bones and teeth making them stronger. The only caveat is that this only happens before the teeth erupt and are in the development phase. The dose has to be controlled because it will fight for the calcium in bones and this can affect bones negatively (unlike enamel which fluoride has a positive affect). It is difficult to know what you mean when you say his teeth are not strong . If he is prone to decay, this will happen with or without a calcium deficiency because decay is completely preventable with proper diet and hygiene (hygiene being the most important). If they are not strong because they are brittle and fracturing then there is possibly another cause (i.e. genetic considerations, grinding and clenching, etc). Hope this helped!

Clicking in my jaw

I would visit with an orthodontist, if you dentist does not do ortho, to have your bite evaluated. If the click is due to a traumatic event like a car accident or sports injury, READ MORE
I would visit with an orthodontist, if you dentist does not do ortho, to have your bite evaluated. If the click is due to a traumatic event like a car accident or sports injury, then an oral surgeon may help but if there is no history like that, the best place to start is with a full extra and intra-oral muscle exam and the bite to see what is causing the click to happen. Do you have a history of clenching or grinding, recent extensive dental treatment, are you symptomatic, etc. are questions that should be asked by your treating dentist first.

Is reflux giving me bad breath?

Just a few questions you could ask yourself: do you brush the very very back of the tongue? When was the last time you had a dental cleaning? The odor causing bacteria related READ MORE
Just a few questions you could ask yourself: do you brush the very very back of the tongue? When was the last time you had a dental cleaning? The odor causing bacteria related to the tongue are from the very back where there are large fungiform papilla the shape of a mushroom. The sulfur odor causing bacteria are under those papilla. You almost have to gag to get to them. There is a rinse I recommend called Closys and you can gargle with that to help eradicate the bacteria. Gum disease can also cause odor and it is possible to have even though you brush and floss. Gum disease develops under the gums and brushing and flossing will not remove anything past 1mm under the gum which is why regular dental cleanings is a must. I do not know how often you visit with your hygienist but bacteria that causes gum disease recolonize in three months so waiting 6 months is a long time. I highly recommend all my patients have a cleaning every 3-4 months. Reflux can cause bad breath and, even worse, enamel and esophageal erosion which can lead to cancer.

Brushing too hard?

Hello! Yes, an electric brush can help if it has a pressure sensor. There are brushes that will send a message when you brush too hard so that you can relieve the pressure you READ MORE
Hello! Yes, an electric brush can help if it has a pressure sensor. There are brushes that will send a message when you brush too hard so that you can relieve the pressure you are putting against your teeth. Why your dentist did not tell you about the recession is anybody's guess. Some doctors don't worry about it until there is erosion of the root surface and some are more proactive. It would be a good idea to have your bite checked as well because and interference during chewing can cause trauma which leads to gum recession. Hope this helps!!

Front tooth cavity

Hello, studies have shown that a tooth will withstand having a filling done up to three times before it needs a root canal. Depending on the size and depth of the filling, sometimes READ MORE
Hello, studies have shown that a tooth will withstand having a filling done up to three times before it needs a root canal. Depending on the size and depth of the filling, sometimes a veneer is a more permanent option. Porcelain does not stain and can last many many years. This way the tooth is left alone for a long period of time and the nerve can recover from the trauma of the drill.

How can I stop pushing on my front teeth when I swallow?

It really is just a mental task. You have to consciously think about it and rest your tongue against your palate when you drink. It is very important to continue to do it over READ MORE
It really is just a mental task. You have to consciously think about it and rest your tongue against your palate when you drink. It is very important to continue to do it over and over again until it is second nature. Sucking on your lips once in a while will help move the teeth back into position as odd as that may sound. Also, don't forget the power of the retainers!! These need to be used for the rest of your life every night.

Can effects from TMJ ever be reversed?

If there has been damage to the disc and the cartilage of the joint, it is like arthritis and the crackle may be there forever unless you have arthroscopic surgery to resurface READ MORE
If there has been damage to the disc and the cartilage of the joint, it is like arthritis and the crackle may be there forever unless you have arthroscopic surgery to resurface the joint. The damage can be seen with a cone beam xray (CBCT). A custom mouth guard will also help and a full assessment of your bite with an adjustment will most likely be necessary as well. There is something happening with your bite that helped cause the crackle and if your teeth are in proper alignment, this could help relax the muscles. Try an over the counter mouth guard from the sports store (or online) to see if it helps while you sleep and then a custom one should be made to help your muscles not clench so much at night. Take care and good luck!

How often to use mouth wash?

There are many reasons someone can be prone to decay. There is a mouth spray that has fluoride and neutralizes oral acids that fits in your pocket. It is by CariFree and you READ MORE
There are many reasons someone can be prone to decay. There is a mouth spray that has fluoride and neutralizes oral acids that fits in your pocket. It is by CariFree and you can ask your doctor to order it for you.
You can use that after each meal/snack. Cavities is a very preventable disease and plaque is the root cause of it. If there is no plaque on your teeth there should be no decay.

Why are some people's canine teeth sharper than others?

Everyone is borne with sharp canines but through overuse of that edge, it flattens away. Grinding, nail biting, etc can cause the enamel to wear. There are some people that have READ MORE
Everyone is borne with sharp canines but through overuse of that edge, it flattens away. Grinding, nail biting, etc can cause the enamel to wear. There are some people that have open bites in the front and the teeth don't touch each other so they never wear down. It's all in the bite and the habits. :)

Do dentists offer services to the uninsured?

Every doctor should offer services to the uninsured. If you give your doctor your credit card number he/she can charge out $45/month and this should be enough to cover three cleanings READ MORE
Every doctor should offer services to the uninsured. If you give your doctor your credit card number he/she can charge out $45/month and this should be enough to cover three cleanings a year and xrays and and exam. I am not sure where you live so the fees may vary. Have an open conversation with your doctor and he/she should be very willing to help you. We love patients who care about their health and you obviously do. Take care!