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Why does a cracked tooth have to be pulled?

My dentist found a cracked tooth and now he wants to pull it. I made the appointment for it, because, obviously, I do want it fixed. But why does a cracked tooth need to be pulled?...

A huge gap in dental treatment. What should I expect?

I haven't really gone to the dentist since I was a kid, and now that I'm older I know I need to go and have at least a check up. Because I haven't gone in a while, is there anything...

How is acupuncture an alternative treatment in dentistry?

I know acupuncture treats a wide range of diseases and disorders, but this seems a little out there. I've been dealing with tooth pain for quite a while, and my mom suggested...

Can drinking water prevent tooth decay?

I've been trying to drink more water and less sugary drinks, like soda and iced tea. I've had a few cavities in my lifetime, all were taken care of as well. Now that I'm cutting...

How can a toothache cause a headache?

I have a headache that comes and goes. It goes away after I take medication, but I also have a toothache in one of my upper teeth--this doesn't go away. My mother seems to think...

Why is my child's tongue white?

I was helping my daughter, who's five years old, brush her teeth, and I noticed that her tongue is white. I've also noticed some white along her gums and the inside of her cheek....

What can cause gingivitis?

My dentist found that I have gingivitis and now I'm going through treatment for it and changing some of my oral care routines at home to reverse it. But I'm not sure how this...

Should I wait to have my wisdom teeth extracted?

I feel two of my wisdom teeth coming in at the top part of my mouth. I know that they need to be removed because me and my dentist already talked about me not having enough room...

How long should I not eat before my procedure?

I have to get a root canal done next week, for which I'm getting local anesthesia for. I'm well aware that I'm not supposed to eat before my procedure, but how many hours before...

Should my child be wearing their headgear every night?

My child's jaw isn't properly aligned, so now he needs to wear a headpiece to help correct it. I wasn't told, however, how often he should be wearing his headgear as his father...

Is jaw surgery painful?

I'm getting jaw surgery to correct a bad bite, but I'm just a little nervous about my procedure. Is this surgery going to be painful? How long is the recovery for it?

What's done to prepare for porcelain veneers?

I'm thinking about getting porcelain veneers since I'm really just unhappy with my teeth, and I want my smile just to look a lot better. Is the process for getting them painful?...

What questions should I ask my surgeon about jaw corrective surgery?

According to my dentist, my jaw is not aligned properly and I have a severe underbite, so he is sending me to an oral surgeon to discuss my options for surgery. I'm a little nervous...

How is a tooth extraction determined?

Lately, I've been having a lot of pain in a few of my teeth. Normally I take advil to relieve the pain, and it works for a little bit. But obviously I'm going to have to go to...

Are children given anesthesia for cavity fillings?

My daughter has a dentist appointment this upcoming week because she needs to have two cavities filled. Will she be given anesthesia? ? I don't want her to feel any pain, especially...

How often should I mouthwash?

I want to start using mouthwash, but I'm not really sure of how often should I do it. I don't want to do it too much, but I don't want to do it too little. How many times a day...

What can be done for rotten teeth?

My grandmother's bottom tooth looks almost completely rotted, and refuses to go to her dentist because she feels that the treatment would be too expensive. What treatments can...

What is the best whitening toothpaste?

I'm currently using Colgate to brush my teeth, but I feel like it's not really whitening them as much as I'd like. Are there any whitening toothpastes that'll work better?

What does it mean when my gums are sore?

My guns have been feeling a little sore lately, and I'm not really sure why it's happening. My gums look fine, too. What could be causing them to be sore?

Should I go get my root canal done by a specialist?

My dentist says that he could perform my root canal treatment, mainly because he's been performing them throughout his career. He isn't exactly a specialist, though, and I think...

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