Dr. Lauren Metzger is a Dentist practicing in Evansville, IN. Dr. Metzger 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.
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No. Use Orajel. READ MORE
Yes there are mouthguard designed specifically for sleep apnea. It positions the jaw in a way that opens the airway. Ask your dentist. READ MORE
Go to your dentist and they will prescribe either a mouth rinse or lozenges that contain anti-fungal agents. READ MORE
No. You need a root canal or to have the tooth pulled. If it seems to go away, the infection is still there but the tooth has died. Either way, the infection is still coursing through your blood stream. Get it taken care of! =) READ MORE
Yep! READ MORE
Ibuprofen is better. READ MORE
Sounds like you need a full coverage crown on that tooth. That should fix it right up! READ MORE
Basically the first step is plaque (the fuzzy stuff you feel on the teeth in the morning)...This is a sticky "biofilm" that sticks to your teeth. Bacteria (we all have billions all over our bodies) Eat the sugars in our diet and metabolize them to acid as a by-product. The acid wears through the protective outer layer of enamel allowing the bacteria to penetrate further into the softer layers of the teeth. The bacteria continue to eat away at the tooth itself causing the tooth to essentially disintegrate and become "soft" READ MORE
That usually means the tooth had decalcification (the start of a cavity) but the minerals in your saliva managed to remineralize it and reverse the decay process. It cannot be treated unfortunately. READ MORE
Root canal treatment or extract the tooth. READ MORE
Trident is the best because it contains a different artificial sugar that has been proven to assist in preventing decay. READ MORE
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Nope, you'll be just fine to drive yourself. READ MORE
The small white spots sounds likely to be regular canker sores (brought on by stress/virus). Early signs of gum disease would include red swollen gums that bleed easily (while brushing/flossing). READ MORE
What's important to remember is the FREQUENCY that he's getting the sugar. Even if he only has 1 cup of apple juice per day but he's sipping on it all day, that's worse than having 3 cups at mealtime. When you eat something sugary the pH in your mouth drops to below normal (more acidic) for about 30 minutes, so if you are constantly sipping, your body never has a chance to return to normal pH. Also, if he's going to bed with a sippy cup of something sugary that would be just letting his teeth bathe in the sugar all night long which is a recipe for rot. READ MORE
Depends on what liquid you would be using. If it contains a lot of sugar, you can drink it and be fine but just make sure it's only at mealtime and not constantly sipping all day. After you're done drinking it just rinse with water to help raise the pH in your mouth back to normal. Good luck! READ MORE
As long as the consumption was minimal, you are just fine. READ MORE
Some people have naturally more sensitive teeth. Try Sensodyne toothpaste. It works really well. Also ask your dentist about president (a prescription tooth paste with extra fluoride). READ MORE
Yes, the most common issue during pregnancy is what's called "pregnancy gingivitis". It's due to all the hormonal changes. You may notice something bleeding when brushing or flossing or the gum tissue may appear red/swollen. It will go away once baby comes! READ MORE
Yes. Bacteria that causes decay will feed on the food left there and their byproduct is acid which wears the enamel and causes cavities. Floss, floss, floss! READ MORE
That is abnormal. Normally babies get their first teeth at age 6months. By now he should have 4 on the bottom and 4 on top in the front plus his 1st molars should be starting soon. If nothing changes soon, I'd take him to a pediatric dentist and they may do an x-ray to see what's going on (they will be able to see if there are teeth there that just aren't erupted yet or if he has some missing). READ MORE
This depends on what you had done. For example if you just had a cleaning, you aren't supposed to eat anything for 30 minutes because of the fluoride treatment. After 30 minutes you are good to eat whatever. If you had a filling or something that required getting numb, they may have told you not to eat right away because you. may chew on your cheek and not realize it because your are numb. In this case you can eat once the numbing wears off. If you had a tooth extracted, the above applies because you would be numb but also add that you shouldn't eat anything too hot or too cold for about 24 hours and nothing chunky like vegetable soup where you could get bits of debris in the socket. READ MORE
Lots of water and biotene mouthwash and toothpaste. This is common especially if you are taking prescription medications. READ MORE
Try sensodyne. It's also possible that something is going on with one of your tooth. Take a trip to the dentist and they will get X-rays to determine if there is further treatment needed ( a filling, root canal, ect...). READ MORE
This depends on the severity of the spacing and if she has any other occlusion issues. Typically prepare for 1 year of treatment. READ MORE
Bleeding when brushing is a sign of gingivitis. This is caused by not effectively removing the plaque 2 times per day with good brushing. You should help him/monitor him and make sure he is getting his teeth cleaned properly ( a lot of kids will miss the areas near the gumline). If the gumline is missed, the bodies response to the lingering bacteria is an inflammatory reaction which is what causes the red swollen bleeding gums. READ MORE
Erosion is caused by acid wearing away the tooth's natural enamel. It is caused by eating a lot of acidic foods (oranges, lemons, tomatoes...). It can also be caused by Bulimia in which the erosion would be on the backside of your upper teeth. READ MORE
No it isn't. Take her to a pediatric dentist and they will likely take an x-ray to see if there are any teeth even present. READ MORE
Yes, bleeding gums are due to gingivitis meaning you aren't getting the plaque off of your teeth frequently or thoroughly enough. This will subside w/in 2 weeks of brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. No bleeding means healthy tissue. Jaw pain can be due to a number of things. You could be clenching or grinding your teeth at night or just tensing up during the day and not even realize it. This is common especially if you have been experiencing any additional stress. READ MORE
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