Bad Breath After Oral Surgery

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What to expect during and after wisdom teeth removal?
    My dentist told me that I have to get my wisdom teeth removed. My concern is that he told me that “ It will hurt a lot after “ I checked this with others who have told me they were out for a week. The wisdom teeth are enflamed and a cause of bad breath and some pain. The dentist also told me that I did not have to be put to sleep because he could not guaranty if I would wake up. How can I be awake while he cuts all four of them out? Can someone shed some positive light on this dilemma? I also have to come up with $ 1000 to get this done witch is roughly a one months salary. Can OHIP cover some of it? Thanks to all who answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey dont worry...its not as bad as it seems. I had 3 removed surgically cause they were all impacted. Before the surgery the dentist will give u about 2-3 shots of a local anaesthetic. This will really numb the area and you dont feel a thing during the surgery. If you have a good dentist he will poke the area first and really make sure you dont feel anything. And dont worry, the shots hurt a little but its bearable. The numbness last for about 1-2 hrs. Your dentist will prescribe for you pain killers to help ease the pain once the local anesthetic wears out. If you are worried, ask for stronger pain killers like Tramadol. While the wound is healing, good oral hygiene is important. Gargle regularly with an antiseptic mouth wash or salt water. As for food...its common sense to avoid hard, hot and spicy food. When I had both my lower and upper wisdom tooth removed, I stocked up on complete nutritional drinks like Ensure and Resource. One can keeps you full for about 3 hrs....so 6 cans per day if you dont feel like eating anything.
      Its worth it to get it removed considering the constant pain, bleeding and annoying bad breath. It can also cause tooth decay and eventually you still have to get it removed.
      All the best!

  2. QUESTION:
    What cause canine halitosis and what can cure it?
    My aunt has a Jack Russell that has cainine halitosis and we've been wondering what causes it and what can cure it. Her dog is nine or ten years old.

    Answers appreciated! Thank-you.

    Halitosis is bad breath, just so everyone knows.

    • ANSWER:
      Bad breath is usually cause by periodontal disease in dogs. Check his teeth and see if they are white, or if they are yellowed an covered in plaque. In all likelihood there is a need for a dental cleaning.

      This is a relatively minor surgery. The dog is anesthetized and the teeth are scaled, polished and sometimes treated with fluoride. The dog must be anesthetized in order for the teeth to be cleaned above the gum line. Depending on the state of the teeth there may be some extractions.
      http://www.marvistavet.com/html/periodontal_disease_and_dental.html

      There's not much to be done at home if a full dental is needed. To help prevent the need for this in the future the best thing is to brush the dog's teeth regularly. Oral rinses, dental chews, and dental diets can all help but are not as effective as brushing.
      http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_dental_home_care.html

  3. QUESTION:
    Deviated septum surgery possible cure for bad breath?
    OK well i guess i take pretty good care of my mouth. Not crazy but definitely enough to at least have good breath. My breath smells though and i realized i have a deviated septum. One of the symptoms is bad breath. You think the surgery would fix my breath problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Mohamed Sharif,
      A deviated septum is most definitely one of the possible causes of bad breath. The nasal passages are known as the second major source of bad breath. In this instance, the odour exiting the nostrils has a pungent odour which differs from the oral odour. Research shows that nasal blockages caused by a deviated septum can be treated with a new laser procedure. Laser-generated heat softens cartilage abnormalities in the nose, letting doctors flatten or shape those abnormalities to clear the nasal passages. The outpatient procedure takes six to eight minutes, and requires only a local anaesthetic.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  4. QUESTION:
    How to avoid blurting out the truth?
    Okay, so I'm getting oral surgery, and their giving me a loopy pill to take before I even get there. I have a secret I have to hid from my Grandma (that I had my first kiss o.0). But since their basically shooting me w/ truth serum, how do I avoid blurting out the truth?

    • ANSWER:
      I am an Oral Surgical assistant and you are not to worry:) The drugs they give you will not make you blurt any unwanted info out. The "truth serum" isnt used in surgery. The pill they give you before will just make you feel a little sleep and loopy. The drugs they give you to "fall asleep" literally make you....well...fall asleep. Ive worked in oral surgery for years and the most embarrassing thing anyone has ever done was snore. Seriously you have no need to worry. You will still be able to respond to commands like "open your eyes", "take a nice deep breath", or "turn your head to the right"...but that is about it. Even in a worst case scenario....the staff will never pry in your personal life. Small talk is all....but you will be awake for that since anything you might mumble out when your drugged with be gibberish and wont make sense.

      No need to worry. Congrats on the kiss ;)

  5. QUESTION:
    Dental question deep cleansing and root planning - for periodontal disease?
    The dentist is saying that my boyfriend has periodontal disease. The first step is to come in for a deep cleansing which will be 120.00 per quadrant. She is then saying that the second step is to schedule the surgery. I have read some things on this board that just mention the cleansing not the surgery also. If he has the deep cleansing (which I am assuming right now if the deep scaling and root planning) why would he need to schedule the surgery as well. Wouldnt we have to see if the deep cleansing worked first?

    • ANSWER:
      A truly natural treatment for periodontal disease and bad breath is in great demand but next to impossible to find. Everyone is looking for the symptom, cure, and treatment for periodontal disease, gingivitis, bleeding gums and bad breath because no one wants to loose their teeth and many health problem have now been directly linked to gum disease including heart attacks and strokes. It's a much bigger contributor that originally thought!

      An all-natural oral health product OraMD tackles the problems associated with periodontal disease, pockets and receding gums and is also extremely effective against chronic bad breath product. Because the ingredients are natural enemies of bacteria, it cleans your mouth and stops halitosis ( bad breath ) in it's tracks.

      Source: http://www.oramd.co.uk/

  6. QUESTION:
    Does biotene toothpaste and mouthwash work to remove plaque from periodonal pockets?
    My husband has periodontal pockets that are filled with plaque the dentist said to use an electric tooth brush which we purchased at walmart we bought the oral b professional and then we saw this biotene mouthwash and toothpaste which we also purchased because it claims to remove the plaque. This is his last option otherwise the dentist said his condition could require surgery to remove the plaque.

    • ANSWER:
      He should get a Waterpik then. It comes with a narrow attachment head called the Pik Pocket, which, when used on the low setting, can aim water (or other solution) far, far deeper into the gums than swishing can. I have one for my pockets, which I use with diluted hydrogen peroxide, on the recommendation of my hygienist. It's so effective at removing bacteria before bed that I don't even have morning breath anymore.

      It isn't that swishing mouthwash or water is bad or harmful, it will just never get it deep enough into the gums on the strength of cheek muscles alone.

      I believe that the "surgery" his dentist mentioned is a scaling/root planing, which is just a deep cleaning below the gums to clear out any infection, plaque and tartar, so the gums can reattach to the tooth somewhat or at the very least halt their recession. Depending on how his gum situation progresses, it can be a quarterly event. It's no more invasive than a regular cleaning or a cavity fill.

  7. QUESTION:
    How quickly does smoking start to affect your teeth?
    How many cigarettes does it take for like a dentist to know you have been smoking, for example?

    • ANSWER:
      There are other issues besides discoloration of your teeth. It can increases the risk for oral cancer, a disease that progresses rapidly and can be deadly if not diagnosed and treated early. It also increases the risk of gum disease, which is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. Smoking can slow down healing after oral surgery procedures, such as having a tooth pulled. It can damage gum tissue and cause receding gums, leaving the roots of the teeth exposed. This could increase the risk of tooth decay and cause hot/cold sensitivity. It can cause bad breath, which may be able to be covered up. Smoking can cause a build up of tartar, which could require you to get more frequent dental cleanings. I don't smoke, however a user did state that they use Crest strips. Which might help, however, there are a few things that crest whitening strips won't help, which I have listed above. I am NOT telling you that you shouldn't smoke. If you ask me, once a person is old enough to drive, it is up to them to make up their minds. But, I just thought I'd let you know a few other issues that smoking might effect.

  8. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of tonsil stones?
    How do i get rid of tonsil stones without surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      Adu - Eternity, Tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths, are small accumulations of food debris, bacteria, and other particles that attach themselves to the tonsils. They cause bad breath, and can sometimes lead to a sore throat, swelling, and even pain in the mouth and face. Tonsil stones are not as dangerous as they are irritating. They can usually be flushed away with little effort. However, if allowed to remain for a long period of time, bacteria can build up and lead to infection, sore throat, and illness.

      You can prevent tonsil stones from forming in a number of ways. The following factors are key both in prevention and in overall care of your mouth and throat:
      • Practice good oral hygiene. This is the first step in prevention because excess food debris that is not removed regularly contributes to the formation of tonsilloliths.
      • Drink a lot of water. If you are continually flushing your mouth and throat with water throughout the day, you will be washing down the food particles and debris that can form to cause stones.
      • Avoid sugary beverages. When you drink soda and sugar laden beverages, the sugary liquids deposit residue on the tonsils, which in turn, create excellent foundations for tonsil stones.

      • See your dentist regularly. While a regular professional cleaning is very important, your dentist will also examine your mouth and throat and will likely spot the beginning formations of tonsilloliths.
      Most tonsilloliths can be removed without the assistance of a physician. You can usually perform the removal at home with warm water and a cotton swab. However, if you are finding the process difficult, your doctor can usually remove them in his office with a quick, painless procedure.

  9. QUESTION:
    If i smoke a cigarette and brush my teeth straight after will it still ruin my teeth?
    If i smoke a cigarette and brush my teeth straight after will it still ruin my teeth?

    • ANSWER:
      I suppose not. However; smokers like to light up after a meal. Will you be able to brush in public? How convenient is it? Esp if you are a habitual smoker. . Smoking is clearly asssociated with gum disease(periodontitis) which is the leading cause for tooth loss in adults; gingivitis, and oral cancer. Smoking can slow down healing time after any oral surgery such as a tooth extraction. Plus the proverbial reasons why smoking is bad: bad breath, stinky clothes, hair and staining and yellowish teeth.- making you a social outclass.

      Smoking can damage gum tissue and cause receding gums, leaving the roots of the teeth exposed. This could increase the risk of tooth decay and cause hot/cold sensitivity

      You should not rationalize. It's better to confront the problem now and quit. Smoking has more harmful effects than good. Don't deluge yourself. Smokers are a considered a minority now as there are a lot of public places which ban smoking.

  10. QUESTION:
    Why is my cat losing her teeth?
    She is like 4 years old and she has been losing teethe for a while now,she actually lost one today.She was declawed about a year ago and I think she might have had an infection from the surgery which causes her to have bad breath and tooth decay.My parents won't take her to the vet so what can I do to stop her decay and try to fix the problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      If your cat is loosing teeth, she more than likely has a serious oral problem,with possible bone loss. She is far too young to be having these problems.

      Actually dry food for cleaning teeth is not accurate. Cats do not "chew" dry food completely, as they are not equipped with grinding teeth, so particles of dry food remain inbetween their teeth and cause further decay and problems. A good quality moist food that contains no grain is far healthier and better nutrition, which in the long run is actually more economical.

      She should be seen by a vet as these infections can lead to systemic disease, such as heart conditions, and other infections thoughout her system.

      The only correct thing you can do is to have her seen by a vet and get proper treatment. She may need antibiotics in addition to dental surgery.

      Please impress the importance of this on your parents. There is a credit payment arrangement that is offered by carecredit.com at http://www.carecredit.com/vetmed/whycc.html

      which is specifically offered for folks who have financial constraints, to help pay for necessary veterinary care. It is interest free for a year, so small payments can be made each month to cover the cost. Most vets subscribe to this service.

      Hope you can get the professional care she needs.

      Good luck to you and your kitty.

      Troublesniffer
      Owned by cats for over 40 years
      Member: Cat Writer's Association

  11. QUESTION:
    What to expect for wisdom teeth surgery like the IV sedation part?
    I'm having mine done soon and I don't know what to expect so please help! I would greatly appreciated

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I just had mine pulled yesterday; both bottom ones were impacted, and the top were coming in fairly normal (though I had no room in my mouth for them). I have a heart condition (congenital aortic stenosis, which will likely require me to have a mechanical valve in the near future), so they decided it was best for my wisdom teeth to be pulled in a hospital so an anesthesiologist could monitor me more closely. Anyhow, I got to the hospital about 5:30am, was checked into my day-surgery room, and the nurse started the IV about an hour before surgery was scheduled (surgery commenced at 7:30am). She had trouble finding a good vein, but they use a numbing agent so you barely feel a thing. She administered saline solution in the IV, and then about an hour later I was taken to the O.R. ward a couple floors down. I talked to the doctors for a few minutes more and met the anesthesiologist, and was taken into the operating room where they put medicine into my IV to make me drowsy. Things became a bit of a blur after that, and they gave me a breathing mask... last thing I remember was the nurse telling me to take deep breaths, and then I was out.

      I could later hear them talking about my heart condition (I remember hearing the anesthesiologist saying something about Arnold Schwarzenegger and how he had the same thing as I do) but couldn't open my eyes, and then (what seemed like a few minutes later) I remember slowly waking up in the recovery room and a nurse was asking me if I felt alright. I laid there for awhile and they took my vitals/blood pressure and all that several times, and then wheeled me back up to my hospital room. I was "under" for about an hour and a half total, though the surgery only took about 30-40 minutes. It really is nothing to worry about. I was antsy at first because, a) There are always minor risks involved with anesthesia, and my heart condition amplified that; and b) I had never stayed in a hospital before, and it was my first time ever being put under. Really though, it's not so bad. The doctors are very calm and friendly (as they have to be), and their demeanors helped bring down my anxiousness.

      As for being put to sleep, you don't remember a thing and wake up painless (my mouth was numb for the entire rest of the day, though). The only thing that hurt was my throat because they inserted a breathing tube when they did it apparently, so my throat/bronchial tubes were sore for awhile. My situation was a bit unusual; I've heard they often pull wisdom teeth at some dentist's offices. I had an oral surgeon perform the procedure, which would have otherwise been done at his office had I not had a heart condition - since I do, though, he wanted to perform the surgery in a hospital. Don't worry about it, though. I feel fine today, very little swelling and I'm surprisingly not in much pain, even without the meds! Good luck!

  12. QUESTION:
    Is it illegal to smoke if your under 18?
    I know it's illegal to BUY Cigarettes, but what about just to smoke them?

    I thought it was illegal but a friend told me otherwise...

    • ANSWER:
      Depends which state you live in.

      Just Don't smoke. You will be healthier without smoking.
      My grandma has emphysema from smoking.

      You can get lung Cancer, emphysema,
      Smoking can wreck your lungs and reduce oxygen available for muscles used during sports.
      Smokers run slower and can't run as far, affecting overall athletic performance.
      Tobacco smoke can make your hair and clothes stink.
      Tobacco stains your teeth yellow and gives you bad breath.
      Short-term use of spit tobacco can cause cracked lips, white spots, sores, and bleeding in the mouth.
      Surgery to remove oral cancers caused by tobacco use can lead to serious changes in the face. Sean Marcee, a high school star athlete who used spit tobacco, died of oral cancer when he was 19 years old.
      Despite all the tobacco use on TV and in movies, music videos, billboards and magazines - most teens, adults, and athletes DON'T use tobacco.

      Don't waste money on tobacco. Spend it on CD's, clothes, computer games, and movies.

  13. QUESTION:
    My sister was recently diagnosed with a hole in her heart should I make an appointment to have mine checked?
    I have Kaiser and often they do only the minimal but in light of this news I feel like I should be checked out because my heart is often fluttery. Has anyone had a similar situation?

    • ANSWER:
      My sister was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy at age 26. The doctors believed at the time that she got a heart infection from irregular oral hygiene. She had open heart surgery. Five or six years later she stopped seeing her doctors, because she believed that she would know if she get worse. She didn't see the signs and died from sudden heart failure at age 35.

      Since then we have found out that my mother also has it and she had an alcohol ablation to help. So much for the oral infection theory.

      And I have it. I went from no detectable signs to a heart murmur and mild shortness of breath issues in under 2 years. After she died I got tested. The doctor didn't think they would find anything. I'm slightly overweight, and heart murmurs can be caused by a lot of harmless things. Instead my heart is almost expanded as bad as my sister's heart was when she died. I'll probably never be able to jog again for any real length of time.

      I have one sister and two brothers that think they can't have it, because they are physically not bad off yet. So they refuse to get tested. I know all three have heart murmurs. I live with a slight fear that someday they may stand up, heart will flutter too fast to pump blood, and then they will pass out and possibly die.

      Heart conditions frequently kill with few if any signs beforehand. It is worth getting tested.

  14. QUESTION:
    What is it like getting your wisdom teeth pulled?
    What is it like getting your wisdom teeth pulled?
    Give lots of details!!!! also, how long were you off school or work? the person who gives the most details will get best answer!

    • ANSWER:
      okay so i got my wisdom teeth pulled a few months ago and im going to tell you about my whole experience along with what you should do and what you shouldnt.

      okay so the day your getting them pulled you go to the oral surgeon. i had to watch a video about what they do during the surgery.. its pretty boring. then the doctor comes in and he puts an iv in your arm. he injects medicine in through the iv to knock you out. before i was knocked out he made me count to 5 and i was gone.(it is the best sleep you will ever have.. its so peaceful) then they do the surgery and you absolutely have no idea about whats going on.
      the whole surgery lasts about 45 to 50 minutes or so.

      when you wake up you will be in the recovery room or they may just leave you in the same room you had surgery in. your head will hurt just a bit and you will feel woozy and dizzy. your mouth will feel huge. nothing will hurt quite yet though.
      then when you get home you should lay down for a little while.
      (you will prolly end up sleeping for about 2-3 hours or so depending on the effect the medicine has on you)

      when you wake up the first thing you will notice is all the pain in your mouth. Just relax and take the pain meds your doctor provided you. dont take vicodin and eat. it will make you sick. make shur you eat before you take the vicodin. bad experience if you take vicodin and then eat. the first 2 days you should eat cold soft foods. your jaw will be very soar.
      i ate ice cream and i had smoothies and jamba juice. dont suck through a straw. it will cause your stitches to come loose and the incisions will open and then you will have to go back and get everything restitched. (not fun at all)

      the next few days your jaw will be soar. you can start to eat warm foods but make shurr that it isnt too hot.
      hot foods can be eaten after the fourth day or so.
      for the whole first week soft foods is all you should eat. eating hard foods is painful.

      you should be very careful while eating and brushing your teeth. make shurr to wash the surgical site because it can become dirty and your breath will smell. they give you a special tool to do that.

      Keep taking your medications as prescribed.
      if your appointment is scheduled during school hours well you will leave early from school that day and you will miss the next two days after that. you need atleast 2 days after your surgery to recover. i missed a total of three days when i had my wisdom teeth removed.

  15. QUESTION:
    How do you remove a tonsilolith?
    I (think) I have one. Its small and painless, and I was wondering how I could maybe remove it without harming myself. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Tonsiloliths are smelly white balls in the back of your throat. Whatever you want to call it, tonsilolith can be a serious oral problem. Although technically tonsil stones -smelly disgusting off-white balls of food particles and other debris that get stuck to your tonsils- are not dangerous, they can be extremely annoying.

      The tonsil stones can cause horrendous bad breath that makes daily activities such as meeting and greeting people seem like a nightmare.

      Tonsilolith is, unfortunately, not something that you can simply get rid of with a pill or a potion. If you are prone to tonsil stones (due to large tonsils, overactive salivary glands or excessive oral bacteria), then you are stuck with tonsil stones popping up whenever they see fit.

      So how do you treat these awful white balls of embarrassment?

      By reading the five suggestions below:

      1. Practice Good Oral Care. It seems simple and it is. Brush daily. Floss Daily. Use non-sugar, non-alcohol based mouthwash. However, you can also gargle with salt water and cider vinegar, both which can aid in the breaking up of the debris.

      2. Watch what you eat. Experts suggest that lemon and avocado can aid in curing bad breath caused by tonsil stones. You can also try to limit the amount of white sugar in your diet.

      3. Scrape, Scrape and Scrape. If you have the gag reflex for it, you can try to scrape these little balls of smell out of your mouth. Some use their fingers; some use a Q-tip; some use their tongue; some use their toothbrush; some use toothpicks. It's up to you and your gag reflex.

      4. Sneeze them out: Coughing, sneezing or flexing your throat can also work to get rid of tonsil stones. This is because you are releasing the stones from the tonsils and thus they will be coughed up. Be warned- they will most likely emit an extremely unpleasant odour.

      5. Opt for surgery. A final suggestion, which should be discussed with your doctor, is tonsil removal, or a tonsillectomy. Keep in mind that this can be dangerous and expensive.

      When it comes to tonsiloliths, you either get them or you don't. Combat against them with the above suggestions that will ensure your life continues on, with or without tonsil stones.

  16. QUESTION:
    Anyone who has had their wisdom teeth taken out WITHOUT going under?
    I am totally nervous about getting my 4 wisdom teeth taken out plus another impacted tooth near the front. I am not going under and was wondering if anyone who also did not go under could explain what it was like. I had a tooth pulled before, so I know how that is, but what about wisdom teeth? Is it really bad? Any advice on how to handle it?

    • ANSWER:
      When I got my wisdom teeth out over christmas last year I was really scared too. I had never really had such a big oral surgery, and I didn't know what to expect because of all the scary stories. (PS I'm 18, if you care:)

      Let me tell you what happens to you during getting them out. This is what happened to me, and mine were partially boney and fully boney impacted, similar to yours probably. I was not put down but just had nitrous.

      You will be taken back by your dental assistant and get set up with nitrous. MOST IMPORTANT PART: tell your assistant that you are nervous and scared. She will sit with you the ENTIRE time you are on NOx, and she can help you feel less scared SO SO much. Listen to your assistant and breath deeply, you will get pretty floaty and high feeling.

      Your dental assistant (or DDS) will put some orajel around the areas that you will get injected. AFter there numb, you will get injected and that will set in and you will be underway! Your DDS will get at taking your impacted suckers out!

      You shouldn't really care about whats happening much around you once you get onto the gas. If you are feeling anxious, you probably need a bit more, ask your DENTAL ASSISTANT! to raise the gas if possible. If at any time you feel pain, raise your hand and your dentist will re-inject you.

      Twoards the end of your surgery you will be weaned off the NOx. You will be okay, though, just be aware that you will feel less floaty and more grounded.

      After care: do EVERYTHING your DDS tells you to do, and you will have a great recovery. Do stay on top of your pain pills, and reallly do make sure you eat *something,* because you will feel so much better.

      Be aware that on pain pills you could have side effects like nausea and vomiting, or auditory defensiveness and/or headache. Just take the time to relax and catch up on a season of TV you missed (get it on DVD). Good soup is pretty easy to eat, and will really make you feel much better. Applesauce and pudding is great, too, on the cold side. Just no straws for smoothies! (the sucking is bad)

      You will do fine! I know because I was in the same position you are in now (except a few more friends of mine had gotten theirs out, which may have been a bad thing because of all the horror stories people like to tell, even if their experience wasn't bad.) The best thing you can do, really and truely, to have a better surgical experience, is to TALK TO YOUR DENTAL ASSISTANT. I can't stress that enough. She will help you get through it even though its scary by distracting you or telling you everything that's going on, whichever you perfer.

      You can do it! I really enjoyed watching getting mine taken out!

  17. QUESTION:
    Bacteria In The Mouth Affect Oral Health In A Good And Bad Way?
    Good: It keep mouth clean.
    Bad:When you smoke and don't brush teeth.

    • ANSWER:
      Mostly bacteria cause problems. They break down food particles and cause bad breath. They produce acids which eat away at tooth enamel so you get cavities. They can get under the gums and cause gingivitis which causes bad breath and can cause you to lose your teeth. If they get under a tooth you can get a very painful abcess which needs surgery to clean out. You also have bacteria on your tongue so you should brush it too. It's been found that bad oral health can lead to cardiovascular problems. If you have diabetes it is even more important to have good oral health.
      I can't think of any good reasons to have bacteria growing in your mouth.

  18. QUESTION:
    what is the role of zinc in dental amalgam?
    hi. i'm studying dentistry (2nd year) and our material doc. gave us this question as a home work. pls if anyone know about this sub pls pls help me. she wants it tomorrow...
    i only found that zinc works as a scavenger during manufacturing, but she wants more than that.
    thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      It is a small atom, which limits crqack propgation in the mercury eutectic mix
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  19. QUESTION:
    what does it mean when your gums are swollen?
    my gums are swollen,red in the cracks of the teeth,and bleeding after brushes they also hurt real bad what could this be help im scared?

    • ANSWER:
      Gum disease is an infection of the tissues and bones that support and surround the teeth. Plaque contains food, bacteria and bacterial waste products that accumulate on your teeth after eating. If it is left on your teeth, your gums become irritated.

      When plaque builds up and hardens into tartar (also known as calculus) the bone structures around the teeth become affected. The early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis – this is when gums can become red, sore, swollen, bleed easily or be painful, often during tooth brushing.

      If you have developed gingivitis, your dentist or oral hygienist will clean your teeth using a scaler to remove plaque as well as an electric toothbrush with grainy toothpaste. Your dentist will usually recommend an antiseptic mouthwash such as chlorhexidine and also teach you how to brush and floss your teeth properly.

      If periodontitis develops, scaling or root planning is performed to scrape and remove plaque and tartar from teeth above and below the gum line. Antibiotics in the form of medicated mouthwashes or antibiotic containing gels may be applied to kill off bacteria.

      More severe episodes of periodontitis may require surgery or gingival grafting where healthy gum tissue is removed from another part of the mouth to replace diseased tissue.

      Natural remedies

      Natural and holistic treatments have been used for centuries to treat the symptoms of gum disease and overall dental health. Treatments such as herbal remedies are a much safer, more natural alternative to use in the mouth without the harmful side effects of conventional medication.

      Acidum salicylicum (6C) is used to address piercing pain as well as sore, red and swollen gums – often accompanied by foul breath.
      ·
      Silicea (6X) is used to promote bone health and when there is sensitivity to cold in the mouth.
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      Belladonna (30C) addresses throbbing pain and inflammation. This remedy is also given to children for teething pain.
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      Merc sol (12C) is effective for a wide range of conditions that are accompanied by profuse, burning, and an associated sensitivity to heat and cold.
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      Ferrum phos (6X) suits patients who suffer from symptoms that are accompanied by low energy and sudden shooting pain.
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      Hepar sulph (12C) accelerates the natural healing processes in the body.

      You may get details on these remedies over here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/products/oralassist.htm and http://ezinearticles.com/?Guide-to-Nutrition-and-Gum-disease&id=285902

  20. QUESTION:
    Extreme Pain After Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
    I had my wisdom teeth out almost a week ago and it went fine - I experienced no pain the day of the surgery and most of the day after, but then the pain hit me hard and hasn't stopped since. It is incredibly debilitating and I can't concentrate on anything else when it's at its worst (which is after I've eaten something - even soft things that require almost no chewing). My prescriptions for Vicodin and ibuprofen are up and besides, I'm sick of taking that stuff. Anyone have ideas about natural remedies? You'd be saving my life!

    • ANSWER:
      I would go back to your dentist you may have what is know as a dry socket. He/She may help you out with this problem.

      In dentistry, a dry socket is a layman's term for alveolar osteitis, a disruption to the healing of the alveolar bone following extraction of the tooth.

      Alveolar osteitis occurs when the blood clot at the site of a tooth extraction is disrupted prematurely. This leaves the alveolar bone unprotected and exposed to the oral environment. The socket can pack with food and bacteria. The pain typically commences 2-4 days following the extraction. This is often extremely unpleasant for the patient, as symptoms include extreme pain (sometimes worse than the toothache that indicated the extraction), a foul taste, bad breath, and swelling in the infected area. There may be lymph-node involvement.

  21. QUESTION:
    Can a blood clot form after getting a bruise and what signs do you look for?
    I tripped over a baby gate in my hallway and fell and all my weight landed on my arm/elbow. Within about 10 mins it swelled tremendously and was deep blue/purple and I would say the swelling was very fast (like flat to completely swollen in less than 2 minutes and like I had a lemon on the side of my elbow). Anyhow, after xrays I had no broken bones. But, after 2 days the bruise's blue spots started to lighten ( but still a dark blue/purple) and in the center of the bruise (it had been black/purple) instead of lightening to a yellowish color like I have seen in the past, it is becoming an even darker red. What would it look like if I had a clot form and what would the signs be? I was very sore after the fall like you would expect, but now I have had dizziness when bending over and feel better but still getting light headed walking around a bit?

    • ANSWER:
      Its rare to get a blood clot in your arm, and it usually not caused by trauma. Blood clots are formed when people are at increased risk due to immobility, hypercoagulability, and vessel damage. You are at increased risk if you have any of the following risk factors:
      1. recent surgeries or immobility
      2. long plane rides or car trips
      3. active cancer
      4. genetic hypercoagulable states (you would probably already know if you had these)
      5. taking oral contracepetives
      6. high cholesterol levels
      7. high blood pressure
      8. certain other medications

      Damage to the vessel is usually not from falling. It is frequently from inner vessel wall damage due to high cholesterol and high blood pressure, not from outer wall damage of hitting your arm.

      Anyway, on the off chance you have a blood clot the only signs you would have is red, swollen, tender area (along with the risk factors already mentioned). A blood clot would NOT give you dizziness or lightheadedness unless that blood clot dislodged and went to your lungs. If that was the case you would be very short of breath and have some chest pain and a fast heart rate. If that is the case go immediately to the ER.
      Anyway, a blood clot is diagnosed mainly clinically at first, and if suspicion is high then there are certain tests the doctor can have done. One of those tests sometimes done on an outpatient basis is a blood test. If the test is negative and the suspicion is low it can rule out a blood clot, however if it is positive it doesn't necessarily mean you have a blood clot, just that more tests need to be done. If he thought you were at high risk he would perform an ultrasound.

      That said,you are still at LOW risk to have a blood clot, you probably just have a bad bruise. HOWEVER, you are at risk for something known as compartment syndrome. This is also usually in the leg but happens occasionally in the arm. It happens when an injury causes so much damage that it prevents proper lymphatic and blood return. Signs are a extreme pain at rest, tingling sensation, cold hand, and an arm that is swollen and tight. Usually a decreased pulse further down the arm/leg. This is a surgical emergency. If you think the swelling isn't going down, and you start to have INTENSE increasing pain, especially if you notice a decrease in your peripheral pulse or a tingling in the arm - go IMMEDIATLY to the ER. Your chances are small that this would happen - but if it does it is very serious.

      Don't take my word for it, take a visit to your family physician so he can take a look at it (especially if it's not improving). I would save the ER visit for a more serious injury though (unless it worsens or you get any of the signs mentioned above)

      GOOD LUCK,
      Mike

      (feel free to give me the "best answer")

  22. QUESTION:
    How to gain my moms trust?
    So, I got oral surgery on friday and got two supernumerary teeth removed, which were still in my gum and had not grown in yet. two days later, everything tastes bad and my breath is terrible. So, i took a piece of gum to suck on and get rid of flavor. My mother then confronted me and starts yelling about ARE YOU CHEWING GUM? I denied it blah blah she is now not talking to me because I lied. Help?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't lie. Boom problem solved.

  23. QUESTION:
    Is there A Surgery That Can Straighten Teeth?
    I don't have really bad looking teeth but my two front teeth are very crooked.I was wondering if there was a surgery that could straighten those teeth,instead of wearing metal for two years.
    I've also been told that they would straighten by themselves in due time,but I doubt it.
    My dentist ruled out invisilign so thats out of the window.

    Also I have bad breath but good Brushing habits,could it come from me not eating veggies? it seems the smell comes from my stomach and smells like waste to be honest :-)

    • ANSWER:
      There is no surgery within the dental realm that can at once straighten your crooked teeth. But there are alternatives to wearing braces. One of them is getting laminates done over the two teeth, which in other words is also known as smile designing. Based on how crooked your teeth are or how much is the rotation angle, the dentist may need to perform intentional root canal or not. Post that decision, your teeth will be laminated to give them a completely new look & at the same time improving your smile!

      Good brushing habits need not mean you cannot have bad breath. Bad breath can arise from food debris left in between your teeth (where brush bristles wouldn't reach) or due to unclean tongue. So u can start by using dental floss to clean the inter-dental spaces & tongue cleaner to clean your tongue right till the most posterior region u can reach.

      At times, people suffering from hyperacidity can have regurgitation of acid in the oral cavity which can often leave behind bad breath. But i doubt if such is the case with you. Although if u have other acidity related problems then u must get treated for the same, which will solve your breath problem as well.

  24. QUESTION:
    How do I get prices for the dental procedures at NY dentistry?

    • ANSWER:
      To find out about anything to do with dentistry, bad breath, funny tongues, oral surgery, white spots, oral mucosa, braces, orthodontics, periodontal surgery, dental implants, prosthodontics, endodontics, root canal fillings, crowns and bridges, cheap dentistry, jaw surgery, facial surgery, oral surgery, maxillofacial surgery, or generally anything to do with teeth or dentistry or dental, go to http://www.dentalimplantsaustralia.com

  25. QUESTION:
    Can I used mouth wash & brush my teeth a day after I got my wisdom tooth pulled? My mouth smells of blood.?
    I have school soon, and I don't want to go with my breath smelling like blood. I don't know if I should brush my teeth or not because I just got my wisdom tooth pulled a day ago. Does anyone know if it's OK to use mouth wash & brush my teeth?

    • ANSWER:
      Call your oral surgeon and ask him to be sure. I'm pretty sure you aren't supposed to brush this soon after the surgery because you can accidentally remove the blood clots that are forming and cause bleeding or a condition called "dry socket" which is very painful. Try gargling with some salt water which will kill bacteria and drink some minty flavored tea. You could try just using your tooth brush to brush your tongue. That is where a lot of bacteria build up which can cause bad breath. I can't believe your oral surgeon didn't send you home with some papers that would answer some of these questions for you.

  26. QUESTION:
    Will spending 9 minutes on a sunbed before I go out clear up my spots and give me a nice tan?
    I would like to clear up my spots and scars quickly and the best way I can think is to get a tan because it works when I'm abroad. I tan really easily so will using it for 9 minutes clear them immediately or will I have to use it more than once, like twice a week or something?

    • ANSWER:
      Scars & spots, with the UV exposures, they will only make them darker. Sorry, but you told you it will clear your spots?

      Could mean: You've had a self-tanner mishap...or you have a benign condition called melasma that's often associated with oral contraceptives, says Dina D. Strachan, M. D., a dermatologist in New York City. Doctors aren't sure why some birth-control pills cause these dark patches on the forehead, cheeks, or upper lip, but they do know UV exposure makes them worse.

      For one thing: Oral contraceptives can upset your skin, since hormones in BCP make pigment cells more sensitive to the sun, resulting in brown blotches.
      Doctor's advice: Talk to your doctor about switching to a low-dose estrogen formula, like Yaz or Ortho Tri-Cycles Lo, or the non-estrogen type of contraception known as the mini pill, says Sundaram. Wearing sunscreen will also help. "If you've had hyperpigmentation on the pill, you're likely to be sensitive during a pregnancy too." she says. In bulk cases, higher levels of hormones are to blame.
      ~ Allure 1-12

      As for the sunbed, that's another topic:
      I'll let Lisa & Glenna tell you about tanning beds.
      Google Lisa and see what she looks like 2010.
      "Plastic Week: Lisa Gastineau On The Dangers Of Tanning Beds"

      She had 2-3 melanoma moles removed, one by her nose. She had nose surgery just to get her nose straighter, so she can breath again. She got those moles from a tanning bed.
      Google: Warning in Tanning beds: About 13,200,000 results (0.25 seconds) 

      Tanning beds aged you by 10-15 years!
      Google A Death by Suntan by age 26, Yahoo Shine 3-23-10. In April 2005, while working out at her college gym in Rhode Island, 22-year-old Glenna Kohl detected a hard, golf ball-size lump near her groin. . . . .In high school, Glenna did have an irregular mole removed from her leg. A pathology report identified it as benign, but the surgeon tested it again. The lab had made an error: The mole was an early stage melanoma.
      Google: A New Jersey woman was arrested after police said she brought her 5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth, causing the girl to suffer burns. She is only 44 and looks like she is at least 90+ and now taking her 5 year old daughter to the tanning booth.

      A new study conducted by the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Dermatology has found that tanning bed exposure can be dangerous when tanners self-diagnose skin problems and use the radiation to treat skin eruptions. The study specifically found that a tanning bed user that used the radiation to treat a mild skin rash caused by an ibuprofen allergy developed a much more severe reaction called toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). When left untreated, TEN can be fatal.
      Melanoma is the leading cause of death from skin disease. An estimated 76,259 new cases of skin cancer will be reported particularly among women in their 20's & 30's, and that's 6,020 more than 2011, people died from the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute. Two million people are diagnosed with skin cancer in the US each year, according to the EPA's Sun-Wise Program. That's more than breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer cases combine! Now however, a recently published study suggests that those people with ginger hair and fair complexions face a much higher risk of developing dead skin cancer even if they are completely protected. Nov 2nd, 2012.

  27. QUESTION:
    theres a whiteish patch on my tonsil and stones coming out?
    ok every now and then theres these little 'tonsil stones' that come out of my tonsils and theres always been this whiteish yellow patch in the lower corner of my right tonsil and my tonsils have always been big and its hard to swallow most of the time anyway what is this patch? and how do i get rid of the things coming out? they smell really bad. and make me have really bad breath..

    • ANSWER:
      You have Tonsilloliths or as you stated "tonsil stones." It's stones that are formed from bacteria, mucous, and dead cells. It's typically not harmful. You don't need antibiotics unless there is an infection. The stones do cause bad breath. You can try to use a water pick to remove the stones yourself as this will help with bad breath. Also, try coughing really hard on occasion to expel them. If the stones are increasingly large, then see a doctor to determine if surgery is necessary.

      http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/tonsil-stones-tonsilloliths-treatment-and-prevention

  28. QUESTION:
    sharp pain in my back and shortnesss of breath?
    Yesterday i lent forward and while i was leaning i got a weird feeling in my back, just below my left shoulder, followed by a really sharp pain in what felt like my lungs because then i couldn't breath properly for about 25 mins, when i took a beath in i felt the sharp pain all over again. Im 29 and never had this before, i dont suffer from bad backs normally either.
    Do you think i've just pulled something or is it something to worry about?

    • ANSWER:
      See your health care provider as soon as possible. This symptom is normal under circumstances of strenuous activity. The medical use of "shortness of breath" doesn't include shortness of breath after heavy exertion, being "breathless" with excitement, or having clogged nasal passages. These instances aren't cause for alarm.
      Rather, shortness of breath is a problem if you:
      Get "winded" after slight exertion or at rest
      Wake up in the night out of breath
      Have to sleep propped up on several pillows to avoid becoming short of breath

      The doctor will thoroughly examine the lungs, heart, and upper airway passages. Electrocardiograms (EKGs), chest XX-rays, and blood tests will sometimes be necessary. Depending on the cause and severity of the problem, the doctor may prescribe hospitalization, fluid pills, heart pills, or asthma medicine. Oxygen is less frequently helpful than commonly imagined and can be hazardous for patients with emphysema. If the problem persists, see a doctor. There isn't much you can do for this problem at home.

      Pulmonary embolism is difficult to diagnose because its symptoms, can mislead doctors. The classic symptoms-shortness of breath, pain on breathing, cough, and bloody sputum-don't often occur together and even when they do, can be caused by plenty of other diseases.

      People who have had pelvic, abdominal, hip, or knee surgery, or trauma to a leg, within the past 10 days.

      People with congestive heart failure, whose risk is especially high during periods of inactivity, such as prolonged bed rest or a long airplane ride.

      Blood clots in the large leg veins, known as deep-vein thromboses.

      Women who are pregnant, the those who take oral contraceptives, postmenopausal estrogen's, the breast-cancer drug tamoxifen (Nolvadex), and the antiosteoporosis medication raloxifene (Evista). See your doctor. I hope this helps you. And good luck.

  29. QUESTION:
    Has anyone every used the NYU college of dentistry dental clinic?
    How was it? Im nervous about using a dental school but it's so much cheaper

    • ANSWER:
      It was TERRIBLE!
      To find out about anything to do with dentistry, bad breath, funny tongues, oral surgery, white spots, oral mucosa, braces, orthodontics, periodontal surgery, jaw surgery, facial surgery, oral surgery, maxillofacial surgery, or generally anything to do with teeth or dentistry or dental, go to http://www.oceansurgical.com.au

  30. QUESTION:
    My cat is drooling and has bad breath?
    His fur is getting clotted up. He is acting lethargic a lot. He is always sleeping on my bed. He is drooling constantly and keeps licking his mouth. He has bad breath, like worse than usual. He is only 7 years old. PLEASE HELP! This cat is really, really special to me and I need to know what I should try to do before getting an appointment with the vet.
    He has always been extremely active ever since he was a kitten, so I know that something is wrong with him. :'(

    • ANSWER:
      Get the cat to the vet tomorrow for an initial exam.
      If my guess is correct he has infected gums and is going to need antibiotic therapy followed by oral surgery.
      Please do not delay getting his treatment underway. Not only does he probably have an infection originating in his mouth but it can become systemic and kill him. And in the meantime he is is terrible pain.
      There is nothing you can do for him at home except work at getting him the earliest possible appointment even if that means visiting an emergency clinic with him.

  31. QUESTION:
    What exactly are tonsil stones (tonsilloliths) and how do I get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      Here is some info I found on websites:

      Tonsil Stones are irregularly shaped, whitish/yellow, foul-smelling globs of mucus and bacteria that get caught in the back of the throat. They form in the tonsil crypts which are simply small pockets or divots that appear in everyone's tonsils. The scientific name for these white globs is tonsilloliths.

      It is only recently that the oral care community has begun to understand what these white spots actually are - many people have reported that their dentist told them that they were just extra food debris, which is not true!

      These tonsillar stones don't do any physical harm, and sporadically coughing them up doesn't mean that there is anything wrong with you. However, they can be annoying (who wants to cough one up while they are kissing someone?), and sometimes they are an indication that you have bad breath.

      If you have ever broken open a tonsil stone, then you know that they smell absolutely terrible! The smell is actually caused by a combination of volatile sulfur compounds(methyl mercaptan and hydrogen sulfide), post nasal drip, and bacteria.

      They will only form in people who still have their tonsils; however, that does not mean that you should run out and get your tonsils removed! Not too long ago, they were routinely removed for being swollen and inflamed. What was not understood then was that the tonsils' sole purpose is to prevent organisms and bacteria from traveling deeper in the throat.

      Tonsilloliths are not something that you have to live with - there are various treatments to get rid of them, without having your tonsils removed (which can be dangerous as people get older).

      Tonsillectomies are surgical procedures for removing tonsils. They are not necessary for tonsil stones; there are much easier methods for solving this problem. To get rid of tonsil stones, you may just need to gargle with warm salt water combined with lime juice. You can also squeeze your throat or use a syringe to dislodge them. However, some people may have a recurring problem, but they can use home remedies which normally take care of the tonsilloliths. Laser surgery may be needed for extreme cases, so be sure to consult your doctor if the problem is persistent.

  32. QUESTION:
    How much did your herbst appliance + braces cost you all together?

    • ANSWER:
      Ah the girl with the short jaw....
      To find out about anything to do with dentistry, wisdom teeth, tooth extractions, numb lips, bad breath, funny tongues, oral surgery, white spots, oral mucosa, braces, orthodontics, periodontal surgery, dental implants, prosthodontics, endodontics, root canal fillings, crowns and bridges, cheap dentistry, jaw surgery, facial surgery, oral surgery, maxillofacial surgery, or generally anything to do with teeth or dentistry or dental, go to http://www.dentalimplantsaustralia.com

  33. QUESTION:
    Is dental hygiene worth it over a bachelors degree in history?
    I'm trying to decide between the two. I feel like dental hygiene is my calling because it promises a good career after, whereas a history degree is from the university of Oklahoma which is more prestigious because I would get a bachelors degree. dental hygiene is only a two year program, but good money comes after

    • ANSWER:
      You've said yourself already: "dental hygiene is my calling". Honestly, my job isn't that great and I make more money than the professors I studied under. You become a history teacher because you "love" it, regardless of the pay. Stick to matters of the mouth.

      While we're on the subject, one thing you can suggest to your patients is "Blis K12". It's an oral probiotic that will replace the bad bacteria in one's mouth giving them fresher breath and the ability to heal faster after dental surgery. Look it up. You'll be loved by your patients.

      Good luck.

  34. QUESTION:
    what is the highest and lowest braces price possible in adelaide, SA?
    i live in greenacres, 15 minutes away from the city

    • ANSWER:
      ,000-,000
      To find out about anything to do with dentistry, wisdom teeth, tooth extractions, numb lips, bad breath, funny tongues, oral surgery, white spots, oral mucosa, braces, orthodontics, periodontal surgery, dental implants, prosthodontics, endodontics, root canal fillings, crowns and bridges, cheap dentistry, jaw surgery, facial surgery, oral surgery, maxillofacial surgery, or generally anything to do with teeth or dentistry or dental, go to http://www.dentalimplantsaustralia.com

  35. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had surgery due to sleep apnea and shortness of breath? What exactly is the procedure?

    • ANSWER:
      My grandpa did he is doing alot better I remember as a little kid he would be telling a story then fall asleep during it
      it would be really scary since I was a small child

      Mild Sleep Apnea is usually treated by some behavioral changes. Losing weight, sleeping on your side are often recommended. There are oral mouth devices (that help keep the airway open) on the market that may help to reduce snoring in three different ways. Some devices (1) bring the jaw forward or (2) elevate the soft palate or (3) retain the tongue (from falling back in the airway and blocking breathing). Sleep Apnea is a progessive condition (gets worse as you age) and should not be taken lightly.

      Moderate to severe Sleep Apnea is usually treated with a C-PAP (continous positive airway pressure). C-PAP is a machine that blows air into your nose via a nose mask, keeping the airway open and unobstructed. For more severe apnea, there is a Bi-level (Bi-PAP) machine. The Bi-level machine is different in that it blows air at two different pressures. When a person inhales, the pressure is higher and in exhaling, the pressure is lower. Your sleep doctor will "prescribe" your pressure and a home healthcare company will set it up and provide training in its use and maintenance.

      Find out about the different manufacturers who provide respiratory equipment for obstructive sleep apnea.They have photos of their CPAP machines, masks and other equipment, so take a look.

      Some people have facial deformities that may cause the sleep apnea. It simply may be that their jaw is smaller than it should be or they could have a smaller opening at the back of the throat. Some people have enlarged tonsils, a large tongue or some other tissues partially blocking the airway. Fixing a deviated septum may help to open the nasal passages. Removing the tonsils and adenoids or polyps may help also. Children are much more likely to have their tonsils and adenoids removed.

  36. QUESTION:
    what happens when teeth are rotten?
    My ex. had the most disgusting teeth and his breath was shocking. It was one of the reasons we split. He had no money to get anything done to them but I noticed he was getting sick alot - headaches etc. Someone told me that they will eventually poison his whole body- is this correct?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi venomredford,

      From what you are describing, it seems like the major problem your ex has is the gum disease, which is also called the periodontal disease.

      Poor oral hygiene due to poor home care and long-time negligence can result in gum disease. You also mentioned that he had no money. Therefore, I am asssuming he did not seek professional dental care for a long time.

      No matter how much one tries, one cannot get rid of the bad germs from growing into the hard to reach areas. It is also hard to prevent the tartar build up altogether. You will have to get that removed or eliminated by getting the professional cleaning done. Regular flossing and brushing cannot get the hard tartar off. Special tools are required to do that by the professionally trained dentists and hygienists.

      Once the hard tartar forms, that in turn harbors more bad germs and initiates local destruction of the bone. That gradually creates more gap between the gums and the teeth, resulting in more food and germ impaction. If untreated, the vicious cycle continues. Gradually, the teeth become very loose. If treatment is sought at this point, the dentist recommends a 'deep cleaning' (which is called Scaling and Root Planing). Usually the periodontists and the hygienists evaluate you on a case basis and make that call.

      Unfortunately, the bone loss is irreversible, but the deep cleaning needs to be done to restore overall healthy condition of the mouth, and thereby of the whole body. There is a possibility that after the 'deep cleaning' his teeth will feel extremely loose and based on the remaining bone level, he will have to get a few or all of his teeth taken out. In that case, the missing teeth will have to be replaced by a prosthesis. That is a whole different topic. Anyway, the main thing is to bring the mouth into a healthy condition.

      You are right. The mouth is a part of the body. Therefore, any unhealthy condition of the mouth can cause wide-spread systemic medical condition. Unhealthy mouth harbors virulent organisms. Many organs can get affected if those germs reach the bloodstream through the oral blood vessels. For example, there are clinically proven cases of brain ascess, kidney and heart infections due to dental conditions. In may of those situations the patient died.

      Oral health can be so important that physicians refuse to perform heart surgeries or even knee replacement surgeries if the rotten teeth of the mouth are not taken out.

      I don't mean to scare you too much, but that is the fact. Just advise him to go see a dentist ASAP. Hope this helped. Good luck !

      Note: For pregnant women having gum disease can mean low birth weight of the baby due to premature delivery.

  37. QUESTION:
    does anyone know a GOOD dentist in the boston area who does dental veneers???
    the current dentist im going to is charging me 00 a tooth!!! ive been told this is a rip off, im planning on getting 6 for my front smile.

    • ANSWER:
      Me! I'm the best in Boston
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  38. QUESTION:
    What does the begining of tounge cancer look like?

    • ANSWER:
      Tongue Cancer Symptoms

      Cancer of the tongue is a malignant tumor that develops on the tongue or at the base of the tongue at the back of the throat.
      When cancer develops in the front portion of the tongue, it falls in to the category of Oral Cancer, while, cancer at the base of the tongue, is considered a part of Oropharyngeal Cancer. On the basis of the location of the tumor, the symptoms vary.
      Statistics say, the incidence of carcinoma tongue is higher in men, than in women; and is frequently detected in males over 40 years of age.
      An Overview of Tongue Cancer Symptoms
      There are a number of symptoms and clinical manifestations of tongue cancer; given below are features that indicate the presence of the disease:
      •One of the first tongue cancer symptoms to be noticed is a white / red patch on the tongue. The patch may be situated anywhere on the tongue. Occasionally, some people notice a white / red spot on the tongue. The spot is firm and has raised edges. With time, the patch grows in size and becomes firmer and harder.
      •The central portion of the patch is relatively soft and bleeds easily. Bleeding occurs when pressure is exerted over the cancer spots, during chewing, drinking or swallowing, and the spots break open. The cancer spot is extremely tender and can not endure pressure of any kind, thus resulting in easy bleeding. Unexplained bleeding is an important indication and tongue cancer symptom.
      •Pain while chewing and / or swallowing are other common manifesting tongue cancer symptoms.
      •Some individuals also develop an ulcer or a sore on the tongue, or within the oral cavity, which shows no signs of resolving or subsiding.
      •A continual sore throat is a major tongue cancer symptom.
      •Numbness in the tongue and mouth occur commonly.
      •Change in voice, rigid tongue with reduced movements, and bad breath are other associated tongue cancer symptoms. The patient also complains of difficulty in opening the mouth and the presence of a mass in the neck.
      •Occasionally, some people even complain of ear pain.
      •A lump at the back of the throat, enlarged neck lymph glands, unexplained and excessive weight loss, and an alteration in the way the dentures normally used to fit inside the mouth are frequently seen tongue cancer symptoms.
      In case you notice or experience any of these clinical features, you must visit your doctor / health care professional immediately. Never neglect these symptoms. Tongue cancer ought to be taken seriously, since the tumor tends to spread rapidly to the gums, jaws and throat.
      The effective and successful management of tongue cancer needs sufficient knowledge about the symptoms of the disease, and an early diagnosis of the condition. Some symptoms of carcinoma tongue are quite prominent, whereas some are hard to detect. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment is the only way to limit its progress.
      Depending on the size of the tumor and the extent of its spread, the treatment may comprise of surgery, chemotherapy and / or radiotherapy.
      © Tonguecancersymptoms.org, 2010.

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      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ [Vol.I & II] available in all Indian Languages all over the globe] by Dr.Devendra Vora, DSc.,MD.,FRCP.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.
      Dr.Vora, the world renowned Acupressurist, an octogenarian and the Bhishma Pithamaha of acupressure in India--- treated and caused to treat more than 150000 cases of Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, irregular menses and also many other most dreaded diseases.

  39. QUESTION:
    My doc just prescribed me Topamax for migranes, but I heard it causes all kinds of sides effects??
    I have have tried everything under the sun for my migraines. I have one at least 3-4 times a week and I always at least go home from work once a week with a really a bad one. And my doc really swears by this med even though I have sworn against it bc of the side effects i've heard about it. Well here i am now on it as of last night. 100 mg. every night before bed. And I already feel like I'm confused and tired and forgetful. But my doc says to give a few days and all that will pass... so I am... anything to help this god awlful migranes... but my questions are... has in anyone in their experiences with this drug continued to fill this way even after a few days? and also about the weight loss side effect?? how much did you lose and how long did it take to lose it? Weight loss for me would be an added bonus bc i gained a whopping 22 lbs on the last med my doc had me on for migraines that didn't even work anyways!!! Imagine that?? Thanks for all you answers in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Anticonvulsant, Succinimide (Oral Route)

      Description

      Succinimide anticonvulsants are used to control certain seizures in the treatment of epilepsy. These medicines act on the central nervous system (CNS) to reduce the number and severity of seizures.

      US Brand Name

      Topamax

      Proper Use

      This medicine must be taken every day in regularly spaced doses as ordered by your doctor. Do not take more or less of it than your doctor ordered.

      If this medicine upsets your stomach, take it with food or milk unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

      Precautions

      Your doctor should check your progress at regular visits, especially during the first few months of treatment with this medicine. During this time the amount of medicine you are taking may have to be changed often to meet your individual needs.

      If you have been taking a succinimide anticonvulsant regularly, do not stop taking it without first checking with your doctor. Your doctor may want you to reduce gradually the amount you are taking before stopping completely. Stopping this medicine suddenly may cause seizures.

      Do not start or stop taking any other medicine without your doctor's advice. Other medicines may affect the way this medicine works.

      This medicine will add to the effects of alcohol and other CNS depressants (medicines that slow down the nervous system, possibly causing drowsiness). Some examples of CNS depressants are antihistamines or medicine for hay fever, other allergies, or colds; sedatives, tranquilizers, or sleeping medicine; prescription pain medicine or narcotics; barbiturates; medicine for seizures; muscle relaxants; or anesthetics, including some dental anesthetics. Check with your doctor before taking any of the above while you are using this medicine.

      This medicine may cause some people to become drowsy or less alert than they are normally. Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert. After you have taken this medicine for a while, this effect may lessen.

      Before having any kind of surgery, dental treatment, or emergency treatment, tell the medical doctor or dentist in charge that you are taking this medicine. Taking succinimide anticonvulsants together with medicines that are used during surgery or dental or emergency treatments may increase the CNS depressant effects

      Your doctor may want you to carry a medical identification card or bracelet stating that you are taking this medicine.

      For patients taking methsuximide:

      Do not use capsules that are not full or in which the contents have melted, because they may not work properly.

      Side Effects

      Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

      Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

      More common
      Muscle pain
      Skin rash and itching
      Swollen glands
      Sore throat and fever

      Less common
      Aggressiveness
      Difficulty in concentration
      Mental depression
      Nightmares

      Rare
      Chills
      Increased chance of certain types of seizures
      Mood or mental changes
      Nosebleeds or other unusual bleeding or bruising
      Shortness of breath
      Sores, ulcers, or white spots on lips or in mouth
      Unusual tiredness or weakness
      Wheezing, tightness in chest, or troubled breathing
      Symptoms of overdose
      Drowsiness (severe)
      Nausea and vomiting (severe)
      Troubled breathing

      Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

      More common
      Clumsiness or unsteadiness
      Dizziness
      Drowsiness
      Headache
      Hiccups
      Loss of appetite
      Nausea or vomiting
      Stomach cramps
      Less common
      Irritability

      Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

  40. QUESTION:
    I have bad breath.How can I help to make it smell better? I use mouth wash and I brush my teeth and tongue.?

    • ANSWER:
      Eat an orange: Some cases of bad breath, particularly those caused by stress and taking drugs, are the result of your mouth being too dry. Citrus fruits and other foods high in citric acid are very good at stimulating saliva. The acid also helps suppress the activity of some odor-causing enzymes, while the 'tangy' taste of lemons, oranges and grapefruit helps freshen your mouth.

      When bad breath continues despite your best efforts to remedy it, your problem may be more than just going a little too heavy on the onions. It can be a warning sign of a serious medical condition. Bad breath is to be expected if you have a mouth sore, tooth or gum disease, sinus or tonsil infections or other problems in the oral/nasal cavity. It is also normal after dental surgery. But it can also indicate gastrointestinal disorders, "problem" stress, tuberculosis, syphilis, dehydration, zinc deficiency, even cancer. So it makes sense to do a self-check every now and then. Cup your hands over your nose and mouth, give a puff as if you were blowing into a balloon, and sniff your own breath. If it's bad, you can tell immediately by the smell. If you've tried everything to remove bad breath and it still won't go away, then see your dentist or doctor.

      Probably one of the best ways to control bad breath is to use an oral irrigation device such as a Water Pik to 'irrigate' your teeth. Using a Water Pik helps remove food and other debris that cause a lot of bad breath.

      Try the baking soda solution. You can add extra punch to your Water Pik by using a baking soda solution to clean your teeth. You can brush on baking soda with a toothbrush and then rinse with water or use your Water Pik. Mixing baking soda with warm water, pouring that solution into the Water Pik and using it to irrigate your teeth and mouth, is the best way. Baking soda is a great remedy for bad breath, because it changes the pH in your mouth and makes it a less friendly environment for many bacteria.

      Perhaps the most overlooked way of eliminating bad breath is to brush the top surface of the tongue when you brush your teeth. Although there are many causes of bad breath, usually the odor arises from the surface of the tongue, that's because the tongue is covered with microscopic, hairlike projections that trap and harbor plaque and food. A daily, gentle brushing (including the top of your tongue) unlodges these odorous particles.

      Besides being instant breath fresheners, parsley and wintergreen also release pleasant aromatic substances into the lungs. The result: They'll be freshening your breath some 24 hours later.

      I hope this information may help you. Good luck!!

  41. QUESTION:
    6 year old had tonsils and adnoids taken out, but now he has bad breath?
    My 6 year old son had his tonsils and adenoids taken out last Wednesday. I knew he was gonna have bad breath from the scabs, but how long will that last? It about knocks us out! He is to go back to school on Wednesday, but I don't want him to get teased for his breath...Help??!!

    • ANSWER:
      Bad breath after tonsillectomy is caused by the healing process and by fluid from infected lymphatic tissue caused by the original infection; this liquid can reach the front of the mouth, coating the teeth, causing halitosis; changes to diet during recovery from tonsillitis can also be a cause of bad breath.

      It's essential that he gargles regularly with salt water, never store-bought mouthwash; chewing gum will also help reduce odour.

      Once the tissues have completely healed and all infected lymphatic tissue has drained, the problem should disappear; if he's still suffering from bad breath after a month he should see his doctor for an oral and pharyngeal (throat) exam, this can be a symptom of infection caused by the surgery itself.

      Take care.

  42. QUESTION:
    What causes bad breath and how can I cure it?

    Watch me in a video about this question on Answers on the Street: http://answersonthestreet.yahoo.com/question/13/What-causes-bad-breath-and-how-can-I-cure-it/

    • ANSWER:
      Whether you call it bad breath or halitosis, it’s an unpleasant condition that’s cause for embarrassment. Some people with bad breath aren’t even aware there’s a problem. If you’re concerned about bad breath, see your dentist. He or she can help identify the cause and, if it’s due to an oral condition, develop a treatment plan to help eliminate it.

      What you eat affects the air you exhale. Certain foods, such as garlic and onions, contribute to objectionable breath odor. Once the food is absorbed into the bloodstream, it is transferred to the lungs, where it is expelled. Brushing, flossing and mouthwash will only mask the odor temporarily. Odors continue until the body eliminates the food. Dieters may develop unpleasant breath from infrequent eating.

      If you don't brush and floss daily, particles of food remain in the mouth, collecting bacteria, which can cause bad breath. Food that collects between the teeth, on the tongue and around the gums can rot, leaving an unpleasant odor.

      Bad breath can also be caused by dry mouth (xerostomia), which occurs when the flow of saliva decreases. Saliva is necessary to cleanse the mouth and remove particles that may cause odor. Dry mouth may be caused by various medications, salivary gland problems or continuously breathing through the mouth. If you suffer from dry mouth, your dentist may prescribe anartificial saliva, or suggest using sugarless candy and increasing your fluid intake.

      Tobacco products cause bad breath. If you use tobacco, ask your dentist for tips on kicking the habit.

      Bad breath may be the sign of a medical disorder, such as a local infection in the respiratory tract, chronic sinusitis, postnasal drip, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, gastrointestinal disturbance, liver or kidney ailment. If your dentist determines that your mouth is healthy, you may be referred to your family doctor or a specialist to determine the cause of bad breath.

      Maintaining good oral health is essential to reducing bad breath. Schedule regular dental visits for a professional cleaning and checkup. If you think you have constant bad breath, keep a log of the foods you eat and make a list of medications you take. Some medications may play a role in creating mouth odors. Let your dentist know if you've had any surgery or illness since your last appointment.

      Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove food debris and plaque. Brush your tongue, too. Once a day, use floss or an interdental cleaner to clean between teeth.

      Mouthwashes are generally cosmetic and do not have a long-lasting effect on bad breath. If you must constantly use a breath freshener to hide unpleasant mouth odor, see your dentist. If you need extra help in controlling plaque, your dentist may recommend using a special antimicrobial mouth rinse. A fluoride mouth rinse, used along with brushing and flossing, can help prevent tooth decay.

  43. QUESTION:
    Horrible taste in mouth after eating?
    Everytime I eat or drink anything that isn't water, I get a horrible taste in my mouth. It isn't really unbearably nasty, just quite unpleasant. I have had it yesterday evening and again all day today. It got better towards the evening today, but I have just cleaned my teeth hoping I just had some food stuck or something, but just had a glass of milk an it is back again. It tastes almost stale, not at all sweet and maybe slightly bitter. Any ideas what this could be and why? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be gingivitis.

      The symptoms of gingivitis are as follows:
      Swollen gums
      Mouth sores
      Bright-red, or purple gums
      Shiny gums
      Swollen gums that emit pus
      Severe oral odor
      Gums that are tender, or painful to the touch.
      Gums that bleed easily, even with gentle brushing, and especially when flossing.
      Gum Pockets
      Bad Breath

      Treatment:
      Metronidazole
      Antiseptic Mouthwash
      Floss
      Hydrogen Peroxide Rinse
      Gum Surgery
      Cleaning
      Curettage
      ProxaBrush

  44. QUESTION:
    Does it hurt to get your tongue pierced ?
    My boyfriend is getting his tongue pierced.. and i told him it prob. will hurt so who ever has thers pierced would you please tell me .. how they pierce it and if it hurts ... Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      honestly the tongue is the most sensitive organ that you have. the tongue is the worst piercing to ever get by rights.everyone pain tolerance is different.
      * comfortable: 3 days to 2 weeks
      * Healing Time: 6 months
      * Rinse frequently with warm salty water.
      * Ask for your piercer's mobile phone number.
      * Avoid putting anything dirty in your mouth and refrain from kissing and oral sex during the healing phase.
      It is best to change jewelry during the two weeks, but this is best done by a professional piercer. After that time it should be easy to change jewelry yourself.
      Other Issues
      Be aware that with tongue piercing, aspiration is a risk if the ball unscrews from the barbell and roles back down your throat into your windpipe. The ball may then lodge in your lungs. This is a medical emergency: Call an ambulance.
      1. Infections are uncommon with tongue piercings. Avoid putting anything dirty into your mouth (e.g. chewing pens and fingernails).
      2. Even though your mouth harbours more bacteria than any other part of your body, the washing action of your saliva and the enzymes it contains improves healing.
      3. Refrain from kissing and oral sex during the healing period.
      4. Symptoms of infection include increased pain, increased redness and an increase in the amount and thickness of the discharge. The infected discharge is usually thick and yellow, green or grey and may have an unusual odour. Consult with your physician or piercer and do not remove the jewelry until you seek advice.
      Expect to see white material collecting around the balls of your barbell. This is a sign of healing. Gently clean this material away with a soft toothbrush. Never use undiluted mouthwash or alcohol to clean your piercing. These will kill the healing flesh.
      I advise against the use of mouthwashes such as Listerine. After several days of frequent use the tongue surface usually turns green or brown and looks decidedly unhealthy. Please just use plain salty water.
      The first risk is blood loss. During the piercing procedure a barbell style stud is placed through the center of the tongue approximately an inch from the tip. The tongue has several major blood vessels running through it. If any of these vessels is severed it can cause a massive amount of blood loss that can be very difficult to control. Putting the stud in the correct location is very important to avoid hitting a blood vessel. A qualified piercer should be able to do this, however if a vessel is severed seek urgent medical treatment without delay.Even if a blood vessel is missed during the piercing procedure there is the possibility of permanent nerve damage. There are a lot of nerves in the tongue. A professional piercer should be able to miss them, however if they are damaged the result could be constant pain, drooling, or a tongue that does not work properly when speaking or eating.Infection can be deadly. Generally the mouth has a lot of bacteria living inside, however infection can also be caused through eating, sharing utensils, talking, smoking or kissing. Infection can cause blood poisoning or an abscess that can quickly travel to the brain. Therefore if infection is suspected seek immediate medical treatment. Good oral hygiene is essential to a trouble free healing period, however the risks cannot be eliminated.Having a loose metal object in your mouth can chip teeth, damage tooth enamel and cause both gum recession and smelly breath. Crowns, fillings, false teeth and gum surgery can be expensive, painful and unattractive. Many wearers of tongue studs habitually bite or bang the stud against their teeth and gums. It is essential to avoid doing this at all costs. Once the healing period is over it may be beneficial to remove the stud during sleeping.If the barbell becomes loose there is a real risk of swallowing or inhaling the stud. If swallowed, the bar can become lodged in the intestine or bowel, rupturing the tissue lining. If inhaled, it can get sucked into the lungs or stuck in the windpipe. It might be possible to cough the stud up, however the worse case scenario would be major chest surgery to have the stud removed. Many oral piercings heal without injury or damage. However many health professionals in the medical and dental sectors believe the risk of damage, infection and death are too high for a medically unnecessary procedure.On the other hand, teenagers think tongue studs are cool and rebellious! But is the price of fashion and peer pressure really worth it? It is therefore advisable to carefully consider and weigh the risks first. If the decision is to get pierced then use a professional piercer, practice high oral hygiene, and ensure studs do not come into contact with teeth and gums. By following this advice the risks associated with tongue piercings can be dramatically reduced and sometimes eliminated.In addition to periodontal diseases (serious bacterial infections that destroy the attachment fibers and supporting bone that hold your teeth in your mouth) tongue piercing may cause other complications such as tongue swelling, difficulties with chewing, swallowing and speech, increase of saliva flow, localized tissue overgrowth and metal hypersensitivity.In the case of tongue piercing, as an example, people may see that someone lost feeling in their tongue because of a botched piercing. A while later, they read that someone had a brain abscess, most likely caused from a tongue piercing. One thing leads to another, and the public comes to the conclusion that these piercings are very dangerous to get, and certainly outweigh any reason to get one. For most people it ends there.large build-ups of scar tissue, "suicide disease," permanent nerve damage and fatal toxic shock syndrome. If that's not enough to scare you away, you'll notice that you could bleed excessively, develop speech problems, experience serious swelling, and or chip teeth. Sounds dangerous. some people who get a tongue piercing end up getting scar tissue on the tongue. This will result in a bump on the tongue around the piercing. In some cases, it can get quite large, and if you have ever heard of a “second tongue” because of a tongue piercing, this is what they are referring to.

  45. QUESTION:
    Is it strange that my breath seems to get bad whenever I'm constipated?
    Does that happen with anyone else? Is it all in my head (the thought not the poo...lol)?

    • ANSWER:
      Bad breath is caused by anaerobic bacteria that live in the back of the tongue and other areas of the mouth not exposed to oxygen. Every person has over 170 different types of these anaerobic bacteria living in their mouths. Yet even so there are many people who go through life without bad breath even when they do little more than ordinary mouth care.

      Therefore, bad breath must be caused by something more than just the presence of bacteria in the mouth.

      Normally, the bacteria present in our mouth are responsible for the break down of proteins found in our diet, saliva, mucous and phlegm. During the process, they release volatile sulfur compounds as waste products. These volatile sulfur compounds are highly odorous but the smell is not noticeable in individuals without bad breath. It is only when under certain conditions that the bacteria break down proteins at a much higher rate and excrete volatile sulfur compounds that the odor becomes highly noticeable and offensive.

      But in addition to bacteria in the mouth, bad breath may also be a symptom of a problem in the person's bowels. Constipation bad breath, for instance, occurs when there is irregularity in the person's digestive system, causing the stool to become hard and extremely difficult to eliminate. While the condition itself - constipation - is not considered a cause of bad breath, constipation bad breath can be an indirect signal that there is an imbalance in the body processes which must be corrected.

      Constipation bad breath could be due to several causes from dietary to hormonal or be even a side effect of medications and anatomical. Incidentally, normal bad breath (that is, bad breath not caused by digestive problems) may also be due to a side effect of drugs you are taking, which could dry up the mouth, causing bad breath.

      Treating constipation bad breath consists in treating the constipation itself. If the problem is dietary in nature, then changing your dietary habits, laxatives, and fiber therapy could help treat the constipation and in the process the symptom of constipation bad breath. Enemas and surgery though rare may also be used to treat acute cases of constipation.

      In addition, nearly any form of bad breath is treatable just by improving oral hygiene. In fact, it is safe to say that almost all cases of bad breath have something to do with a lack of proper oral hygiene on the part of the person. You may brush your teeth every after meal but if you are not doing it properly, then dental tartar and food debris could still collect in your mouth, proving as breeding ground for bacteria to proliferate. Therefore, it is important that you also make some changes in your oral hygiene practices if you want to get rid of constipation bad breath.

  46. QUESTION:
    Can gastric bypass surgery cause bad breath?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, definitely. It's caused by ketosis, which is caused by the low-carb diet that is required for the gastric bypass success.

      For most people, it subsides and can be controlled with thorough oral hygiene.

  47. QUESTION:
    When you have a tooth pulled, what is dry socket?

    • ANSWER:
      a painful inflammation that can develop in the open tooth socket
      blood does not fill up the extraction socket or the blood clot is lost. the gums can't grow over the extraction socket because there's nothing to grow over and the hole remains open. the opening causes a constant dull throbbing pain and the patient can often have a foul smelling breath and bad taste in the mouth. ear pain is another possible dry socket symptom.

      It's called a dry socket because the hole, or socket, that the tooth used to fit into becomes dry. It begins hurting about three days after oral surgery. the pain lasts about a week after it begins.
      it's not know exactly what causes a dry socket. occurs more with lower teeth than upper teeth and more with females than males. problem occurs more often after difficult extractions. It may be that forceful pushing against the wall of the socket when the tooth is being removed causes the walls of the tooth socket to become crushed. This prevents bleeding into the socket because the blood vessels have been crushed closed. The lack of blood then causes severe pain.

      ****WHAT YOU SHOULD AVOID!!!!****
      Anything that dislodges the clot can cause a dry socket. Forceful spitting or sucking though a straw can pull a clot completely out of its socket. Patients should wait a day before rinsing with warm salt water to avoid dissolving the new blood clot. When salt water rinsing, spit gently to avoid pressure. Carbonated beverages should be avoided because they may bubble the clot out. Alcoholic drinks can dry out the blood clot and prevent healing. Avoid smoking for a few days after dental extractions because smoking can disturb clot formation.

  48. QUESTION:
    cons of getting a tonsilectomy? why won't my doctor condsider it?
    i've gotten tonsilitis (viral) nearly every year for the past 10.
    occassionally it gets so bad as to prevent me from sleeping because they swell so badly i have to consciously expand my throat to breath easy (when i relax for sleep it does a sleep apnea thing).
    but my doctors have never once brought up getting a tonsilectomy. why is that? is there some major reason NOT to remove them?? it's so annoying to have this for a week or so every year, and there's nothing i can do about it!
    also, my tonsils are HUGE even when not infected. and i snore (could be related? or could be my sinus problems. but it gets *really* bad when i have tonsilitis)
    (sorry about mis-spellings--the spell check has failed me yet again!)
    i don't get it at the same time every year... besides, what kind of preventative medicine IS there??
    and when i get it, i'm sick for at least a week. not being able to sleep, eat, swallow, talk, can barely BREATHE.

    • ANSWER:
      When you get past a certain age, the doctors won't even consider removing your tonsils. It has something to do with a high risk of complications, and supposedly the operation becomes more painful as you age. I've also read that apparently doctors won't consider removal until you're having flare-ups at least three or four times *a year*.

      According to this doctor's website (http://www.doctorhoffman.com/xton.htm ),

      "Tonsillectomy tends to be a very painful operation in adults; children fare much better. In my experience, children will usually "bounce back" in 4 or 5 days (sometimes sooner), teenagers in 7 to 10 days, and adults in 10 to 20 days. Some adults continue to have significant throat pain (such that they limit their diet) for a month or more. Some fortunate adults behave more like children, however. It is not clear why this age variation exists; it may be due to a change in innervation of the throat as we age.

      The main risks of tonsillectomy are bleeding, pain, and dehydration. Dehydration is due to poor oral intake, which in turn is due to pain. It is, of course, preventable. In fact, dehydration INCREASES pain, and so it is possible to fall into a vicious circle of pain, poor oral intake, dehydration, MORE pain, POORER oral intake, MORE dehydration, and so forth. Bleeding seems to be more common in dehydrated patients, in my experience.

      Bleeding deserves special mention. Bleeding can certainly occur during the operation, but this is usually not too worrisome; the surgeon takes care of it immediately. Bleeding can also occur as you are waking up from the anesthetic. This is unfortunate when it occurs, but it is usually only an inconvenience; you will be placed under a second general anesthetic, and your surgeon will promptly control the bleeding.

      No, the really nasty bleeding is that which most commonly occurs 7 to 11 days AFTER surgery. We think this is the time when the "scab" first begins to slough. Approximately 1 in 20 patients will experience a significant degree of bleeding at this time. (By the way, "7 to 11 days" is only the most common interval; I have heard of folks who bled 20 to 30 days after surgery! This, fortunately, is very rare.) What is "a significant degree of bleeding"? Enough that you will feel compelled to call your doctor, or come in to the emergency room.

      Late bleeding is worrisome. If it does not stop spontaneously, or if it is not easily treated in the emergency room, you will have to undergo another general anesthetic so that your surgeon may stop the bleeding. In contrast to the tonsillectomy, this time you will probably NOT have an empty stomach. At the very least, you will probably have swallowed some blood. This is hazardous, since you could vomit and aspirate (choke on) this blood while you are being placed under anesthesia. Anesthesiologists have ways of coping with this situation, but I have never met one who did not dread these cases to some degree."

      When I went to get my wisdom teeth pulled at age 20, I talked to the doctor about having my tonsils removed; even at that age, the doctor said I was too old for the operation. My brother and a couple of my friends had theirs removed as teenagers.

      I know how you feel, though, because I am a chronic strep throat victim. When I had mono a few years ago, my tonsils swelled up so big that I couldn't hardly drink water. It was miserable. Basically I lived on hot chicken noodle soup, yogurt, and cottage cheese. The doctors gave me some thick viscous liquid to gargle that was supposed to numb my throat, but I didn't like it and it didn't help.

  49. QUESTION:
    Ugh, small hole in mouth after mucocele removal?
    Hey, I had a mucocele removed from the inside of my lower lip last wednesday and had 6 stitches put in. Some of the stitches fell out, but in general the healing went fine and the cut is really starting to heal now. The only problem is that there is one little area where one of the stitches was that is not flat and is like a small hole. I know it has only been 5 days, but is this normal and will this just heal up and fill in? There is no pain or bleeding or anything, but it's a giant pain and I can't stop focusing on it.

    • ANSWER:
      To find out about anything to do with dentistry, bad breath, funny tongues, oral surgery, white spots, oral mucosa, braces, orthodontics, periodontal surgery, dental implants, prosthodontics, endodontics, root canal fillings, crowns and bridges, cheap dentistry, jaw surgery, facial surgery, oral surgery, maxillofacial surgery, or generally anything to do with teeth or dentistry or dental, go to http://www.dentalimplantsaustralia.com

  50. QUESTION:
    Can A Dentist Tell If You Smoke?
    I'm just wondering. If someone hasn't smoked for two and a half weeks, can they tell?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes-- just google smokers teeth. According to webMD the effects of smoking "leads to the following oral health consequences:

      * Bad breath
      * Tooth discoloration
      * Inflammation of the salivary gland openings on the roof of the mouth
      * Increased build up of plaque and tartar on the teeth
      * Increased loss of bone within the jaw
      * Increased risk of leukoplakia, white patches inside the mouth
      * Increased risk of developing gum disease, a leading cause of tooth loss
      * Delayed healing process following tooth extraction, periodontal treatment, or oral surgery
      * Lower success rate of dental implant procedures
      * Increased risk of developing oral cancer

      I think it depends:
      -- If the person has smoked for a long time and stopped for 2.5 wks, then yes
      -- If the person has been smoking like a short time before stopping, then yes! But then again, smoking is very hard to quit so...
      Its best to tell the dentist so they can give proper treatment.

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