General Dental Questions

  • Do I have TMD/TMJ and will I need surgery to realign my jaw?

    Hi, ever since I was little, and to confirm my parents said it started from when I was 3 years old, I am almost 19 years old. I've always had a problem with my jaw. Every time I open my mouth the left side of my jaw will always click, no matter...

  • Questionable food still stuck under gums

    About 4 weeks ago, I bit into an apple and the apple flesh, not the skin, lodged up into my gums both front and back of my two front teeth. I flossed and rinsed but the gum behind the front teeth swelled up. I went to the dentist and both the...

  • What is causing bizarre changes in my mouth?

    I was dx with thrush six months ago. Since symptoms left (except for sores on tongue), I have experienced: Frequent cheek biting, so much so I developed a lisp due to trying to protect the inside of my mouth Transparent strips of dead skin (?),...

  • Is folic acid harmful to your enamel?

    I already know about how bad phosphoric acid and citric acids are for your enamel, but what I've been wondering about is if folic acid will do the same damage? Why or why not? If not, does folic acid benefit your teeth and/or mouth at all? Is it...

  • Extraction orthodontics causing me problems

    Hello, I had extraction orthodontics as a child which I believe is contributing to my poor mood and energy levels. My jaw is recessed back and my upper top lip has very little support. I have a low, sunken in profile. In order for me to concentrate...

  • When Is it best to brush my teeth in the morning?

    I'd like to know which of these options is better for my teeth. Is it better to wait to brush my teeth in the morning until after I've eaten breakfast or is it better to brush my teeth both when I get up and after I've eaten breakfast?

  • White bump for over a week on tongue.

    Last Friday I developed a white infected taste bud on the right/top side of my tongue. It was painful at first but the pain subsided after a couple of days. The white bump is still on my tongue even after I scraped (or at least I thought so) it off...

  • Small Teeth With A Lot Gaps

    I Have Small Teeth, I Don\'t Have A Gap Between My Front Two Teeth, But I Have A Lot Of Gaps In My Bottom Row, && A Few In My Top Row. I Hate My Smile Because You Can See All The Gaps Clearly. Is It Possible For Me To Get Braces?

  • Three days of pain

    Since Thursday night my gums and roof of my mouth have been red, painful to eat, and inflamed; right around my right big tooth. I have no idea what has brought this on. I have tried to use anbesol and only helps for two min and starts to hurt again....

  • Periodontal disease

    I am doing a project on the link between kissing and periodontal disease and I have to get a doctor or dental professors opinion on periodontal disease. Can you please answer : What is your opinion on the link between kissing and periodontal...

  • Rotating Tooth?

    I never needed braces as a child, and my teeth are straight. There is one tooth, however, that is just the SLIGHTEST tiny bit crooked. I actually never even noticed it until I went in for a cleaning with a new dentist and he pointed it out. He...

  • Problems within days with dental bonding cracking or chipping...Is this normal?

    I went to a new dentist 2 weeks ago. They did a great job on cleaning my teeth. I went again last week to have a small filling placed behind tooth #7. While there I elected to have teeth #8 and #9 bonded to close a gap between my two teeth. The...

  • Is it possible to have bone loss but no accompanying gum disease?

    I\'m 50, female, just visited a new dentist after 3 years not (hygienist who did cleaning said my oral hygiene was excellent). I have some recession & pocketing. Bite-wing x-rays showed bone loss, enough so that the dentist expected to see loose...

  • lubrication not suitable for rubber dam

    lubrication not suitable for rubber dam water or vasaline or red soap or shaving cream

  • Lingual Frenulum

    I have what looks like extra skin in places on my lingual frenulum. They don't hurt but there are several and they almost look like skin tags and are normal skin color. Is this cause for concern?

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