Bruce S. Smith, DDS
Specialty: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Location and Office HoursBruce S Smith DDS
21216 Northwest Fwy Ste 310
Cypress, TX 77429
- monday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
- tuesday: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
- wednesday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
- thursday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
- First Health
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- Methodist Willowbrook Hospital
- North Cypress Medical Center
Should I let my dentist know I am using OTC tooth whiteners?
Stacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answeredIf you are planning to use OTC tooth whiteners, you should tell your dentist. Also let your dentist know about any medication you are taking and any medical conditions you may have. OTC tooth whiteners may interact with different medical conditions, medications, and foods. Discuss with your dentist the proper way to use OTC tooth whiteners and possible complications.
What are the complications of plaque and tartar?
RealAge answeredPlaque and tartar can make gums prone to gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums and the early stage of periodontal disease. This is due to the fact that they can accumulate at the gum line where it irritates the gum tissue. If left untreated, plaque and tartar may progress below the gum line leading to periodontitis, which can lead to loss of teeth, as well as bad breath, pain, and abscesses in the mouth or near teeth. Other medical problems, including premature labor and heart problems, may be associated with plaque and tartar buildup.
What are the symptoms of poor oral health?
Supriya Verma, Dentist, answered
There are many symptoms of poor oral health that may not show up right away but eventually with time the symptoms can get worse.
- bleeding and/or painful gums from plaque and tartar build-up
- bad breath
- decay in one or multiple teeth that can cause sensitivity or pain
- infection that can cause pain
- loose teeth
The best way to avoid any of these symptoms is to practice good oral hygiene and see your dentist regularly to prevent problems from arising.
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