Neil R. McGowan, DMD
Specialty: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Location and Office HoursNeil R McGowan DMD
East Meadow, NY 11554
What should I do if I get redness on the skin around my mouth?
If you get redness on the skin around your mouth, try changing toothpastes. Ingredients in some toothpastes could irritate your skin. One study found that toothpastes containing propylene glycol and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) were more likely to irritate the skin than other toothpastes tested. If the problem doesn't go away after you change toothpastes, see your dentist.
What type of toothpaste or mouthwash should I use?
Stephen M. Koral, DMD, Dentist, answered on behalf of IAOMT - Int'l Acad. of Oral Medicine & Toxicology
Ditto to my colleagues Curatolo, Fiss and Rosen!
One thing that is hard to remember among the noise of product promotion is that the real basic health care in dental hygiene is done by the brush and floss, not the toothpaste. A hundred years ago, Dr. Bass cured his own gum disease by inventing the modern toothbrush. The brush can break up the bacterial biofilm that grows on the teeth, and mix some air into the gums. That discourages the oxygen-hating pathogens, and encourages the oxygen-tolerant friendly bacteria.
If you need certain specific medications for your teeth and gums, according to your dentist and hygienist, they should recommend specific products. Otherwise, it doesn't matter – just low-abrasive, and as natural as you can find.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
What does a dental assistant do?
American Dental Association answered
Dental assistants are responsible for a variety of tasks involving patient care. Watch as Dr. Maria Lopez Howell explains what dental assistants do for the dental office.
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