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How do dental sealants help prevent tooth decay?

To keep decay from starting in the grooves on the back of your teeth, your dentist may recommend... Full Answer

Do missing teeth (endentulism) affect children differently than adults?

Generally, missing teeth can cause problems. Specifically, baby teeth hold the space for the adult ... Full Answer

What pain reliever can I take for my toothache?

The most important thing to do is have the tooth examined to find out why it hurts. If there's an in... Full Answer

What causes tooth decay?

Although its rates have declined, particularly among some young children, tooth decay remains a ... Full Answer

What are the symptoms of teething?

During teething, some babies may become fussy, sleepless and irritable, lose their appetite or droo... Full Answer

Can sinus pressure cause pain in my teeth?

Sinus pressure or infection can indeed cause pain which feels as though it's coming from teeth. Her... Full Answer

What happens if plaque and tartar in my teeth aren't removed?

The sticky film of bacteria that can be found on your teeth near the gum line is called plaque. Th... Full Answer

Can medications left in my mouth at night hurt my teeth?

Yes they can. Some medications are acidic (e.g. aspirin) and can produce a chemical burn on the soft... Full Answer

What can happen if I don't treat my sensitive teeth?

This depends on the cause of the sensitivity. General sensitivity involving several teeth at the sam... Full Answer

What can I do at home to recover from a wisdom tooth extraction?

First and foremost, follow the instructions given to you from your dentist or oral surgeon. If neces... Full Answer
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