• What helps a toothache?

    Best answer: Orajel or Anbesol from the pharmacy or grocery store and taking Tylenol or Ibuprofen as well might help. I've heard that a small amount of clove oil could numb the area but I'm not a medical professional and it could be toxic in large amounts. I had it put on when my sutures ruptured when I had my wisdom... show more
    Best answer: Orajel or Anbesol from the pharmacy or grocery store and taking Tylenol or Ibuprofen as well might help.

    I've heard that a small amount of clove oil could numb the area but I'm not a medical professional and it could be toxic in large amounts. I had it put on when my sutures ruptured when I had my wisdom teeth out (due to vomiting from an allergy to the antibiotic I was on). The oral surgeon placed tightly wadded tiny rolls of gauze that had been soaked in clove oil into the 'dry sockets' and those raw nerves stopped the absolute total pain immediately. But again, that was a surgeon, not me making that decision.

    Here's link that might help:

    https://www.rd.com/health/conditions/hom...

    Ultimately you need to get into the dentist as soon as you can. You might end up like Tom Hanks in Castaway and then all you'll have is an ice skate blade and a volleyball to help you. (:
    16 answers · 2 days ago
  • Should I be worried that my dentist is only 5 foot 6?

    Seems awfully short for a dentist. How tall is your dentist?
    Seems awfully short for a dentist. How tall is your dentist?
    12 answers · 17 hours ago
  • I got my girlfriend's pubic hair stuck in my braces. How can I explain this to my dentist? Should I tell the truth?

    So I was eating out my girlfriend despite she haven't shaved down there. I don't care honestly cuz she's very gorgeous. She's blonde but has Black hair down there. So after, I was kinda shocked I had her hair stuck in my braces after. I tried to pull them out but its not working. I called my braces... show more
    So I was eating out my girlfriend despite she haven't shaved down there. I don't care honestly cuz she's very gorgeous. She's blonde but has Black hair down there. So after, I was kinda shocked I had her hair stuck in my braces after. I tried to pull them out but its not working. I called my braces dentist for an appointment and some help with this. I didn't tell her about the hair over the phone, I only said I need help with my braces and need an appointment. My appointment is on Monday. I know she's eventually gunna see the hair stuck in my braces and ask about it. I honestly don't know what to say. Should I make up a lie? But what other good realistic reasons are there for having hair in your braces? I really can't think of any. My dentist is in her 40s and kinda cute.
    7 answers · 2 hours ago
  • How many teeth you have?

    P.C. count them with your tong, if you want.
    P.C. count them with your tong, if you want.
    14 answers · 3 days ago
  • Do i need braces?

    My jaw has been hurting for awhile and i have a slight overbite, it’s not that bad of one. other than that my teeth are fine. do i need braces?
    My jaw has been hurting for awhile and i have a slight overbite, it’s not that bad of one. other than that my teeth are fine. do i need braces?
    5 answers · 23 hours ago
  • How does brushing sugary sweet toothpaste on your teeth, prevent cavities?

    Best answer: The caramel coating keeps food particles from sticking
    Best answer: The caramel coating keeps food particles from sticking
    10 answers · 4 days ago
  • Wisdom Teeth surgery anxiety?

    Best answer: I have anxiety and depression too but let me tell you this: the anxiety of being AWAKE to hear them possibly sawing through your teeth, the awareness of that, and a zillion other things (tensing of muscles, neck strain, etc) will make you anxious the entire time. Not good. You aren't being put to sleep like a... show more
    Best answer: I have anxiety and depression too but let me tell you this: the anxiety of being AWAKE to hear them possibly sawing through your teeth, the awareness of that, and a zillion other things (tensing of muscles, neck strain, etc) will make you anxious the entire time. Not good. You aren't being put to sleep like a dog or cat. It's sometimes something that makes you fall asleep well, but by no means are you that out of it that you are going to die. Really. Sometimes they are also giving you a medication that immediately helps you forget the pain you just experienced. It's really not bad and you wake up feeling pretty okay and a little dopey but it all seems to go very fast. It's easier for them too.

    If you are going to be konked out during the procedure, just make sure you have an oral surgeon of good reputation, not just a regular dentist. There will be people in the room to assist and watch you for any reactions to the anesthesia (watching your breathing, etc, even making sure you aren't waking up too much and feeling it all of a sudden).

    I would never ever go back and choose to be awake during the whole thing, ever. I woke up feeling fine, and was recovering very well. Having had 4 impacted horizontal wisdom teeth that had no room to go anywhere in my mouth was so painful that I was incredibly relieved. The swelling was mild and I felt a bit numb as well.

    One thing, if you have a sensitive stomach, ask if you can have something else instead of Erythromycin as your antibiotic. So many people have reactions to it, throw up, and then their dissolvable sutures are gone, leaving a dry socket that is basically a hole with raw nerves open to the air and your saliva, food etc. THAT you can prevent and should. Erythromycin is notorious for this kind of problem so just tell them you have a sensitive stomach and don't want to puke while you're trying to heal.

    Go to the store, buy puddings, Jello, ice cream, popsicles, applesauce, etc..then some soft foods for when you can start eating again later (ask your surgeon when it's the right time). If you live by yourself or will be taking care of yourself, things that are soft like Stouffer's Mac n Cheese (frozen food aisle) are not too acidic and fill you up without being harsh on your healing sites. Just don't do hot beverages or foods! Not a good idea.

    You'll also need to buy a few reusable cold packs from the pharmacy--the kind that can be frozen so they can be cooled down again quickly. Sometimes those ice-bags that you put ice cubes in are very nice, but I found the edges of the cubes even with additional water in the bag, hurt my bruised cheeks ):

    Also: avoid coffee that isn't in a smoothie or cold drink. Avoid carbonated drinks--a no no. Follow the surgeon's orders and make sure you clean everything properly as told. Take notes to read later if you have to--if you have a bad memory for small details like I sometimes do. You'll be dopey and need to not make mistakes.

    Also: phone friends for milkshakes!!

    Break a nasty wisdom tooth!! Don't fret. You will be in a much better mood without painful jaws and teeth. Constant pain, on its own, causes a lot of sleep problems and depression too.
    6 answers · 6 days ago
  • Is it embarrassing if braces break?

    8 answers · 4 days ago
  • I’m 26 and have to get all 4 wisdom teeth removed?

    I’m freaking out right now. I’m dentist said I need to set up an appointment with an oral surgeon to get all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed. I work in manufacturing and rarely have time to take off so I’m going to have to schedule on a Thursday or Friday. I’m freaking out just making the appointment right now I... show more
    I’m freaking out right now. I’m dentist said I need to set up an appointment with an oral surgeon to get all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed. I work in manufacturing and rarely have time to take off so I’m going to have to schedule on a Thursday or Friday. I’m freaking out just making the appointment right now I can’t imagine actually being there. Is the consultation usually the same day as the surgery? I have terrible anxiety. I hope they put me under.
    9 answers · 5 days ago
  • Is it best to remove wisdom teeth on each side first instead of 2 on the bottom or top?

    I have to have 4 wisdom teeth pulled and would it be better to get the ones on the left side top left & lower left bottom pulled then go back in a month to have the top and bottom right side done so I could at least chew food with one side? I wouldent want the 2 lowers pulled first because would it be more... show more
    I have to have 4 wisdom teeth pulled and would it be better to get the ones on the left side top left & lower left bottom pulled then go back in a month to have the top and bottom right side done so I could at least chew food with one side? I wouldent want the 2 lowers pulled first because would it be more painful to eat?
    4 answers · 2 days ago
  • Teeth are really sensitive?

    Best answer: Sensitive teeth occur when the underlying layer of your teeth -- the dentin -- becomes exposed as a result of receding gum tissue (the protective blanket that covers the tooth roots). The roots, which are not covered by hard enamel, contain thousands of tiny tubules leading to the tooth's nerve center (the... show more
    Best answer: Sensitive teeth occur when the underlying layer of your teeth -- the dentin -- becomes exposed as a result of receding gum tissue (the protective blanket that covers the tooth roots). The roots, which are not covered by hard enamel, contain thousands of tiny tubules leading to the tooth's nerve center (the pulp). These dentinal tubules (or channels) allow the stimuli -- for example, the hot, cold, or sweet food -- to reach the nerve in your tooth, which results in the pain you feel.

    There are several brands of toothpaste available for sensitive teeth. With regular use, you should notice a decrease in sensitivity. You may need to try several different brands to find the product that works best for you.
    4 answers · 1 week ago
  • Retainers questions?

    Hi Today I got retainers and I’m finding it hard not to take them out since they’re so uncomfortable. I’m wondering how long it takes to get used to them? Also, my orthodontist told me to wear them full time for a week, then at night. Though I find this strange because online I’ve read that people wear them... show more
    Hi Today I got retainers and I’m finding it hard not to take them out since they’re so uncomfortable. I’m wondering how long it takes to get used to them? Also, my orthodontist told me to wear them full time for a week, then at night. Though I find this strange because online I’ve read that people wear them constantly for a lot longer. If there’s no pain at all, only discomfort, does it mean that my retainers aren’t tight enough? Thanks
    4 answers · 2 days ago
  • How does baby asprin affect tooth extraction?

    Best answer: It acts as a blood thinner.
    If you have been on this for a while, you should already know the side effects of long term use, and every medical person you interact with should know about it too. This includes your dentist.
    Best answer: It acts as a blood thinner.
    If you have been on this for a while, you should already know the side effects of long term use, and every medical person you interact with should know about it too. This includes your dentist.
    4 answers · 3 days ago
  • Does getting a tooth pulled hurt? Especially a large one?

    Best answer: No it does not hurt but there is some pulling sensation. Had several out without any pain and
    a good dentist will make sure there is no pain.
    Best answer: No it does not hurt but there is some pulling sensation. Had several out without any pain and
    a good dentist will make sure there is no pain.
    5 answers · 4 days ago
  • My teeth are rotting what do I do?

    I m 20 years old and about a year and a half ago I became chronically ill. It has been all I ve focused on and for a long period of time, I felt sick so often that I stopped brushing my teeth. Not purposefully, just because I was always so distracted by feeling sick. I broke a piece of my molar off months ago and... show more
    I m 20 years old and about a year and a half ago I became chronically ill. It has been all I ve focused on and for a long period of time, I felt sick so often that I stopped brushing my teeth. Not purposefully, just because I was always so distracted by feeling sick. I broke a piece of my molar off months ago and my teeth are starting to decay/have small holes. I m so embarrassed and have been hesitant to go to the dentist because I m so ashamed. What do I do 😭
    8 answers · 7 days ago
  • Should I wear my retainers every other night?

    Best answer: No. Wear your retainers every night so your teeth don’t get crooked. Ask your orthodontist your question.
    Best answer: No. Wear your retainers every night so your teeth don’t get crooked. Ask your orthodontist your question.
    5 answers · 5 days ago
  • What can I do to get rid of stains on braces?

    Best answer: 1. Brush Your Teeth After Every Meal 2. Floss and Rinse Frequently 3. Stop Smoking 4. Most people assume whitening toothpaste is best to keep the ceramic braces stain free but this is actually a bad idea. 5. Get Your Ligatures Changed Frequently 6. Avoid Some Foods - List of foods that can cause stains:​ ... show more
    Best answer: 1. Brush Your Teeth After Every Meal
    2. Floss and Rinse Frequently
    3. Stop Smoking
    4. Most people assume whitening toothpaste is best to keep the ceramic braces stain free but this is actually a bad idea.
    5. Get Your Ligatures Changed Frequently
    6. Avoid Some Foods - List of foods that can cause stains:​

    Turmeric & Curry
    Tomatoes & Tomato Pastes
    Coffee
    Tea
    Red Wine
    Berries: Blueberries, Cranberries, Blackberries...
    Mustard
    Soda Drinks
    Popsicles & Slushies
    Beets
    Pomegranates
    Soy Sauce & Balsamic Vinegar
    Food Spices
    Colored Candy
    4 answers · 4 days ago