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Oral Hygiene Maintenance

Maintaining your teeth and supporting structures is crucial, as you need them to chew, which is the first step of digestion. Some tips for maintaining your oral hygiene are brush your teeth twice daily, floss every day, always clean your tongue, use mouthwash, and prefer using a fluoridated toothpaste.

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I have a slightly asymmetrical posterior tonsil pillar on the right side. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have a slightly asymmetrical posterior tonsil pillar on the right side. I do not have any other symptoms like pain, swelling, etc.What could be the reason? Please help.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Murari. M.

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. In the images (attachment removed to protect the patient’s identity), the entire tonsil and oropharynx are not visible. But, the visualized areas do not show any sinister growth or ulceration, and the uvula appears...  Read Full »

Female with diabetes, gums bleeding after brushing. Need advice.

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 35-year-old female. I have diabetes and am taking medications for it. I was able to see blood bleeding from my gums after brushing recently. I brush my teeth twice a day and gargle my mouth with mouthwash everyday morning. So, how can I get these bleeding gums even after maintaining...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Diabetic patients have swollen spongy gums usually which bleed more often due to inflammation. Even if you maintain oral hygiene it is important that you get your teeth and gums cleaned by a dentist every six months and control your diabetes ...  Read Full »

I tried removing some brown and white deposits on my lower front tooth region by brushing my teeth but I cannot remove them. Should i consult a dentist?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 48-year-old female. Recently, I noticed some brown and white deposits on my lower front tooth region. I tried removing it by brushing my teeth but I could not remove it. Can this be removed by consulting a dentist? How to maintain good oral hygiene? Kindly suggest some tips to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. Yes, these deposits are called calculus and plaque and can be easily removed by a dentist through a scaling procedure. The food debris is broken down by bacteria which forms a hard crust between and on the teeth surface where our toothbrush...  Read Full »

How long will the pain persist after teeth cleaning?

Query: Hello doctor, I went to the dentist last week and was diagnosed with gingivitis around the lower incisors due to them being slightly crooked. He cleaned them thoroughly. Now after a week, I am still in pain. How long can I expect to be in pain until it subsides and my gums are back to normal? I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Usually, gingivitis would take one week to heal completely after a thorough cleaning but it might slightly vary between individuals. It is good that you are following the oral hygiene measures. Because you say, there is persistent pain I suspect it to be a referred pa...  Read Full »

How to manage decayed teeth in children despite brushing twice?

Query: Hi doctor,My daughter is seven years old. She has a decayed tooth in the upper right side of her mouth. She used to brush her teeth twice daily, but I can see some deposits on her teeth even after brushing twice. How to maintain oral hygiene in children? How to manage the decayed tooth? Does she req...  Read Full »

Dr. Anjana. G.

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I suggest you consult a dentist and take an X-ray. If the cavity is not deep, filing can be done. If it is a large cavity, pulpectomy or extraction is required. I also suggest you follow the following instructions to maintain your daughter's ...  Read Full »

How to improve good oral hygiene in a 7-year-old child?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is seven years old and has a decayed tooth on the upper right first molar. I can also see some white deposits on her teeth. She brushes her teeth twice a day. Then, why does she have some white deposits on her teeth? How to remove these white deposits present on her teeth? ...  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. I suggest you follow the instructions mentioned below. 1. Avoid giving her sweet foods before going to bed at night. 2. Give multivitamin supplements for three months. 3. Maintaining proper oral hygiene is very imp...  Read Full »

I have persistent bad breath despite following many measures. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have been experiencing bad breath for quite some time and I never brushed my teeth. By 15 years, I decided to brush my teeth every single day before school and started doing oil pulling with coconut oil, and started drinking plenty of water throughout the day (around two smart water b...  Read Full »

Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Well, you do not have to be this hard on yourself. Just maintain your oral hygiene properly and use mouthwash after brushing twice a day. Use a good metallic tongue cleaner that is available in the market. Use cardamom in your free t...  Read Full »

I have had bad breath for four years. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from bad breath for more than four years. I consulted with the dentist but did not get rid of my bad breath. Please help me. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per your complaint, bad breath is also known as halitosis. It can occur due to a number of causes like poor oral hygiene, oral and dental infections, post-nasal drip, sinusitis, acid reflux, respiratory infections, and diabetes. You should consult an oral physician o...  Read Full »

How can I maintain oral hygiene after an RCT that is due?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 years old, and I have had four fillings due to severe decays; and I will be getting a root canal on another tooth. Also, I am getting two teeth removed. I am very scared, and right now, I believe my teeth are messed up and can never change. Do you have any advice on how I can l...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurav Kumar Pandey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do not worry, and I appreciate that you are so careful about your oral health. The first thing is maintaining your oral hygiene is key to your oral health. Brushing your teeth twice with proper brushing technique, one-time flossing, changing your brush at least every...  Read Full »

What can I do when my 2-year-old son refuses to brush his teeth and consumes sugary foods?

Query: Hi doctor, How to keep the teeth and gums clean for a 2-years-old. My son refuses to brush his teeth and does not allow me to. Also consumes a lot of sugary stuff. Please guide me. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Hesham Ahmed Abdelhamid Elsayed Shamma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. It can be challenging to keep a 2-year-old's teeth and gums clean, especially if they are resistant to brushing and consume sugary foods. Here are some tips that may help: 1. Start early: It is important to establish good...  Read Full »

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