Patient discussion about dentist

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Q. Can you get influenza after a dentist visit?

I’ve been to the dentist yesterday and I woke up sick. Is it considered mal practice?
A1o..relax..first of all you can get the flu anywhere and anytime. Secondly- it takes more than a day to develop symptoms so yo probably got it from someone else. It’s not mal practice anyway, and stop thinking on how you can get money off your dentist :) here is a Southpark episode about it:
http://www.southparkstudios.com/episodes/103572/
A2It is possible to be exposed to influenza anywhere, it is an airborne viral illness. Having your mouth wide open in the dentist chair could definitely make you susceptible to viruses in the air especially if one of your care-givers in the office was infected.

Q. How can I take an ADHD child to a dentist?

He is afraid of the dentist and get nervous when he even hears about visiting a dentist. He gets even more active and uncontrollable.
A1My son is 9 w/ ADHD and extreme impulsivity. At 1yr. he was developmental delayed. Dad moved to AZ about 3 yrs. ago & didn't tell us. Son has been through therapy & medications & in special ed w/ me. Had a rough road in school, but the teachers loved him. He gave me alot of trouble so this past June I agreed to send him to his dad. This is what our son wanted. Now son calls crying, hiding under bed, in his closet, he says he is afraid of his dad, he shakes when his dad yells & son wants to move back home to me. He says he hates his dad. Dad won't talk to me on the phone, just laughs & says "send me child support". Dad never took son for parenting time long term. Just weekends when dad lived here. I hate to hear my son cry. I want my son back. Dad took him off all meds, he is struggeling in school & now suspended for 4 days for teasing 8th graders! Dad hasn't gotten his hair cut ever, hasn't taken him to the dentist for his spacer since some teeth got p
A2I know that there are dentists that are specialized in hypnosis. This maybe a very affective method of how to calm your son.
A3You should contact a specialist children’s dentist. He’ll probably have a lot of experience in those certain situations. He can guide you through it and give you new approaches how to calm the kid down.

Q. What are the dentists going to do if I have Pit and fissure caries?

I look at my teeth and i see tiny black stuff on the fissures of my molars. I am so freakin scared. Are the dentists going to do something painful?
AWell you will have to see a dentist if you want an answer on what kind of treatment they will offer you. Today dentists use good anesthesia so anything they will do is not supposed to be painful.

Q. what happens if a dentist fills a cavity with some caries left on the tooth?

the cavity was deep ,close to the nerve. Didn’t make nerve exposure.?
AIf it wasn’t removed properly – you will have what they call – “recurrent cries”. It’ll continue growing without you seeing it until you’ll come back to the dentist again because of the pain. I suggest you’ll save the pain part and go now.

Q. what happens if a dentist fills a cavity with some caries left on the tooth?

the cavity was deep ,close to the nerve. Didn’t make nerve exposure.?
A1If that is so, then you will need to have him remove all the decay, the refill. If it is too close to the nerves then they may have to do a root canal. That means take out the filling, the tooth pulp and fill it up.
A2If it wasn’t removed properly – you will have what they call – “recurrent cries”. It’ll continue growing without you seeing it until you’ll come back to the dentist again because of the pain. I suggest you’ll save the pain part and go now.

Q. What are wisdom teeth? Why so many people talk about them and suffer from them?

A1Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties. Sometimes these teeth can be a valuable asset to the mouth when healthy and properly aligned, but more often, they are misaligned and require removal. Wisdom teeth present potential problems when they are misaligned – they can position themselves horizontally, be angled toward or away from the second molars or be angled inward or outward. Poor alignment of wisdom teeth can crowd or damage adjacent teeth, the jawbone, or nerves. Wisdom teeth that lean toward the second molars make those teeth more vulnerable to decay by entrapping plaque and debris. In addition, wisdom teeth can be entrapped completely within the soft tissue and/or the jawbone or only partially break through or erupt through the gum. For complete article: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/wisdom-teeth This one is good also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisdom_teeth Hope this helps.
A2about million of years ago we needed our teeth to eat raw meat, use as a tool and open up nuts...then we had a bigger jaw that had extra room for another tooth, an 8th one, and we used it. but today our jaw is smaller and sometime it doesn't have enough room for that 8th tooth, and that's usually the cause of all troubles... when it erupts (the last one, when you are 18-22)it pushes all the teeth forward. or it can get stuck inside the jaw without erupting too. so it's easy to just take it out if it does so and it won't change our function at all.

Q. do you know what are the pros and cons of the Sonic toothbrush from Oral B (electric tooth brush)?

last night, my best friend raved about it for a whole hour. My dentist told me to use a soft brush (number 35) to clean my teeth and that the electric brushes are a bit over rated. My friend specifically told me about the Sonic product and told me that it also makes his teeth whiter. I wanted to know if anybody has any knowledge or experience from first hand about this product or any good information about it.
A1Thank you for the frank answer. I wonder if I can find a really soft electric toothbrush
A2my brother is a professor in a dentistry school, and i asked him the same thing - there is no proof that electric brushes clean better. the best advise any dentist can tell you is use as softer brush as you can get, and brush your teeth in the right way.
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