Dental scaling is a procedure done to remove excess plaque and tartar build-up on the tooth and root surface. Scaling can be done manually or with the help of an ultrasonic machine called a scaler. Scaling prevents gum diseases.
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I am worried that one of my front teeth might fall out as I heard a crunching sound. Please help.
Query: Hi doctor, I went to the doctor this morning for a deep clean. I heard one of my front teeth make a crunching sound. I have checked it repeatedly today, and it does not seem loose. I wondered if this could be excess tartar coming off or something more serious. I was just afraid my tooth was going to... Read Full »
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Can the blue laser used by the orthodontist remove calculus from my teeth?
Query: Hello doctor, Can the blue laser my orthodontist used instead of scaling remove the calculus? Kindly help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. The blue laser you are talking about is the blue LED light used by the orthodontist. It is used to polymerize the adhesives to fix the tooth brackets. The adhesive is unpolymerized (meaning not in the final state and is s... Read Full »
I feel sensitivity in my teeth after using a desensitizing toothpaste. Why?
Query: Hi doctor, I got my lower tooth filled a month ago and had a complete ultrasonic scaling on the same day. I was having too much sensitivity at the time of scaling and it was uncontrollable. The dentist gave me local anesthesia for the sensitivity. I also complained of my tooth sensitivity which I w... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The sensitivity after scaling is a normal feature that gets relieved once teeth are fully covered again by salivary pellicle. Usually, it lasts for 24 to 48 hours. In order to avoid it, it is better to ask the dentist for polishing after scaling and use high fluoride to... Read Full »
My brother has gum pain after scaling. Kindly suggest medicine.
Query: Hello doctor, My younger brother aged 18 years, is having teeth bleeding from a month. So I suggested him to consult a dentist and he went for it. As no one was there to guide him about what to do, he got into a trap by some brokers and they took him to their doctor. The doctor said it is pyorrhea... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The best therapy for healing of gums after scaling is as follows: 1. Saline water mouth rinses. Take a cup of lukewarm water, put 1/4th teaspoon of salt in it and do its rinses twice a day, mandatory for two weeks. New and healthy gums grow every 14 days so they will b... Read Full »
Innermost teeth on bottom row seem to be rotting away. What exactly is happening?
Query: Hello doctor, I had sensed my gums swelling up on the inside for a while and when I took a picture of it today, I saw my two innermost teeth on the bottom row seem to be rotting away. I wanted to understand what is happening to me before I go to a dentist. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the image (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). These are the wisdom teeth and they have stains mostly because of smoking. There is no evidence of clinical cavity as for now, but can be confirmed after stain removal (scaling) and a clini... Read Full »
My gum bleeding stopped with Metrogyl and Tan X ointment. Will it recur?
Query: Hi doctor, I have been getting bleeding from the gums for the past month. It is generalized. When I get up, maximum blood comes from my mouth in the morning. It is better to rest of the day. I did a salt water rinse and applied Tan X ointment, but nothing helped. I started taking Metrogyl 400 mg twi... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Inflammation of gums is called gingivitis, and bleeding gums are one of the symptoms of gingivitis. Gingivitis is a microbial disease with many causes that cause the microbial flora to flourish in the mouth. I would advise you to visit your dentist and do scaling (c... Read Full »
How can I avoid developing a superbug in my mouth?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 62-year-old female with a history of chronic periodontal disease, particularly involving a pocket between teeth #7 and #8, which is associated with some bone loss and becomes infected every few months. I take fastidious care of my teeth and gums, including flossing, using a prox... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The antibiotic resistance is not a big issue as such, but I would suggest to not apply antibiotic gel more than two weeks with one or two months gap in between. Using warm salt water gargle twice a day is more than enough for good hygiene of gums. Root canal treatment ... Read Full »
I have gum bleeding. Please suggest some medication or toothpaste.
Query: Hello doctor, I have gum bleeding. Please suggest some medication or toothpaste. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Gum bleeding is caused due to inflamed gums due to deposits accumulated in the teeth. Get a professional cleaning of teeth (scaling) done by the dentist and then follow proper brushing method (sulcular bass method). You can ask your dentist about it or check online. ... Read Full »
Gums feel irritated after a recent cleaning. How to manage it?
Query: Hello doctor,I recently got my teeth cleaned with a water jet type cleaning by a new hygienist. A few days later, my bottom front gums felt irritated. I took a look, and one gum looked as if it had been cut down toward the root about 3 mm below the normal gum line, like it was a mistake. I used a pe... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Discontinue the use of peroxide-type mouthwash. Use a gum paint that could strengthen your gums. Gums may move a little downward after cleaning as the inflamed gums come back to normal size after cleaning and is normal. However, in the photograph (attachment rem... Read Full »
Does redness along the gums indicate any gum disease?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 49-year-old female weighing 79 kg and 165 cm. I have gum disease, and I attend the dentist every three months for a clean in the hope of stabilizing my gums. My gums can appear red, and I have noticed redness adjacent to my missing back tooth. I have redness along my gums which ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I feel the gum disease has caused a periodontal abscess. It is an infection with a collection of pus around gum tissues. You need to show it to a dentist and get it treated. Along with periodontal therapy, the dentist may prescribe you antibiotics. Yo... Read Full »