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Dental Scaling

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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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 »

Dr. Akhil K P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 removed ...  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 »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 w...  Read Full »

My bottom teeth have receded. How can I fix this without a gum graft?

Query: Hello doctor, The dentist said I should get my bottom two front teeth looked at by a periodontal expert but I wanted to get a second opinion first. My bottom teeth have receded due to having a tongue ring previously. How can I fix this without doing a bridge and gum grafting? The doctor also said th...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query and here is what I suggest you. It is not necessary to pull your teeth out but you need to have your tongue ring removed. The probable cause for your problem may be a mechanical recession by the tongue ring. The probable diagnosis can b...  Read Full »

Do I have to go for veneers to fix brown stains on my teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, I went to the dentist. I have dark brown stains on my teeth. He said it is from drinking fizzy drink and the only way to fix it is veneers. Is this true?  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, these are now internal stains that cannot be simply removed through scaling. One of the causes for these kinds of stains is fizzy drinks, others may include taking Iron supplements for long, or may be due to the use of extra fluoride in water during childhood like ...  Read Full »

I have pain in my right molar while chewing and the gums near it are swollen. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,My gums are swollen near the right molar. At the back of my molar, I feel pain even chewing a biscuit. Please help.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Pallavi Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query, and I can understand your concern. As far as the swollen gums are concerned, it can be because of the collection of pus secondary to gum or tooth infection. To confirm the diagnosis, you need to get a radiograph or orthopantomogram done. Once th...  Read Full »

I am a 20-year-old male and my teeth are very dirty and yellowish. How to get strong and white teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20-year-old male and my teeth are very dirty and yellowish. I want white and strong teeth. I am using Manjan toothpowder for brushing. I also had an injury and my tooth was broken and there is a black spot on the tooth. Kindly suggest. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. You can get your dental scaling done at a dental clinic or hospital, you cannot do it by yourself. Manjan or dental powders are not good for teeth. Try using any antibacterial toothpaste twice a day. For black spo...  Read Full »

What are the treatment options for my receding gum lines?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been experiencing a receding gum line and decaying teeth in my front two bottom teeth. I am desperately afraid of the dentist. I am also scared of losing the affected teeth. I need to know how to proceed with my treatment. Is there a way to make it better? I am currently on birth c...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I checked your given picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Unfortunately, there is nothing better you can do but visit a dentist and get scaling or cleaning of this hard plaque and tartar done as soon as possible. It was a plaque that gets hardened...  Read Full »

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 »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 ...  Read Full »

Why do the black stains recur on the inner side of my teeth even after treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had black spots in the inner portion of my teeth for the past two years. I consulted a dentist and removed the black stains last year. But now it is spreading again. I brush twice daily and maintain oral hygiene. My cousins also have the same issue, but they are not bothered. But I...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Sometimes our saliva and breath have too much chromogenic bacteria, which stains the teeth. Follow the below steps; 1. Brush twice daily after food. Make sure you reach all the tooth surfaces while brushing. 2. Use an anti-stain mouthwash daily before sleep. 3. Avoid s...  Read Full »

What can cause a fracture of my GIC filling within a month?

Query: Hello doctor, I had type 2 cavity filling in one of my molar teeth. It was GIC filling. Just after the filling they did scaling of all the teeth. I asked them should I wait for an hour after the filling, but they did it anyway. Now after a month the filling broke. What do you think the reason might...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to In your case, there might be the following reasons. 1. Uneven biting pressure. It may cause the filling to break in class 2 cavities specially as walls of tooth are involved and sometimes unintentionally person bites with slight uneven pressure and it results in breaki...  Read Full »

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