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Mouthwash is generally an antiseptic liquid that is swirled around in the mouth to kill bacteria, strengthen the tooth, and to improve gum health. Some mouthwashes have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal action.

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Can I use mouthwash to prevent periodontal disease in my mouth?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been diligent about my oral hygiene routine, but I am concerned about the potential risk of periodontal disease. I have heard conflicting opinions about the effectiveness of mouthwash in preventing periodontal issues. Can you provide insights into the role of mouthwash in oral...  Read Full »

Dr. Raveendran S R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and can understand your concern. Periodontal disease is a serious form of gum disease. It typically starts with gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums affecting the gumline. Mouthwash can be a valuable addition to your oral hygiene r...  Read Full »

I want to prevent periodontal diseases. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am looking to improve my oral hygiene and prevent periodontal disease. Can you provide insights on the effectiveness of using mouthwash as part of a dental care routine? Additionally, are there specific leafy vegetables or dietary recommendations that contribute to better oral health, a...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your first query consult is on us! Mouthwashes are supplementary to effective brushing techniques and habits. They help in reducing the count of bacterial colonies inside the mouth, thus reducing plaque formation, preventing decay of teeth, and removing bad breath. ...  Read Full »

I have a recurring sore on my soft palate. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 49 year old female weighing 135 lb. I am a smoker, I have had a sore in the soft palate area from two months. Initially, my dentist gave treatment for an ulcer. But now it has recurred, and my dentist believes it to be a fibroma. I read fibromas do not usually appear on soft pal...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to After seeing the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity), the lesion looks like a fibroma. It is not a diagnosis neither this is the way we go clinically especially when it comes to diagnosis of suspicious growth.Fibromas are very common among oral growt...  Read Full »

Why are my gums irritated after getting my teeth cleaned?

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 »

Why are my teeth turning brownish even after using Hexidine mouthwash?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a problem with my teeth. I started using Hexidine mouthwash last month for whitening of teeth, but it is not helping me, and soon my teeth are becoming brownish at some places. What should I do to clean it?  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Using Chlorhexidine mouthwash for more than 15 days in continuation causes brownish discoloration, that is the reason your teeth are becoming brownish. Now that you have developed chlorhexidine discoloration, I do not think scaling will be of any use. Instead, I would s...  Read Full »

Is my gum recession caused due to over flossing?

Query: Hello doctor, Recently, I noticed a visible gum recession. Ignore black triangles. Got it after orthodontist told me that is due to my nature of teeth shape. I had braces two years ago. I realized the recession when flossing and brushing my teeth. I am wondering if I have overflossed and hurt my gu...  Read Full »

Dr. Akhil K P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Gum recession is caused due to multiple reasons and one of them is gingivitis or periodontitis. The amount of recession as I see in your pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) is very less and you need not worry about it at all unless you experienc...  Read Full »

How to treat dry cough during pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 12 weeks pregnant. For the last three days, I am suffering from a dry cough. My doctor prescribed me Ambrolite D syrup two teaspoons at bedtime and a Vozet tablet once a day. He said that it is an allergic cough. But, after consuming the medicine for two days, my cough does not im...  Read Full »

Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing your query to me. A dry cough for more than three days in the absence of breathing difficulties usually suggests viral pharyngitis. You do not need to take antibiotics unless you have a fever. At the same time, you said you are 12 weeks pregnant, so ...  Read Full »

Am I in trouble of 20% bone loss at this age of 45 years?

Query: Hi doctor, I was told that my gums are fine with most of them at level 3 and a few in level 4. One doctor said that I have some bone loss, but there is no big deal. Another qualified dentist said that bone loss is 20%. Now, I am scared. Am I in trouble with 20% bone loss at the age 45? I have a prev...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The amount of bone loss that is 20% is not alarming at 45 years of age. It is routinely seen in patients at this age. There is no need to worry as it does not mean that the tooth will fall off soon. Try to maintain the current level by using a warm salt water gargle twi...  Read Full »

I have bad breath despite flossing and brushing. Why?

Query: Dear Doctor, I am 16 years old. I floss, brush every morning and night and use a tongue cleaner too. But still suffer from bad breath the whole day. Please help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Do not worry. After following these tips you will feel better and get rid of bad breath by 2 weeks. Start using chlorhexidine mouthwash thrice a day for 4 weeks. Do saline water mouth rinses (take lukewarm water in a small cup and add 1/4th teaspoon salt in it),...  Read Full »

Why am I not able to open mouth wide after wisdom teeth removal?

Query: Hello doctor, I just got my wisdom teeth pulled out. All four of them. I cannot open my mouth all the way to even stick my toothbrush to brush my teeth. What should I do? I got them pulled a few days back and just been brushing the front and sides of my teeth and using a Qtip to wash the back teeth...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hey, Welcome to That is perfect you got rid of all your wisdom teeth at once. Now you are facing some temporary postoperative difficulties that will end soon and you will be relieved. It will take most likely a week to open your mouth properly, so it is fine if you cannot brush teeth ...  Read Full »

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