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Oral Health

The health of the gums, teeth, and the entire oro-facial system as a whole is known as oral health. Maintaining good oral health is integral to our overall health and well-being. Routine dental checkups and maintaining oral hygiene will help attain good oral health.

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I am diligent in maintaining oral health. Kindly guide.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 40-year-old female. I have been diligent about brushing and flossing my teeth regularly. 1. What are the key components of an effective daily oral hygiene routine, and in what order should they be performed, like brushing, flossing, and mouthwash? 2. Are there any particular too...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. It is always better to brush twice daily after meals in an up-down or circular motion. 1. Flossing is needed only at night before sleep to remove any food debris that may be stuck between teeth. 2. Brush can be replace...  Read Full »

I am concerned about my oral hygiene. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,As a 28-year-old woman concerned about my oral hygiene, I want to ask the following questions:What are the fundamental elements of an effective routine? Could you offer specific guidelines for brushing, flossing, and rinsing to ensure optimal care for teeth and gums? How often should I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome back to Please be aware and follow the below instructions to maintain good oral hygiene: Brush your teeth twice daily using the modified bass technique. Rinse your mouth with water after each meal. Avoid smoking and tobacco products. Use mouthwash only after oral ...  Read Full »

Do white spots form on my teeth due to an allergic reaction?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 13-year-old male. I tried this relatively cheap BleachBright StarBright Dual-Action whitening pen. After using it, I noticed white spots forming all over my teeth. It was the weirdest thing. I have always had white spots on and off throughout my life, but after using this, I ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per your symptoms, the white spots on the teeth are due to hypocalcified areas of poor mineralization. Bleaching makes them more pronounced, and they can further stand out on the teeth. It is not an allergic reaction, but this has happened due to a more clear ap...  Read Full »

I suffer from red blisters and a white coating on my tongue. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28-year-old male. My height is 5 feet 9 inches and weight is 176 lbs. I am HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infected and I got red blisters on my tongue with a white coating on the tongue surface.  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your complaints are more in favor of oral candidiasis. This is an opportunistic infection in the immunosuppressed patients. Kindly mention your CD4 count, RNA (ribonucleic acid) load, and the medication that you are using. Please attach the appropriate images.   Read Full »

I have been taking medicines for an acute persistent gum infection and swelling. How to treat it?

Query: Hi doctor,I recently got an infection in the gum near my lower wisdom tooth and went to see a dentist who prescribed me a course of antibiotics to clear up the bacterial infection. I have now finished the course. While most of the pain and swelling has gone around my face there is still some minimal...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I had gone through your question I can understand your concern. Yes, the condition will remain for a week or around. You need to take medication at least for five days, if you have done so and there is swelling you may continue for two more days. In case the swelling s...  Read Full »

I am a 20-year-old male. I have white lines or patches on my gums, both below and above the teeth. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20-year-old male who does not smoke. Recently, I have noticed the presence of white lines or patches on my gums, both above and below my teeth. I am wondering if this is something I should be worried about. I am well aware that my dental health is not ideal, and I have a denta...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. It is important to understand that not all oral lesions indicate cancer. White and red lesions are relatively common. Upon examination, I have noted a substantial buildup of calculus on your teeth, along with signs of gingi...  Read Full »

What can cause white spot on the gum?

Query: Hello doctor, I just noticed a white spot on my gum, not anywhere near my teeth. I am scared of it.  Read Full »

Dr. Arya Kaushik Bharat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for sharing the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Based on the information you have provided, it looks like an ulcer. It is a common ailment found in most people. For a definitive diagnosis, I will need some more information. Since wh...  Read Full »

I have noticed a painless white spot on my lower gum and am concerned if it is a serious condition. Kindly suggest.

Query: Hello doctor,I have noticed a painless white spot on my lower gum. I am worried that it is a serious inflammation. Kindly help.Thank you, doctor.  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. I have seen the picture (attachments are removed to protect the patient's identity) and it appears normal. Food, medicine, or even the surrounding temperature and environment can affect the pigmentation in the body. Some people notice th...  Read Full »

Why do my gums change its color from pink to dark with white spots after open bite surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a question about my gums. I had a jaw surgery for an open bite a few years ago and the gums were all pink and normal looking a few months ago. Now they have a lot of white on the upper gums with the area slightly above the gum line being the non-whitened and discolored part. I h...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The gums looked blanched or whitish due to lesser blood circulation and less inflammation than before. There is no need to worry as it occurs as the gums are completely healed and also could happen due to decreased blood pressure and complete healing of inflammation...  Read Full »

What are the causes of white spots around wisdom teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 24-years-old. I noticed white spots and a line around my wisdom teeth approximately three to four months back, getting slightly bigger than before. My dentist advised me to get my right wisdom tooth removed, and I have had a cracked tooth on the same side for almost two years. The...  Read Full »

Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and can understand your concern. After analyzing the images you have attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's privacy), I suspect the whitish areas might be due to; 1) An impact of the amalgam (silver) filling in the particular ...  Read Full »

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