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Oral Hygiene Maintenance

Maintaining your teeth and supporting structures is crucial, as you need them to chew, which is the first step of digestion. Some tips for maintaining your oral hygiene are brush your teeth twice daily, floss every day, always clean your tongue, use mouthwash, and prefer using a fluoridated toothpaste.

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I have black plaque in my teeth. How to remove it?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 18-year-old boy. I had teeth cleaning last month, and I have been brushing my teeth twice, early in the morning and before going to bed, and flossing every night. And this is the first time there is a black plaque in one of my teeth, and I thought it was just food stuck, but when I...  Read Full »

Dr. Alfiya K Jamal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are taking good care of your oral hygiene. However, you have crowding and maligned teeth in that area, so the food particles can easily get stuck into that area and can not be easily removed. So it depends on how long the contact of deposits is happening in that ...  Read Full »

I am having a white lesion on inner cheek. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I was doing a mouth check and noticed that an area inside my mouth on both inner cheek under the jawbone it is white in color. What could this be and it is the same on both sides? I am currently on Zoloft and Amoxycillin.  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurav Kumar Pandey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There are various types of white lesion in the mouth, some are harmful but some are temporary and curable. You have not not described about your habit like smoking or tobacco consumption and also not mentioned that these white lesion are painful or not, or making any...  Read Full »

I can see my teeth rotting. Please help.

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 »

Dr. Divya Banu M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 son is consuming more chocolates. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am worried for my 12-year-old daughter's oral health, particularly due to her interest in chocolates. She keeps consuming chocolates. I need guidance on the importance of oral hygiene and tooth brushing. What are the potential consequences of excessive candy consumption, and how can we ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shruti Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Thank you for trusting us with your healthcare. I have reviewed your medical history and understand your concerns. In children, it is a challenging task to maintain their oral hygiene properly because of their habits of indulging towards sweet things, be it chocolates, toffees or any other fo...  Read Full »

What is causing my bad breath, yellow teeth, and brown stains?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 19-year-old male, and I have been experiencing bad breath lately. Also, my teeth appear yellow, and I have noticed brown stains on my lower teeth. What could be causing this? I brush my teeth in the morning and occasionally twice a day. Is it possible that I am not brushing prope...  Read Full »

Dr. Sonal Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. There could be several reasons for having bad breath, and improper oral hygiene could be one of the factors. Regarding the stains on your teeth, periodic professional cleaning is necessary for proper maintenance ...  Read Full »

I have a whitish lesion on the lateral side of tongue. Is it leukoplakia?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a mild whitish lesion on the lateral side of tongue. I am afraid that it might be hairy leukoplakia. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for your query on this platform. You noticed recently a white lesion on your tongue. This white lesion could be leukoplakia, fungal infection called oral candidiasis, lichen planus or plaque. All are benign conditions, except leukoplakia which could be precancerous...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest me some tips for effective tooth brushing.

Query: Hello doctor,I seek guidance to enhance my oral hygiene routine, particularly regarding tooth brushing. Could you provide tips on the most efficient way to brush teeth to uphold good dental health? Additionally, are there common mistakes individuals make during tooth brushing that I should avoid? La...  Read Full »

Dr. Pallavi Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. To maintain optimal oral hygiene, brushing your teeth twice daily, both in the morning and at night, is essential. Also, I suggest visiting your nearby dentist every six months for professional scaling and polishing, whic...  Read Full »

Kindly share insights into ideal toothbrushing techniques.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 35-year-old male. I would like to know the most effective toothbrushing methods to maintain optimal oral hygiene. Could you provide some details on the recommended toothbrushing techniques? Are there particular toothbrush types, bristle softness, or toothpaste features that are mor...  Read Full »

Dr. Pallavi Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I am here to help you get the best medical advice. To maintain proper oral hygiene, I suggest you do the following: Visit your dentist every six to seven months for scaling and polishing of your teeth. Brush your anterior and posterior teeth surfaces which are towar...  Read Full »

How can I manage my gum bleeding and bad breath?

Query: Hello doctor,I suffer from bleeding gums and bad mouth odor. I brush my teeth twice every day, but I do not floss. Can you please suggest to me why this is happening? Please suggest some good toothpaste and mouthwash for me. Can you also please tell me which is better, normal floss or water floss? A...  Read Full »

Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Be assured all your healthcare records are in safe hands. I am here to guide you through your query. It is primarily due to calculus (calcified bacterial cell wall and minerals) around the teeth. I suggest you get oral prophylaxis (teeth cleaning) done first and brush u...  Read Full »

I want to improve and maintain good oral hygiene in a 7-year-old child.

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is seven years old and has a decayed tooth on the upper right first molar. I can also see some white deposits on her teeth. She brushes her teeth twice a day. Then, why does she have some white deposits on her teeth? How to remove these white deposits present on her teeth? ...  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. I suggest you follow the instructions mentioned below. 1. Avoid giving her sweet foods before going to bed at night. 2. Give multivitamin supplements for three months. 3. Maintaining proper oral hygiene is very imp...  Read Full »

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