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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Why am I not able to get rid of bad breath even though I brush every day?

Query: Hi doctor,I have plaque deposits on my teeth and gums. My gums bleed often, and they are receding. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have viewed your image (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and it is calculus deposits over your gums. It occurs when the plaque is not removed properly with brushing, and it starts becoming hard due to calcium deposits over it. It accumulates more and mo...  Read Full »

How to prevent infection in tooth cavity?

Query: Hello doctor, In my whole life I am known for eating candy and not brushing my teeth as much as I should. Today, I went to the dentist and said that I have nine cavities. This concerns me because I am not sure how long I had the cavities. This is my first time I am visiting a dentist. I read an a...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, by getting the tooth filled you can prevent further decay of the teeth. It would prevent any spread of infection. Yes, dental infection can get life-threatening through septicemia (bacteria in blood), which can go through the maxillary sinus to the brain. But,...  Read Full »

What causes bad breath and white coating on the tongue?

Query: Hi doctor,I have bad breath and my tongue is white even when I brush really hard for a long time. I have this issue for years. I have consulted a doctor about this issue. But nothing helps me.   Read Full »


Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Foul breath always occurs in relation to food accumulation. White tongue occurs due to food deposition on the tongue. I suggest you use a soft bristle toothbrush for brushing. Use it twice daily in vertical strokes. Use a floss and tongue scraper after brushing. It keep...  Read Full »

Do I have to worry about the white lines on my inner cheek?

Query: Hi doctor,I have some white lines on my cheeks and would like to ask your opinion. Is biopsy required? My first dentist thought it was a pre-cancerous spot, but I went for a second opinion, and the doctor said it was nothing. So now I am confused. Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I have seen the image (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) you have enclosed. I am a maxillofacial surgeon too. I do not think a biopsy would be required based on what pictures you have uploaded. The lines seem quite faint...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to floss on all sides of the dental implant to prevent infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently underwent my right lower molar removal and got an implant with a crown. I am aware that I should floss on the sides of the crown, but I am worried that I might damage the peri-implant barrier while flossing as there is a possibility that my floss could slip under the cr...  Read Full »


Dr. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 1) If proper hygiene is not maintained, it is possible to get peri-implantitis which is oral mucosal (tissue lining in the mouth) inflammation and bone loss around the implant region over time. 2) Food lodgement happens if there is space between the implant and the ...  Read Full »

What is the reason for pain in my jaws and pressure on my temple region?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having a lot of pain in my jaw, which radiates from the left to the right side of my mouth. Now, I am having a strange pressure on my temples. It does not really hurt, but it is just kind of a pressure or odd feeling.  Read Full »


Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This can be due to grinding your teeth. If you have this habit, then quit it. If you have a habit of closing mouth tightly, then quit it soon. I suggest you try doing the following: Open and close your mouth whenever you are free. Massage your temple with olive oil or ca...  Read Full »

What is the possibility of getting a hepatitis B infection from sharing a toothbrush?

Query: Hello doctor,I used my friend's toothbrush. I wanted to know about the risks of getting a hepatitis B infection from it. My gums bleed sometimes, but not often. How much blood would need to be on the tooth brush for me to be affected? I did not see it on the brush. I am just being paranoid and I do...  Read Full »


Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is not hepatitis B you need to worry about. But, there is a chance of getting her bacteria in your mouth. Do not overthink. It is a normal gum bleed caused due to poor oral hygiene. Wish you good health and happiness. Keep me updated with the improvements. Regards...  Read Full »

What could a sore bump behind my last molar on the right side of my mouth be?

Query: Hello doctor, I went to the dentist four days ago, and now I am noticing a sore bump behind my last molar on the right side of my mouth.   Read Full »


Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The probable diagnosis is pericoronitis. As per your symptoms, the sore bump behind the last molar tooth can be either due to an abscess formation. It can be due to an injury, or it can be due to an erupting wisdom tooth that might be putting pressure over the gu...  Read Full »

Is root canal the correct treatment option for an infected tooth?

Query: Hi doctor, I had my lower right side first molar extraction about a month ago. My dentist prescribed a course of antibiotics. The pain persisted after I finished the antibiotics course, so the dentist again prescribed a five-day antibiotic course. A week went by with no pain, and then the pain re-o...  Read Full »


Dr. Nupur Prashant Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern regarding to dental health. First of all, I would like to suggest you go for a clinical examination of an affected area. If there is a presence of plaque or calculus near the second molar of the lower right side, then go for scaling. I...  Read Full »

How to treat bad breath permanently?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from bad breath. Bad smell prevails after I brush my teeth or clean my tongue. I want to get rid of it. Is there any permanent solution?  Read Full »


Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Bad breath can be due to many reasons. One of the most common reasons is poor oral hygiene. Despite brushing well, there is some deposit of tartar (calculus) and plaque over a period. You should get a regular clean up (scaling - once a year) done by a dent...  Read Full »

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