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 What is the best teeth whitening product that is fast and efficient?
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 Is it true that Baking Soda whitens teeth? Is it good to making teeth healthy as well?
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 Oral-B White Trays, are they any good?
Has anyone tried the new oral-b white trays for whitening your teeth?

Do you prefer them over the whitening strips? How much do they cost?

Do they whiten your teeth good?...


 Do I need to get fluoride?
I'm 23 and my dentist said I needed fluoride. My insurance doesn't cover fluoride over the age of 15. The cost would be $26.

My teeth are not amazing but they are not terrible. ...


 How to make retainer smell better?
How do you make your retainer not smell bad?...


 I had a dental filling fall out and its the weekend and I can not find a dentist thats open!?
I was flossing my teeth when I heard a smack noise as something went flying out of my mouth. I took a flash light to look around and noticed one of my filling was missing! What should I do? What ...


 what is the easiest bone 2 break?
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 Why do my gums hurt when I brush my teeth after drinking alcohol?
After a night of drinking, my gums hurt [badly] when I brush my teeth for the next 24 hours or so. Why?...


 Where do you get denture cleaners for retainers?
I just got my retainer a week ago and it looks pretty gross. I've only been cleaning it with water but now I know that they have cleaners for it but I don't know where to get one?...


 Are you a Dental Hygienist?
Great. tell me if you like your job..hows your pay and what degree you hold ..please im just looking forward to this ...


 should i use my toung or what on a kiss!!=]?
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 Tooth whitening for my sixteenth birthday, sounds reasonable or not?
I just came up with this idea. I'm having four wisdom teeth being pulled out this Thursday and once I'm done with it and since I've been wearing my retainers for 1 and a half years I�...


 Pros & Cons of a Lip Ring?
I don't want people telling me NOT to get it because it doesn't look nice. It's my choice.

I want someone who can tell me the PROs and CONs of having one. I want ...


 Jaw problem.....please help?
Not exactly sure of what lock jaw is...and not sure if thats what I have.
If I open my jaw the widest it can go...(lets say...to yawn)....sometimes...not always, the right bottom side of my jaw ...


 Is there really a toothpaste that actually whitens teeth!?
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 What will this do to my teeth?
My wisdom teeth are coming in at such an angle that they are pushing on all my other teeth and crowding them. Will this just continue to crowd them, or will it actually make them fall out? Should i ...


 Do I have a dry socket?
It's quite early to ask but I am worried. I got all 4 wisdom tooth out yesterday and one was naturally stiched up this morning but the other 3 still has holes in it, although I feel no pain so ...


 Dental implant VS bridge?
My dentist said I have bone loss therefore a bridge is the way to go, I can afford an implant, I hate to mess with two healthy teeth (front) to get the bridge, is there any other way I could get ...


 omf i am in such agony w/ these braces?
this is my 2nd year and i only have about 2 more months to go. but i am in such f*ckin agony. i have scarring, rips, cankersore all over the inside of my mouth, mostly my cheeks. i tried salt water, ...


 im addicted to collecting old chewing gum?
I cant stop collecting peoples spat out chewing gum, it started when i was litter picking when doing community service. But now when i see chewing gum stuck to the floor, i have to pick it up and put ...



Donna B
Non-Narcotic Pain Medications and My Dental Work?
I have to undergo some fairly major dental work in the next 2 weeks and I am so concerned about pain relief. I'm an ex-narcotic addict. Are there any medications that my Dentist can prescribe that would help me if I absolutely have to have something stronger than Tylenol or ibuprofen? This is just a big concern for me. I was honest with her and told her of my past problems with Vicodin. She was appreciative that I told her. I know we should trust our healthcare professionals and I do, but I am not sure that she has encountered this situation before. She didn't act like she had.
                     




jockser75
There are some non-narcotic pain relievers that do work fairly well such as ultram. Be careful- just because they aren't "phyically addictive" doesn't ,mean they can't be habit forming.


wwhrd
Yeah, I know what you mean but I have some bad news for you. I think you are going to have to tough it out with advil and tylenol.

While Ultram is non-narcotic, it is not recommended for patients that have ever had an addiction to alcohol or narcotics. Do not use Ultram (tramadol) if you have ever been addicted to narcotics, it's far too similar and you will be in trouble. There is current legislation to add tramadol to the controlled substances list, even though it is not a narcotic.

"You should not take tramadol if you have ever been addicted to drugs or alcohol. Take tramadol exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take it in larger doses or for longer than recommended by your doctor. Do not take more than 300 milligrams of tramadol in one day." ~ www.drugs.com

About that look she gave you: I have known dentists to refuse novicaine-type injections to those patients that have had previous alcohol or drug problems. So if I were you, I would be sure she intends to numb you prior to your procedure. She might not want to use anything for numbing which is barbaric practice, so be sure to ask. They have topical numbing agents and injectables so I always request both.

I'm sure it's going to be hard, but your best bet is to alternate advil and tylenol, hon. Take enough time off of work to lay around and sleep through it. And please do not ask for or take ultram unless you want to be back at square one with your addiction.


Rachel T
There are other alternatives to pain medication besides narcotics. You definately are not the only person that has ever had a problem with narcotic addiction. It literally happens all of the time. If this is the first time she's heard a patient tell her that, it's rather her first day on the job or past patients have not been open about their problem. If you would like to find out your options try researching: Non-Opiod Analgesics or NSAIDS.(Both are non-narcotic pain medications)


Picture Taker
If you have no medical contraindications, I agree totally with Dr. Albert.


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