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Wisdom Teeth: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars generally evolves up during late teenage or even in the early twenties (17 to 22years). These teeth remain inside the skin and tend to crop up during this span of life. It turns out to be a problem if a wisdom tooth does not find sufficient surface area and thus gives birth to pain. Wisdom teeth grow on the backside of the mouth. Well, for some people they turn out to appropriate while for most of the people it raises a feeling of discomfort and often leads to severe pain. It is known as the wisdom teeth as it crops up during the age when a person experiences his/her adolescence or more likely the phase when a person is expected to get maturity with age.

However, most of the people who tend to face severe pain as a result of wisdom teeth include several causes for its growth. The most common reason remains the lack of space of wrong positioning of the wisdom teeth that cannot fit properly in its shape in the mouth. This may lead to infection in the surrounding area. The condition is severely painful and even ends up with a bad oral health of the person. Added to that, in some cases, wisdom teeth erupt all at a sudden while sometimes it lingers within the skin and constantly pushes to come out. This long span of time gradually cropping out causes extreme pain.

Some of the symptoms of wisdom teeth that you are supposed to face include sudden pain at the back part of the mouth, especially where molars exist. The pain will increase with time as the wisdom teeth push itself upward to get a space. Even redness or tenderness around the area are the welcoming call of a wisdom teeth.

On facing any such symptoms, you must not keep neglecting the pain and quickly consult a doctor.

How is the treatment done?

Mostly, the remedy involves extraction of the teeth. On visiting a dentist, you are primarily to inform the doctor with all the details of the condition you are facing. The doctor is supposed to check the affected area and with his experience evaluate the immediacy to perform the surgery process. However, there are various complications in the process. For wisdom teeth that have already erupted out breaking through the skin, the job of the doctor becomes much easier. This is because he can just check the situation and extract out the wisdom teeth at the right time.

Well, in case of wisdom teeth that exists under the skin and pushing the surface area producing severe pain, the process becomes complicated. Here, the dentist generally makes an incision right at the surface of the gum. Then the tooth covering the wisdom tooth is removed and finally, the wisdom tooth is extracted. Often the dentist ends up cutting the teeth in several different pieces instead of extracting the whole at the same time. This is mainly done to avoid damage to sensitive tissues and nerves.

At the same time, if you are suffering from the pain of wisdom teeth, the doctor will surely prescribe you some medication. This involves intake of painkillers for temporary relief of pain until the tooth is extracted. At the same time, use of ice bags and saltwater dressing is necessary to keep the area germ free along with reducing the pain to an extent.

On removing the tooth or post the surgery, the doctor advises the patient to have food products of low temperature like chilled ice cream or milk. This helps to normalise the pain.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

People who are suffering from wisdom tooth pain are supposed to undergo the treatment. Even if you are experiencing any symptoms that indicate the existence of wisdom tooth, you are supposed to consult a dentist and treat the issue before any infection evolves and worsen the situation.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

People who are not experiencing any such indications of wisdom teeth in the mouth are not eligible for the treatment.

Are there any side effects?

Nowadays, extraction or removal of wisdom teeth is mostly preferred. However, one of the major side effect in the process remains the probability of damaging sensitive nerves and tissues while extracting the teeth. However, the risk can be avoided when proper care is taken while conducting the surgery.

Added to that, your dentist would prescribe some painkillers to reduce the pain. However, painkillers include several side effects like vomiting tendency, nausea and even diarrhoea.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Having done with the removal of wisdom tooth, the immediate action is to treat the bleeding. The blood clot in the socket is extremely useful in enhancing the recovery process. Thus, you should not destroy or damage the clot. You are advised not to rinse your mouth heavily or smoke at least for 24 hours. Intake of alcohol could be dangerous in this condition. Talk less and give the least stress in performing activities that include functioning of the mouth. Having liquid food is more preferable in this case. Ice cream, hot or cold milk can produce better and quick results.

How long does it take to recover?

When the tooth is removed, the swelling and the discomfort takes around 3-4 days to recover completely. A check to all post-treatment guidelines will ensure proper and swift recovery.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Treatment for a wisdom tooth in India ranges bewtween Rs 1000 to Rs 10,000 . The variation in range is due to different charges and extraction cost that varies from place to place.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The treatment for the solution to wisdom teeth mostly involves extraction or removal of the teeth. The treatment provides full recovery within few days if not situation gets worse with an infection that would require intense medication for complete recovery.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

A Wisdom tooth holds down sensitive nerves in the roots and damage to those may lead to a defect in speaking and you may lose the feeling of sensitivity for the entire life. In this regard, research on Dental Updates shows the use of the coronectomy procedure is considered safe as it does not leads to any chance neurological imbalance or malfunction. The coronectomy procedure involves removal of the crown part of the wisdom tooth leaving the roots at their place.

On the other hand, adoption of homemade remedies like ice bags, tea bags, clove, peppermint, onion, guava leaves, cucumber slice and baking soda paste can help amazingly in reducing pain.

Safety: Condition Effectiveness: High Timeliness: High Relative Risk: Low Side Effects: Low Time For Recovery: Low Price Range:

Rs 500- Rs 10,000

Popular Health Tips

Wisdom Tooth Extraction With Close Nerve - Must Know!

BDS, MDS Prosthodontics
Dentist, Bangalore
Wisdom Tooth Extraction With Close Nerve - Must Know!

If the lower wisdom teeth are partially erupted but there is no sign of any decay or gum infection. Adjacent teeth are also healthy and intact. However, the x-rays showed that the roots of her wisdom teeth are tightly pressed against the nerve in the lower jaw. This nerve provides sensation to the lips and surgery to remove her lower wisdom teeth will carry a high risk of injury to the nerve which may, in the worst case scenario, result in a permanent numbness of the lower lips. As such, I recommended that leave the wisdom teeth alone and only remove them if they cause trouble.

The next option is not very commonly done but is a viable option for cases where the wisdom tooth is very close to the nerve and is painful. The crown can be cut off, leaving the root in the bone. This procedure, known as coronectomy, is gaining in popularity as the complication rate was found to be low. A study following 612 wisdom teeth that underwent coronectomy over five years found a complication rate of less than 1%. For patients with wisdom teeth that are pressed against the nerve, coronectomy is a viable option.

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Wisdom Tooth!

MDS - Orthodontics, BDS
Dentist, Meerut
Wisdom Tooth!

Wisdom Tooth!

Wisdom Tooth!

B.D.S
Dentist, Jaipur
Wisdom Tooth!

An insight of wisdom tooth.

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Wisdom Teeth Removal - When Is It Necessary?

BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
Wisdom Teeth Removal - When Is It Necessary?

Wisdom teeth are known to be the final molars to grow out and complete the set of permanent teeth. They generally start to erupt during the late teens or the beginning of the twenties. 

In case of some people there is a possibility that the wisdom teeth never erupt, while others may even grow four and more wisdom teeth. 

Do all wisdom teeth create dental problems?
No. If a wisdom tooth has completely erupted through the gum and tissue, without actually harming the teeth next to it, it does not require to be extracted. But, this is only if the individual is able to clean and brush it thoroughly. The wisdom teeth should be properly examined and dental care is necessary to prevent any complications. 

When do wisdom teeth need extraction?
Proper oral care of the teeth will keep them healthy and clean. But there may arise a situation in which the removal of the wisdom teeth is quite necessary-

1. In certain cases, the wisdom tooth may erupt at a weird angle, compromising the teeth next to it. This may make it difficult to clean the teeth thoroughly, thus resulting in the onset of bacterial growth and periodontal disease. In this case, the wisdom teeth should be removed as soon as possible. 

2. While the wisdom teeth grows out, it may happen that there is not enough space for it to grow properly. As a result the adjacent teeth may face pressure due to crowded teeth, leading to headaches, toothaches and jaw pain. It is best that the wisdom teeth is extracted in this situation.

3. In case a wisdom tooth develops a cavity, it should be extracted. 

4. An impacted wisdom tooth, that is, if it has only partially grown out of the tissue, should also be extracted before it can cause serious complications.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Wisdom Teeth

MDS - Periodontics
Dentist, Thane
Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth can sometimes pose various problems if they are infected or if they cause bone loss. Some advice removal of wisdom teeth on a precautionary basis. Removing of tooth/teeth which are otherwise healthy can sometimes be questionable. Always take a second opinion if you are in doubt!

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Popular Questions & Answers

One of my wisdom teeth has been infected and I visited a nearby dentist. He assured me of an RCT and also a extra unwanted covering over wisdom teeth to be cut off as food gets lodged inside it and cause inflammation .I want to know whether it will be a good decision to do such surgery from a clinic without any support staff or from a hospital as there might be bleeding after surgery?

Certification in Laser Dentistry, B.D.S, Certification in Dental Implants, Certification In Rotary Endodontics
Dentist, Kanpur
There Are So Many Treatment Options Available Regarding The Third Molar Apart from The RCT The removal Of covering gingiva Can Be removed By THE LASER Also. I Personally As A dental Laser Surgeon prefer to remove the covered gingiva with the help of soft tissue laser. Its Completely Blood Less & PAin less. Neither need the sutures Nor IT Takes extra time for healing.
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I have impacted wisdom teeth it also have gap & every time when I eat some thing. Food struck in the gap. When I pull out the food from that gap it smells bad. & its not painful. & I also visited dentists he said me that it has 2 option. One is removal of wisdom teeth 2nd filling the gap. When I said the doctor which option is better he said me go for filling because your wisdom teeth is not painful. Now what should I do. I also have bad breath may be it from the gap which is made by impacted wisdom teeth. What should I do now. Please help me dentist.

Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Post Graduation, Masters in Prosthodontics and Crown and Bridges including Implantology
Dentist, Bhilai
If you do not have an erupted wisdom tooth in upper or lower arch ie opposite of this tooth or if this tooth is impacted and not erupting better is to get it removed surgically. And for bad breath you should go for oral prophylaxis and a good mouthwash.
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I have come wisdom teeth 3 years ago but till now not fully erupted. My mouth taste is very bad. It also smells bad. Some they bleeds. What should I do.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
Take vitamin C supplements. Use homoeopathic toothpaste heclalva by wheezal Massage your gums with turmeric and salt twice daily. And once take check up by dentist if there are any carries.
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I have pain in my gums and the reason is wisdom teeth .some of them say I should have small incision in my gums so that it would help the teeth to come in a easy way some says I should have a minor ot and take out the teeth. What should I do?

Bachelor of Dental Surgery, PG Diploma in Psychological Counselling
Dentist, Sidhi
Wisdom teeth or third molars are usually the last ones to erupt. During the eruption time there are some inflammation and redness in gum pad known as pericoronitis. After diagnostic examination and dental X-ray, the dentist can decide the treatment plan. If there is no problem with tooth orientation, Only a small incision has been given to create an eruption path. If wisdom tooth have been impacted, then it should be removed by the dentist. So please see your dentist, He/She advise you After clinical examination and x-ray.

Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
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Tooth Sensitivity

Hello friends, my name is Dr Aishna Sharma, today I am going to discuss about the topic that is very common and in general everyone suffers from it and that is, tooth sensitivity.

Tooth sensitivity is basically any kind of pain due to extremes (hot and cold) food or drinks or even with a blow of air. Now first of all going deep into this topic you musyt understand the tooth structure, that is a tooth it consists of three layers;

The outermost layer enamel, that is considered to be the hardest substance on the eart, other than the diamond.
Now, after enamel comes dentin. Dentin is considered to be the softer substance.
It has tubules in it. Tubules that starts from the outer layer of the dentin and ends up to the pulp.
This dentin and inside dentin is the pulp. The pulp or the nerve tissue, this nerve tissue consist if sensations, and with whatever we eat whatever we have all the sensation is passed through the nerves and it reaches through the dentin and then it reaches to the enamel. Now whenever we have sensitivity it means that the tooth structure is lost because of many reasons. Now first and foremost reason is the loss of gum tissue. The loss of gum tissue can occur when we take some very acidic things like pepsi, coke or any aerated drink. So in that case our gum tissues are soft in nature, that gets lost. So when it gets lost the lower part of the tooth that is the root of the tooth, it gets exposed and it is sensitive in nature so obviously you will have sensitivity in that area. The sensitivity is not in the tooth structure it is in the root area. Now, other reason of sensitivity is decay. Decay is the most common.

When you will have decay?

First and foremost you will get to know about decay when your food will get lost when the food will get lost only in the outer surface of the tooth, that is the enamel, you won t have any sensitivity you will just have the complain of getting the food lost, but when it reaches the dentin, you will definitely have sensitivity. The first sensitivity you are going to have is cold, after that hot and after that when it is very near to the nerves, you will have sensitivity to sweets. Now, this is how this process of decay stats from sensitivity and ends up in pain because when you reach the nerve, you will experience pain. Other reason of sensitivity is fracture, when the tooth gets fractured, so obviously in fractured case also the dentin is getting exposed and even at times the pulp or the nerve tissue gets exposed. So all the sensation, whatever you eat or drink gets passed on to the tooth directly to the inside of the tooth directly and you will have sensation of hot and cold, even to sweets.

Now, what is the treatment line for tooth sensitivity?

The first and foremost line and the most common treatment line people do at home is the desensitizing paste, nowadays there are so many advertisements coming on national television. So, desensitizing paste is something that you have to use regularly and slowly you will attain the result. But, ya if you don t get results with the desensitizing paste, you have to come to the clinic. To the doctor s place and you have to get the treated by the fluorited toothpaste that the doctor will recommend. Even after that if you are not getting relieved, then you haveto go for the filling that filling is medicated filling. Even at times if it is your bad luck that you don t even get relief with the filling then you have to go for the root canal only after that the sensitive tooth will be relieved.

For further detail on this topic, you can call me and chat with me. There is live chat option also on librate.com and you can visit our clinic that is Rohini Dental Care and it is in sector 31 Gurgaon. Rest, you can get from the Lybrate.
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Tooth Decay
Detailed description on Tooth decay

Hi I'm Dr. Vikash, an Endodontist and Senior Consultant at Ethical Dental and Health Care, Sector-1004, Noida. Today I'm going to discuss about the most common disease in the world, that is Tooth Decay.

Inside everyone's mouth there is a war going on. Our tooth is under attack by various bacterias. These bacterias grow a layer called plaque. It is an invisible battle because bacterias are of same color as our tooth and they hide in hard to reach areas of our mouth like gum line and between tooth. Plaque bacteria attack on sugary tooth. They turn sugar into acid and acid into enamel. This is where our body fights back thanks to saliva. Saliva is full of minerals that replaces the tooth structures dissolved away by plaque acids. It takes about 20mins for the minerals to get back in balance after a meal. But if more minerals are taken away than replaced then enamel collapses and bacteria can get into tissue below. This causes cavity and the tooth is in trouble.

Bacteria will start rotting the dent in the enamel causing tooth decay. WHen decay hits sensitive area you get tooth decay. By now enamel is completely undermined. Although only a dentist can remove bacteria from cavity but you can play your own part in the battle. If you cut off in between meal snacks and regularly remove bacterias with brush and floss, then by this you will be helping your body win the war against tooth decay.

For more information about dental problems you can contact me on Lybrate or walk into my dental clinic, Ethical Dental and Health Care, Sector-1004, Noida.
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About Tooth Implants
Hello, everybody, I am Dr Priyanka Puri. I have been practising for the past 12 years. My specialization is aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry and I m an implantologist also.

So today we are going to talk about implants which is a hot topic nowadays for patients and for practising doctors also. So when is that you can have an implant in your mouth. You can have an implant in your mouth when you have a missing tooth. Like you can see in a model here. There is one tooth that is missing. This is a lower molar. In actual the teeth are placed like this in your mouth. So there are the roots, there is the crown and where there is a missing tooth you can see the empty socket here. So when you have a missing tooth in your mouth there are ways to replace it and with the latest technology, we can have a fixed tooth in your mouth which has no relation to your adjacent teeth.

What is an implant?

Implant is nothing but titanium screw. As you can see in this model. The implant is a titanium screw which is made up of titanium and titanium has this unique property of binding with your Alveolar bone. This is how an implant is placed in your socket and this is how it will be inside your bone and as we are talking about the lower jaw we put this implant in your lower jaw bone. We leave it there for three months in case of lower bone and in case of upper bone for six months and this time period is very important for the implant to re-mineralise to reintegrate to become the part of your bone. This is the unique property of titanium and after that what we can do is we can give you a cap with which you can apply all the masticatory forces and you can eat with this tooth. As you can see in the model it is independent of your front and back tooth. It has no relation with your front and back tooth. It is totally independent. And you can see from inside also. This complete procedure takes about three months for the lower jaw and around six months for the upper jaw in case there are no bone deformities, there are no bony disturbances.

One of the important concerns or things which would like to confirm from the patients is the sugar levels, and his or her habits. Because of sugar if it is not at the level if it is fluctuating sugar levels. Then implants success rate will go down and in case you are a heavy smoker then also implants success rates will also go down. But otherwise, implants have a success rate of 90 to 95% all over the world. So it s great of restoring your missing tooth.

In case you have any doubts you can consult me in my clinic at smile experts or you can connect to me on lybrate.
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Whether to Save a Tooth or Extract it ?
Know how Root Canal treatment helps to save a tooth
Know how Root Canal treatment helps to save a tooth

Hi friends I am doctor Premendra Goyal. Lot of questions are asked to us about whether to save a tooth or to extract it. I will talk to you about root canal treatment today which is a treatment by which we can save your tooth and it can serve for a lifetime with good maintenance. A tooth basically is a lot of hard tissue with some tissue in the center, you can it the heart of your tooth which in our language is called as pulp and layman end up calling it something as nerve. Once that nerve or pulp portion of your tooth is exposed to the oral cavity in some way may be a fracture of your tooth, may be decay, cavities- as we call them, once the heart of your tooth, the pulp of your tooth, the nerve of your tooth is exposed to the oral cavity your tooth is in danger. Tissue goes bad, infection travels, it goes deeper and it enters your bone area.

Now to save that tooth or not that is the first question that comes to the mind. By saving that tooth we are saving the natural thing that nature has given us. We have been trying to replace or replicate what nature has given us, but 100% replication of what nature has given us is not possible till date. So the best option is always to save a natural thing, and that can be easily done by root canal treatment. In root canal treatment I will try to explain in as simple language as simple the procedure is for the patient. I will reiterate- for the patient, for the clinician or for your dentist it definitely is a process which involves a lot of intricacies but for a patient it is a very simple procedure, wherein local anesthesia is given and the area is numbed and you don t feel any pain when you undergo the treatment.

A small hole is drilled on the top of the tooth, if it is a grinder, if it is the front tooth the hole is drilled on the back side of your tooth and the nerve area is accessed. And through small instruments the inside and the root area of your tooth is cleaned, up it is shaped, it is disinfected with lot of medicaments and then it is finally filled up with artificial material and then your tooth is restored to normalcy with a cap sometimes or a post which is a support inside the root and building up with the tooth canal material or a material of your choice.

I will give you a broad overview about how a root canal treatment goes about in the pictorial representation. (Displaying pictures) Suppose this was the decayed tooth, a small opening is made on the top of the tooth, we enter the tooth with small instruments, and with the advent of newer technologies it is possible today to complete your root canal in one single sitting, a half an hour to 45 minute appointment and you can end up with a painless tooth. First the root canal is cleaned, it is disinfected with certain medicaments, a artificial filling is placed in the root and then the tooth is restored on the top. So the question of whether to save a tooth or whether to extract it ends up with a proper restored tooth which works for a very long time serving you, thank you.

For more information you can contact us via Lybrate.
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Teeth Cleaning : The Right Way
Various measures to maintain the right oral hygiene

Hi! I am doctor Diksha Batra from Smile Essentials, the topic for the day is a question that is usually asked, how do I keep my teeth, clean doctor? This is a common question so we decided to come up with 4 easy quick steps for you to look after your beautiful smile Step 1 is a simple thing called flossing but none of us really do it. Flossing is cleaning in between your teeth, it really becomes difficult to use a thread so we recommend a device which is called a disposable plastic. A disposable plastic is a simple device like a toothpick but it is actually better than that. So it is used to clean between teeth to solve all your problems with cavities, gum diseases or even bad breath. Once flossing is done all the loose food debris is dislodged and now you can move to step 2.Step 2 is brushing, all of us do recommend brushing twice a day, once in the day and once at night. We do recommend choosing the right toothbrush, it has to be a toothbrush with soft bristles.

We recommend using a motorized brush as the best mode of cleaning your teeth but if you are using a manual brush the bristles should be soft. We are often asked which toothpaste to be used? The toothpaste can be any toothpaste but it should have a gel component as well as a paste component to protect your teeth not only from cavities but also from gum diseases. Use fluoride which protects your teeth from cavities. Step 3 is tongue cleaning, this is one of the most important steps in prevention of bad breath. Tongue cleaning can be done with either a metal or plastic tongue cleaner just ensure that all the white deposit on the tongue is removed completely. These are the bacterial disease that causes halitosis or bad breath Step 4, of course, is mouthwash, use a diluted mouthwash with one cap mouthwash and one glass of water, make sure to use an alcohol-free product.

Besides these four points please ensure that you are replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months and make sure that you rinse twice a day even if you can't manage to brush. Also ensure that you are rinsing after every meal, also make sure that you get a dental cleaning every six months to detect any new cavities and to even ensure that there is no gum disease. With this we say that these are the 4 simple steps to maintain 32 teeth and a beautiful smile.

This is doctor Diksha Batra once again from Smile Essentials.Various measures to maintain the right oral hygiene

Hi! I am doctor Diksha Batra from Smile Essentials, the topic for the day is a question that is usually asked, how do I keep my teeth, clean doctor? This is a common question so we decided to come up with 4 easy quick steps for you to look after your beautiful smile Step 1 is a simple thing called flossing but none of us really do it. Flossing is cleaning in between your teeth, it really becomes difficult to use a thread so we recommend a device which is called a disposable plastic. A disposable plastic is a simple device like a toothpick but it is actually better than that. So it is used to clean between teeth to solve all your problems with cavities, gum diseases or even bad breath. Once flossing is done all the loose food debris is dislodged and now you can move to step 2.Step 2 is brushing, all of us do recommend brushing twice a day, once in the day and once at night. We do recommend choosing the right toothbrush, it has to be a toothbrush with soft bristles.

We recommend using a motorized brush as the best mode of cleaning your teeth but if you are using a manual brush the bristles should be soft. We are often asked which toothpaste to be used? The toothpaste can be any toothpaste but it should have a gel component as well as a paste component to protect your teeth not only from cavities but also from gum diseases. Use fluoride which protects your teeth from cavities. Step 3 is tongue cleaning, this is one of the most important steps in prevention of bad breath. Tongue cleaning can be done with either a metal or plastic tongue cleaner just ensure that all the white deposit on the tongue is removed completely. These are the bacterial disease that causes halitosis or bad breath Step 4, of course, is mouthwash, use a diluted mouthwash with one cap mouthwash and one glass of water, make sure to use an alcohol-free product.

Besides these four points please ensure that you are replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months and make sure that you rinse twice a day even if you can't manage to brush. Also ensure that you are rinsing after every meal, also make sure that you get a dental cleaning every six months to detect any new cavities and to even ensure that there is no gum disease. With this we say that these are the 4 simple steps to maintain 32 teeth and a beautiful smile.

This is doctor Diksha Batra once again from Smile Essentials.
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