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Example of a Not-So-Great Question
Attached are my x-rays. I had an extraction on #22. Should I see my dentist?
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Example of a Great Question
What’s your opinion on fluoride in baby formula? I’m a new parent of twins and wondering if I should use tap water or filtered water for their formula.
I recently received my first crown and I have extreme sensitivity to cold and hot foods/liquids. Is this normal? Will this always be the case or will it eventually go away?
If You’re In Pain Right Now
As a rule of thumb, tooth pain doesn’t get better. It only gets worse.
So if you’re in pain right now, see your dentist right away.
The nature of toothaches is that they’re almost always an indication that it’s too late to manage the problem yourself.
Infections and cavities never get better or even stay the same. See your dentist and get treatment.
If you don’t have a dentist, check out my guide for finding an awesome and affordable dentist who will take care of your dental health for life.
Prevention is the best medicine and seeing a dentist regularly will keep you out of pain and prevent expensive treatment.
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— Dr. B