Health Chats
Dental Health
Wednesday Apr 08, 2009, 03:00PM - 04:00PM (EST)
Miami Beach, FL
Good oral hygiene is a crucial part of your overall health, but other than flossing and brushing every day, how do you ensure that you're in good dental health? What do dentists looks for in their oral exams? Is an electric toothbrush better than a manual one? Is that pain you feel a cavity? How do you prevent your gums from bleeding? Get answers to these questions and more when you join MedHelp's monthly hour-long chat with dentists from Top 3 Dentists, an invitation-only group of the top dentists in the U.S. Learn about the two most common plaque disease - tooth decay and periodontal disease - and the most common procedures including fillings, extractions, restorations, crowns, root canals, bridges, and gum therapy.
Dr. Hamid Nassery:
Good product but does not replace the need for flossing,, nice try..
We live in an area that is serviced by private wells that do not contain fluoride.  My 2 young children have been prescribed fluoride tablets from their pediatrician.  As an adult is it necessary to also take fluoride?  If so, what is the best way to get the necessary fluoride?
Dr. Hamid Nassery:
This is a very controversial subject .. I personally don't  like Fl. It is a poison after all.. now there are times that we need to use them and I do prescribe based on the case. I would say as an adult unless you have very poor hygien then you could argue that one may need it, but most likely yo know which end of the brush to use and I trust your teeth are fine..all the best
Carol 1:
This is a great Health Chat!  I'm learning a lot and really appreciate your taking the time to answer questions Dr. Nassery.  I've been diagnosed with Reversible Pulpitis and I really don't know what that is.  My dentist wants to extract my tooth - are there any other options?
Dr. Hamid Nassery:
Thank you for your kind words.I think that you mean Irreversible pulpitis.. that means that the well dead.. but that is what we have root canals there any other fact about the tooth that we should know .. why ext.?  maybe he is hollistic ?? there are grounds there.. another subject for a blog in the future perhaps.
I have mild periodontal disease are there any treatments that don't require me to have surgery?
Dr. Hamid Nassery:
Pam the first step should always be conservative none invasive traetments, such as scaling, in my office we are also treating these with lasers that are very mild and are getting excellent results with them.
That's all the questions we have time for today.  If your question wasn't addressed during today's chat, it will be answered and available in the chat archive.  Thanks again for joining us and a very warm thank you to Dr. Nassery for providing us with great answers.