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The Doctors are joined by cosmetic dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman to answer viewers dentistry questions! The first question is from Instagram and the viewer says their teeth look fine but in certain lighting, they seem cracked. What is causing this and are the teeth going to fall apart?
Dr. Dorfman assures the viewer their teeth are just fine! These lines are called craze lines and they are superficial, harmless, and are usually caused by use and abuse. For example, as a kid if you've hit your teeth or as an adult from chewing on something tough like ice. If the lines deepen and actually become cracked then it's something you do need to take care of.
The next question is from Emily on Facebook who says her 23-month-old daughter sometimes has bad breath! She says she brushes her teeth with a natural toothpaste but often her daughter sucks it off and wants more. Is there anything she can do about the stink?
"The chance of bad breath emanating from teeth on a little kid is probably about zero unless they have cavities," says Dr. Dorfman. It's more likely from something like mouth breathing. When a kid's mouth is open and it gets dried out there is a proliferation of bacteria that could cause bad breath.
It could also be from something like chronic sinusitis or acid reflux so it's important to take the toddler to the doctor to find out what the issue is. As for a trip to the dentist, Dr. Dorfman says take a kid as soon as they get their first tooth.
The last question is from a woman who says her teeth have been breaking and falling out after having children. She wonders if she is going to have no teeth by the time she's 30?
Dr. Dorfman explains there is absolutely no medical correlation between pregnancy and losing your teeth. There is something called pregnancy gingivitis which is caused by the huge fluctuation in hormones. This can lead to bleeding, puffy, painful gums. Luckily, as soon as you have the baby and stop breastfeeding, it should go away.
OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landy adds pregnancy gingivitis typically peaks in the third trimester. Mixing a cup of warm water with about a teaspoon of salt will help with the irritation. Being pregnant is not an excuse to avoid a dentist visit and if there is a reason for any concern, your OB/GYN and your dentist can work together!