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 How can you sterilize retainers after they've been in the trash/lost?
I lost my retainer, but I found it in my trashcan outside. It was in with garbage from my kitchem, car and office. Does anyone know how I can effectively clean my retainer again so I can use it ...

 I have really bad breath?
my girlfriend just told me that i've had bad breath ever since I met here. listerine only helps for like an hour... what can i do?? can the dentist give me something?...

 I want my teeth whiter! baking soda?
if i brush my teeth with baking soda will it make them whiter?
also can i use it in combination with blanx whitener?
are there any other 'home remedies' i can use to make my teeth ...

 Is this normal for someone w/ braces?
My ortho appointments are usu. 3 weeks apart; recently i've heard that normally they are 4-6 weeks apart. Why are my appointments so close? is this going to speed up the treatment?

 Should I do "sleep" (sedation) dentistry for a root canal?
I am getting a root canal. The dentist is charging me $200 for the sleep dentistry pill. I realize that the tooth will be numbed, so I won't feel much, if anything. Should I also pay $200 for ...

 Do white strips work?
I see these Crest or Colgate white strips around and was wondering if I should give those a shot. Thanks....

 What can I use/do to make me teeth stronger?
I chipped one of my front teeth while eating a cob of corn and now it hurts alot to bit on anything with my front teeth...that one in particular. Going to the dentist is not an option at the moment ...

 Yellow teeth???
i have yellow teeth and i wanna get rid of the yellowness but it might be hereditery and i am not going to use whiting strips and i brush at least 2 times a day!!??any good toothpastes?oh and does ...

 What is the price of metal orthodontic braces?

 Bad breath!!!?
I brush my teeth when I should, but I always have bad breath. I know a girl who has it and it is a BIG turn off so are there any products, home remedies, or any other tips! Thanks!...

 Teeth Emergency!!!!!?
My mom just had the top part of her mouth done at the dentist and now has a partial denture on the roof of her mouth. She is in a LOT i repeat a LOT of pain and i need to know maybe a home remedy or ...

 What does it mean when you can roll your tongue into a clover/tie cherry stems?
I can do it, and I've heard a lot of different things about what it means, so I was just wondering....

 How much milk are you supposed to drink a day?
My mom said you only need milk occasionally. Am I supposed to drink an 8 oz cup or 4 oz. Or should I do as my mom says?
Additional Details
I'm not allergic. My mom just doesn't ...

 My friend has a bad breath. she can not get rid of it even after brushing her teeth & mouthwash. Help?

 Teeth routine?
is this a good routine
rinse with ACT
brush teeth for 1 min
add listirine to cup of water and rinse
i do this morning and night
is the too much rinsing?...

I have been asking my parents forever for braces, and I don't care anymore, I'm paying for them before college, it's going to hold me back, but I don't care. I want straight teeth....

 I Got My Wisdom teeth cut out, how long do the stitches stay in?
I got them cut out on Friday and the stitches are still there and it does not look like they are going anywhere....

 Getting Braces on?
does it hurt when they are being put on?

and after how long do they usually hurt for?...

 Is it possible to get a black eye after tooth extraction?

 Yellow teeth?
my child brushes his teeth regulary but his teeth look like they are a slight yellow,, does anyone know any natural cheap solutions for white teeth?...

Is having black gums a medical problem? I see people and celebrities (Whoopi Goldberg) with them all the time.

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It could be from smoking. I AM NOT TRYING TO BE RACIST BUT colored people have black gums i think.

i think that your gums are supposed to be pink. her gums are gross. black gums are not a good thing.

i'm sure all is ok

no sweetie, having no gums at all would be a medical problem.......and remember, whoppi smokes so that might be a factor (note to blimpy) nobody says (colored )anymore

Actually black gums used to signify royalty in Africa. Alot of people belive that if you have black gums you are a decendant of royality.

oh! for goodness sakes.god please give me strength

she is a black woman its normal

No. It's just harmless pigmentation.

Thank goodness cjmacri answered this question. It's all about pigmentation. Whoopi is African American, many African Americans have darkly pigmented gums. The girl that sited webmd.com is proof of a little knowledge being a dangerous thing. I'm glad she looked it up to help someone, but in this case she made something perfectly normal seem really scary. Caucasian people typically have gums (gingiva) a healthy pink color. If they are puffy and red or even purplish, they have gingivitis - inflammation of the gums - and that's not healthy. African Americans can have any range of pink, to purple, to almost black gums and often be perfectly healthy. Give cjmacri the points for the best answer.

As with skin, gums can have racial pigmentation. The melanin in the gums can cause them to be black, brown, or darker shades of red. "Pink" refers to Caucasian gingival pigmentation but may not be normal for African Americans, Hispanics, Middle Easter, Etc.
Now if they used to be pink and now their black, that's a whole different Oprah.

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He can tell you if you have a health problem

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