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Archive for January 2014

What is dry socket?

Q:What is dry socket? A:This painful situation arises when the blood clot in an extraction site is lost and bacteria invade the socket.   Dr. Maksim has been practicing dentistry in the San Diego area for over 20 years. www.michaelmaksimdds.com   View Larger Map

Where does bad breath come from?

Q:Where does bad breath come from? A:Bad breath can come from anywhere in the path of the airway. However the mouth is often the culprit.   Dr. Maksim has been practicing dentistry in the San Diego area for over 20 years. www.michaelmaksimdds.com   View Larger Map

What should I do for bad breath?

Q:What should I do for bad breath? A:Assuming the bad breath is coming from the mouth, improving your oral hygiene is the answer. Floss daily, brush twice a day, brush your tongue,use a waterpik and see a hygienist at least twice a year.   Dr. Maksim has been practicing dentistry . . . Read more

I have clicking and pain in my jaw. What should I do?

Q:I have clicking and pain in my jaw. What should I do? A:It sounds like you injured your TMJ. You can try warmth or ice placed near your ear several times a day for a few days. Also, avoid hard foods. If it does not resolve itself see your dentist. . . . Read more

I have a hard lump on my jaw. What should I do?

Q:I have a hard lump on my jaw. What should I do? A:The lump may be a cyst or a tumor. You need to see a dentist to evaluate this situation ASAP. You may require a root canal, extraction or surgery.   Dr. Maksim has been practicing dentistry in the . . . Read more

I broke a tooth and it is cutting my tongue. What can I do?

Q:I broke a tooth and it is cutting my tongue. What can I do? A:Use Orthodontic wax until you can visit a dentist.   Dr. Maksim has been practicing dentistry in the San Diego area for over 20 years. www.michaelmaksimdds.com   View Larger Map