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A 61-year-old male asked:

Good morning dentists! is it safe or not safe for an (older) adult to brush teeth more than 2x/day? also i have gum issues and get blood in saliva usually at night. what might cause this and how should i treat it?

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Dr. Robert Trager
Dentistry 55 years experience
SAFE: If you brush after eating three times a day it is safe. Use a soft toothbrush so you don't irritate your soft gums which can cause bleeding .Rinse with hydrogen peroxide and Peridex and massage your gums which a gum specialist [PERIODONTIST] will tell you if you are so concerned about your problem. Now make an appointment to see a gum specialist.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Safe Toothbrushing: Two to three times a day should not be an issue. Use a soft, rounded bristle toothbrush with a non-abrasive toothpaste. Overbrushing with abrasives can wear away your enamel and/or result in gingival recession. Everything in moderation, professional cleanings twice a year at a minimum. Gingival bleeding = inflammation. Untreated periodontitis = loss of teeth.

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Last updated Jan 29, 2021

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