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Is it ok to use electric tooth brush when gums are sensitive/often bleed?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
Cosmetic Dentistry 35 years experience
Yes, but....: Electric toothbrushes are fine, but I am more worried that your gums bleed. This has been linked to some rather severe diseases of the body- diabetes, heart attacks and strokes for example. If your dentist isn't addressing the bleeding- finding the cause and discussing how to treat it- get another dentist!
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Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Bleeding gums: First, see your dentist for an exam to look for more unusual causes of gum disease or advanced disease. But for most "bleeding gums" complaints, it is lack of toothbrushing (and flossing!) which makes them inflamed and bleed. Then, when patients start to brush, bleeding makes them think stopping will "let them heal"--a mistake. It's ok to use any tooth brush, as long as it's being used regularly.
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Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Buianswered
Dentistry 25 years experience
Yes: Electric tooth brush, or any kind of tooth brush as long as it has soft bristle, will not traumatize your gum nor your tooth/teeth. In fact, when gum bleeds or swollen, you should brush more in the area to eliminate the bleeding and reduce the swelling. Brushing will establish drainage of the localized infection and start the healing process.
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Last updated Apr 18, 2016

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