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I brush my teeth really hard but they are still dirty why?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Need cleaning : Has it been a while since you had your teeth cleaned? Brushing alone will not remove the stains or the hard calculus the builds up around the gums. This can only be done by a dentist. Try not to brush real hard because it can damage your teeth and it does not take a lot of force to clean your teeth completely. Always use soft toothbrush.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Clean teeth: No way to know what you see & why. There are both intrinsic (inside) and extrinsic (outside) causes for discolorations on teeth. First, no matter what you use to clean your teeth are not as effective as a professional cleaning by your dentist or dental hygienist. Second, brushing cannot fix internal problems, discolored fillings, removing hard deposits & heavy staining. See your dentist for causes.

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