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What's the best toothbrush for gum disease?

What's the best toothbrush for gum disease?

No best one: There is no best toothbrush. You need to use a soft toothbrush and brush for at least 2 minutes twice a day. Most adults don't brush long enough and this can make more of a difference than the brand name of the toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes can be very beneficial. ...Read more

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Do battery toothbrushes work better than regular?

Do battery toothbrushes work better than regular?

Studies say no: A properly used toothbrush will perform equally good as an electric brush. That being said, an electric toothbrush aimed properly is likely easier to use for some patients, especially those with dexterity problems. A good three-minute brush, 2-3 times a day, that covers all the tooth surfaces and the gums is sufficient. There is no magic in an electric toothbrush, it is about aiming properl. ...Read more

Dr. Harold Peltan Dr. Peltan
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Toothbrush (Tip)

Keep a toothbrush at work to use after lunch. ...See more

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Can you tell me what is the best way to disinfect a toothbrush?

Can you tell me what is the best way to disinfect a toothbrush?

Bleach water: A simple and effective solution to disinfect your toothbrush would be a solution of water and bleach(10 to 1). You can simply put a capful of household bleach like clorox into a glass of water. You can't use it with any metallic surface or item due to corrosion. Let it soak for an hour. Then rinse it off. ...Read more

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Toothbrush (Tip)

Clean between teeth daily, where toothbrush can't reach (floss or water pik). ...See more

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Is a vibrating toothbrush effective?

Is a vibrating toothbrush effective?

Yes if used properly: Electric or vibrating toothbrushes can be very effective, but are not magic. They must be used properly in order to work. They will not clean any areas that they do not reach, so you must make sure to move them slowly and gently across all the surfaces of your teeth. ...Read more

Dr. Evan Altman Dr. Altman
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An electric toothbrush recommended by your dentist and/or the ada used regularly = less cavities. ...See more

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A strange layer of a different color on the tongue. Does not come off with brushing with the toothbrush. No pain, just discolored.?

A strange layer of a different color on the tongue. Does not come off with brushing with the toothbrush. No pain, just discolored.?

Geographic tongue?: You may have something called geographic tongue. In that case there are areas of denuded papillae that appear bald. These areas tend to appear and disappear over time. If that is what you have, it is benign and needs no treatment or concern. See the photo alongside. It is always best to see a dentist for a clinical exam to determine the exact diagnosis in case it is something else! ...Read more

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How do I make a wound in mouth heal faster? I think I bit the inside of my cheek and now it's really painful. The wound doesn't seem to be getting better. I try not to touch it or hit it with my toothbrush, but it's not doing the trick. Any tips? I've

How do I make a wound in mouth heal faster? I think I bit the inside of my cheek and now it's really painful.  The wound doesn't seem to be getting better. I try not to touch it or hit it with my toothbrush, but it's not doing the trick. 

Any tips? I've

Natural Healing: The good news is that area has fantastic blood supply and so healing will occur rapidly. Inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling) is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. Dressings and ointments are of no value there. Avoid further trauma to the area and let nature take it's course. ...Read more

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Use floss or water pik daily to prevent cavities & gum disease where toothbrush can't reach. ...See more

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I have tiny white dotts inner corners of lips and not visible unless I show it. They're sore. Cold sore? They really hurt do I need a new toothbrush?

I have tiny white dotts inner corners of lips and not visible unless I show it. They're sore. Cold sore? They really hurt do I need a new toothbrush?

Angular cheilitis: In most cases are caused by the bacteria/fungus and any type of mouth trauma. Angular cheilitis can become chronic if not treated properly and can last for a few months. See your PCP for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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How often should I replace my manual toothbrush?

3 months: It is recommended that you replace your toothbrush every 3 months. ...Read more

Dr. Joseph Kim Dr. Kim
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Expensive toothbrushes and pastes mean nothing when they're primarily used as bathroom ornaments! ...See more

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I use an electric toothbrush. I get cold sores frequently. How can I sanitize my toothbrush? At $22 per head I cannot afford to replace each time.

I use an electric toothbrush. I get cold sores frequently. How can I sanitize my toothbrush? At $22 per head I cannot afford to replace each time.

Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate): Ask your dentist to write a rxn for peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate). It is an antimicrobial mouth rinse. You can rinse your brush head in hot water, then let it soak in this for 15 – 30 minutes, then rinse again and allow drying. Also, you might invest in 2 brush heads and alternate so they dry completely. Good luck. The cold sores are viral. If herpes, ask your dentist for rxn for acyclivir. Often helps. ...Read more

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How can you clean a toothbrush?

How can you clean a toothbrush?

Rinse and Dry!: Rinse it and let it dry. You are not going to reinfect yourself with a cold! ...Read more

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Is a vibrating toothbrush effective?

Yes if used properly: Electric or vibrating toothbrushes can be very effective, but are not magic. They must be used properly in order to work. They will not clean any areas that they do not reach, so you must make sure to move them slowly and gently across all the surfaces of your teeth. ...Read more

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Can the ionic toothbrush really work?

Can the ionic toothbrush really work?

Snake oil!: I have not seen a study or a juried scientific article that shows an "ionic" brush imparts any special cleaning effects. Don't waste your money! ...Read more

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How often should I replace my toothbrush?

How often should I replace my toothbrush?

New tooth brush: Replace your tooth brush when it begins to look worn and frayed. This varies depending upon the individual tooth brush, how often you brush, for how long and with how much pressure. Some toothbrushes have indicators to help you determine that. Generally every one to three months or after a cold, the flu, a sore throat or any oral infection. ...Read more

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How often should you get a new toothbrush?

How often should you get a new toothbrush?

New tooothbrushes: Replace your toothbrush every 3-6 months depending upon wear and also after colds, flu, etc. ...Read more

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How often do I have to replace my toothbrush?

Every 5 or 6 months: You should replace your toothbrush every 5 or 6 months, or after you have been sick. ...Read more

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How often should I replace my manual toothbrush?

3 months: It is recommended that you replace your toothbrush every 3 months. ...Read more

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How often are you suppose to change your toothbrush?

How often are you suppose to change your toothbrush?

Every 3 max 4 months: Studies show that after 3 months of normal use toothbrushes are much less effective. ...Read more

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Can toothbrush bristles get harder or softer with use?

Agree and ...: Worn toothbrushes tend to fray & tangle at the bristle ends, thus are less effective. If it looks worn, it's time for a new soft never hard bristle toothbrush. ...Read more

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Do electric toothbrushes work better than non-electric?

Do electric toothbrushes work better than non-electric?

Yes: Until I started useing the electric myself I thought the manuel was as good. But it is not. The electric is much more effective. ...Read more

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Could a pink color on my toothbrush bristles be harmful?

Could a pink color on my toothbrush bristles be harmful?

No: If the bristles were that color when you got the brush and it is an ada accepted brush, it's safe. If they were once white and are now pink, you could have periodontal disease since its probably blood. ...Read more