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Is there a recommended order for brushing your teeth, using mouthwash, and flosing?

Is there a recommended order for brushing your teeth, using mouthwash, and flosing?

Yes: Brush to remove the main debris where your brush can reach. Floss to clean in between and where your brush cannot reach. Rinse to complete the process. You might also add in the waterpik after brushing to " powerwash" your teeth. Good question. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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I woke up with a bad toothache and it lasted a couple of days I did the usual brush my teeth mouthwash etc, I felt fine then Friday night my eye was killing and today it's starting to swell bigger and bigger and it's causing me headaches major headaches,

I woke up with a bad toothache and it lasted a couple of days I did the usual brush my teeth mouthwash etc, I felt fine then Friday night my eye was killing and today it's starting to swell bigger and bigger and it's causing me headaches major headaches,

See care asap: See your dentist as soon as possible to determine what's causing the toothache and associated swelling and pain. Pain and swelling indicates probable infection which needs treatment before it gets even worse! Headaches often follow stress (over your dental problem). Do not delay. ...Read more

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Few days now, I been realizing everytime I swallow, it taste like bad breathe, but I brush my teeth, used mouthwash and just flossed? Help??

Few days now, I been realizing everytime I swallow, it taste like bad breathe, but I brush my teeth, used mouthwash and just flossed? Help??

See your dentist: Bad breath can be a sign that you already have, gum disease. The bacteria and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless toxic “plaque” on teeth causing Bad breath. See your dentist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Can you brush your teeth, use mouthwash and then chew a vitamin c?

Can you brush your teeth, use mouthwash and then chew a vitamin c?

Chew vitamin c first: Why are you chewing it. Could be too acidic. Chew it first then brush, etc. ...Read more

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I brush my teeth and use mouthwash 3 times a day. Am I going to get fluorosis?

I brush my teeth and use mouthwash 3 times a day. Am I going to get fluorosis?

No: Fluorosis happens when the amount of Fluoride ingested is higher than ideal while the teeth are forming. At 32 years of age, your teeth are fully formed, and have been for a few decades. Also, toothpastes and mouthwashes that contain Fluoride do not cause fluorosis since you don't ingest them.
Parents: make sure your kids don't eat the toothpaste, and only use a pea-sized amount for kids. ...Read more

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How many times a day should you brush your teeth? And is mouthwash bad for your teeth?

How many times a day should you brush your teeth? And is mouthwash bad for your teeth?

3 is enough: Brushing your teeth more than 3-4 times per day can cause damage to your teeth called tooth brush abrasion. Also mouth wash with high concentrations of alcohol can cause irriation to the cells in your mouth if used too frequently. ...Read more

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I have problems with bad breath all the time and I sometimes I brush my teeth and use mouthwash but it seems like the bad breath keeps going back.?

I have problems with bad breath all the time and I sometimes I brush my teeth and use mouthwash but it seems like the bad breath keeps going back.?

Sometimes?: Bad breath usually caused by sulfur producing bacteria. Need to first of all make sure mouth is healthy, see your Dentist for exam and professional cleaning, Make sure teeth, gums, throat, mouth, absolutely healthy. Need to brush 2x/day EVERY day for 2 full minutes. MUST floss daily and brush top of tongue. See MD to check for GERD, diabetes, etc. Mouthwash ineffective. ...Read more

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Do I have to brush teeth even after only drinking whatever kind of fluids? My point is, I didn't chew anything, so can't I just mouthwash and be done?

Do I have to brush teeth even after only drinking whatever kind of fluids? My point is, I didn't chew anything, so can't I just mouthwash and be done?

No: If the fluid contained any thing bacteria can eat you need to brush. Even if the fluid was only water you need to brush as the longer bacteria are not disturbed by brushing the y are causing trouble. ...Read more

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Every time I brush my teeth or use mouthwash my mouth and lips get dry. What could be the problem?

Every time I brush my teeth or use mouthwash my mouth and lips get dry. What could be the problem?

Alcohol: Most moth rinses contain alcohol and that can dry your mouth. If your does consider using a different mouth rinse without alcohol.. ...Read more

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Why does my mouth taste like butter? I have brushed my teeth and used mouthwash also has me me vomit.

Why does my mouth taste like butter? I have brushed my teeth and used mouthwash also has me me vomit.

Prof cleaning\exam: I know what butter tastes & feels like but not sure what you are trying to express. If you mean that your mouth doesn't feel clean, then I would suggest you see your dentist who can personally examine you and see what's going on. You should be brushing and flossing & using a tongue scraper. Rinses may be helpful but are not necessary. See your dentist for a professional cleaning and evaluation. ...Read more

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Brush teeth 2-3times/day, use mouthwash occasionally but do sometimes have bad breath, especially when mouth is dry. I still take enough fluids. Help!

Brush teeth 2-3times/day, use mouthwash occasionally but do sometimes have bad breath, especially when mouth is dry. I still take enough fluids. Help!

Gingivitis: Bad breath can be a sign that you already have, gum disease. The bacteria and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless toxic “plaque” on teeth causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed. This is a serious problem, which should be checked professionally by a dentist. The good news is that this condition is curable. Call your dentist today! ...Read more

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My mom is in an ALF with dementia, and will not brush teeth, but she will swish mouthwash twice daily. Although not the best, is this OK oral hygiene?

My mom is in an ALF with dementia, and will not brush teeth, but she will swish mouthwash twice daily. Although not the best, is this OK oral hygiene?

Tough: This is always a tough situation to deal with. Proper supervision is imperative, but having such supervision is not always available. Swishing is fine, but if someone can atr least wipe the teeth with a gauze may provide some relief. ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop gingivitis even with good oral hygiene? I floss, brush my teeth and use mouthwash after each meal but I think I may have it?

Is it possible to develop gingivitis even with good oral hygiene? I floss, brush my teeth and use mouthwash after each meal but I think I may have it?

Always possible: Your excellent hygiene habits are no guarantee that you will not develop any problems... neither are they a substitute for professional cleanings and exams. Make the call for an appointment. ...Read more

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Is it good to use mouth wash after brushing your teeth?

Is it good to use mouth wash after brushing your teeth?

Rinsing: Absolutely. It is an important adjunct to brushing. ...Read more

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Can you brush your teeth and then use mouthwash or do you use mouthwash and then use toothpaste?

Can you brush your teeth and then use mouthwash or do you use mouthwash and then use toothpaste?

Finish with rinse: There are different types of mouth rinse: Fluoride rinse to help teeth resistant to tooth decay; antiseptic rinse to decrease over all bacteria. Either way, brush ; floss your teeth first to remove all films (called biofilms) of bacteria so that rinsing agents will be more directly applied to tooth/gum surface for a higher, better efficacy. Exception is post-surgery rinse when you are not to brush. ...Read more

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I brush my teeth 2-4 times a day, floss 1-3 times a day and I normally don't use mouthwash. Is that okay?

I brush my teeth 2-4 times a day, floss 1-3 times a day and I normally don't use mouthwash. Is that okay?

Absolutely: Really, that's all you need to do. A mouthwash won't help you. Good work. Tv might lead you to believe a mouthwash is necessary, but it's not. ...Read more

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Need some dental expertise! I brush my teeth twice a day, and I even use mouthwash, so why do I have cavities?

Need some dental expertise! I brush my teeth twice a day, and I even use mouthwash, so why do I have cavities?

Cavities: Preventing cavities requires proper brushing and flossing after meals as well as avoiding foods that are sticky, starchy and have high concentrations of acids and unrefined sugars. Other factors such as GI problems, food impaction, etc. May play a role as well. If you want to find out how to prevent getting cavities, see a dentist who can evaluate your particular situation and causes. ...Read more

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I brush my teeth several times a day and I also use mouthwash, but sometimes my breath is still bad. Can you please help me.

I brush my teeth several times a day and I also use mouthwash, but sometimes my breath is still bad. Can you please help me.

Many causes...: Bad breath or halitosis, can have several causes, and it is sometimes multi-factorial. Accumulation of plaque ; tartar in between ; behind the teeth, ; presence of cavities are common causes. Also, many people have more accumulation of germs and debris on top surface of their tongue (to be brushed daily too). Others:presences of "post nasal drainage", acid reflux/ digestive problems ; some foods. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of using mouthwash after you brush your teeth? Can it be a substitute?

What is the purpose of using mouthwash after you brush your teeth? Can it be a substitute?

Mostly useless.: Most over-the-counter mouthwashes do nothing to help fight tooth decay or gum disease. Some have Fluoride in them, but it's very weak and so not real effective. Listerine is the only one proven to kill bacteria but it's effects don't last long enough to excite the dental professionals. Mechanical methods of brushing and flossing are still necessary. ...Read more

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Is it okay to rinse with mouthwash after brushing teeth?

Is it okay to rinse with mouthwash after brushing teeth?

Sure it is: Many people like to use mouthwash, and the right time to use it is after you clean your teeth. Note that mouthwash is not a substitution for proper oral hygiene, but rather an adjunct. ...Read more

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My gum has been swollen for over 2 weeks now after I tried cleaning my teeth with a pick. I brush 2ce a day and use mouthwash. What else can I do?

My gum has been swollen for over 2 weeks now after I tried cleaning my teeth with a pick. I brush 2ce a day and use mouthwash. What else can I do?

Gum disease: Swollen gums can be a sign that you are at risk for, or already have, gum disease. The bacteria, along with mucus and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless toxic “plaque” on teeth causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed. This is a serious problem, which should be checked by a dentist. It is a painless condition, but can induce serious complication. ...Read more

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Everytime I brush mu teeth there is a ton of blood. What could be causing this? I use sensodyne tooyhpaste and non alcoholic mouthwash.

Gum disease: Bleeding upon brushing is almost always a sign of gum disease, sometimes known as pyorrhea, but technically lnown as periodontitis. You need to see a dentist and have the gums and bone around your teeth examined. Periodontitis is an infection, is serious, can cause loss of jaw bone and teeth, and has been linked to heart disease and diabetes. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about using vodka as mouthwash, twice everyday. And brush and floss only if food gets stuck b/w teeth. What do you think?

Can you tell me about using vodka as mouthwash, twice everyday. And brush and floss only if food gets stuck b/w teeth. What do you think?

Goodbye to teeth!: Alcohol in that concentration and with that amount of frequency increases your risk of gum problems and oral cancer. If you only brush and floss when you get food stuck, you greatly increase your chance of periodontal (gum) disease and cavities, both of which will probably lead to you losing teeth over time. When was your last dental check-up? ...Read more

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I brush my teeth twice a day and use mouthwash and use floss I noticed I have a black area that appears to be on the molar tooth cant eat tough foods.

I brush my teeth twice a day and use mouthwash and use floss I noticed I have a black area that appears to be on the molar tooth cant eat tough foods.

Tooth Decay: Black spots are likely a symptom of tooth decay. If not treated, tooth decay can cause pain, infection, and eventually tooth loss. Visit your dentist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if I brush my teeth twice a day and use mouthwash too. Is this enough to get rid of bad breath?

What to do if I brush my teeth twice a day and use mouthwash too. Is this enough to get rid of bad breath?

Not necessarily: It's good you brush twice a day but you need to see a doctor to see wher the bad breath is coming from
a periodontist should rule out gum problems and if not that then have your physician rule out stomach or sinus problems as the cause. ...Read more

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