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Just woke up went to brush my teeth & gargle with salt water and I noticed the whitish color stuff I had in my extraction site is not there. Normal?

Just woke up went to brush my teeth & gargle with salt water and I noticed the whitish color stuff I had in my extraction site is not there. Normal?

Extraction: If it was surgical or sutured most dentist place in gelfoam which looks white. If it's several dead old and was partially closed it could just be sloughing tissue. Read more

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In what order should I perform: brushing of teeth, rinsing/gargling with salt water, and use of listerine?

In what order should I perform: brushing of teeth, rinsing/gargling with salt water, and use of listerine?

Order: Floss first brush seconed rinse last. You do not need to rinse with salt water and over the counter mouth wash both. One or the other is enough. I personally prefer warm salt water. Read more

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Part of gum on upper left side of mouth feels warm and more moist, more than my other gums. When I eat/warm salt water/ brush teeth the feeling goes.

Part of gum on upper left side of mouth feels warm and more moist, more than my other gums. When I eat/warm salt water/ brush teeth the feeling goes.

More info needed: A visualization of that area, along with proper radiographs can let your local dentist diagnose you properly. Give your dentist a call for an appointment. Read more

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Should my 2-year-old brush teeth?

Should my 2-year-old brush teeth?

Yes: Brushing teeth regularly after meals is important. Think up a game and make brushing fun. Read more

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Should we brush teeth after every meal?

Should we brush teeth after every meal?

Brush after meals: The most important times to brush are in the morning to remove overnight plaque buildup, and at night right before bedtime so food does not stay and decay on teeth all night.
Brushing after every meal is not necessay, but will give you a cleaner, fresher mouth. Read more

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Could brushing your teeth too hard cause fatal oral diseases?

Could brushing your teeth too hard cause fatal oral diseases?

Probalbly not: Brushing your teeth too hard especially not using a soft toothbrush could cause your gums to recede. A study in 2010 found that poor oral hygiene is associated with an increased risk of other heart problems such as heart attack or stroke. “these findings contribute to the understanding of the relationship of gum disease with heart disease. Definitely brush your teeth but do not be too aggressive. Read more

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Could you get cavities by not brushing your teeth for a month?

Could you get cavities by not brushing your teeth for a month?

Early lesions: Cavities form from acids produced by bacteria that utilize food which produce a plaque that sticks to the teeth. This process starts soon after eating or drinking. The more time the acids are in contact with tooth structure, the more the destruction. Foods such as refined sticky sugars will do much more damage in that time than fresh fruits and vegetables. Read more

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Can brushing your teeth with abraisive toothpast cause damage?

Can brushing your teeth with abraisive toothpast cause damage?

Probably: Using a strong abrasive agent can cause wearing of the dental enamel. Toothpastes in us are fda regulated and tend to have optimal abrasives. Read more

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Can you tell me docs, is brushing your teeth hard bad for them?

Concur: I concur w d lockhart. Tooth decay ; gum disease caused by soft, sticky bacteria. The purpose of brushing (and flossing) is to disrupt the plaque, preventing production of acids and digestive enzymes. Brush gently but thoroughly 2 full minutes by the clock with a pea-sized portion of a fluoridated toothpaste. Read more

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What temperature of water should I use when brushing your teeth?

What temperature of water should I use when brushing your teeth?

Luke warm: Luke warm water is fine, any temperature will work.

If you want to soften the bristles of your toothbrush just slightly, use a little warmer water. Read more

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What temperature of water should be used when brushing your teeth?

What temperature of water should be used when brushing your teeth?

It's up to you: Sometimes warm water may help when the teeth are sensitive and painful. But it actually doesn't matter whether we use cold or warm water for brushing our teeth. Read more

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Is it good to brush teeth with toothpaste then brush again without?

Is it good to brush teeth with toothpaste then brush again without?

Not really: It's the toothebrush that cleans your teeth. Toothpaste makes your mouth taste good and gives you the benefits of fluoride, whitening agents, etc. Use a pea-sized dollop of toothpaste. Any more than that and you are brushing toothpaste, not brushing teeth. Read more

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Can we brush teeth 3 times a day: morning afternoon night? Is it safe?

Can we brush teeth 3 times a day: morning afternoon night? Is it safe?

It is recommended: By dentists to brush your teeth after every meal. You can brush as often as you want as long as you are careful. Use a soft tooth brush and be gentle. Read more

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Wondering if it's better to floss before or after brushing your teeth?

Wondering if it's better to floss before or after brushing your teeth?

I prefer - Before: When you floss, you are loosening debris from between the teeth, that you will then brush and finally rinse away. Read more

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Is brushing your teeth with hot water more effective than with cold water?

Is brushing your teeth with hot water more effective than with cold water?

No: The temperature of the water should make no difference when you brush your teeth. The most important thing for brushing your teeth is proper technique. Make sure you brush all the surfaces of your teeth, getting along the gum line especially. Also, be sure to floss when you are finished brushing, as this will clean the surfaces between your teeth where your toothbrush can't reach. Read more

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What is the main cause of bad breathe? And helpful tips to treat it besides just brushing your teeth

Bad breath: Chronic bad breath has many possible causes: untreated decay, tooth or gum infections, mouth infections, Poor oral hygiene, a need for dental cleaning, allergies, diet, smoking or chew, acid reflux, stomach problems.
In addition to brushing, you need to floss and clean your tongue with a tongue scaper or toothbrush (ask your dentist for instructions). Read more

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Brushing your teeth with more natural toothpaste keep your teeth in better health then that of toothpaste people commonly use? If so why? And why not

Brushing your teeth with more natural toothpaste keep your teeth in better health then that of toothpaste people commonly use? If so why? And why not

What really counts: Proper tooth brushing and flossing as well as eating a healthy diet that does not promote tooth decay or gum disease is what is really important and key to a healthy mouth. What toothpaste (or mouth rinse) you use is in almost all cases unimportant and inconsequential. There are specific toothpastes and mouth rinses for very specific needs. Your dentist can help advise you what to use and do. Read more

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How many times a day shoud brush teeth?

Brush teeth: Brush teeth in the morning to remove plaque that has formed overnight, and brush and floss before bedtime (no eating after brushing).
There is no reason not to brush more often. For an all-day cleaner and fresher mouth, also brush after lunch or after all meals. Read more

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Could brushing your teeth every 6 hours be beneficial?

Could brushing your teeth every 6 hours be beneficial?

Yes: Brushing 4 times per day may not be necessary to maintain oral health but it won't hurt ***** as long as you use a soft brush!

also, get a new one when the bristles look worn as they get very abrasive over time. Read more

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Is there such a thing as brushing your teeth too often?

Is there such a thing as brushing your teeth too often?

Definitely: I occasionally see patients who brush their teeth either too often or for too long a period of time. Anything in life can be overdone and cause problems. What happens, especially in older individuals where there has been some gum recession, is that they cause erosion or abrasion of the root surfaces of the teeth, which are softer and more easily eroded than tooth enamel. Read more

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