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Chewing Gum After Brushing Teeth
Sure: Why not chew gum if you wish. Gum chewing also is like a habit fr some. The only time I would not advise the immediate gum chewing is if you are using a special or heavily fluoridate toothpaste. You want that to sit in your mouth undisturbed as long as possible. ...Read more
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
Never: Brush and floss only the ones you want to keep. ...Read more
Absolutely!: Brushing your gums, especially where the tooth and gum meets, is very important to prevent tooth decay. One of the worst types of tooth decay is when it occurs at the gum line, and it is called "root decay". The protective enamel layer for the tooth ends where the gum starts, so the tooth is weakest around the gum line. If you have receding gums, exposed roots have no protection: Brush gum line! ...Read more
No: No. Gum disease is untreated bacterial infection that produces irritants that cause the gums to swell and cause bone to be lost, which leads to gum recession and loose teeth. Overbrushing can lead to gingival (gum) recession if too much force is used, as in heavy scrubbing motion or using a hard or firm bristle toothbrush. ...Read more
Yes: Bleeding gums are not healthy and you should be concerned about this. The bleeding is caused by bacteria and the toxins the bacteria produce. They will destroy your gum tissue and if bad enough the bone supporting your teeth will be destroyed. You should see a dentist and have your teeth cleaned. Meanwhile make sure you are brushing and flossing at least twice a day. ...Read more
Hit bottom gums while brushing teeth. They turned red and now it hurts to eat/touch. Gums taste like blood.
Bruised gums: You bruised your gums and may have scraped them causing some bleeding. ...Read more
Is it true you should brush a little bit of your gums when brushing your teeth in circular motions to prevent gum recession?
See: See your Dentist and/or Dental Hygienist to review the best brushing method for you. What works for the next person may need to be modified for you. In general you should be gently brushing 2 full minutes 2x/day with a soft toothbrush and a pea sized portion of fluoridated toothpaste, the entire tooth structure including the tooth/gum junction. Daily flossing is mandatory. See your Dentist. ...Read more
Can brushing your teeth with whitiinging toothpaste then other kinds of paste 3 times a day cause white spots and lines near the gum line?
May be: Too much of anything is not good. You may irritated your gum. ...Read more
Pus hav been coming out of gums for a year now. How can I completely drained all pus from gums. Doctors advice of brushing teeth not working.?
Periodontist: See the specialist for gum treatment -- the periodontist. ...Read more
After brushing teeth, gagged a little, coughed up bright red blood. Have had a cold. I don't believe it's gums. Should I be worry? First time ever.
If it doesn't: Happen again, don't worry. If it does, see Your Physician. ...Read more
When brushing teeth I do circular motions on the gumline and gums for 10 seconds then brush a few strokes down on the tooth. Today read that brushing gums above the gumline is bad???
Is it normal to spit red stuff in the morning when brushing teeth (dont know if its blood)? This barely happens. This someone has gum disease too.
Spit red stuff: No it is not normal to spit red stuff. You mentioned that this person has gum disease. The good news is that gum disease can be treated and we can save your teeth- See a dentist or gum specialist ASAP. That same bacteria that causes the red stuff can also cause heart attacks and strokes. ...Read more
A month ago, I accidentally sprayed the gap between third molar and gum when I was water flossing. Now the wound appears white line, bleeds occasionally and hurts a little when I squeeze the wounded area. Although I've been brushing teeth, water flossing
See your dentist: Any white lesion that does not resolve itself in two-three weeks should be evaluated by your dentist. ...Read more
If you have a yeast overgrowth in the mouth or thrush, can it get into the bloodstream if your gums bleed while brushing your teeth?
Burnt my mouth last night & now have a bump on my inner lip & a white spot on my gums, the second of which turned red after brushing teeth. Normal?
Is there an alternative to brushing teeth, like something you can chew? It isn't from laziness--I honestly have a really good reason.
Dental: The chlorhexidine oral rinse that I'm told to use after my gum graft caused a brownish film on my teeth. Brushing does not take it off. Now?
Not usually: Occasionally this may happen if you are congested, or have a cold, but it should not happen on a regular basis. You need to ask yourself - when did this start, and what else if anything changed at that time (new brand of tooth paste, eating different foods, etc.). If nothing stands out, I would have an evaluation by your physician or an ear, nose and throat specialist. ...Read more
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
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
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
Oral hygiene: The color of teeth depends upon the integrity of the enamel (outer surface) if the enamel is more transluscent, the teeth will appear more yellow. The smell could be from the bacteria that lives under the gum between the teeth. That is why regular professional cleanings are necessary and flossing every 24 hours is required to prevent bacterial growth (and odor). Brush the surface of the tongue too! ...Read more
Yes: In a healthy mouth, your gums should not bleed when flossing. Bleeding indicates there is inflammation present that is likely from plaque and tartar deposits on your teeth. You may need your teeth cleaned or you may have some gum disease. Your dentist can help you with both problems and instruct you on how to properly brush and floss in the future to prevent it from getting worse. ...Read more
Do not try: Household bleach is not intended for intraoral use. It will irritate and burn your mucous membranes and can cause serious health problems. Read the label. Use it to clean your laundry and bathroom; for that it works very well. ...Read more
your tooth is acutally bleeding
see an oral surgeon....Like....Yesterday
the bleeding is from the gum you need to
see a periodontist asap
dont mess with this
get going. ...Read more
It varies: Dental decay is a demineralization of enamel, following by the advancing of the lesion into dentin and ultimately the nerve. The rate of the decay depends on the host factors, the amount of sticky or ferment carbohydrates on the tooth, the saliva quality and quantity (age related), the oral hygiene, the occlusion, the environment optimal for food impaction (open contact, gap, faulty restoration). ...Read more
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
No difference: The temperature of the water makes no difference on the effectiveness of your brushing. It is a matter of personal preference. However if the water is too hot it can burn you. Some people have cold sensitivity. ...Read more
Severe Decay: Bad idea. Soda, at night, after brushing? Recipe for dentures. ...Read more
It's a trend now that brushing your teeth with activated charcoal whitens your teeth, is it true?
Does brushing your teeth with baking soda and braces on cause your teeth to be discolored when you get your braces off later?
No: Keeping your teeth clean is the key to not having issues later when the braces come off. Baking soda is good for managing gum issues but it lacks Fluoride which is helpful to prevent decay especially while wearing braces. I'd suggest avoiding any bleaching of your teeth while the braces are on as the enamel under the brackets won't change color and you could end up with dark spots. ...Read more
Unknown severe in the tooth flesh, no blood when brushing teeth but severe pain during and long time after. What's the cause of this?
Carious lesion: Sounds like you've got deep decay in one of your teeth. Please see a dentist real soon for treatment. ...Read more
What's the longest time you can go without brushing your teeth before plaque builds up? I usually go 14 hours and delay eating to avoid plaque.
A minute: Your mouth is full of bacteria. As soon as you brush and floss, new colonies are forming. Just brush and floss correctly twice a day, eat a healthy diet, and visit your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and exam... chances are your dental issues will be kept at a minimum. Avoid trying to micromanage mother nature. ...Read more
Most commercially available chewing gum contains a sugary sweetener that breaks down into acid which can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Sugar-free chewing gum is better, but the best option is chewing gum with xylitol, a naturally-occuring wood sugar that bacteria can't digest. This not only stimulates salivary flow to neutralize acids but it also ...Read more
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