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Dr. Earl Sandroff Dr. Sandroff
Dentistry
39 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Is it okay to chew trident gum after brushing your teeth?

Is it okay to chew trident gum after brushing your 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.

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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


Dr. Gary Herskovits Dr. Herskovits
Dentistry
36 years in practice
University of Health Sciences Lahore, Lahore Medical and Dental College
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Dr. Dominick Curalli Dr. Curalli
Dentistry
16 years in practice
University of Washington School of Dentistry
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Can chewing trident gum replace brushing your teeth?

Can chewing trident gum replace brushing your teeth?

No: Chewing trident gum can be helpful if it is sugar free as this can stimulate saliva and buffer acids in your mouth. You still need to brush and floss your teeth to remove the plaque that can cause cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease.

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Dr. Howard Schneider Dr. Schneider
Dentistry - Pediatric
30 years in practice
University of London, United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St. Thomas's Hospitals
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Is it ok for my kid to chew or swallow his halloween candy/gum without brushing teeth?

Is it ok for my kid to chew or swallow his halloween candy/gum without brushing teeth?

No: Normally teeth need to be brushed in the morning and prior to bed time. If your child is chowing down on candy then they should brush an extra time. Anytime food (especially sweet sticky food) is left on the teeth it promotes tooth decay.

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Dr. Manami Yamaguchi Dr. Yamaguchi
Dentistry
21 years in practice
Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry
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Should you brush your gums when brushing your teeth?

Should you brush your gums when brushing your teeth?

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!

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Dr. Joel Doyon Dr. Doyon
Dentistry - Cosmetic
32 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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Could brushing your teeth too much cause gum disease?

Could brushing your teeth too much cause gum disease?

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.

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Dr. Bruce Pope Dr. Pope
Dentistry
41 years in practice
Creighton University School of Medicine
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What to do if I have gums bleeding while brushing teeth?

What to do if I have gums bleeding while brushing teeth?

Not good: Bleeding gums are a sign something is wrong. It could be simply food between your teeth too long. Or there could be a general health problem like diabetes or a vitamin deficiency. See a dentist if improved brushing and flossing doesn't clear it up in a couple of days.

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko Dr. Eleczko
Dentistry
32 years in practice
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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Gums bleeding while brushing teeth, should I be concerned?

Gums bleeding while brushing teeth, should I be concerned?

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.

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Dr. Philip Schwarzman Dr. Schwarzman
Emergency Medicine
43 years in practice
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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Dr. Arnold Malerman Dr. Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
49 years in practice
Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry (Temple University)
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Is it true you should brush a little bit of your gums when brushing your teeth in circular motions to prevent gum recession?

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.

Dr. Mike Deldar Dr. Deldar
Dentistry - Cosmetic
20 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Dr. John Thaler Dr. Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
37 years in practice
University of Health Sciences Lahore, Lahore Medical and Dental College
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Dr. Robert Douglas Dr. Douglas
Dentistry - Orthodontics
47 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
Pain Management
32 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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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???

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???

Best Technique: Place a small, soft toothbrush beside your teeth at a 45° angle and gently brush teeth in an elliptical motion. Brush the outside of the teeth, inside the teeth, your tongue, the chewing surfaces and between teeth. Brush for 4-5 minutes.

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Dr. Patricia Mcgarry Dr. Mcgarry
Dentistry - Cosmetic
32 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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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.

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Dr. Thomas Yash Dr. Yash
Dentistry
42 years in practice
Ohio State University College of Dentistry
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Is there an alternative to brushing teeth, like something you can chew? It isn't from laziness--I honestly have a really good reason.

No easy way: If you are having difficulty brushing your teeth, you may want to get an electric toothbrush like a Sonicare. It can be a better way to achieve good oral health than a manual toothbrush. Toothpaste or not. Flossing is also essential.

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Dr. Neal Tamura Dr. Tamura
Dentistry - Cosmetic
32 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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?

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?

Temporary: It is temporary and can only be polished off by a professional. My guess is this was prescribed to increase the chances of success of your surgery and will soon be discontinued

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Chewing Gum (Definition)

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