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Doctor insights on: Chewing Gum After Brushing Teeth

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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Not a problem: You get bacteria into your blood every time you brush your teeth hard, floss properly, or pass stool. Candida in a healthy person is even less dangerous. It gets into your blood from time to time without posing a danger. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel like gagging when brushing your teeth?

Is it normal to feel like gagging when brushing your teeth?

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

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I wanted to know is brushing your teeth too roughly bad for them?

I wanted to know is brushing your teeth too roughly bad for them?

Yes: Aggressive brushing can prematurely abrade the enamel and the trauma to your gums can cause the gum and bone to recede. Brush gently and you will avoid these problems. ...Read more

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When to start the habit of brushing teeth to my baby?

When to start the habit of brushing teeth to my baby?

Immediately: The bacteria that cause cavities actually start accumulating even before the teeth come into the mouth. You can wipe the gums with gauze to get the baby used to the tooth brush as soon as the teeth start coming in ...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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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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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 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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Brushing teeth 3 times a day and still yellow and smelly?

Brushing teeth 3 times a day and still yellow and smelly?

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

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Is bleeding while flossing and brushing teeth a bad thing?

Is bleeding while flossing and brushing teeth a bad thing?

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

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Can brushing your teeth with household bleach work to whiten them?

Can brushing your teeth with household bleach work to whiten them?

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

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Bleeding tooth while brushing teeth with baking soda, should I be worried?

Bleeding tooth while brushing teeth with baking soda, should I be worried?

Bleeding tooth: If
your tooth is acutally bleeding
see an oral surgeon....Like....Yesterday

if
the bleeding is from the gum you need to
see a periodontist asap

dont mess with this
get going. ...Read more

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How long can it take for tooth decay to kick in by not brushing your teeth?

How long can it take for tooth decay to kick in by not brushing your teeth?

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

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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

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What is the differences between brushing teeth with cold, cool, warm or hot water?

What is the differences between brushing teeth with cold, cool, warm or hot water?

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

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It's a trend now that brushing your teeth with activated charcoal whitens your teeth, is it true?

It's quite true: Floss your teeth, as you would normally 2 times per day and for more deeply stained teeth, brush with activated charcoal 5 days in a row. You will be thrilled with the results. ...Read more

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Does brushing your teeth with baking soda and braces on cause your teeth to be discolored when you get your braces off later?

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

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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.

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

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