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Had double jaw surgery 10 weeks ago brushed teeth using softer toothbrush than normal but pressed hard on teeth/gums could pressing hard move jaws bac?

Had double jaw surgery 10 weeks ago brushed teeth using softer toothbrush than normal but pressed hard on teeth/gums could pressing hard move jaws bac?

No harm with brushin: No. You couldn't move the jaws back even if you tried by brushing. In most cases the jaws are fixated with mini plates and screws. ...Read more

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If most dentists recommend soft toothbrushes for us, then why are medium and hard toothbrushes even on sale?

Good Question: Over the years we have moved to recommending soft toothbrushes because of the potentialto cause gumline erosion. ...Read more

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My gums hurt after switching from hard to soft toothbrush please help?

My gums hurt after switching from hard to soft toothbrush please help?

See your dentist: See your dentist for a one on one clinical exam and evaluation as to the cause of your problem. We can neither diagnose the problem or advise\treat you without seeing you in person. There are just too many possibilities to try to guess what's going on in your mouth. ...Read more

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Diagnosed today with a mucocele. I have a hard bump that fluctuates in size for some time now. Jabbed hard palate with toothbrush prior to swelling.?

Diagnosed today with a mucocele. I have a hard bump that fluctuates in size for some time now. Jabbed hard palate with toothbrush prior to swelling.?

May be due to trauma: It appears that the location of said mucocele is on your palate. Jabbing the toothbrush may have caused this. If this is new, it may resolve on it's own. If this does not resolve then you may need to have it removed. Many mucoceles are located in the floor of the mouth or inside of the lip and the vast majority of those need to be excised. If this doesn't heal then see an oral surgeon for options. ...Read more

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Is it possible to damage the jaw accidentally by smacking the sides of mouth or ends of teeth with toothbrush too hard while brushing?

Is it possible to damage the jaw accidentally by smacking the sides of mouth or ends of teeth with toothbrush too hard while brushing?

Not likely: Sometimes a minor injury to the jaw can result in TMJ disorder, or a bite problem, but not by brushing or flossing your teeth. See your dentist for TMJ eval. ...Read more

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Can toothbrush bristles get harder or softer with use?

Agree and. ..: Worn toothbrushes tend to fray & tangle at the bristle ends, thus are less effective. If it looks worn, it's time for a new soft never hard bristle toothbrush. ...Read more

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Ideal way to clean and store a toothbrush? In college dorm. Keep it in container but gets dirty often. Hard to clean all dirt out.

Ideal way to clean and store a toothbrush? In college dorm. Keep it in container but gets dirty often. Hard to clean all dirt out.

Toothbrush storage: After a thorough rinse with tap water. Store it out in the open or select a large-enough travel case. Use a toothbrush Sanitizers. Change your toothbrush every 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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How do I treat a minor cut in my gum? I accidentally brushed too hard and the top part of my toothbrush kind of scraped the surface of it.

How do I treat a minor cut in my gum? I accidentally brushed too hard and the top part of my toothbrush kind of scraped the surface of it.

Warm salt H20 rinses: Warm salt water rinses should cure this quickly. If you want to place some benzocaine topical over area you will get temporary relief (numbing). You can get that at any pharmacy over the counter. Just ask your pharmacist. ...Read more

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Can a toothbrush with somewhat hard bristles n with eigh. Four each side. Rubber spikes I.e gum massagers n crisscross bristles harm enamel or gums???

Can a toothbrush with somewhat hard bristles n with eigh. Four each side. Rubber spikes I.e gum massagers n crisscross bristles harm enamel or gums???

Not recommended: Hard toothbrushes are not recommended by dental professionals. Users of hard bristled brushes usually omit the important areas which need brushing the most: near the margins of the gingiva and dental papilla. This omission is because the hard brush hurts the soft tissue when the toothbrush touches the area. The soft brushes reduce trauma to the gingiva and promote good dental health. ...Read more

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How often should we get a new toothbrush for our six year old? Our dentist always gives us a new one at each visit every six months, but our daughter seems to be really rough on them. I think it might be because she brushes much harder than she needs to.

How often should we get a new toothbrush for our six year old? Our dentist always gives us a new one at each visit every six months, but our daughter seems to be really rough on them. I think it might be because she brushes much harder than she needs to.

You: You are right on track. Your daughter is brushing too hard. I am sure that the brush your dentist is giving you for her is a multitufted round ended fine fibered soft nylon brush, perfect, but able to be bent over with rough use. Ask the hygienist to refine her home care technique, and until then yes buy her a new brush as soon as the bristles are bent over. Power brushes are very good for children. They have to learn the technique. That might be an opportunity the refine the brushing technique. The toothbrush sales industry has persuaded dentist to tell their patients to replace the brushes every 3 months. Good luck dr neil mcleod dds dentistry that lasts - quality that counts. ...Read more

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At 10 weeks after le fort I osteotomy could pulling downward and foward with a toothbrush behind the teeth hard pull the maxilla down?

At 10 weeks after le fort I osteotomy could pulling downward and foward with a toothbrush behind the teeth hard pull the maxilla down?

Not likely: Those are usually stabilized by internal fixation. Consult with your surgeon and review the post surgery instruction you were given. ...Read more

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Is there a special toothbrush for cleaning your wisdom teeth? Have high narrow palate so hard to reach

Is there a special toothbrush for cleaning your wisdom teeth? Have high narrow palate so hard to reach

Not necessarily...: However, a power toothbrush may help you reach those areas easier and may be slightly more efficient. I use a manual brush, but many of my patients like the oral-b professional or a sonicare. I've tried both as well and they seem to be easy to use. ...Read more

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When I brush my teeth my gum top and bottom bleed I have switched tooth brushed to a soft brissled toothbrush. I don't bush hard. What could it be?

When I brush my teeth my gum top and bottom bleed I have switched tooth brushed to a soft brissled toothbrush. I don't bush hard. What could it be?

Need a cleaning: If it has been a long time since you had your teeth cleaned, there may be tartar and calculus below your gumline. This can cause inflammation and make your gums bleed very easily, even with a soft toothbrush. The problem will get better when it is removed, but you will need to see a dentist. Schedule an appointment to have them take a look. ...Read more

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Hard, painless lump for month now. Size of small pea. Jabbed with end of toothbrush before bump. Same color as palate. Not on midline. Fibroma? Cancer

Hard, painless lump for month now. Size of small pea. Jabbed with end of toothbrush before bump. Same color as palate. Not on midline. Fibroma? Cancer

Have it checked: Lumps in the mouth be the result of a number of things. They range from benign cysts and tumors to things that are more serious. If you smoke and/or drink, it raises your risk of having something serious. It's best to have it checked by your doctor. ...Read more

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I scraped the roof of my mouth a little while back with the end of toothbrush. I have a hard lump there now. It can't be seen with light. What is it?

I scraped the roof of my mouth a little while back with the end of toothbrush. I have a hard lump there now. It can't be seen with light. What is it?

Have it checked: How long ago did you scrape your mouth? Did you get an open sore from the scrape? Best thing to do is to have it evaluated by a dentist or an ear nose and throat doctor to see what it may be. It may just be coincidence that the bump is there, perhaps a clogged salivary duct, depending on where it is on the palate? ...Read more

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Is it okay if children use an electric toothbrush? Our five year old really seems to prefer to have that used on him, but I'm worried that it might be too hard on his baby teeth. Do I have anything to worry about? .

Is it okay if children use an electric toothbrush? Our five year old really seems to prefer to have that used on him, but I'm worried that it might be too hard on his baby teeth. Do I have anything to worry about? .

Great!: Just make sure it has a small head to fit better into child's mouth. Should brush 2 full minutes by the clock with a pea-sized portion of tooth paste. Then you should check him and brush any areas he may have missed. He also needs to be flossed, a toothbrush can't get between teeth. Floss him daily. Toothbrush will not harm baby teeth, not brushing and flossing will. Go for it! ...Read more

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Why do my two year old's gums always bleed while brushing? I don't feel like I'm brushing too hard, but it seems l like there is always some small amount of blood after I brush her teeth. Could it be the type of toothbrush I'm using? .

Why do my two year old's gums always bleed while brushing? I don't feel like I'm brushing too hard, but it seems l like there is always some small amount of blood after I brush her teeth. Could it be the type of toothbrush I'm using? .

Too long to wait: The american dental association and the wisconsin dental association now recomends children visit their dentist 6 months after the first tooth errupts. By the child's first birthday they should be seen by their dentist. This is similar to a well baby check up. Prevention is key here. Parental involvement to healthy teeth is essential. Find out why your child's gums bleed and stay healthy. ...Read more

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