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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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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