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Is It Safe To Brush Your Teeth With Bleach
My brother just used bleach to brush his teeth and his gums have gone all white!! What should I do?
Water: Copious amounts of cold water to dilute and rinse out the bleach. This may have resulted in chemical burns of his soft tissues. If any bleach was ingested, then he'll need to go to the ER. That was not a very smart move... please use only products approved for whitening the teeth. ...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
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
Not Recommended: You may be doing more harm than good when it comes to brushing your teeth with salt and baking soda. OTC safe whitening products (e.g. whitening toothpastes or gel) available today for home use at any pharmacy. ...Read more
Ok, so I was just cleaning my kitchen with Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Bleach-Free, Lemon Fresh-Old Product, and then decided to go brush my teeth for the night. I did wash my hands but I wonder if as I was rinsing my mouth of the toothpaste I may have acc
Disinfecting wipes: You're recreating with disinfecting wipes, washed your hands and then brushed your teeth. This is a normal sequence and you are in no danger from ingesting the disinfecting material. By doing this. Relax. ...Read more
Yes: Most toothpastes for sensitivity are safe and have been tested and approved for general use in adults. ...Read more
Yes: Just don't get too aggressive around the extraction sites. ...Read more
Is it safe to brush my teeth weekly with a mixture of lemon juice and salt? To remove the residues and stains as it stains and form plaque rabidly.
That would be: Really abrasive on your teeth.Get a more detailed answer ›
It is safe: It is safe for your daughter to lighten her teeth. Many teens use white strips and do well with them. ...Read more
It is recommended: By dentists to brush your teeth after every meal. You can brush as often as you want as long as you are careful. Use a soft tooth brush and be gentle. ...Read more
Not the best: Several websites confirm the poor water quality in mumbai, especially during the monsoon season when water supplies are contaminated even worse. Travelers are advised to drink only bottled water (inexpensive, but make certain the seal is intact) & use only bottled water for brushing teeth. Avoid ice cubes & salads that may have been made with tap water. ...Read more
Is the flouride that the dentist brushes on your teeth safe for my fourteen month old son? He has 16 teeth and the dentist is being very demanding.
Yes: Yes, the Fluoride that is placed by the dentist, or hygienist, is safe for you child. If they are using a Fluoride varnish it will stick to the teeth. The other "topical" Fluoride also adheres to the children's teeth. These treatments are important to young teeth and their continued strength. ...Read more
QUESTIONABLE: I would avoid any unnecessary chemical in my body if I were nursing. Why take the risk. Whiten. ...Read more
Prepless veneers: Rather than use whitening gels, ask your dentist for prep-less or feldspathic or leucite reinforced thin veneers, or minimally invasive veneers, these are great options to consider, and they don't discolor. If you have too much crowding or bad bite, malocclusion, this may not work for you unless you have braces first. ...Read more
Is it safe to use baking soda to brush my teeth in order to make them whiter? How often can I do this so it won't harm my teeth?
Teeth whitening: You can use over the counter products and baking soda. However, they are not so effective and/or stable. OTC bleach and whitening tooth paste could be used as a supplement only. A professional teeth whitening without laser, followed by home whitening system with custom trays for the long term effect. You will be very happy with the results. ...Read more
When is it safe to let your child brush their teeth? I've seen the labels on children's toothpaste that says children under six shouldn't use it. Does that mean children under that age shouldn't use the toothpaste, or is that the age where I can let them
All ages: Let your child brush their teeth, and then brush for them! The truth is most kids don't have the patience or dexterity to brush properly, and need assistance. The concern with some toothpastes is the fouride content. A child ideally should be able to spit the majority of the toothpaste out before using fluoridated toothpaste (swallowing small quantities is not a concern). Toddler paste is fine. ...Read more
Bleaching: Most bleaching systems come as either a gel that is placed in a tray that you then place in your mouth or a strip impregnated with the bleaching material that you place over your teeth like a bandaid. These are also a buffered system so as not to burn your tissues. Hydro peroxide is usually used by the dentist in a controlled environment chairside, and should never be used as a rinse. ...Read more
My periodontist told me to brush my teeth and irrigate with warm water daily. But my landlord won't tell me if hot water is safe. What should I do?
Take a chance: Life is full of risks. We can sit by and worry, or we can just take our chances. As they say, "Don't sweat the small stuff." If cold tap water is fine to drink, then hot tap water is fine to brush teeth and swish with. If worried, then don't swallow the hot water, which a person is not supposed to do during dental care anyway. ...Read more
Is it safe to use a Sonicare brush if you've got Periodontitis and a thin biotype? Can the vibration make teeth with some looseness MORE wobbly/loose?
Is baking soda safe to use for brushing a baby's teeth? I read that I should be using fluoride toothpaste, but I'm afraid that my daughter has the same fluoride sensitivity that I have. Is using baking soda a safe alternative? .
Absolutely not: Abrasive baking soda, a baking ingredient, is not a good substitute for toothpaste. While children need carefully monitored amounts of fluoride, Fluoride supplements and toothpaste have to be carefully titrated in children. 1st dental ck-up age 1, if for no other reason than to manage toothpaste/fluoride. Get your information from dentist rather than from reader's digest. ...Read more
It's been eight days since my extraction of 4 teeth, 2 on each side. I figured it would be safe to brush my teeth so I did but accidentally disturbed one of the top extraction sites, and now it's bleeding and the blood clot seems to be gone and I'm due to
See your surgeon: Avoid smoking, keep the site as clean as possible, rinse gentle with salt water and see your surgeon ASAP, just to make sure that an infection has not set in and there is proper closure of the socket. ...Read more
I got deep cleaning done today and I'm a bit uncomfortable and my gumsdon't know if it's safe to brush, floss and rinse my mouth and teeth?
Salt rinses: This can be traumatic and healing is necessary. Salt water rinses will speed the healing. Check with your dentist if problems. ...Read more
How often can I use baking soda & lemon paste to brush my teeth so they can naturally whiten? Is it safe? How about gargling mixture with water?
Does baby toothpaste with xylitol n no fluoride safe to swallow everyday? I brush her teeth everyday and she still cant rinse her mouth (20mos old).
Fluoride: Ffluoride is essential to the health of your child's teeth. Decision as to what type of toothpaste to use should be discussed with a Pediatric Dental Specialist. This is just one of the many reasons that the American Dental Assn recommends 1st dental examination at 1st b'day. Whatever toothpaste you choose, remember to use only a pea-sized portion, not the big ribbon they show in advertisements ...Read more