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Dr. Theodore Davantzis Dr. Davantzis
Dentistry
36 years in practice
New York University College of Dentistry
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My brother just used bleach to brush his teeth and his gums have gone all white!! What should I do?

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.

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis Dr. Davantzis
Dentistry
36 years in practice
New York University College of Dentistry
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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.

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Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
Pain Management
32 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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Is using salt good for brushing teeth when I'm bleaching with baking soda?

Is using salt good for brushing teeth when I'm bleaching with baking soda?

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.

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Dr. Christopher Smith Dr. Smith
Family Medicine
37 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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I feel dizzy after accidentally brushing my teeth with bleach. What should I do?

I feel dizzy after accidentally brushing my teeth with bleach. What should I do?

Relax: If you did not swallow the bleach----and I am sure you did not keep the bleach long in your mouth-----onther than some local mouth irritation you should be fine----dizziness probaly from mild hyper ventalation---from beoing anxious

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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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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

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.

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Dr. Joseph Capista Dr. Capista
Dentistry - Cosmetic
years in practice
Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry (Temple University)
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Is it safe to brush my teeth using sendodine toothpaste?

Yes: Most toothpastes for sensitivity are safe and have been tested and approved for general use in adults.

Dr. Jaime Quejada Dr. Quejada
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
30 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis Dr. Jarvis
Dentistry
33 years in practice
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
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Is it safe to bleach teeth that have fillings?

Is it safe to bleach teeth that have fillings?

Safe? Yes. But...: Yes, it is safe, but not effective. Only natural enamel will bleach.

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Dr. Daniel Quon Dr. Quon
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
38 years in practice
University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry
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Is it safe to use clorox to brush your teeth?

Is it safe to use clorox to brush your teeth?

No: Clorox would not be safe to use as a tooth brushing agent.

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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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Is it safe for my 16 year old daughter to bleach her teeth?

Is it safe for my 16 year old daughter to bleach her teeth?

It is safe: It is safe for your daughter to lighten her teeth. Many teens use white strips and do well with them.

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Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
Pain Management
32 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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Can we brush teeth 3 times a day: morning afternoon night? Is it safe?

Can we brush teeth 3 times a day: morning afternoon night? Is it safe?

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.

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis Dr. Lewis
Family Medicine
34 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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I'm about to move to mumbai so is the water safe to drink, brush my teeth, and shower in?

I'm about to move to mumbai so is the water safe to drink, brush my teeth, and shower in?

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.

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Dr. Scott Peters Dr. Peters
Dentistry - Pediatric
25 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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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.

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.

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Dr. Glenn MacFarlane Dr. MacFarlane
Dentistry - Cosmetic
32 years in practice
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
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Is it safe to have my teeth whitened/bleached while nursing?

Is it safe to have my teeth whitened/bleached while nursing?

QUESTIONABLE: I would avoid any unnecessary chemical in my body if I were nursing. Why take the risk. Whiten.

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Dr. Jerry Hu Dr. Hu
Dentistry - Cosmetic
19 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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What is the latest teeth whitening method other than bleaching? Is that safe?

What is the latest teeth whitening method other than bleaching? Is that safe?

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.

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Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
Pain Management
32 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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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.

Dr. Jeffrey Collura Dr. Collura
Dentistry - Cosmetic
10 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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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

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.

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Dr. William Jakavick Dr. Jakavick
Dentistry - Cosmetic
33 years in practice
Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry (Temple University)
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Is 6% hydro peroxide safe to use to bleach my teeth?

Is 6% hydro peroxide safe to use to bleach my teeth?

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.

Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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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?

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.