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Doctor insights on: It Ok To Brush My Teeth And Tongue With The Same Toothbrush

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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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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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I was just brushing my teeth&tongue witelectric toothbrush&when I spat out ther lots of bloodI think it was wee lumps on the on back tongue is it ok ?

I was just brushing my teeth&tongue witelectric toothbrush&when I spat out ther lots of bloodI think it was wee lumps on the on back tongue is it ok 
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Lingual papilla: This is totally normal! The large bumps are actually circumvallate papillae. Nothing to worry about, everyone has them! As for the bleeding it may be coming from your gums if you infrequently floss. If it continues, a quick visit to the dentist can determine the cause! Best of luck! ...Read more

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I can't efficiently brush my 12m toddlers two bottom teeth. She always sticks her tongue out to lick the toothbrush and I can't get to them.

I can't efficiently brush my 12m toddlers two bottom teeth. She always sticks her tongue out to lick the toothbrush and I can't get to them.

Teeth brushing: If your daughter only has front teeth, you can try an "over the finger" tooth brush instead of 1 with a handle. It fits over your index finger and can be just as effective. You should be able to maneuver around her lower lip better with this type of brush. When she has her molars, however, it will be better to use the toothbrush you are using now. ...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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Do you need to brush the inside sides of your mouth? im talking about the cheeks. i brush my teeth/gums with soft toothbrush 3x a day.

Do you need to brush the inside sides of your mouth? 
im talking about the cheeks. 
i brush my teeth/gums with soft toothbrush 3x a day.

No: But you do need to thoroughly remove bacteria from your teeth, which means flossing or using water pik EVERY day. Ask your Dentist/Hygienist for instructions that are personalized for you. Brushing alone, without cleaning between teeth, without regular professional care, is guaranteed to be a road to failure. ...Read more

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I brush twice daily, floss daily, use mouth wash, use a miswak, and sometimes use interdental toothbrush. Why do I still have puffed up gums?

I brush twice daily, floss daily, use mouth wash, use a miswak, and sometimes use interdental toothbrush. Why do I still have puffed up gums?

More info needed...: Are you currently under the care of a dentist... That is, do you go for cleanings and check-ups every three to four months? When was your last professional cleaning? There may be calculus under the gums where your brush and floss do not reach. Your teeth and gums need evaluation.. Call for an appointment. ...Read more

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Can not brushing your teeth cause movable painless bumps underneath tongue ?

Can not brushing your teeth cause movable painless bumps underneath tongue ?

Tongue anatomy: The painless bumps below your tongue could be your normal anatomy. I'd have your dentist check it out. ...Read more

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How do bacteria live in your mouth after brushing your teeth?

How do bacteria live in your mouth after brushing your teeth?

Brushing: It's impossible to brush away all the bacteria. The environment is perfect for them to grow and they reproduce very quickly so it's a constant battle. Just like we can't kill all the flies in the world. ...Read more

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Can you get Gonorrhea in your mouth/throat from not properly brushing your teeth?

Can you get Gonorrhea in your mouth/throat from not properly brushing your teeth?

No unless oral sex: if having oral sex can spec. if ejaculates into your mouth , would have bad sore throat after , need to be tested , using listerine , brushing teeth right after might help prevent but doubt it since can go down throat too far. ...Read more

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How can you get the benefits of Fluoride in toothpaste when brushing your teeth if you are rinsing mouth off with water immediately after brushing.

How can you get the benefits of Fluoride in toothpaste when brushing your teeth if you are rinsing  mouth off with water immediately after brushing.

You get some: The fluoride ions will attach themselves to the tooth during 2 minutes of brushing and are not easily rinsed away, so you do derive a benefit. If you do not rinse you may get more but be assured even with a rinse the fluoride is helpful. ...Read more

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What causes mouth sores or kanker sores? Is it caused by bacteria in your mouth, food you've eaten or by simply not brushing your teeth?

What causes mouth sores or kanker sores? Is it caused by bacteria in your mouth, food you've eaten or by simply not brushing your teeth?

Stress: Canker sores are associated with stress and sometimes having dental treatment done (also stressful for many patients). The condition behaves like a virus, however we do not know which one yet. The condition is self limiting and lasts 7-10 days. I have found that lasers help reduce pain and speed up healing. I have used both diode and er:yag lasers to treat canker sores. Zylactin-b is also good. ...Read more

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Can swishing hydrogen peroxide in your mouth, spitting it out and then brushing your teeth routinely, whiten your teeth?

Can swishing hydrogen peroxide in your mouth, spitting it out and then brushing your teeth routinely, whiten your teeth?

Yes, but dangerous..: This technique can slightly whiten your teeth, but my concern is that use of high concentration hydrogen peroxide regularly around your mouth as a rinse can inadvertently kill off good bacteria. This can lead to fungal infections that could require treatment... Talk to your dentist about safer, simple alternatives to whiten your teeth... ...Read more

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When i brush my teeth I have bleeding despite to use a soft toothbrush?

When i brush my teeth I have bleeding despite to use a soft toothbrush?

Gingivitis: You have a common gum disease known as gingivitis. You need to add daily flossing to your tooth care and probably to see your dentist. ...Read more

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I was wondering is it possible to brush your teeth with just a toothbrush and plain water?

I was wondering is it possible to brush your teeth with just a toothbrush and plain water?

Yes, but: This may not produce as clean teeth. If you do not like toothpaste (possibly you do not like the flavoring) consider using plain baking soda on a moistened toothbrush. ...Read more

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I had no toothpaste so had to brush my teeth without tonight just toothbrush, how bad is this?

I had no toothpaste so had to brush my teeth without tonight just toothbrush, how bad is this?

Fine: Disrupting plaque is the goal. Fluoridated toothpaste is helpful but good plaque control even without toothpaste is helpful ...Read more

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One kid had strep Wed. Had 2 doses of antib. wed and one thurs morn. She brushed her teeth 3x w a new toothbrush and tonight youngest used that brush?

One kid had strep Wed. Had 2 doses of antib. wed and one thurs morn. She brushed her teeth 3x w a new toothbrush and tonight youngest used that brush?

Not smart: Sharing a toothbrush is never a good idea, especially if one of the people involved has a virulent bacterial infection. Make sure both children have their own toothbrushes. Make sue antibiotics are taken exactly as directed until all the medication is gone. Replace toothbrushes 4x/year, at the start of each season. Replace toothbrush after recovering from illness. ...Read more

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