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Mouthwash Before Or After Brushing
My front tooth hurt when i pushed on it, but it went away after i brushed and used mouthwash. What was it?
Mostly useless.: Most over-the-counter mouthwashes do nothing to help fight tooth decay or gum disease. Some have Fluoride in them, but it's very weak and so not real effective. Listerine is the only one proven to kill bacteria but it's effects don't last long enough to excite the dental professionals. Mechanical methods of brushing and flossing are still necessary. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Yes, generally but..: Unless you have the permanent restoration (like composite or crown) placed over the root canal treated tooth you should exercise caution. Follow your dentist's instruction. For example, if you floss normally, a temporary filling, in certain cases, may become dislodged. Instead, i tell my patient to snap the floss in then let go of one hand the pull the floss out from the side of the tooth. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Only good: Sugary foods have acid that attacks the enamel of your teeth that causes cavities.Brushing flossing and mouthwash after eating decreases the amount of sugar that attaches to your teeth thus helping to keep the chances of cavities to a minimum.All this home care is only good. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
My gum has been swollen for over 2 weeks now after i tried cleaning my teeth with a pick. I brush 2ce a day and use mouthwash. What else can I do?
Gum disease: Swollen gums can be a sign that you are at risk for, or already have, gum disease. The bacteria, along with mucus and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless toxic “plaque” on teeth causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed. This is a serious problem, which should be checked by a dentist. It is a painless condition, but can induce serious complication. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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