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Teeth brushed in morning and night. Flossing at night, only. Is this ok for most people? And, what happens if a person misses the 1 night of flossing?
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Listen to music!: Brushing one tooth at a time in a circular motion in front of a mirror for the length of one whole song (about 4 min) or counting slowly til ten when brushing each tooth surface. A compact head on a toothbrush will also help the focus being placed on each tooth. Ideal brushing time should be after each meal in addition to when surgery/acidic food is being consumed. ...Read more
Consistency: Brushing and flossing your teeth at certain times of the day will become a habit if you do it consistently. A good rule of thumb to follow would be to brush at least twice a day, once upon arising and once before going to bed. If you do this consistently, you will develop the habit of brushing at those times and won't feel good if you miss. ...Read more
Independence: Don't you just love it when your toddler decides to be independent? View it with some amusement, then brush his teeth anyways. There are some things they get to control, and some they don't. If he won't brush his teeth on his own, then you can "aid" him in completing the task. He'll fight you I'm sure, but after awhile will give in when the routine is repeated. ...Read more
Slow and gentle: The best way to brush is slow and gentle. Think of it more like tickling your teeth than scrubbing them. This allows the bristles time to conform to the shape of your tooth, it will be easier to keep the brush at the gum line and not miss spots. Use only a soft bristle toothbrush. Medium and hard toothbrushes can damage both your gums and your enamel. Some people find electric ones helpful. ...Read more
Both need to be done: Teeth require maintenance to last your life time. Daily brushing/flossing is necessary to remove the plaque that caused tooth decay. Any toothbrush used appropriately with suffice. Dental cleanings are performed 1-3 times/yr for most people to remove the hardened plaque (tarter) that causes gum disease. Your toothbrush cannot remove tarter. ...Read more
Once in a while I put the elbow grease on my teeth brush. Can I damage the enamel brushing roughly in this manner?
Probably not: By using too much pressure during brushing, you run the risk of damaging your gum tissue. This is more likely than damaging your enamel. Enamel is very hard and it takes a lot to damage it. However, your gum tissue is very tender and can be damaged easily. You shouldn't apply too much pressure while brushing to help keep your gum tissue healthy. ...Read more
What is the approximate age that an adult can expect to still have about one half of their teeth? Brushing, flossing, regular visits, etc. Fall short.
You should expect to have your teeth forever why are you losing teeth? Good oral hygiene visits to dentist should be enough. Talk to your dentist and get more information about your concern!
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What's the best way to get a 17 month old to sit still while having his teeth brushed? Our son simply won't sit still while we try to brush his teeth, crying, screaming, and squirming everywhere. He moves around so much that I feel like our attempts at br
Turn: Turn brushing into a game. There are some new brushes that are battery operated with flashing lights. In fact some brushes will play music if you brush long enough. Let your child brush first and then you follow up. Do it every day without fail. Your child has to get used to it. If they cry and fight you, eventually they won't. This will prepare them for a visit at the dentist. ...Read more
Rinse: Frequent rinses will clear you mouth and help in preventing gagging. Also try using a little less toothpaste. Avoid touching too much palatal tissue and the sides of your tongue if possible. ...Read more
How can you neutralize the acidic environment in your mouth and make it more suitable for teeth brushing?
Using non acidic or: Alkaline food or substances as baking soda. ...Read more
I've sle, yesterday I cannot remember which of the teeth brush is mine, though I use it many times a day, should I be worried about this or not?
Tooth brush cleaning: No. Sle is an auto- immune disorder and is not a communicable disease. But other diseases can be transmitted on a toothbrush. An effective and simple method to clean everybody's brush is to run them through the dishwasher, once a week. If you still forget which is yours use a antiseptic mouth wash afterwards. Colgate, listerine, crest etc. All have excellent products. Be cautious of alcohol %. ...Read more
I have 3 lumps on right side of neck and 1 in oval shape on right side. They are painless & moveable. During teeth brush they bleed sometimes badely?
No to all: During the bad years when there was no treatment, not a single household contact became infected except by sex or needle sharing. Stop worrying -- it's as uninformed as worrying about getting a woman pregnant by sharing a swimming pool. I am sorry anyone troubled you. Best wishes. ...Read more
Can Gingivitis be treated at home through properly taking care of your teeth (brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day)?
To a point..: If the gingivitis is caused by plaque and calculus deposits that are stuck to your teeth, then these deposits should be professionally removed by your dentist and hygienist. Once your teeth are perfectly clean you can treat gingivitis at home. You personally will not be able to remove all deposits. ...Read more
What are the brown spots on my two year old son's teeth? We take good care of his teeth, brushing and flossing every day, but in the last couple weeks brown spots have appeared. Should we be concerned? .
Go see his dentist: Brown spots on teeth can be caused by many things. Tough to answer in this forum, as you could be looking at deep decay recently uncovered by better brushing or some food particles stuck to his teeth. Go see your dentist and get his opinion on what you are looking at. ...Read more
Dental: The chlorhexidine oral rinse that I'm told to use after my gum graft caused a brownish film on my teeth. Brushing does not take it off. Now?
No: Crowns will not lighten by brushing or tooth whitening procedures like natural teeth will. The ceramic is very color stable. The only way to change the shade of crowns is to, have new ones made. ...Read more
Sometimes I notice some white lines on my front teeth after brushing them. Which disappear when I wake up. What are these?
Neo-natal line: Top 2 front teeth often have mark about 1/3 of the way from the biting edge to the gum line. The bottom 1/3 is the part of the tooth that developed in utero, the top 2/3 developed after you were born. Depending on dryness, cleanliness, light refraction, etc, it is sometimes easier to see this neo-natal line than other times. ...Read more
What is the best way to get very white teeth? I brush them every morning and night, and they never seem to get white. Only a softer shade of yellowish
See a dentist: Visit your dentist and discuss the option of professional grade teeth bleaching. You can have the option of in office bleaching of your teeth or using bleaching trays for the teeth which can be used daily for your convenience. ...Read more
That depends on weather the stain is intrinsic (in the tooth ie; tetracycline stain) or extrinsic (outside the tooth (ie; coffee, smoking, food).
The stains from extrinsic can easily be whitened with a good professional system (ie; zoom, take home trays etc.) the intrinsic is more difficult but not impossible. Get a consult with a good cosmetic dentist for options. ...Read more
Not really: Brushing does not offer enough contact time of a whitening agent for it to effectively whiten teeth and most toothpastes do not contain much more than abrasives. Good oral hygiene will reduce surface stain which may help the teeth look better but does not alter or lighten the actual color, like professional whitening or whitestrips can do. ...Read more
My ten years old daughter has got a persistent brown teeth. After brushing it clears off, but got brown again by the end of the day. What is wrong?
See a dentist: Even with good brushing, a sticky layer can remain on the teeth. It is called a pellicle a can be removed by a hygienist or dentist. ...Read more
Ate barbecue on Thursday, still feel like something is between my teeth, have brushed, flossed and rinsed repeatedly, gum is tender, what can I do?
See your dentist.: Have your dentist examine the area for anything lodged between your teeth. They have a better view of the area with their tools, light, magnification and feel. This impaction can lead to serious periodontal conditions. Hot salt water rinses may help to soothe the gums. Tablespoon of salt in half glass of hot water, rinse and hold for 30 sec., twice daily. ...Read more
What to do if I have really yellow teeth. I brush once a day with crest. But I need help how to whiten them?
3days ago I woke and my gums hurt to chew. Food is going between teeth. I brush and floss regular. Can't eat it is so painful but only when chewing?
See dentist: Go to see dentist to get your mouth/gum checked. I don't know why you take Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) to begin with. Condition like sjogren's disease with dry mouth/lack of saliva will give you at risk to have gingivitis- inflammation of the gum etc. You may have inflammation on the gum despite the fact that you brush and floss regular. ...Read more