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I have toothbrush abrasion, can I wear a retainer or braces?

I have toothbrush abrasion, can I wear a retainer or braces?

Yes: I'm assuming you're talking about abrasion of the root surfaces of your teeth where the root "dentin" becomes exposed. I would be very careful about expanding your smile too much, the potential for increased root sensitivity, increased bite forces that might worsen the condition, etc. This is a job for your dentist or orthodontist to watch out for, though. Other that that, you should be fine. ...Read more

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Abrasions (Definition)

An abrasion is a wound caused by superficial damage to skin no deeper than dermis or mucous membrane. It is less severe than laceratin and bleeding ...Read more


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Swallowed about 55 toothbrush bristles?

Swallowed about 55 toothbrush bristles?

New toothbrush: You need a new toothbrush. By the time you read this answer, the bristles will have passed into your intestines. Be careful next time. ...Read more

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What are some dentists recommended toothbrushes?

Soft toothbrush: The brand name of a toothbrush is not as important as making sure you use a soft toothbrush. This is important to prevent wear and abrasion. ...Read more

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Can HIV transmit through toothbrush?

Can HIV transmit through toothbrush?

Very unlikely!!: Hiv travels through blood transmission. Saliva has low or no potential to transmit hiv. If two people have bleeding gums and one has hiv, and both share the same toothbrush... Yes it is possible. But if neither has gum issues, the probability of transmission is about the same as sharing eating utensils. Get an HIV test buy another toothbrush and stop worrying! ...Read more

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Can pinworm by caught from my toothbrush?

Can pinworm by caught from my toothbrush?

Probably not: Pin worms are contracted from anal to oral transmission of the eggs of the pinworm laid at the opening of the anus. They are not in the oral cavity per se. I would find it very difficult for this to happen. ...Read more

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Is it safe to put orajel on my toothbrush?

Is it safe to put orajel on my toothbrush?

Orajel on toothbrush: Yes for the toothbrush. The question is why? This is not something that I would recommend. What are you trying to accomplish. I would not do this on an individual basis and certainly not long term. This is not the intended use of Orajel. Consult with your own dentist regarding what you are trying to accomplish. There are much safer and effective options. ...Read more

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Sonicare toothbrush as good as other electric ones?

Sonicare toothbrush as good as other electric ones?

Sonicare is Great: I generally recommend the sonicare to all my patients, and I use one myself. ...Read more

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Any suggestions on which electric toothbrush is better?

Any suggestions on which electric toothbrush is better?

Depends: There are basically two types of electric toothbrushes. There is the ‘rotation-oscillation' type. Braun oral b seems to be the market leaders here. The other type are 'sonic' types. Phillips sonicare seems to lead the way here. As for which type is best, it is a personal preference. Both are effective at plaque removal. I personally would prefer the oscillation type. ...Read more

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What makes an electric toothbrush better than a normal one?

More effective: The action of the bristles on your teeth and gums disrupts the bacterial colonies better than your manual brushing. ...Read more

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Any suggestions for toothpastes and toothbrushes for braces?

Any suggestions for toothpastes and toothbrushes for braces?

Toothpastes: Ultrasonic toothbrushes (sonicare is one brand), or rotating electric brushes (oral b for example) that have timers built in will help you spend the correct amount of time as well as help to remove the bacteria more effectively than a hand held brush. Any toothpaste and or mouthwash with Fluoride will also help to reduce potential cavities. ...Read more

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What is more hygenic? An electric toothbrush vs a normal one?

Electric: An electric toothbrush has been shown to be more efficient in cleaning your teeth and gums. ...Read more

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Is it actually true that boiling water will disinfect a toothbrush?

Is it actually true that boiling water will disinfect a toothbrush?

It can, but....: First, there is a difference between sterilizing & disinfecting something. Sterilizing kills all organisms. Disinfecting only kills some. Placing a tooth brush in boiling water will disinfect or sterilize it depending upon how clean it was to start & how long you boiled it for. However, it will ruin the bristles & make it substantially less effective. You can rinse it in an antimicrobial rinse. ...Read more

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Does the power tip with the oral b electric toothbrush really work?

Does the power tip with the oral b electric toothbrush really work?

It does: The key with any toothbrush is consistency. Make sure you use it regularly and diligently around the areas where it's indicated. It'll never replace flossing though. ...Read more

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My gums hurt after switching from hard to soft toothbrush please help?

My gums hurt after switching from hard to soft toothbrush please help?

See your dentist: See your dentist for a one on one clinical exam and evaluation as to the cause of your problem. We can neither diagnose the problem or advise\treat you without seeing you in person. There are just too many possibilities to try to guess what's going on in your mouth. ...Read more

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What is best: sonic toothbrush, rotating toothbrush, or manual brush?

What is best: sonic toothbrush, rotating toothbrush, or manual brush?

Sonic: All dental care can work well regardless of the device if used regularly and properly. The sonic device has been proven to be a little more effective than equivalently used other devices. But it is more expensive, a little less convenient and does not travel so well. But take care of your teeth well and they will serve you well for all of your life. ...Read more

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Which bad germs can be found inside a toothbrush if hotel maid dunks/drops it?

Which bad germs can be found inside a toothbrush if hotel maid dunks/drops it?

Ew: Common sense tells us, don't put anything in your mouth a maid has touched or dropped. Buy a new brush, they aren't too expensive. :). ...Read more

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What is the function of uvula? I think I scratched it with my toothbrush this morning!

What is the function of uvula? I think I scratched it with my toothbrush this morning!

Uvula function: The uvula is part of the soft palate and helps to seal the maxillary sinus during swallowing. If you traumatized it it can be painful and give the feeling of a sore throat. Be sure to baby the area, by eating softer foods and chewing your food well before swallowing. Stay away from hard or scratchy foods for a while. Without re-injury it should in several days. ...Read more

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I burned myself with a toothbrush and I'm worried about scarring. How do I prevent this?

I burned myself with a toothbrush and I'm worried about scarring. How do I prevent this?

Sonicare can heat up: If you have a vibratory sonic toothbrush it is possible to have some heat generated where the removable brush meets the power handle. Avoid touching that area. If you burnt yourself from any electric brush stop using it and report the issue to the manufacture and/or the fda. Now... If you burnt yourself by applying scolding hot water to your tooth brush....Don't do that again! ...Read more

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