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How often do you need to floss a week to have healthy gums and teeth?

How often do you need to floss a week to have healthy gums and teeth?

7, but 1x daily: Rather than counting weekly flossing frequency, it is important to note that flossing is needed daily in order to maintain your teeth ; gums clean. I recommend that you floss once everyday. As we age, the body's ability to be self-cleansing is decreased. For that reason, it is more and more important to do daily flossing to keep gums healthy as we get older. ...Read more

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My gums are very inflamed. What can I do to keep them healthy until I see a dentist? What will get the inflammation down? Salt water and listerine? TY

My gums are very inflamed. What can I do to keep them healthy until I see a dentist? What will get the inflammation down? Salt water and listerine? TY

Inflammation: The inflammation can be caused by a number of factors, most often accumulated bacteria. Brushing and flossing diligently with an ADA accepted toothpaste should help. Other mouthrinses can be used in addition to the above. The sooner you get to a dentist for a professional cleaning to remove hardened deposits, the better off you will be. ...Read more

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What can I do to floss with a permanent retainer?

What can I do to floss with a permanent retainer?

Superfloss: At your pharmacy you will find a special floss that has a hardened end which slips under the bonded piece, between your teeth. The dentist who placed this retainer should have explained this to you. ...Read more

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What's it like to wear a removable partial denture? How can I ensure they stay clean so I have good oral hygiene?

What's it like to wear a removable partial denture? How can I ensure they stay clean so I have good oral hygiene?

Adjustment phase: A partial is a removable prosthetic device that replaces missing teeth. There is usually an adjustment phase as this is not what the body is used to and may require some adjustments as the device is fabricated on a plaster model which has no moving muscles or gum tissues. ...Read more

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What to do if I have really yellow teeth. I brush once a day with crest. But i need help how to whiten them?

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What to do if I have really yellow teeth. I brush once a day with crest. But i need help how to whiten them?

Teeth Whitening: Fortunately, professional teeth whitening/bleaching is an incredibly effective and fast way to lighten or altogether eliminate stains and achieve a naturally white smile. ...Read more

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Is there a kind of mouthwash that helps fight gum disease the best? My dentist told me I have mild gum disease, and that if i take care to brush and floss properly at home I should be able to fix it. What should I look for in a mouth wash to help fight gu

Is there a kind of mouthwash that helps fight gum disease the best? My dentist told me I have mild gum disease, and that if i take care to brush and floss properly at home I should be able to fix it. What should I look for in a mouth wash to help fight gu

Xylitol: Xylitol kills bacteria and bushing with it can help with dental health. I have see patients who brush and floss regularly but still have some gum disease make a marked improvement by using a xylitol containing toothpaste. You may have to get it at a health food store. Less than 1 tube should make a difference. ...Read more

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What are all the nessasary things to do to maintain good teeth. I know brushing, flossing and mouthwash. Any others? Also how to strengthen enamel?

What are all the nessasary things to do to maintain good teeth. I know brushing, flossing and mouthwash. Any others? Also how to strengthen enamel?

Avoid acidic drinks: Be very careful with acidic drinks and foods, like most otc mouthwashes, sports drinks, sodas, etc. They will all soften the enamel of your teeth which can then be easily brushed away. ...Read more

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What can I do to floss with a bonded retainer?

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What can I do to floss with a bonded retainer?

Flossing: Flossing around bonded retainers is a bit challenging. It requires using either a floss threader or "super floss" to feed the floss under the retainer. Once that is done then flossing the space between the teeth is fairly simple. ...Read more

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I have early periodontitis but can't afford dental care. What mouthwash, toothpaste, and other products should I use to help it until I can get care?

I have early periodontitis but can't afford dental care. What mouthwash, toothpaste, and other products should I use to help it until I can get care?

Floss: You might check to see if there is a local reduced fee clinic where you can receive the necessary treatment to help you stop the progression of periodontal disease. Until you see them, you should floss every day, brush after every meal and just before bed; Listerine works well in reducing oral bacterial levels. You might also want to incorporate a fluoride rinse daily at night just before bed. ...Read more

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What medication do you usually prescribe for periodontitis disease? Can antiseptic mouthwash help? I am 16 and I am worried that my teeth will fall out if i can't visit a dentist.

What medication do you usually prescribe for periodontitis disease? Can antiseptic mouthwash help? I am 16 and I am worried that my teeth will fall out if i can't visit a dentist.

See a dentist: I know you say you can't see a dentist but you must. $ can be issue but it will cost more in long run to not get it done now. You must clean better than normal, rinses may help but will not cure your probs. A dental cleaning and continual care is your only definitive treatment. ...Read more

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What can I do with swollen gums from braces?

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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What can I do with swollen gums from braces?

Visit your dentist: It is common with braces to see the gums get swollen and infected. Usually swollen gums occur due lack of regular cleaning and flossing. Take especially good care of your teeth and your gums during orthodontic treatment. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if i take good care of my teeth and my gums are still receeding. Help?

What do you recommend if i take good care of my teeth and my gums are still receeding. Help?

Brushing technique ?: At 31 yo, your gums should not be receding. There may be some other factors which cannot be determined over the internet. Seek the help of a local dentist who can examine you. Receding gums = less bone support = premature loss of teeth. Time is of the essence. Brushing and flossing alone may not be enough. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about teeth diseases. I follow all the recommendations like brushing twice daily and flossing and all of that should I be worried?

Can you tell me about teeth diseases. I follow all the recommendations like brushing twice daily and flossing and all of that should I be worried?

Maybe: Taking good care does not eliminate the need for a good thorough dental exam (including a full mouth periodontal charting, ; an oral cancer examination. If you want to read about all sorts of dental disease you can google it. If you have more specific questions i will be glad to be of help. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how many times a year would I have to buy teeth whitening strips to keep my teeth white ?

Can you tell me how many times a year would I have to buy teeth whitening strips to keep my teeth white ?

Modestly effective: Whitening strips, like whitening toothpaste, is only modestly effective. A more cost effective, more efficacious approach is to treat whitening not as a diy project but as treatment best provided by someone with years of training and experience. ...Read more

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I went to the dentist as my gums are receding and he told me my gums are healthy so not to worry. How are they healthy?

I went to the dentist as my gums are receding and he told me my gums are healthy so not to worry. How are they healthy?

See Periodontist: While everything may appear healthy there has to be a reason for your gum recession. Gums don't recede unless there's a reason. It may be a systemic problem, reaction to medication, improper brushing, malocclusion, clenching/grinding, or one of many other factors. Time to see a gum specialist, a periodontist, to determine why the recession and if any treatment is indicated. Don't wait. ...Read more

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Can i chew gum with braces and if yes, what types?

Can i chew gum with braces and if yes, what types?

Gum and Braces?: I would always defer to your treating orthodontists. However, I do not personally recommend my patients to chew gum. It gets stuck in the brackets and can cause the brackets to break. Sorry, but I know that is NOT the answer you wanted. ...Read more

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