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Are there any proven benefits of electric toothbrushes over manual toothbrushing?

There is some very good evidence that replacing a manual toothbrush with an electric toothbrush can help in reducing plaque and the risk of gingivitis. The Cochrane Oral Health Group published a ...
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Is brushing teeth without toothpaste actually harmful?

My short answer is : Brushing your tooth without toothpaste will not cause a greater amount of micro-scratches than if you were to use toothpaste. To begin, tooth paste, is a product most often made ...
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Is it beneficial to keep using fluorised toothpaste after prolonged use?

Fluoride can be absorbed into the teeth and form fluoroapatite only in children up to 6-8 years of age (WebMD). Later, fluoride from toothpaste may still be helpful, because it stimulates the ...
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Does brushing your teeth immediately after sleeping have some medical significance?

The NHS says (emphasis mine) Brush your teeth for about 2 minutes last thing at night before you go to bed and on 1 other occasion every day. They don't specifically stipulate as soon as you get ...
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Does mouthwash provide any benefits?

Apparently, yes fluoridated mouthwash seems beneficial against carries, at least in children. ADA says: Fluoride ions, which promote remineralization, may be provided by certain mouthwashes. A ...
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Is it beneficial to keep using fluorised toothpaste after prolonged use?

The main protective effect of fluoride is outside the tooth, not inside. Small amounts of fluoride in solution around the tooth inhibit demineralization more effectively than incorporated ...
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Is there by any way to 'remotely' brush teeth

The short answer is NO The long answer is: If time is of concern, ask your oral health professional whether an electric toothbrush can improve your cleaning enough so that 2 minutes of brushing are ...
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Brushing, flossing, and mouth wash

From a medical/dental standpoint, flossing and brushing with or without toothpaste is the best way of eliminating plaque, which can cause cavities and gum disease. For the philosophical aspect of ...
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Fluoride poisoning by toothpaste

Per the for label for Sodium Fluoride chewable tablets. A treatment dose of Sodium Fluoride Chewable Tablets contains 0.25, 0.5 or 1.0 mg fluoride A standard OTC toothpaste, in this case Crest Pro-...
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How to remove the yellow stains from my teeth?

There are a few aspects that need to be addressed. 1) Diet & Oral habits: Often, drinks with natural or artificial coloring will stain the surface of the enamel and any tartar (calcified plaque) ...
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Possible to whiten teeth beyond natural color without veneers?

There is no healthy way. Whitening/bleaching do not change the shape of your teeth but alas, dentine doe not bleach well, if at all (it just gets more sensitive to temperature change). Veneers done ...
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Dental Braces : Urgent Advise Needed

If the bracket is removed all the way and is not cemented you can remove it carefully. You should be fine but I have had this happen before. Just open the tiny latch on the bracket and place bracket ...
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Any randomized prospective trials to determine the efficacy of brushing (vs not) to prevent conditions such as dental caries?

According to 2 recent systematic reviews, tooth brushing frequency is associated with less dental caries. The studies included were case-control, prospective cohort, retrospective cohort, experimental ...
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Any randomized prospective trials to determine the efficacy of brushing (vs not) to prevent conditions such as dental caries?

A list of references to research papers on the topic of the possible benefits of brushing teeth can be found at: ADA under 'References'. For example, the first three are: Creeth JE, Gallagher A, ...
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Bad Breath Problem

The first question I would ask in response to your question on gum disease is "Have you spoken with your dentist about the health of your gums?" Looking at the NHS webpage on Halitosis, it sounds ...
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vigorous brushing a cause for dental issues or not?

Can 'vigorous' brushing cause dental problems? Short answer: Yes* (* reviews tend to conclude that it's better to over-brush than under-brush) Longer answer: In addition to the good answer by ...
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vigorous brushing a cause for dental issues or not?

A detrimental effect of toothbrushing can be influenced by use of an abrasive toothpaste use of hard bristles toothbrush use of excessive force during toothbrush excessive number of toothbrushing per ...
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