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Antibacterial Mouthwash

Mouthwash that kills the bacteria present in the mouth is called antibacterial mouthwash. The most commonly used antibacterial mouthwash is Chlorhexidine mouthwash.

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I watch videos to improve my brushing methods. Which method is the right one?

Query: Hello doctor, There are several videos on how to brush your teeth correctly on the internet. But I am not sure which one is the best method. I am 51 years old and had some fillings for my teeth. But I think brushing in a circular motion may be the right way instead of a back and forth motion. Here ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. First of all, I am glad to know you have 80% knowledge about oral hygiene methods. Yes, you are right; the circular motion could be practiced, but the force used should be significantly less. One stroke is suffici...  Read Full »

I have bad breath despite flossing and brushing. Why?

Query: Dear Doctor, I am 16 years old. I floss, brush every morning and night and use a tongue cleaner too. But still suffer from bad breath the whole day. Please help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Do not worry. After following these tips you will feel better and get rid of bad breath by 2 weeks. Start using chlorhexidine mouthwash thrice a day for 4 weeks. Do saline water mouth rinses (take lukewarm water in a small cup and add 1/4th teaspoon salt in it),...  Read Full »

How to remove yellowness from teeth?

Query: Hello, My teeth are very yellow. How can I remove yellowness from teeth and make them white at home? If I go and do the cleaning with a dentist, how much would it cost?  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yellow teeth can be of different types. If teeth are slightly yellowish with plaque, you can make them clean and white just by brushing properly twice a day with light hand pressure.  Avoid abrasive brushing as they can cause the white outer layer of teeth to shed off and...  Read Full »

I have a bad breath for a long time. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I tried teeth cleaning, I avoided non-veg foods and beverage drinks, which produce gas, and I am eating a balanced diet. My bad breath problem is since for the past five years till now, so in this period I realize that I have a white layer on my tongue and when I smell my tongue then I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Divya Banu M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The white coating on your tongue is mostly due to bacteria and debris. And, it seems that you might have a dry mouth. All this must be causing bad breath. Clean or scrape your tongue regularly, maintain proper oral hygiene, drink a lot of water and even empty stomach...  Read Full »

How do you treat enlarged circumvallate papillae?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 29 year old male. I have some enlarged bumps and white lesion on the back of my tongue. I thought that I had a gum problem because my saliva was often brownish and I had a funny taste in my mouth. Now, I believe that I have some fungus infection. It looks exactly like on the pictur...  Read Full »

Dr. Naresh Kumar M.

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I had gone through all the data posted. From the picture posted (attachment removed to protect patient identity), those bumps seen on the tongue are suggestive of enlarged or swollen circumvallate papillae.There are four types of papillae on the surface of the tongue ...  Read Full »

I want to know the importance of proper toothbrushing. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 30-year-old male. I want to know the key benefits of proper toothbrushing and why it is crucial for maintaining oral health. Could you explain the recommended frequency and duration of toothbrushing for adults and children? Are there specific toothbrush types, bristle textures, o...  Read Full »

Dr. Akila. R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Types of manual toothbrushes may vary in size, design, length, hardness, and arrangement of bristles. Depending on the hardness of the bristles, it is of four types. Hard bristles - A dentist usually does not recommend it as it may cause en...  Read Full »

What is the preventive treatment for frequent throat infections?

Query: Hello doctor,As part of the season change, I have developed a little rash in my throat. I have to often clear my throat congestion. Nothing else. Please prescribe a medicine for the cure and also some preventive medicine for the next one week so that I will not catch a cold or fever as I have an eve...  Read Full »

Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You can try the following. You need to do salt water gargling. Rinse your mouth twice daily with an antiseptic mouthwash like Listerine, particularly before going to bed. Take lukewarm water. You may have soups too. With regard to prevention of infection, ea...  Read Full »

I accidentally swallowed Chlorhexidine mouthwash. Will I have serious problems?

Query: Hello doctor,A doctor suggested using a Chlorhexidine mouthwash, but I unknowingly swallowed it. I am worried about what will happen now, and I do not know what should I do now. Will I have any serious problems after swallowing the mouthwash? I am 25 years old, and I think I have swallowed a minimal...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakshana Devi M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There is nothing to worry about because you swallowed a minimal amount of mouth wash, and it will not cause any discomfort. In case you have any discomfort, I suggest you consult a general surgeon. I suggest you take a half-cup of mouth wash, mix it with drinking water...  Read Full »

How to control bleeding gums?

Query: Hello doctor, For months now, I am suffering from a gum problem. It bleeds while brushing but no pain. Two connected teeth (as shown in the attached picture) are slightly moving. A white soft gum-like tissue has grown. If I try to brush it away, it bleeds. Keeping in mind that I cannot attend any ...  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl F

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query and attachment and understood your concern (attachment removed to protect patient identity). From your tooth picture and your symptoms, the condition is called periodontitis. It is a condition wherein the bone and the gums surrounding ...  Read Full »

I swallowed Povidone iodine mouthwash by mistake. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22 year old. I drank Povidone-iodine germicide gargle 10 ml in the morning and 10 ml in the afternoon. Will it affect my health as I am suffering from gastritis? I am also taking other medicines for acid reflux and my other question is that I feel a burning sensation in my left...  Read Full »

Dr. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Betadine (Povidone-Iodine 10 %) has been used as an external disinfectant prior to surgery for years. The active antimicrobial agent is iodine and is necessary for thyroid hormone synthesis. Excess iodine will be filtered out by the normal kidneys. Povidone is a common...  Read Full »

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