Improper Brushing Habits

Improper brushing habits can affect your teeth and gums and can result in dental caries and gum diseases. Some of the bad brushing habits include using the same brush over 3 to 4 months, brushing for less than a minute, brushing too hard, using the wrong method to brush your teeth, and using a brush with hard bristles.

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I brushed my teeth too hard, and now my gums are inflamed, and there are also tooth marks on my tongue. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I brushed my teeth too hard, and now my gums are inflamed, and there are also tooth marks on my tongue.  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. As per your history, you have traumatic gingival inflammation. For that, avoid brushing for four to five days and use Chlorhexidine mouthwash two to three times daily, mandatory before sleep. Also, after that, use an ultra-soft toothbrush fo...  Read Full »

How can yellow teeth and cavities due to improper brushing be cured?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18-year-old boy. I have a big problem with my teeth. I did not brush them for the past two years. So, most of the teeth have started yellowing and have got caries. My dentist told me that it will change when I starting brushing them but it is not the case. Please help me. I wan...  Read Full »

Dr. Asma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Looking at the condition of your mouth (attachment removed to protect patient identity), I can say that you have got a lot of dental problems like dental caries, discolored teeth with stains and tartar. These problems are causing the bad breath which is not going to ...  Read Full »

After getting my teeth cleaned, why do I still have inflammation?

Query: Hello doctor, I got a teeth cleaning done, but the inflammation is still there. The dentist said that I need to get treated for a receding gum line through surgery. She said it was due to brushing hard and asked me to switch to a soft bristle toothbrush and sensodyne toothpaste. I am also awaiting ...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Use warm saline gargling daily at least 2 or 3 times, for two weeks. This will help in reducing the inflammation and help in preventing further recession of gum line. Also if you can get Betadine gargle for rinsing then it would be much better, this would be of great h...  Read Full »

I have not brushed as regularly as you should. How to stop tooth from hurting?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 years old, and for many personal reasons, I have not brushed my teeth regularly, as I should. I might have brushed ten times in the last two years. I cannot see a dentist due to my situation, but I want to change my life now that I am older. My top left molar hurts a little wh...  Read Full »

Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to We will not judge. It is alright. You can still have your teeth in good condition, but you have to keep brushing twice every day. Just follow this. I suggest taking Amoxicillin or Augmentin 500 mg tablet twice daily after meals for three days. Also, take one mu...  Read Full »

Why am I not able to get rid of bad breath even though I brush every day?

Query: Hi doctor, I have plaque deposits on my teeth and gums. My gums bleed often, and they are receding. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have viewed your image (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and it is calculus deposits over your gums. It occurs when the plaque is not removed properly with brushing, and it starts becoming hard due to calcium deposits over it. It accumulates more and ...  Read Full »

How to get rid of bleeding gums with bad breath?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 26 year old male, who weighs 60 kg and I am 5.8 feet tall. I am facing problems like bleeding gum, bad breath, and also my gums are getting separated from the teeth. What should I do? My gums bleed on brushing, so I tried using lemon for it.  Read Full »

Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The problems you are suffering from are common among people, but you need to know the reason behind it. Bleeding gums are due to wrong brushing techniques or you are not maintaining oral hygiene properly and there is some food lodgement. For this, visit a dentist and ...  Read Full »

Why are my gums still red after using an electronic toothbrush?

Query: Hello doctor, I went to the dentist before two months. He said that I had good teeth health and gum health. The only thing is for my front teeth on the top and bottom I developed a frayed appearance around the gumline. He said this was from too much gumline and toothbrush contact and that switching ...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi,Welcome to have an excellent set of healthy teeth. By observing the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity), the gums do seem to have puffiness, but only of mild nature.The brush whether electric or not does not matter, just do not touch the gums and stick to the...  Read Full »

How to treat bleeding gums and sore tongue in a 2-year-old kid?

Query: Hello doctor, My 2-year-old daughter is experiencing severe bleeding in her gums. Prior to this, she has a fever and sore on her tongue and somewhere near the tonsil. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern when it is a kid's matter. First of all, I would suggest you look in her oral cavity properly if she has caused any toothbrush injury or any source of bleeding if available. For bleeding gums, you apply a cold compress or ice packs right now...  Read Full »

Why does the tooth next to the extraction site feel weird?

Query: Hi doctor, Last month, I got my upper left wisdom tooth removed. I feel the tooth next to extracted tooth is sensitive to pressure while biting and cold. Is it normal? The extraction was straight forward, but the root was crooked. So, there was some little difficulty in extraction.  Read Full »

Dr. Nupur Prashant Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern regarding the dental health. Sensitivity to cold and bite is a very common dental problem because of exposure of dentin caused by gum disease or tooth wear. We can confirm the diagnosis of sensitivity only by doing tests. So, consult your nea...  Read Full »

My gums have receded because of improper brushing. Kindly advice.

Query: Hello doctor,I am 18 years old, and I am worried because I feel that my gums have receded. It is because of my improper brushing routine, they are yellow, not wobbly, and gums are becoming a darker version of red, gums have receded from the front teeth.  Read Full »

Dr. C. Elanchezhian

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your teeth are stained with yellow plaques, and the condition is called gingivitis. Try this home remedy, 1) Take one tablespoon of baking soda with two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. 2) Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after brushing wit...  Read Full »

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