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October 1st, 2010
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Cognitive dissonance

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Date:October 2nd, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
You're a dentist or dental nurse? Maybe you can answer a question (if you don't mind, that is). My children have been told conflicting things by different dentiquacks, and we need an arbiter.

1. Brush the gums and the teeth will look after themselves
2. Brush the teeth and don't worry about the gums

Any thoughts?
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Date:October 2nd, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
Dentist for my sins.
gum disease is down to the bacteria in plaque. Decay is down to the bacteria in plaque converting sugar to acid. So we want it gone from both teeth and gums. I advise having the bristles of the brush half on gum half on tooth at a slight angle towards the gum to ensure the gumline is clean along with the natural pocket that can form there between the two.
obviously if the tooth is bigger than the brush then you need 2 strokes to do the top half as well as the gumline.

Always happy to answer anything but dentistry isnt completely exact and differences of opinion do exist
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Date:October 2nd, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks - very helpful.
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