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Aug 17, 2008
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Nine of out 10 dentist recommend.....

1) Which electronic toothbrush is better overall, OralB or Philips SonicCare?
2) Do you recommend WaterPik? If so, can WaterPik replace manual flossing (sometimes), or should you always manually floss as well.
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Apr 29, 2010
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Several weeks back i had some fillings replaced -- 2 teeth on upper left, 2 teeth on upper right, 1 tooth lower left -- my understanding was no cavities but the old white fillings were wearing down and i had the option to replace them.

Now after the replacing when i go to floss between the premolar and molar on the top left side (canada #ing: 25 on the distal side) there is pain. I have to be very VERY gentle to not feel the pain; it is a tolerable pain but pain nontheless. Flossing everywhere else is fine though.

Furthermore when i go to bite down on soft food it is fine but when it comes to slightly harder food there is a pressure sensation (slight pain or fatigue or something making me think twice about pressing down any harder) on the upper left and upper right (25 + 26 and 14 + 15 areas). I have not returned to the dentist as i figured the pain would eventually disappear but after maybe 6 weeks the pain persists.

Can you tell me why this pain is occurring, especially during flossing? Should i return to the dentist to have them all replaced or will the pain from flossing and chewing on harder foods eventually disappear? Is this pain due to exposed dentin (and so poorly layed fillings) allowing for cavities?

Much appreciated for this fabulous thread!
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Sep 21, 2010
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How would you rank these in terms of most likely cause of gum recession due to grinding, past braces work, hard brushing, diet, etc? Dentist said having a sweet tooth has 0 to do w/ gum receding - is this true?

Is there any way for the gum to grow back or any 'home remedies' besides gum grafting (actually, what are the prospects of that)? I saw on some TV show where there's this procedure to pull the gums back up but not sure if it's purely cosmetic or can have ftn as well?

Is there a reason to pay $$$$$ for a retainer (to prevent grinding) from the dentist vs something one can get for a few bucks anywhere else? Is there really a huge benefit to get it from the dentist?

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Oct 6, 2015
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About 10 years ago, I tried one of those "at home" teeth whitening kits that used a high strength hydrogen peroxide infused gel. Both the Crest Whitestrips, as well as some syringes of carbamate peroxide gel that I loaded into a mouthguard and applied to my teeth.

Will "in-office" teeth whitening processes rapidly whiten my teeth without the severe pain?

Note that I kept the stuff off my gums, but it still hurt so much that I discontinued it.
Nov 26, 2016
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should i go to the cheapest place to find invisalign? Some places seem sketchy, not sure if legit or should I go to a credible named dentist for them?
Dec 20, 2013
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One new (and this is the second) cavity -> first time filling:
How much would that usually cost?
(for a not young patient without insurance)

Thank you.
Dec 16, 2016
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1. Is there any kind of antibacterial medicine to control the development of gum disease ?
2. Is there any way to mend toothbrush damage like hollows ?

Thank you
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Jun 20, 2010
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is fluoride free toothpaste really getting my kids' teeth prone to cavities or is it just their crappy brushing?
my dentist is trying to push flouride onto them, even rinsing with this flouride rinse after brushing.....

what is the best way to teach them how to properly brush, and especially floss? i try to show how i do it, but that gets lost

they already have an electric toothbrush, the oral b with round heads, and after the 2 min times is done, they floss, and then they brush once more with a normal toothbrush (this is my usual routine, and i haven't had problems.......like forever)

they are 7 and 9
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I haven't gone to the dentist over 2+ years now. Should I be worried?

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