Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bad teeth problems...HELP?

I%26#039;m a 21 year old female. For about the past 6 or 7 years I%26#039;ve been having really bad problems with my teeth. I%26#039;ve had several root canals, several teeth pulled, and tons of cavaties. Now, before any of you give me answers like brush your teeth more, here%26#039;s what I do on a daily basis. I brush my teeth in the morning, after I eat something I rinse my mouth with water at least (since you cant brush your teeth all the time), I floss once daily, and I brush my teeth before I go to bed. Why is this happening to me???!!! Is there something that I can try to do?? I%26#039;ve had all sorts of treatments, and have seen all sorts of dentists, none of them know what is wrong with me. Seriously, I%26#039;m 21 and my smile is ugly and gross. I want picture perfect teeth, but I definately don%26#039;t have the money to get veneers or any of that stuff done. Please help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much...

Bad teeth problems...HELP?
I would ask your dentist these question. It sounds like you%26#039;re doing all of the right things. As for the cosmetic work, you can finance the work. If you can swing it you may be able to work out payment arrangements with your dentist if you%26#039;d like to seriously pursue it.
Reply:are you smoking? that can definatly have something to do with it. That and pop. Stop eating sugar, chewing gum and all that fun stuff. If you%26#039;re not smoking or eating sugar- it could just be your upbringing. Your parents may not have made you take care of your teeth as you were younger and it just now caught up to you. Good luck :)
Reply:ME TOO!!!!! i am sixteen and have really bad teeth also. and i do brush floss all that good stuff. But what my problem is, is that i have really bad enamel. you can get this toothpaste stuff at your local drugstore, its over the counter but you don%26#039;t need a prescription, its called STANNOUS FLUORIDE and it helps against sensitive teeth and cavity prevention, i hope this helps, i%26#039;m not a dentist but i can definitley feel your pain, and your wanting of a perfect smile :)
Reply:Bad teeth are caused by different factors, bad hygiene, genetics, eating habits etc. It is believed that some decay is caused by the bacterial make-up of one%26#039;s saliva. I believe they are testing vaccines to help in the fight against decay.

In any case, you may want to ask your dentist to use fluoride treatment to help prevent future problems.

Cosmetically the best you can do is over the counter tooth whiteners. Crest Whitestrips (You want Classic NOT Premium).

Bonding may be a less expensive alternative to veneers.

Good luck!
Reply:It sounds like to me that you probably have periodontal disease. If this is the case, you need to see a Periodontist rather than a dentist. There are some prescription strength toothpastes and mouth washes that your doctor or dentist can prescribe for you. In the mean time, I suggest using either synsodyne or prevident toothpaste. You can buy them over the counter. Also, use an alcohol free mouthwash like Crest Pro-Health three times a day. Cut back on sodas, coffee, and do not smoke. All of these things are the worst for your teeth. Stay away from tooth whiteners until you are fully healed. They weaken your teeth. Seek help quickly though, because an oral disease can spread throughout your body, if left untreated. I hope this helps! :)
Reply:that is a tough one. i%26#039;ve had %26quot;soft teeth%26quot; too! and it%26#039;s FRUSTRATING!! the key sometimes is WHAT you eat. there are some things they are very acidic and which wear down the enamel, making it soft, and allowing for decay. Come really bad culprits are pop/soda/colas/coke what ever you call those carbonated beverages where you are from, the regular AND the diet are very acidic (my dentist shared this information). Also, of course sugars (eating candy, desserts, etc.) left on teeth will decay them as well as carbohydrates (breads, etc.). Fruits and fruit juices can also be very acidic. So, when eating those things I would recommend brushing immediately after (I carry a small toothpaste and toothbrush with me everywhere I go). But you may also want to cut down on a lot of those things, because it can also be harmful if you brush your teeth a million times a day (that also wears the enamel). Finally, the last hygenist I saw recommended a flouride rinse at night after I brush and floss to get where those things cant. She said it would slow the decay if it is forming. That way when you see the dentist regularly (which also helps) you can catch things before they become root canals/extractions! I hope that helps!
Reply:It could be genetics too. I have the same thing. My mom, never had a cavity and she%26#039;s in her 50s. My sibling all can count on one hand how many fillings. But my dad%26#039;s side has bad teeth. Guess I got it from them. =) Keeping up with cleanings are essential. Ask your dentist or hygienist how to brush or floss. I know it sounds silly but I found out that I was brushing too hard and not flossing correclty. Also, ask which toothbrushes, floss, toothpaste they recommend. Mines liked Sonicare. It%26#039;s pricey but it%26#039;s very effective in reaching in the back. They sell an battery operated one too that costs $29.99, Sonicare Extreme. When flossing, curve to your tooth and do a %26quot;c%26quot; shape at the gumline. I also use Act anticavity mouthwash. I try to consume vitamin C and dairy daily because they%26#039;re good for teeth and bones. There%26#039;s also veneners, braces or bonding that can improve the way teeth look. It can be expensive but doing a few at a time can help. I%26#039;ve kept up with what they recommend and the last check-up, I had only 2 filling done! The least ever!! =) Good luck!

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