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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Oral Tip of the Day

1 out of 1 dental assistants I've seen in the last 2 years have said, "using toothpaste with tartar control is known to cause sensitive teeth." So it may actually be more beneficial to floss and brush twice daily with non-tartar control toothpaste!


Blogger Kris said...

well, that explains it then! I thought it was, well, I don't know what I thought it was, thanks Jay!

13 July, 2005 09:30

Blogger JCo said...

I have been using tartar control tooth paste most of my life and I have yet (knock on wood) to have sensative teeth. Plus...flossing is such a pain, I just can't get into the habit of flossing regularly. I am one of those people that floss a week before a dentist appointment and that is about it unless I have had an encounter with corn on the cobb.

13 July, 2005 09:57

Blogger vander said...

One out of one dentists told me that anything that whitens teeth causes sensitivity. Flossing is more important than brushing, so I've heard.

Jen, I'm a major supporter of floss-on-a-stick instead of the stringy kind. I never flossed before I invested in one of those. The old-school method is definitely a pain unless you have perfectly spaced teeth.

Fitting that we have this discussion after yesterday's sugary tea topic.

13 July, 2005 10:47

Blogger Pete said...

I'm totally with you on the flossing bit Jen. I just can't get into it. The worst part is the floss digging into your fingers, and it just gets tighter and tighter. I do have that fancy Gore® floss, which helps. Luckily most of my teeth are spaced far enough apart to get a toothbrush in, unfortunately that means my back teeth are closer together than most.

13 July, 2005 11:28

Blogger Blair said...

My teeth aren't sensitive but my gums are. Sometimes when I floss my gums bleed so I use listerine every day to knock out that gingivitis. Which reminds me I have an upcoming dentist appointment.

13 July, 2005 12:42

Blogger Jay said...

Flossing is a pain, but now that I've been doing it for a little while, if I don't, my teeth feel NASTY to me. I love being able to blow air through those tight spaces :-) Call me crazy. Once you get a rhythm down, you can floss in less than a minute. Sometimes I get so excited about flossing my teeth I can hardly stand it!

13 July, 2005 14:50

Blogger Pete said...

Now Jason, I don't know if I would classify you under the same tooth care category as the rest of the world. You spend more time brushing your teeth then anyone else I have ever seen. So flossing is probably just part of your oral fixation.

13 July, 2005 15:40

Blogger Kris said...

If Julia Roberts can do it in "Pretty Woman", so can we all!

13 July, 2005 16:43

Blogger Stephanie said...

Guess what, kids. Whitening toothpaste does the same! I was told to stop using it because it was making my teeth more sensitive.

Dental floss on a stick is cool, but I find that you have to buy the name-brand kind (can't think of that right now). The generic brands don't cut it--the floss gets too loose and it frays.

On bleeding gums. They say if your gums bleed really easily, it could be a sign that you're pregnant. But I guess you don't need to worry about that unless your chromosomes match...and well, you know.

13 July, 2005 16:50

Blogger Amanda said...

Balance...if you brush too hard, it can cause damage. Be careful! http://aolsvc.health.webmd.aol.com/content/article/67/79977.htm

13 July, 2005 17:04

Blogger Kris said...

Plaque is another cause of bleeding gums...so my dentist tells me.

13 July, 2005 23:05


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