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Sat, Mar 12, 2016 12:51 PM

For those with full uppers and lowers - what "Toothpaste" do you use to brush your gums?

Prior to and during my initial rounds of extractions I was using Crest Pro Health toothpaste. I found as I was going through the process of healing that because of the grit in this toothpaste that I had to be careful with it in extraction areas. Soon after that I switched to Aquafresh, which doesn't have the grit in it. A while after that, I bought a tube of Arm & Hammer Peroxicare with Baking soda and peroxide. I use the Peroxicare at night after I remove my dentures and the Aquafresh prior to putting my dentures back in. I am able to get the adhesive off fairly easy with the peroxicare, although I'm not sure it does a better job than any other toothpaste would.

My question to my fellow full denture wearers out there is -- what kind of toothpaste do you use for your gums? Is there a toothpaste that works better for you than others? It's really just a curiosity question and conversation starter.

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5 years ago

I use Colgate gum care. Orabrush foam to scrape/clean my tongue, an alcohol free mouthwash, and policare toothpaste for the dentures. By the time i rinse my mouth with the mouthwash i dont have any product or grit left in my mouth. I use fixodent powder on my softliner. I have a full upper denture and my extractions and immediate denture was January 27th.

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5 years ago

Good question. I was never told to brush gums. I use coconut oil, mouth wipes, Crest alcohol free mouth wash, and Biotene. I do brush tongue but not every day. What information have I missed?

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I had my upper teeth extracted 3 days ago with immediate denture, can i use biotene for my extremely dry mouth??????

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5 years ago

I have done oil pulling for a long time. But at night after i have done the routine i do 20 minutes oil pulling with a teaspoon of Coconut oil. I find that i wake up with a lot less dry mouth. It is very effective fir reducing bacteria in the mouth. I have a small nodule inside my cheek that a dentist looked at and said it wasn't anything to be concerned about, if i stop pulling it grows again and when i return to the pulling it shrinks. Coconut oil reduces gum inflamation too. I have experienced this repeatedly. Some dentists have had experience with this as well. They instruct their patients to do this routine with the oil and find reduction in inflamation and a healthier mouth. Something about bad bacteria attaching to the fat molecules in the oil and when the oil is spit out it takes bacteria with it. It can be safflower oil or other oils but coconut oil can be tolerated by most people once they get the hang of it. Just some information if you would like to add something else to improve oral health.

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5 years ago

It seems like in the instructions that I took home with me said that after the gums were healed to brush the gums with toothpaste. The first 3 or 4 days just mild rinsing, then toothpaste using a finger, then with a toothbrush after a week or so. I waited longer than they recommended to use a brush.

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5 years ago

@Leslie, could you please explain more about oil pulling? I have never heard the term before.

@Gina, I use Aquafresh & an ultra-soft toothbrush on my entire mouth prior to putting dentures in. My dentures have either been soaking all night in the cleanser, if so I use my dental brush and the soaking liquid to brush with, and then rinse thoroughly OR if I've used a 3- or 15- minute cleanser, I've already done that part, so they are soaking in a different container with water and Crest Pro-Health clear or palest shade of blue I can get. Non alcohol mouthwash for soaking, regular mouthwash for removing adhesive if necessary.

Does anyone know if it matters how your teeth are in your tub? (I.e. teeth together? Gums together? All teeth down/up?) Just curious.

Thanks

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I put my top in first and then the bottom on top. I don't think it matters. You would need separate tubs of you were gonna separate them

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Its very simple. You take a teaspoon (i have a very small mouth ) of oil. Its kind of a push/ pull action. If you dont have any teeth just swish it in your mouth, rub it with your tongue to all surfaces ...if you have teeth you push oil through teeth with tongue and suck it through the teeth gently for 20 minutes and then spit it out in your trash can. You can also Google to find information too. Very simple and effective.

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I have been doing this for two years. It also has other health benefits. It loosens mucus in upper throat, pulls from your lower sinus which will help avoid colds and allergy issues. You can cook with coconut oil but do not swallow what you have swished in your mouth, it contains bacteria which is best out, not back in your system.

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Exactly, i use it for everything. Even Hair treatment packs, elbows, feet...great stuff!!!

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Thanks so much! It will be on this week's grocery list. Is it in the groceries or in health & bèauty?

I'll be trying it this week!

Thanks again?

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5 years ago

I use Biotene. I use the mouthwash and toothpaste. This just helps with dry mouth. The reason I use this is because I take medication that causes dry mouth. But it seems ever since I got my dentures I contain so much saliva. I'm constantly swallowing. Lol. But anyways. I use Biotene.

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5 years ago

I wish biotene helped me. Im on 6 meds daily and it works for just a few minutes and im dry again.:(

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5 years ago

Leslie, I have depended on Thera Breath lozenges (they call them mints) I put one in my mouth if I have to talk a lot and after a big drink of water. Yes. Water is actually drying. btw, Have you ever been tested for Sjogren's? I had it for 10 years before diagnosed. That very much contributed to my tooth loss. Extreme dry mouth is a symptom, also dry eye.

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5 years ago

Yes, i have them in my purse, they work ok-ish for me I have been tested about 5 years ago for it because of the same symptoms and others, along with Lupus and MS. They said i have Fibromyalgia by the Rhumatologist and CFS by the Infectious Diseases Dr.

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What is CFS?

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I'm not Leslie, but here are what the acronyms CFS/ME stand for. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)/ME is a condition that causes marked long-term tiredness (fatigue) and other symptoms which are not caused by any other known medical condition. CFS stands for chronic fatigue syndrome. Chronic means persistent or long-term. ME stands for myalgic encephalomyelitis.

I can't speak for Leslie, but you can ask me anything about them that you want. I'm not I'm not shy.

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Alicia I'm so glad I read this. I'm 33 and I'm always fatigued. I can fall asleep at night and get up the next day around 2-5 pm. Just depends on what's going on. I'm always tired, moody, depressed. Can't think and I forget sometimes. Maybe I should get this looked at. I'm not shy either! Lol

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I do believe that many of the things that aggravate my symptoms are environmental, multiple chemical sensitivities. We are exposed to these with cleaning /laundry products, food additives in processed foods. ..so much more. So much is lumped into Fibromyalgia. It mimics other illnesses and you should have a thorough work up to make sure it isn't your thyroid etc... Drs.....find a good one that doesn't ignore your symptoms. Quality sleep is so important and seems to be something that can never be attained. Its really tough, but im tenacious and im not someone to back down to Drs when they aren't listening or have a condescending attitude. You have to keep fighting for a proper diagnosis. Google Fibromyalgia and CFS. There are alot of support groups and information.

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@Lizzy - are you sure you aren't shy? I've taken you to be quite the introvert! ROFLMBO

@Leslie - agreed completely! When I first got sick 22 years ago, it took 8 doctors to finally get 2 answers that matched. To this day Fibromyalgia is still not very well understood and they are finding that many CFS/ME diagnosis are actually Vitamin D deficiency or a completely diminished supply in our bodies.

You need an excellent team of doctors, and don't be afraid to interview them! It's your body, you have a right to answes!
You will need an excellent Primary Care - preferably an Internist, a top notch Rheumatologist (preferably with on site lab and radiology) and a very gentle pain specialist!

Let us know if you want to talk more!

Be careful on facebook of some of the support groups, there's a couple that are GREAT and others that are iffy at best. Lol

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5 years ago

So you are no doubt on some strong meds. Just adds to your problems. . Me too.

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I got an email from group moderator that this comment was being removed because it was inappropriate. Anyone feel this is inappropriate?

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Confused? What is inappropriate? ??

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The above is the one they sent me saying that.
In case I get kicked off my email is jjmcc367@yahoo.com

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FYI : I am a 75 year old great grandmom and been an active contributor with NO bad intentions and no inappropriate comments.

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All it talking about strong medications causing such a dry mouth that it adds to dental problems.