Can you reharden/repair enamel?
I go regularly to my dentist for a checkup, however over the past few years I have been getting a little bit of discolouration inbetween my canines and inscisors - early decay.
Ive not had any fillings for ages, and floss etc etc this area, but I am increasingly worried that it is getting worse, and as it is in a fairly visible area I dont want to have anything done that will essentially make my teeth/smile look horrible. I am chewing gum a lot to keep teeth clean in the day.
What I would like to know is whether there is anything that can be used to help repair early decay? I know you can get the various brand toothpastes that make rehardening claims etc....do they work?
Is there anyhting in the dental profession that is better?
Oooh right cheers FB!
He lives where I grew up in Worcester!
...and on the off-chance someone else reads this and wants a tip.
Flossing and mouthwash
Also to encourage the enamel to remineralise; a spot of fluoride toothpaste on your finger and worked into the gap will do wonders.
'Duraphat' (expensive prescription only toothpaste high in flouride) also could be used.
Courtesy of Crash Hamster....
Vicky - thats the stuff I was looking at. There are other brands as well....but whether they 'actually' work or not I dont know. THey do make quite authoritative claims, and do seem to be backed up with evidence.
Lady P - glad it helped....I will be getting some duraphat from my dentist - which is available in 2800ppm and 5000ppm strengths/concentration of Flouride. I looked at my toothpaste, and that is 1450ppm - which seems pretty high compared to others...1090 for some supermarket own.
I was also thinking that I could sleep wearing a gumshield, after having smeared toothpaste on my problem areas, as that would help stop it dissolving away in my mouth.....(how attractive....but more so than gappy teeth eh)
FB - yeah the dentist has said I need to keep an eye on the area, and first commented on it 18 months or so ago (6 monthly check ups).
I could be a bit precious, but as it is on my front teeth, I am more concerned than if it were my molars....it is only very very small though at the moment...but prevention etc rather than cure blah blah.
I actually havent used google about this...(but take your point!)...after some of the scary stories I encountered when I had the RSD in my leg. I did wonder that leaving paste in contact with teeth would be a good idea or not....too much flouride can damage gums as I recall, and it wasnt something Crashie suggested. He just suggested what I pasted (ha ha ha ha - see what I did there?!) into the above message!
I have a check up in a month, so will discuss it then.
fat buddha wrote (see)
Ok - if the dentist has commented on it already then best to talk to him at the next check up I'm not sure I'd want to leave a standard toothpaste on my teeth overnight without taking some advice further! my dentists have also suggested rubbing some fluoride toothpaste in before going to bed usually when I've had some sensitivity to cold water which can often be a consequence of some enamel loss. that's worked I've used fluoride toothpaste for years as I think the benefits outweigh the negatives. and I've also used an ultrasonic electric toothbrush (Sonicare) for years as well as you get a better clean - my dentists have also remarked at checkups that my teeth don't need much cleaning up from the use of that. but nothing stops what your genes have doled out or age unfortunately!
ahhh but you see I am planning on living forever!
So far so good!
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