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#61 of 88 Old 04-23-2009, 12:22 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I don't have answers to your questions jazmommie.....but I can comment that you will love the Uncle Harry products!!

I am the original poster of this thread and it's been 6 months since I started this post. Once my tax refund is here I will be making my dental appointment. I guess that will be a test of sorts to see how well the Uncle Harry's products have done!

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Okay, went to the dentist today. HORRIBLE report. He is actually referring me to see a peridontal (spelling??) specialist next Tuesday. My gums are receding more. Agh!! He criticized my use of Uncle Harry's toothpaste. My dentist and I have went round and round about my dislike of flouride use as well....anyhoo, I don't know what to do!!

My dentist took a full set of x-rays b/c the specialist next week requested them and I figured they'd be cheaper at the small rinky dink dental office than the specialist.

Any thoughts? What will they do to me???!!!!

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You can't reverse gingiva recession, but you can prevent further recession. It is vital to your dental health to get regular cleanings, every six months. Toothbrushes and floss do not do the same work as a Dental Hygienist's instruments. The longer you go between cleanings, the more plaque you get on the back of your teeth. It hardens and causes the gum line to recede. Eventually it leads into periodontal disease. Flossing is also extremely important. It seems so miniscule, but it's the food that gathers between your teeth that causes tartar build up as well, coinciding with recession.

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Okay, went to the dentist today. HORRIBLE report. He is actually referring me to see a peridontal (spelling??) specialist next Tuesday. My gums are receding more. Agh!! He criticized my use of Uncle Harry's toothpaste. My dentist and I have went round and round about my dislike of flouride use as well....anyhoo, I don't know what to do!!

My dentist took a full set of x-rays b/c the specialist next week requested them and I figured they'd be cheaper at the small rinky dink dental office than the specialist.

Any thoughts? What will they do to me???!!!!
Sorry you didn't get better news

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my mom had some work done on her gums and it helped -no problems now -but I can not remember what it was .
I will ask in a couple days .
Why doesnt he like U Harrys -because of no flouride?

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my mom had some work done on her gums and it helped -no problems now -but I can not remember what it was .
I will ask in a couple days .
Why doesnt he like U Harrys -because of no flouride?
The dentist didn't really say what he didn't like about Uncle Harry's, but I'm sure he thought it sounded like a bunch of voodoo! He's adament about the use of flouride. He wouldn't hear anything I had to say about flourides negative effects. He also just said it's obviously not doing me any good since it's been 6 months of use and my gums are worse....

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I still strongly recommend oil pulling and brushing with tooth soap.

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I have some degree of periodontal disease (gum disease). My dentist said that it is particularly important during pregnancy to pay attention to this, because the bacteria can cross the placenta barrier.

So keeping my mouth extra healthy is really important to me.

Unfortunately she didn't give me any solid advise on how to do this, except rinsing with hydrogen peroxide, which doesn't appeal at all.

I was thinking about grapefruit seed extract, has anyone tried rinsing with it, in water of course, with good results?

Or anything else???


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Okay, went to the dentist today. HORRIBLE report. He is actually referring me to see a peridontal (spelling??) specialist next Tuesday. My gums are receding more. Agh!! He criticized my use of Uncle Harry's toothpaste. My dentist and I have went round and round about my dislike of flouride use as well....anyhoo, I don't know what to do!!

My dentist took a full set of x-rays b/c the specialist next week requested them and I figured they'd be cheaper at the small rinky dink dental office than the specialist.

Any thoughts? What will they do to me???!!!!
Find a new dentist. When I told my childhood dentist I was having my amalgam fillings removed (15 years ago) he told me I was crazy and told me stories of a vegetarian who died... Ugh! Find a new dentist. There is likely at least one holistic dentist in your area. A holistic dentist will: not use any flouride, or support its use in the human body, will be sensitive to all materials put in your mouth, and so on. They vary a lot, but after going to 3 different holistic dentists (over 3 states) I totally recommend finding one.

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I was thinking about grapefruit seed extract, has anyone tried rinsing with it, in water of course, with good results?
I've been doing this - 1 drop of GSE added to my mouthwash, and my pockets went from 5mm to 4mm. The numbers go up and down a lot though, so I don't know if it'll stay that way.

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Hi, I just saw this thread. I haven't read thru everyones response so forgive me if I say the same thing as someone else.

Food allergies! Allergies (like dairy and gluten) cause teeth grinding, teeth grinding cause receeding gums. So first try to find out what it is that you are allergic to. Also, food allergies sometimes make your gums swell which will also cause them to recede.

After brushing with a soft bristle brush, rub sesame oil on your gums. Sesame oil is anti bacterial.

I've heard that it is possible to regenerate your gums, but I do not know that for sure.
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Interesting about the allergy connection. I am actually looking into Advanced Allergy Therapeutics to get tested/treated for allergies. I'm hoping to do that at the end of this month....but that's a whole other thread!!

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I had my appointment yesterday w/the periodontist. He recommended a frenectomy for the muscle attachment between my two bottom front teeth. It was actually scheduled for this afternoon, but I cancelled it this morning. I'm scared!! For a few reasons: 1)I don't really understand its benefits. 2) the cost ($543) 3) I suffered a concussion 6 weeks ago and still aren't quite "right."

Anyone have any experiences w/a frenectomy?? I've googled it a little bit. I made it through about 3 seconds of watching a video of one being performed....

For the other teeth that show recession he simply recommended easier brushing and using Sensodyne. Not much there. He didn't have much to say about the teeth grinding/clenching. He actually thought maybe my 97 cent sports mouth guard was irritating some of my gums. Perhaps I need to really butcher it down to not be up on my gums???

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I love the uncle harrys

the toothpaste is soap based with tea tree oil in it
the toothpowder is cinnamon and has bloodroot and clove oil among other stuff
the remineralixation powder is neat-sea salt and calcium and probiotic minerals and more
my tooth hurts less -they look cleaner and whiter
dentisit appt is tuesday for a cleaning -the first in almost 2 years

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because I have beginning stages of receding gum disease and am interested how things went with your different methods

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I just read this whole thread. How's everyone doing? I just had my 2nd appointment with cavities at the gum line. I don't want to go the fluoridefluoridefluoride direction. Thank you for all the ideas. Do the electric toothbrushes seem gentle? Somehow I imagine them vibrating my gums right off. Something about that whirrr sounds turns me off. But maybe I'll try--at least it doesn't involve any chemicals.

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waturmama,

have you tried testing the ph of your saliva? Cavities on the gumline are consistent w/ acidic saliva. That is EXACTLY what I had. I went 32 years w/out a single cavity and then all of a sudden, after having babies, I started getting them. Nothing had changed in my diet...actually, I probably got healthier and less sugar since I was pregnant or bf for a lot of years. Anyways, I took a ph test of my saliva and sure enough, I was acidic. I started on Dr. Ellie's system and my teeth have been great. I even had a check up two weeks ago. I didn't tell my dentist the system I was on until after he cleaned my teeth. He said everything looked great and he was really impressed. He wanted to learn more! I know you don't want to do fluoride, but I only do it in the evening (closys, crest, act) and xylitol throughout the day. If you don't want to do the fluoride rinse, maybe you could just try the xylitol?? It's from birch tree bark.

I was hesitant to try fluoride too, but I am spitting it out, not swallowing it in my drinking water (I use reverse osmosis water) and DR. Ellie is opposed to fluoride in drinking water. BUT, I figured there have to be toxins in fillings---who knows what those are doing to me?? I haven't even had any pain in my teeth since using dr. ellie's system. I feel like a commercial. (I have no incentive to promote her other than I like her products).

I never cared for electric toothbrushes. I used one for a few months and felt no better. But that's me.
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Thanks so much MommyDOK for all the info. Interesting about the possible effect of pg and bf. How did you test the ph of your Saliva?

I have no problem with xylitol. I started chewing some xylitol gum every day this week.

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I have posted this before ( see here ). Mine go back and forth and I have noticed are tied to what I drink MAJORLY.

I did some research a bit back and found licorice root extract (abchomeopathy.com is where I found a TON of info) seems to help a lot. I planned on getting some and then life got the better of me. Perhaps look into that.

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Thanks so much MommyDOK for all the info. Interesting about the possible effect of pg and bf. How did you test the ph of your Saliva?

I have no problem with xylitol. I started chewing some xylitol gum every day this week.
Dr. Ellie sells strips on her website. THey are the same that you can get in the fish store to test your fishtank water. It was a true science experiment....I tested my saliva and it was acidic. Ate some xylitol and it was neutralized. My dh doesn't do the system bc his saliva is neutral.

Some moms have hormonal changes in pregnancy that affect saliva. My local dentist didn't know why, but he has seen it. I have a friend who loses massive amounts of hair after her babies are born--big clumps...just what happens.
IT just seemed odd to me to go 32 years w/out a single cavity and then to get a mouthful, all at my gumline???
I don't know what kind of xylitol gum you are using, but I would avoid the grocery store brands that have asparatme too, as that is bad for you. Also, they don't list how much xylitol are in them. Studies have shown 6.5 grams a day are optimal. THere is a brand at WF called Spree that is good. I do REALLY like DR. Ellie's bc there are no weird ingredients in her gum, mints. But, the cheapest way is to just buy a 2lb bag of xylitol and measure out a teaspoon and take a pinch in your mouth throughout the day. Keep us posted. Dr. Ellie has a blog too.
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Thanks MommyDOK. I'm chewing Xylichew, which does not have asparatme. Thanks for the heads up.

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I am not for xylitol. Sorry to those who love it.
I would be very interested to know why. It would not be the first time when something I thought to be good turned out not so good. So I keep learning...
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I believe there is. There is a very serious irreversible condition caused by to much silver in your body when it turns your skin gray for good. So be careful.
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I would be very interested to know why. It would not be the first time when something I thought to be good turned out not so good. So I keep learning...
Here is a recent thread on it:
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subbing. i'm pretty sure this is what is going on with me. i've had major problems with night grinding for the last 13 years but have not worn my night guard very much because i absolutely hate it. my dh also thinks that i brush my teeth too hard. i've always had really healthy teeth, but recently have had some pain with hot/cold/sweet and last night noticed pockets near my gumline totally out of the blue on the exact same 2 teeth on both sides on the bottom - i was shocked! i scheduled an appt to go in and be seen but they cannot get me in for over 2 months

has anyone had the gum graft surgery? is this the only option as far as covering the root back up again? i'm wondering if my insurance would even pay for that as it's listed as "plastic surgery" on a lot of websites
I had this done about 5 years ago....my insurance DID cover it. It was NOT billed as aesthetic because it was perio surgery. I had the graft above the top central incisors ( #8, #9). I'm convinced that my receding was to due to using the bleaching trays. (stupid, I know!)
My results were fantastic, though. Looks and feels perfectly normal. Pink and perfect gumline, right where it should be.

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I just noticed this and was wondering if anyone could offer me any insight. I had all my teeth pulled around almost 5 yrs ago due to them being soft teeth meaning not very strong teeth hence one of the side effects of my chromsome deletion that I was born with.

So 5 yrs I been wearing dentures and more I end up seeing my lower gumline getting smaller and smaller .

Anyway to stop it from getting smaller ? Anyway to regrow my gumline ? I'm not in my middle 30's yet but I still want to be able to have my dentures to have something to be on .
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