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Unhealthy teeth, please help!

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Posted by: want2pull  (8 years ago)

I am only 20 years old and I have already lost four of my adult teeth due to infection and decay. I have had so many fillings in my mouth. Lately, I kept on getting sore gums and mouth ulcers. My two bottom front teeth looked like they are cracked. I also have black marks in my canines. Yesterday, I developed an abscess in my back molar. I am going to the dentist tomorrow to have it checked because it is becoming painful.:-(( I have a good oral hygiene habit. I avoid sweet and acidic foods. Does anyone have any ideas why these things happen to my teeth? What should I do to keep my teeth healthier? Thanks a lot for any information!
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Posted by: mdhola  (8 years ago)
Although you already mention it, I would stress on oral hygiene. Your dentist can explain you about proper toothbrushing technique. If you are not using floss on daily bases, then it might be something you want to consider in your daily oral hygiene.

Something you might want to consider is use of fluoride. With the high caries risk patients, there are few option for the fluoride:

- Home use- your dentist can prescribed you tooth-paste with high percentage of fluoride in it (like prevident), use of fluoridated mouthwash

- professional office use-- your dentist can use fluoride gel in a tray, fluoride varnish

Other than that, you can use xylitol containing chewing gums which is scientifically proven in preventing caries. Diet rich in calcium like cheese and milk is also good for teeth. If you are feeling your mouth dry most of day time then you should discuss that issue to your dentist as well.

Best of luck with your appointment :)