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 Post subject: Re: Dental health woes.
PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 1:00 pm 
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ive read about oil pulling as well and wanted to try it but putting an entire tablespoon of oil into my mouth even if i dont plan on swallowing it will most likely make me barf.

maybe one day ill get there.

the only dietary thing i could think of that would contribute to dental bone loss would be if you are not getting enough calcium. that could be any diet though and not just a vegan diet.

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 Post subject: Re: Dental health woes.
PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 6:01 pm 
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I've been doing oil pulling for general health unrelated to teeth/gum issues and recently started again. It's not bad, I use sesame oil and rinse with salt water after. I guess when ever I go back for a check up I'll know if it did anything to help with my gum problems/periodontitis.


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 Post subject: Re: Dental health woes.
PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:44 pm 
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Well, I finally got my butt into the dentist and I'm cavity-free which was my big concern. Woooo!

However, the dentist said within the next year I should have the fillings in my three molars replaced because there is some decay around the edges. He took pics and showed me that there is a little bit of black in some of the vertical fissures near the edge of the filling. The estimate is $750 for all three...yikes! Has anyone had this experience?? I'm 27, only had these fillings for about 12 years and it seems weird to me to have to replace the whole thing. Is this a scam or legit? He said fillings won't last as long depending on the skill of the dentist who did them and also if you grind your teeth (I do). I really have no idea here!

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 Post subject: Re: Dental health woes.
PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:04 pm 
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However, the dentist said within the next year I should have the fillings in my three molars replaced because there is some decay around the edges. He took pics and showed me that there is a little bit of black in some of the vertical fissures near the edge of the filling. The estimate is $750 for all three...yikes! Has anyone had this experience?? I'm 27, only had these fillings for about 12 years and it seems weird to me to have to replace the whole thing. Is this a scam or legit? He said fillings won't last as long depending on the skill of the dentist who did them and also if you grind your teeth (I do). I really have no idea here!


Hey couropita, I have a long history of dental work (fillings, multiple root canals, several crowns, etc.) and what your dentist said is true -- not all fillings last. They shrink and crack, and you don't want bacteria to slip through those fissures.

$750 is a lot of dollars, but cheaper than root canals in the long run... those can cost twice as much. In the event that you want a second opinion, I wholeheartedly recommend my dentist, the first dentist I've ever had who I totally trust in regards to both treatment and fees. First dentist ever who blocked all the pain for a bottom molar cavity filling!! His office is at Mission & 20th.

ETA: For 3 fillings, $750 seems way on the high end. I'm under the impression that fillings cost ~$100. Ask your dentist for a better cost breakdown if you can. I hate how pricing for the dental industry is unregulated and scammy.


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 Post subject: Re: Dental health woes.
PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:02 am 
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Thanks, lizzielove! You eased my mind a million percent! I wish I could make it up to sf to see your dentist but I'm stuck in South Bay. I think I will seek out a more reasonably priced dentist though!

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 Post subject: Re: Dental health woes.
PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 6:48 pm 
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I would consider supplementing with A, D, and maybe calcium? If part of the problem is your gums, I would also think about trying omega 3 (they have a good one made from algae--Ovega--at the Vitamin Store) to help with inflammation. I have gum issues and am trying to remember to take Omega 3 every day to see what happens, and I've been doing oil pulling with coconut oil. (Coconut oil seems way less gross than any of the other options and it's really not bad at all to do.)


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 Post subject: Re: Dental health woes.
PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 5:52 am 
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I've a dentists appointment on Wednesday afternoon and am already anxious. I need treatment but my phobia is starting up. Think I'll need a sedative just to get through the door.


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 Post subject: Re: Dental health woes.
PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 6:38 am 
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oh 8 ball, hang in there!! you can do it.

I wanted to hop in here and mention something since I have been such a big fan of woo-woo oil pulling for so long.
I went for a cleaning (finally! after almost 2 years. travel plans kept wrecking scheduling) and after the dentist yelled at me she told me things were in good shape. Even my crown over the broken tooth, which has been infected before, has been behaving (and good thing too, since it already had a canal, there is not much else to do about it).
But what I wanted to say was that I kind of fell out of oil pulling about a month or two ago and got myself the special $15-a-tube sensodyne toothpaste and man, that shiitake really does stop the pain from cold (which had been bothering me for so long). I am SO impressed. I always thought that was BS but it really did make a difference. still no crazy bleeding gums and no pain either.

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 Post subject: Re: Dental health woes.
PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 7:31 am 
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I tried to get into oil pulling but keep forgetting to do it, even with a tub of coconut oil and a teaspoon in the bathroom. Maybe I should start up again.

The doctor has put up a prescription for me for a couple of sedative tablets to get me through this. Phew!


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 Post subject: Re: Dental health woes.
PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 4:44 pm 
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...But what I wanted to say was that I kind of fell out of oil pulling about a month or two ago and got myself the special $15-a-tube sensodyne toothpaste and man, that shiitake really does stop the pain from cold (which had been bothering me for so long). I am SO impressed. I always thought that was BS but it really did make a difference. still no crazy bleeding gums and no pain either.

This is good to know. I was recently thinking about trying that stuff, but I kept putting it off because it's expensive and I wasn't sure it'd make a difference.

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 Post subject: Re: Dental health woes.
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My mother used to use it aaaaages ago and it kind of tasted like denture cream and looked like "flesh colored" foundation- they seem to have fixed up the formulation since then, because it is like normal toothpaste now (kind of crunchy though).

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