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tooth gaps

My teeth seem to be drifting apart. I noticed this a few months ago and talked with the dentist because it's annoying me, I have these gaps and keep getting food suck in there. It's bad enough that I've altered how I chew meats and veggies and I ALWAYS have dental floss with me, and am always taking these breaks after meals because I can't push the stuck food out with my tongue. The dentist helped out some by telling me to tie a knot in the dental floss, it helps pull things out. I felt like it was a household tip that I totally missed out on, it was so obvious, but it's made the flossing much faster. But they also said there's not a whole lot they can do, the best thing is just to try and keep the areas clean, lack of flossing is what causes them to shift around.

Historically I've had very healthy teeth. Very few cavities, good enamel. I got my top two wisdom teeth in and they fit just fine. Not sure where my bottom two went. I guess they could come in at any time, but I'm almost 30 and I think it's about time to just give up on them.

I wasn't always perfect about flossing though. At my one appointment they asked if I'd flossed, and my response was "I bet I'm beating the average" which they said was a unique answer.

I'd say this gap thing has come up just in the last year. For the record, the worst ones are between 13 & 14, 3 & 4, 20 & 21, 28 & 29. Hearing from the dentist that "sometimes teeth just drift around" makes me feel old, like parts are starting to wear out.

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(Anonymous)
Apr. 1st, 2010 09:12 am (UTC)
Flossing
They say that flossing prevents heart disease. All I know is, my dentist appointments take about twenty minutes now because they just have to look at my teeth, tell me how great they look (this takes 15 of the 20 minutes) and I'm on my way. =)
Lynda
fauxklore
Apr. 1st, 2010 09:32 am (UTC)
Have you tried using a proxibrush? I find that a useful way to clean between some of my teeth? (You can't use it if the gap is too small as you don't want to force it in. But if you can fit a knot in dental floss in, I'd think this would work.)
sharya
Apr. 1st, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
I believe pregnancy also has an effect on teeth. I can't remember specifically what changes though, but maybe that's a part of it?
deana_in_texas
Apr. 1st, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
I was going to say exactly this - my mom's teeth went all to hell when she got pregnant too. The calcium is going to build baby's bones rather than keep teeth strong.
feanelwa
Apr. 1st, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine had her wisdom teeth all move around every time she was pregnant.
spacefem
Apr. 1st, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
I'd read that gums can be more sensitive and bleed more, but I haven't experienced that. But maybe! If so that's freaking weird.

I try not to blame all the craziness in my life on pregnancy, but it is sort of like having an elephant in your living room and trying to see around it.
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