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    Tooth brushing lessons cheap
    engineerguy posted:
    Hi folks,

    I just had some lessons on how to brush my teeth. The lessons were a bargain, just $1300.00.

    OK, I had a gum graft, to cover some really receeding gums, over the two canine teeth, on the upper jaw. After the surgery, you have to brush your teeth, and you worry about touching the graft, and knocking it off. Then you realize that the toothbrush bristles can simply rest against the teeth, and the handle move in little circular motions, and it brushes the teeth just fine. If I had realized that, maybe I could have saved $1300 bucks. So about after 8 weeks, the gums are just fine. The periodontist said I was a good healer. I think that means my dog obeys me well.

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    When I first came to the periodontist, he examined my x-rays. He said I had some bone loss (due to periodontal disease: bacteria attacking the bone, in pockets between the gum and the teeth). However, he said I had no active periodontal disease.

    I have been brushing and flossing for 30 years. I have been using the little brushes that go between the teeth, for about 2 years. Apparently, brushing and flossing are not adequate to prevent periodontal disease. Adding the little brushes is necessary to prevent and reverse periodontal disease. (Proxabrush is one brand name.) My wife and her family are all prone to periodontal disease. She had to have a bone graft about a year ago. Now she religiously uses the Proxabrushes (or other brand). Her periodontist raves about how well she is doing. She is his ONLY patient who is reversing their pockets.

    Before sharing my secrets, let me share some background info. If you buy ACT fluoride rinse, it says to rinse, spit, do not rinse, and do not eat or drink anything for 30 minutes. This allows the saliva and fluoride to strengthen the tooth enamel. If you get prescription fluoride toothpaste, it says to brush, spit, do not rinse, and do not eat or drink for 30 minutes. By the way, prescription fluoride toothpaste has only 4 times as much fluoride as regular toothpaste. Only 4 times.

    So, when you brush your teeth, spit thoroughly, but do not rinse. Do not eat or drink for 30 minutes.

    When you floss, have toothpaste in the mouth.

    When you use the Proxabrush (or other brand), stick toothpaste on the brush first.

    A waterpick is good to use, also. However, I remember the first time I used a Proxabrush. I had brushed, flossed, and waterpicked. The first time I stuck the proxabrush in the gap above my worst pocket, there was a bad taste in my mouth. The proxabrush removed something that the toothbrush, floss and waterpick missed.

    Best regards, EngineerGuy
    deadmanwalking57 responded:

    I reversed some pockets about 25 years ago. But I still have receding gums I probably need to fix, as you did.

    Hey, dude. How's it going ? WebMD invited me to be a back page poster boy for heart disease recovery. Page 73 of this month's magazine. You already know most of that short article, or read it from me years ago.

    engineerguy replied to deadmanwalking57's response:
    Hi DMW,

    Great to see ya.

    Which magazine? Got a link? I searched a bit, and couldn't find it.

    Best regards, EngineerGuy
    twinb63 replied to engineerguy's response:
    I just saw this link on the right hand side of the page, this is probably it:

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