I have pulled a few times and was impressed, but for some reason I didn't stick with it. Well, I just got braces a week ago and with all the extra time I have to spend cleaning my teeth now I figure there is no good reason not to commit to OP. So just a couple questions (I tried to search the forum and didn't really find an answer)
If you have braces, have you had any negative experiences (loosening of brackets, etc.)? I see it has been recommended to just start with shorter pulls.
Also...I know how well this works for whitening the teeth, but when I have my braces removed (2+ years from now), do you think I'll have spots where the braces cemented onto the tooth? I hope not.
Either way if nobody has experience with this, I'll be the guinea pig and track my progress!
Braces can be very hard on your mouth in general. I don't think OP will loosen anything, it's just food. It would have no more effect than if you swished water around your mouth. Actually I think it could remove some of that metal that may be leeching into your mouth, and that might be a good thing.
The thing you said about whitening around the braces, actually that was brought up a long time ago and the consensus is yes, you would most likely have a pattern. But if you continue to OP after they come off, then that should even out pretty well.
The whole thing is, braces or no, you should OP for your basic dental health anyway. Also it may take away some of the sensitivity your teeth might feel with the braces. You'll have to let us know...
You mean the metal from the braces themselves? I didn't even think about that! Don't even know what they're made of. Had all my Amalgams replaced earlier this year and I'm just trying to get back on track with cleanses, diet, etc. I figure the worst that can happen is the oil could break down the elastic bands or cement itself-but these things are easily replaced anyhow, so I guess it wouldn't matter much. Thanks for your response :)
Thought of something else too-they gave me a flouride rinse to take every night. I've heard ingesting flouride is bad, but topical use is OK? I feel a little uneasy about it, but have been using it for about a week now.
Noooo! Flouride has major toxicity to humans and is not good for you topically or internally. Of course if you mean by topically, applying it to gums and teeth or anywhere inside your mouth, it will absorb very efficiently into your bloodstream anyway. Ask your dentist to please show you a single study that shows flouride has ever been proven to reduce tooth decay? As routine as falsifying studies are these days, you'd think there would be one, but there's not.
The most conclusive studies on flouride for oral health show that it significantly weakens tooth enamel. And you wouldn't be alone in wondering how that's supposed to reduce tooth decay.
No. I swear, most dentists do this automatically. My orthodontist used to put those flouride gel mouth guard things on my teeth and make me sit there for 1/2 hour. I would be so nauseous when I left, and sometimes threw up after the visits.
I saw Brooke Shields in a Colgate commercial the other day. In the commercial she was brushing and brushing her teeth, talking about how she wants protection, not for a few hours, but for 12 hours.
At the end she says "Colgate, its the only toothpaste I have ever used"....yikes.
Thanks everyone-I will stop using the flouride right away!
I haven't read too much on Iodine yet, so thanks for the suggestion. My stepdad wad just telling me how he used to mix a bit with water and drink it back in the day. He said it just made him feel good, so I'll ask him more about it then.
So, I pulled last night before bed (sleep wonderfully!) and I woke up with PAIN in my bad tooth. It's one of my molars and it's just when I bite down on it. When I had my Amalgams replaced, the dentist had suggested an onlay for this tooth because it was such a large filling to begin with. I really couldn't afford it, so he said he could do a "pulp cap" and a large filling, but it would only last a couple years. Now I'm hesitant to continue pulling. I just don't want a problem that will require a visit to the dentist and hundreds of dollars!