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Sonic: All dental care can work well regardless of the device if used regularly and properly. The sonic device has been proven to be a little more effective than equivalently used other devices. But it is more expensive, a little less convenient and does not travel so well. But take care of your teeth well and they will serve you well for all of your life. ...Read more
Neither: Carafate (sucralfate) tends to bind to sites oozing blood. Proton pump inhibitors partially block hcl acid secreting cells in upper 2/3 of stomach from making & secreting acid; look up the prescribing information. No evidence either have much affect on stomach emptying. Many meds prescribed by docs because available, even though low odds of being helpful - promotes illusions (to the foolish) of being helpful. ...Read more
Thanks for asking!: I prefer the electric vibrating tooth brush over the waterpic. Whatever does the best job in your hands of mechanically removing the plaque around your teeth. Try getting a chewable disclosing tablet from your dentist and you can compare which does the best job removing the plaque. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
AA's versus PPI's: Tums (calcium carbonate) is an antacid--it helps neutralize acid that has already been produced, & as such has value in providing immediate relief of indigestion. Proton pump inhibitors block acid production & are best used to heal peptic disease & address acid reflux. ...Read more
Going to start using an oral-b electric tooth brush and aqua fresh triple protection toothpaste.Is that toothbrush and toothpaste okay together?
Must versus should?: Typically, the first generation ppi's (proton pump inhibitors) work best if the drug is in your bloodstream before food stimulates acid production. The latest "time-released" version, like dexilant, (dexlansoprazole) can however be taken at any time (including meals). Speak to your doctor about the goals of treatment in your specific case. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the best otc, non-ppi antacid (i.E. Malox, mylanta, pepto bismol, tums, (calcium carbonate) rolaids, etc.)?
Acid reduction...: Non-ppi acid reducers include the h2-blocker class (tagamet=cimetidine; zantac=ranitidine; pepcid=famotidine) as well as antacids (like maalox, mylanta, tums, (calcium carbonate) etc.). The former reduce production of acid while the latter neutralize stomach acid. There are pros ; cons to each, so its not a question of which is best but which is best for you. Can take antacids 1 ; 3 hours after meals ; at bedtime. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Oral hygiene: You should brush and floss properly and for a total of two minutes after eating. Mouth rinses for most patients are unnecessary (unless your own dentist recommends one for a specific purpose). The order is not important. The technique and diligence is. It's often best to actually demonstrate your technique to your dentist or dental hygienist. Many people think they are doing it properly but aren't ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
10yr old w/ spd its fight to brush teeth, any unflavored toothpaste, & extra soft brush? It is a sensory problem , he gags from taste of toothpaste.
Diet: Diet, the bacteria that causes caries live off of carbohydrates and especially sugars. Metabolism of these sugars causes the bacteria to produce an acid that weakens the enamel. Acidic drinks can also cause this. Anything that helps eliminate that acid from sitting on your teeth helps, such as swishing with water, or chewing gum which increases saliva. Saccharin (in gum) has also shown to help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It couldn't hurt: The rinse will help a little to keep bad breath at bay, but you do have to have good teeth (no holes) and you must also practice good oral hygiene. The rinse will mostly help keep gingivitis or mild periodontitis in check. Bad breath is not only an oral problem but is possibly caused by what you have in your stomach. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a toothbrush with somewhat hard bristles n with eigh.four each side. rubber spikes I.e gum massagers n crisscross bristles harm enamel or gums???
Not recommended: Hard toothbrushes are not recommended by dental professionals. Users of hard bristled brushes usually omit the important areas which need brushing the most: near the margins of the gingiva and dental papilla. This omission is because the hard brush hurts the soft tissue when the toothbrush touches the area. The soft brushes reduce trauma to the gingiva and promote good dental health. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers