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Posted by: Amps | 2005/07/11

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Shifting Teeth

Dear Dentist,
Since the beginning of this year my teeth have been showing signs of "shifting". I went to see a Dentist last month and he did an RSP, and took X-rays of my teeth. And he said that I have to floss and brush my teeth every night before I sleep. My teeth are otherwise strong with no bleeding just me conscious of the fact that they shifted. How can I get them restored to their original positions? What food, vitamins should I eat more to support my teeth? I eat a diet of mostly fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains. I exercise everyday, drink plenty of water and green tea.I don't eat red meat, very rarely chicken but mostly tuna or sardines or salmon. I do not smoke or drink alcohol and I take 1 calcium tablet every night; 1 teaspoon olive oil, codliver oil and crushed garlic every morning. 40 years old; only lower teeth giving problems. What more can I do? My dentist is taking things easy. Should I go for a second opinion. I saw research on Colgate Total, will it help? Thanks in advance. Just frustrated.

Expert's Reply

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Oral health expert

Hi Amps,

It is unlikley a dietary problem that is causing the teeth to move. "drifting" teeth are a usual sign of periodontal disease (loss of bone/ligament) attachment of the teeth. X-rays should have revealed this. My advice is to have a second opinion and take it from there.
Before resorting to over the counter produts, see another dentist.

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Posted by: Amps | 2005/07/15

I saw a second dentist (20 years in the field; the first dentist has been in the field for 7 years) AND he is also less concerned about the fact that my teeth have shifted. He says they look strong and healthy and will last me very long time but he asked me to come back in two weeks. He also said I must keep on flossing and brushing my teeth twice a day.
I am frustrated because the more I look at my teeth, the more crooked they look and the more stressed I become and the more they look like they are disintegrating.
My questions:
1. Will flossing and brushing reverse the main cause of the shifting?
2. How can I convince my dentist(s) that I need retainers/braces to restore my teeth's positions?
3. Will visiting a neuromuscular dentist help?
Thanks in advance.

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