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Re: Making Baby Steps
« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2011, 05:08:41 pm »
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I'm adding another as well - upping my water intake as I decrease my *sob* Coke Zero addiction.
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« Reply #16 on: July 13, 2011, 08:01:54 am »
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Re: Making Baby Steps
« Reply #17 on: July 20, 2011, 12:43:38 pm »
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What baby step are you working on?

For me, it's keeping my teeth brushed.  It's such a minor thing, and yet every time I get in a funk I CANNOT seem to bother to do it.  So I'm trying really hard to brush my teeth even on the bad days, the cranky days, the ones that start with a cranky child - just that.  Daily maintenance.

This may sound silly but it's kind of relieving to hear so many people admit they don't do the best of job brushing their teeth. That is something I'm really bad about but everyone I know doesn't seem to have trouble remembering or putting in the effort like I do. Plus I have a retainer I'm supposed to wear and I can't remember the last time I wore that. This thread is kind of inspiring me to get back on top of that.

So brushing my teeth, taking daily walks, drinking water, and vitamins. Those are the ones I'm working on. They're little but I definitely think I'll feel better if I can get those together.
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« Reply #18 on: July 20, 2011, 02:05:46 pm »
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This may sound silly but it's kind of relieving to hear so many people admit they don't do the best of job brushing their teeth. That is something I'm really bad about but everyone I know doesn't seem to have trouble remembering or putting in the effort like I do. Plus I have a retainer I'm supposed to wear and I can't remember the last time I wore that. This thread is kind of inspiring me to get back on top of that.

So brushing my teeth, taking daily walks, drinking water, and vitamins. Those are the ones I'm working on. They're little but I definitely think I'll feel better if I can get those together.

 
Actually, I was talking to my dentist about it, and she said that it's a REALLY normal problem for people who are dealing with depression.  It's just one of those little things that falls away so easy.

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« Reply #19 on: July 24, 2011, 01:14:28 am »
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This may sound silly but it's kind of relieving to hear so many people admit they don't do the best of job brushing their teeth. That is something I'm really bad about but everyone I know doesn't seem to have trouble remembering or putting in the effort like I do. Plus I have a retainer I'm supposed to wear and I can't remember the last time I wore that. This thread is kind of inspiring me to get back on top of that.

So brushing my teeth, taking daily walks, drinking water, and vitamins. Those are the ones I'm working on. They're little but I definitely think I'll feel better if I can get those together.


Retainer. Errrggh. Don't remind me, please! :p

Remembering to brush teeth is my issue, too. It's all the more irritating because of two cavities that were taken out that were close to the root, so it's incredibly painful to swish cold water on that side. I've had to switch to tepid water so I can at least clean my mouth out. Extra effort + crankiness in the morning + being depressed = teeth are not getting clean all the time. I'm really trying, though.
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« Reply #20 on: July 24, 2011, 10:48:19 am »
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Retainer. Errrggh. Don't remind me, please! :p

Remembering to brush teeth is my issue, too. It's all the more irritating because of two cavities that were taken out that were close to the root, so it's incredibly painful to swish cold water on that side. I've had to switch to tepid water so I can at least clean my mouth out. Extra effort + crankiness in the morning + being depressed = teeth are not getting clean all the time. I'm really trying, though.

 
If you're having problems with your teeth like that, you should try getting some xylitol into your system. You can buy it in mint form, gum form, toothpaste, or just straight up granuals. It's a sugar, but it's good at adjusting the pH in your mouth. Have it a couple times a day, it should help to ward off any cavities, and kill any bacteria that are eating at your tooth goop.

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« Reply #21 on: July 24, 2011, 10:49:10 am »
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I'm adding another as well - upping my water intake as I decrease my *sob* Coke Zero addiction.

 
I had to do this recently as well. Except it was just straight up Coke. My body is still hardwired to want to drink it when I get stressed- even though it no longer tastes good to me anymore. It's the weirdest thing.

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Re: Making Baby Steps
« Reply #22 on: July 24, 2011, 09:05:51 pm »
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It's all the more irritating because of two cavities that were taken out that were close to the root, so it's incredibly painful to swish cold water on that side. I've had to switch to tepid water so I can at least clean my mouth out. Extra effort + crankiness in the morning + being depressed = teeth are not getting clean all the time. I'm really trying, though.

 
I know the big thing people try to recommend for sensitive teeth is sensodyne - BUT clove oil also helps big time.  If you can look for a toothpaste with clove and tea tree oil in it.  It does really help.  The one I've used is Coral White.
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« Reply #23 on: July 24, 2011, 09:33:01 pm »
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If you're having problems with your teeth like that, you should try getting some xylitol into your system. You can buy it in mint form, gum form, toothpaste, or just straight up granuals. It's a sugar, but it's good at adjusting the pH in your mouth. Have it a couple times a day, it should help to ward off any cavities, and kill any bacteria that are eating at your tooth goop.

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Thanks, I'll look into finding some of it. :) Funny thing is while I had cavity issues when I was younger, I don't now, even though I've laxed severely (in comparison to my habits when I was younger) in things like brushing. Weird
 
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I know the big thing people try to recommend for sensitive teeth is sensodyne - BUT clove oil also helps big time.  If you can look for a toothpaste with clove and tea tree oil in it.  It does really help.  The one I've used is Coral White.


I do have a Sensodyne toothpaste right now, although I'm thinking of switching to the one they're advertising on tv right now, the one that "instantly" blocks pain and stuff like that?

I'll look into this one as well, though. :)

Thanks guys! :D
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I had to do this recently as well. Except it was just straight up Coke. My body is still hardwired to want to drink it when I get stressed- even though it no longer tastes good to me anymore. It's the weirdest thing.

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Same. Definitely a stress drink for me, and occasionally a habit drink (like work, or the movie theatre) Although, I still like the taste! Heh. I actually quit for over a month and found that when I've tried drinking it again, I'll get a lot of problems with my stomach, intestines, etc. Mostly just discomfort.
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Thanks, I'll look into finding some of it. :) Funny thing is while I had cavity issues when I was younger, I don't now, even though I've laxed severely (in comparison to my habits when I was younger) in things like brushing. Weird
 
Thanks guys! :D

 

It can vary depending on what types of items you're consuming. If you keep the pH balanced within your mouth, you're less likely to need to brush and floss constantly (which, flossing does more for your teeth than brushing). So if you don't eat a lot of acidic items, don't graze on foods constantly, or drink a lot of soda, you're better off- because your mouth doesn't have to work so hard to keep the pH balanced. Luckily, that's where xylitol can come in.

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« Reply #26 on: July 24, 2011, 09:44:21 pm »
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Same. Definitely a stress drink for me, and occasionally a habit drink (like work, or the movie theatre) Although, I still like the taste! Heh. I actually quit for over a month and found that when I've tried drinking it again, I'll get a lot of problems with my stomach, intestines, etc. Mostly just discomfort.

 
Anymore, I find that soda BURNS going down my throat. Let alone the burning sensation I get in my stomach. Sucks, because I really liked soda lol.

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I'm still having no luck with the teeth thing.  And I know that for health reasons I need to be better about it.  So today I bought a second toothbrush and toothpaste to keep in another location so I can't use being too lazy to go retrieve it from where I used it last to avoid doing it.  It's in both places now.  Wish me luck...lol
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« Reply #28 on: July 27, 2011, 11:43:46 pm »
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I'm still having no luck with the teeth thing.  And I know that for health reasons I need to be better about it.  So today I bought a second toothbrush and toothpaste to keep in another location so I can't use being too lazy to go retrieve it from where I used it last to avoid doing it.  It's in both places now.  Wish me luck...lol

 
lol, maybe I need to do that. My teeth... they're so important, but they are at the bottom of my priority list. You'd think that with my job, and the horror stories I hear, I'd od better.... but i don't.

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« Reply #29 on: July 28, 2011, 03:06:27 pm »
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I'm still having no luck with the teeth thing.  And I know that for health reasons I need to be better about it.  So today I bought a second toothbrush and toothpaste to keep in another location so I can't use being too lazy to go retrieve it from where I used it last to avoid doing it.  It's in both places now.  Wish me luck...lol


It's interesting that other people have issues with this. I thought it was just me. I have an eternal lazy streak. I also inherited the world's worst teeth from my parents. I'd like to have them all yanked and have some dentures. But, I'm horrible about remembering to brush them, everyday.

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