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    Teeth.......

    ive never had any problems with my teeth before injury but in these last 5 yrs my teeth are literally falling apart. i wonder if its cause of all these medicines ive been taking everday or because i cant brush good enough being quad. anyone else have this problem? ive always brushed twice a day.

    and to the quads that go to the dentist......are you able to get in the dentist chair?

    #2
    a lot of the meds wreck havoc on the teeth, dry mouth and decrease of saliva production is the main cause. i started using one of those special anti bacterial mouthwashes at night before sleep.
    cauda equina

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      #3
      Our dentist said that he often sees teeth deteriorate following a major operation; this is probably a similar situation, where the body is doing its damndest to fix a problem somewhere else with a higher priority.
      My wife just tilts in her powerchair.
      - Richard

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        #4
        Agreed about the meds having an effect. Also diet.

        Luckily I've been fortunate w/ my teeth. Soniccare toothbrush and a hand held flossing tool.

        Yes, I transfer into the dentist's chair.

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          #5
          Originally posted by rollin64
          and to the quads that go to the dentist......are you able to get in the dentist chair?
          Yes...
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            #6
            I use artificial saliva to counteract the effects of a recently upped dose of ditropan. Also, I drink lots of h2o.

            I transfer into the dentist's chair.

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              #7
              Yep, I've always transfered into the dentist chair. They're so damn comfortable that I'm fallen asleep in them when my dentist (also my cousin) was working on me.
              "It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein

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                #8
                I had great teeth prior to sci...now they seem to have gotten worse and just in the last two years...

                Another gift, I guess from sci.

                Poor diet during and after the injury, unability to brush/floss as I did before, the drugs with their side affects seem to really take their toll on the ole' chicklets.
                Your life is what you make it, and only you have that choice!

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                  #9
                  My mother actually when to the dentist a couple months after her injury. She can't tranfer without a lift. We told the doc and he just moved the dentist chair out. We rolled her manual chair in its place and tilted it back. He worked around it pretty well.

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                    #10
                    well thanks a lot yall. i guess i can't use the ole..."i can't get in the dentist chair" excuse now.

                    i'm sure bad brushing techniques had a lot to do with it for sure. they mentioned using an electric tooth brush in rehab. i couldn't hold on to it so i just learned to use that u-cuff thing-a-ma-jig to stick my tooth brush in.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by rollin64
                      they mentioned using an electric tooth brush in rehab. i couldn't hold on to it so i just learned to use that u-cuff thing-a-ma-jig to stick my tooth brush in.
                      dude, you have to get an electric toothbrush! Not the little battery powered ones either, get a good rechargeable one like the Oral-B Professional Care (it's much more powerful). It's 70-90 bucks but it is well worth it. It's like going to the dentist twice a day. I'm C5/6 and I just hold the brush with two hands and let it do the work, so much easier than a manual toothbrush. I use a floss stick to floss too, it works really well. Look here, http://www.oral-b.com/products/power/ and here http://www.reachaccess.com/home.html

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                        #12
                        Polish those pearlies, but good flossing is the key to saving the old gum line. The older you get, the more things seem to re-seed, wrinkle and sag ... damn....
                        Your life is what you make it, and only you have that choice!

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                          #13
                          I've had problems which were caused by meds. The dry mouth is a killer, especially at night. I use biotene mouthwash to try and prevent it. You should check out the sonicare intelliclean series. The toothpaste is built into the handle. You press a button to dispense it. I find it easier than messing with tubes and it's easy to hold. I also use a reach flosser. My brother helps me get in the dentists chair, which I always fall asleep in.

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                            #14
                            Fortunately for me, despite all the meds I've tried, I still have okay teeth (almost all my molars were filled in childhood or teenhood, pre-injury, due to defective grooves in them, but no problems post-SCI save some meds causing teeth pain as a side effect.)
                            Alan

                            Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by JAYCUE
                              I've had problems which were caused by meds. The dry mouth is a killer, especially at night. I use biotene mouthwash to try and prevent it. You should check out the sonicare intelliclean series. The toothpaste is built into the handle. You press a button to dispense it. I find it easier than messing with tubes and it's easy to hold. I also use a reach flosser. My brother helps me get in the dentists chair, which I always fall asleep in.
                              Jay-
                              as much as it's convenient....I spoke to my dentist about the Sonicare intelliclean vs the Sonicare elite toothbrush and he spoke poorly of the performance of the intelliclean. He sells both in his office(however told me that I could buy it cheaper from Sam's Club or COSTCO, which I did), but said that the intelliclean is not nearly as effective of a toothbrush as the elite is....I completely understand it being easier than messing with toothpaste tubes, I just wanted to pass along a dentist's POV about the intelliclean...

                              I've got the elite and LOVE it....great toothbrush, holds a charge for a long time, has a wonderful travel case(good features since I travel a lot)...and you can get a really nice setup for a good deal at COSTCO....
                              'Chelle
                              L-1 inc 11/24/03

                              "My Give-a-Damn's Busted"......

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