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1 16th September 17:31
phillip j fry
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Default Chewing Gum & Crowns

Does the frequent use of sugarless chewing gum have any appreciable effects
(good or bad) on the teeth and gums? I'm a 29 year old whose dental problems
worsen even as my habits continue to improve. Pretty frustrating - more
effort, yet ever-declining results. Oh well. Makes me appreciate that golden
age when I did little or nothing and had no problems. Sure, that's why I'm
ailing today. Anyway, I'm looking at adding as many good habits as I can to
extend the lifespan of my teeth (particularly the uppers), and was curious
if chewing gum would be one of them. If it is, why is that? My inquiry, of
course, doesn't come from nowhere; rather, I swear I always hear dentists
advise people to chew gum.

Also, my dentist is suggesting two crowns. They will be my first. What kind
of hard questions should I ask in order to assure myself that I am not on
the receiving end of unnecessary work? The two teeth in question were filled
several years ago. I do not believe (though I need to clarify) that new
decay was discovered in these two teeth. Instead, I sort of think the
dentist said something to the effect that additional decay was likely in the
future, and that if she were to re-do the fillings there and go deeper with
them, the teeth would probably crack (an indication that the current
fillings are already very deep, I assume). If I have the story straight, is
there really any advantage to having the teeth crowned now, or can I just as
easily wait until additional problems creep up with the teeth? No way in
hell is the dentist going to sell me on the idea of expensive crowns based
on the "it'll probably need to happen eventually so let's just get it over
with" pitch. I could drop dead the next day with hundreds of dollars of
fresh work in my mouth that didn't really need to happen. No thanks.
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2 16th September 17:32
dr steve
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Default Chewing Gum & Crowns

Chewing all day long is NOT how the mouth was designed and you will overwork
your muscles. Chewing sugar-free gum for a few minutes (only) after a meal
will increase salivary flow and help remove food debris.

As far as the crowns,,,,,, with out pictures and x-ray images, and probably
a physical examination, there is no way a reputable dentist could tell you
yes or no. If the filling is more than 2/3rds of the tooth, a crown now,
*may* be a good idea. If the filling is less than 2/3rds the tooth, and it
is all discolored and the existing filling is just beginning to fail, a
crown *may* be indicated. Too many variables to say from a distance.
Stephen Mancuso, D.D.S.
Troy, Michigan, USA
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This posting is intended for informational or conversational purposes only.
Always seek the opinion of a licensed dental professional before acting on
the advice or opinion expressed here. Only a dentist who has examined you
in person can diagnose your problems and make decisions which will affect
your health.
Please ignore j..d... and convince j...e.... to get help
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