mouth guard bad for teeth?

Discussion in 'Dental Archive' started by Guest, May 20, 2005.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I was told I grind my teeth at night. So they custom fit the mouth
    guard to protect my teeth.

    Fast forward a few years, and today I got a really bright light, and
    look in the mirror, and noticed brownish streaks on the back of the
    upper teeth. This is not noticeable from the front.
    I was like what the!?!?
    I looked at the bottom teeth, and those are fine both front & back.

    So what is this brownish stuff? Tartar? Plaque?
    I can only think that the mouth guard caused this, since I don't got
    any of that stuff on the lower jaw teeth. My mouth has always been
    dry when I wake up in the mornings, and I guess it is even drier where
    the mouth guard is.
    I brush 2 times a day, use listerene 3 times a day, and usually floss
    about 1-2 times a week.

    I got a appointment with the dentist in 4 1/2 months. (That is soonest
    they got open).

    Ideas on what it is, or what to do until then or other comments
    appreciated!
     
    Guest, May 20, 2005
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  2. Guest

    StovePipe Guest

    I would say it is decalcification stains. This is not uncommon. When/if
    you need to get the protector fixed, consider switching to an NTI. In
    the meantime, a fluoride rinse may help keep the decalcification in
    check.
    Cheers
    SP
     
    StovePipe, May 21, 2005
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    Bill Guest

    SpamNOT wrote:

    I was told I grind my teeth at night. So they custom fit the mouth
    guard to protect my teeth.


    Fast forward a few years, and today I got a really bright light, and
    look in the mirror, and noticed brownish streaks on the back of the
    upper teeth. This is not noticeable from the front.
    I was like what the!?!?
    I looked at the bottom teeth, and those are fine both front & back.


    So what is this brownish stuff? Tartar? Plaque?
    I can only think that the mouth guard caused this, since I don't got
    any of that stuff on the lower jaw teeth. My mouth has always been
    dry when I wake up in the mornings, and I guess it is even drier where
    the mouth guard is.
    I brush 2 times a day, use listerene 3 times a day, and usually floss
    about 1-2 times a week.


    I got a appointment with the dentist in 4 1/2 months. (That is soonest
    they got open).


    Ideas on what it is, or what to do until then or other comments
    appreciated!



    dentaldoc's answer:

    Has it been a long time since your last professional cleaning?

    I spend a lot of my time cleaning people's teeth, and brown stains
    often appear on the back of the front teeth. It happens more often to
    folks who smoke or drink coffee or tea, but I've seen brown stains in
    other patients also.

    The type of stain I'm talking about comes right off with a professional
    cleaning.

    Decalcification stains, on the other hand, do NOT come off with just a
    cleaning. You might have decalcification stains on these teeth.

    If a dentist made me wait 4.5 months for a single appointment, I would
    be strongly motivated to consider switching dentists. Did they tell you
    the reason why the wait for the appointment is so long?

    - dentaldoc
     
    Bill, May 22, 2005
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  4. Guest

    DrSteve Guest

    If a dentist made me wait 4.5 months for a single appointment, I would


    I bet you it was due to HMO or PPO payment schemes.
     
    DrSteve, May 22, 2005
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  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    You are correct! Not much I can do if I want insurance to pay some of
    it.

     
    Guest, May 22, 2005
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  6. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Yeah, it has been about 3-4 years since a cleaning. I don't usually
    stick in one city/town very long, only about 2-3 months, then the next
    place I go off to.

    I don't smoke or drink coffee, or colas or tea or alcohol. Usually
    water, white milk, sugar free drinks and that is about it. I also
    don't eat anything that contains more than 4g sugar per serving. (so
    no cakes/suckers, candy bars..or anything like that)
    I went to a local pharmacist, and got one of those dental type looking
    tools that looks like a curved pick. Well, I used it and the brown
    stuff does scrape off, but it is really hard working backwards via a
    small mirror. While I can get most of it off, there are some areas
    that are in between teeth that I can't get at. The pick is too thick
    to fit in between them. They don't make anything thinner that I can
    find. Even floss has a hard time sliding between teeth.

    I was just worried that the brown stuff was some sort of warning that
    my teeth are going to fall out or something like that. As long as it
    is not tartar, I guess I am OK waiting for the appointment. It takes
    that long since they go through a HMO 'request' type of BS, and I
    guess he is busy, since the place was packed the last time I went
    there 3-4 years ago.

    In the meantime, should I keep wearing the mouthguard, and use a
    fluoride rinse after I brush my teeth? Oh, also the pharmacist said
    something about something called gelkam is a great fluoride product?

    Thanks again for the info/help. It is appreciated!



    On 21 May 2005 19:48:45 -0700, "Bill" <> wrote:
     
    Guest, May 22, 2005
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  7. Guest

    Guest Guest

    NTI protector, and fluoride rinse. Got it. Is gelkam a good fluoride
    rinse? That is what the local pharmacist said. It was like $16 a
    tube, or $18 for a little bottle.

     
    Guest, May 22, 2005
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  8. Guest

    DrSteve Guest

    It would be a lot cheaper in the long run to go to a dental office outside
    your network and pay cash



     
    DrSteve, May 22, 2005
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