Not sure what to do about teeth need tips!

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Fyi took my braces of a few months ago, started adhd meds before newyears (pharmacy warns me about oral hygiene with them, anything important i should do while using them?) im fully aware the best thing is to go to a dentist. But its hard to get appointments here, you get called in every few years or smt. Anyways Heres a list of my wishes, questions. want to get rid of my white tongue. (I floss and brush it) should i try a tongue scraper? Or something else. I have yellow teeth with white spots i want them to look prettier. (Dentist blame my water bcs it has a lot of fluoride. But never told me what to do?) they refuse a tooth whitening since im under 18. Is there something i can try to make them white? Or do they look healthy but unattractive. Heres my toothpaste and mouthwash. Should i try something else? Are these a issue or smt? Can changing them help with anything? Should i get Electric toothbrush is that needed for good oral hygiene? I do floss, brush and use mouthwash every day. Something else i need to do? I also wear my retainers every night. Im not sure if theres any more information you need, so just ask. Also my parents have a lot of issues with cavity and salivary stones. Is this something i can grab with genes? Its mostly likely bcs of lack of dentist and money and all that stuff from their childhood. They do not smoke or tobacco. Neither do i. I dont drink alcohol. Only meds are the adhds and no known health issues
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  1. Really a mild hairy tongue caused by long filamentous papillae. You don't have to do anything about it. My old Oral Med Prof used to suggest that patients slice up a papaya (or pineapple) lengthways, put on a smear of honey for 5 mins, then chew up thoroughly. I think he was hoping that the papain would soften up the "hairs". Never had the chance to find out how well it worked.
  2. The white spots are mild flourosis. There is no whitening toothpaste out there that will help anyone with fluorosis, so save your money and buy standard t'paste. If you eventually bleach your teeth, it will only make the yellowness of your teeth lighten a bit - you will still have the more obvious fluorosis.
  3. If you live in a fluoridated water supply, then a fluoride mouthwash is also a waste of money. Just drink tap water.
 

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