Kathy D

Brushing teeth with early dysphagia

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Most of the toothpastes on the market get very foamy and really bother me in the back of my mouth (throat). I have put up with a terrible gag reflexs for the last few years while trying to brush.


I found a new toothpaste that is "low suds" I guess the idea is that is stays in contact with your teeth longer while brushing but it greatly helped since it doesn't get so foamy and trigger the gag reflex in the back of my mouth!!


It has baking soda in it that I heard can be abrasive, but I'm not worried about it too much, just thrilled that brushing my teeth isnt such and unpleasant ordeal anymore!



Diffuse Scleroderma Diagnosed March 2009

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Kathy, that low suds toothpaste is a wonderful idea! I've never been too keen on foaming at the mouth either, and like you, that old gag reflex makes dental hygiene 'interesting'.


I bet you get a lot of private messages asking for details - when you answer, would you send me one too? Ta!

Jeannie McClelland

(Retired) ISN Director of Support Services

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International Scleroderma Network

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I brush my teeth with a sonic toothbrush and I don't use toothpaste at all with that brush. Then, I get out the manual and brush with a toothpaste that helps rebuild the enamel and cuts down on sensitivity. Usually I try to get toothpaste without SLS, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, the foaming agent. The one I use is a national brand that is SLS free. My dentist says you really don't need toothpaste and if you use an electronic, toothpaste just gums it up. Mostly brushing is what best gets rid of the plaque.



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I've noticed that my teeth are super sensitive now since my diagnosis to the point that I can't eat sweets because the pain is so unbearable, could this be sclero related or just natural aging stuff?



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