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Old 04-05-2011, 09:17 PM   #41
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Just got my cleaning done. Fewer dental problems is an unexpected benefit of no longer eating sugar.

If you don't have many problems, ask your dentist to put you on a 9 month sched instead of a 6 month.

I've always had pain when the hygienist chips away plaque on the inside of my front lower teeth. I mentioned that and she put some topical anesthetic, and there was almost no pain. I wish I'd about that 20 years ago.
I started using 'Sensodyne' (or other brand toothpaste for sensitive teeth) about a week before I go for cleaning. Seems to help. I have a few sensitive spots on my teeth/gums.

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Old 04-06-2011, 09:52 AM   #42
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Wow, how do you all give up sugar? Do you substitute more of some other kind of sweet? Or just tough it out?

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Ha is right, but I have to have sweet stuff, so I use artificial sweeteners. I don't feel very deprived. Liquid sucralose (Splenda) and erythritol are my favorites. By combining them, I can reduce any aftertastes.

Sweet stuff I consume

Whipped cream (home made with ISI whipper)
Ice cream (home made)
Carbquik waffles with butter, Walden Farms "maple" syrup and whipped cream
A&W diet root beer
Chocolates (see below)

Chocoperfection chocolate bars are great, but very expensive. Here's how I make chocolates:

Chocolate Bar

4 unsweetened choc squares (e.g. Baker’s)
8 drops Liquid Splenda (EZSweetz or equiv)
1 tsp almond extract (or vanilla or orange)
3 tsp erythritol granular

Nuke choc squares for 1 minute, stirring occasionally..
Add Splenda
Nuke choc square/Splenda mix 1 more minute until melted.
Pour it onto waxed paper on a cookie sheet and spread it out until thin.

Nuke erythritol and extract until melted (about 40 seconds)
Pour the now-liquid erythritol/extract mix onto the chocolate
Distribute it with the back of a spoon so that it covers the chocolate evenly
Place in freezer for 30 minutes
Break into bite-sized pieces

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Choc. Chip Ice Cream

2 c Heavy whipping Cream
18 drops liquid splenda
.5 tsp Vanilla
1 square unsweetened chocolate, chopped

Put in ice-cream maker, run it.
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Old 04-06-2011, 01:47 PM   #43
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Here's how I make chocolates:

Chocolate Bar

4 unsweetened choc squares (e.g. Baker’s)
8 drops Liquid Splenda (EZSweetz or equiv)
1 tsp almond extract (or vanilla or orange)
3 tsp erythritol granular

Nuke choc squares for 1 minute, stirring occasionally..
Add Splenda
Nuke choc square/Splenda mix 1 more minute until melted.
Pour it onto waxed paper on a cookie sheet and spread it out until thin.

Nuke erythritol and extract until melted (about 40 seconds)
Pour the now-liquid erythritol/extract mix onto the chocolate
Distribute it with the back of a spoon so that it covers the chocolate evenly
Place in freezer for 30 minutes
Break into bite-sized pieces
I also love chocolate, but I stop at step one-buy Baker's unsweetened chocolate, eat 1/2 section (1 small section) after dinner. Another good one for people who love unwseetened chocolate-it's mouth feel is very good!-Trader Josef's Unsweetened Baking Chocolate. Six discs give 2 gm net carbohydrates according to package, and 6 discs is a lot.

I also have my whipped cream without sweeteners. Yesterday my lunch included strawberries and whipped cream. My hostess had sweetened the whipped cream, and it's taste was actually shocking to me. She is respectful of my diet needs, so I just rinsed off the whipped cream and proceeded to eat my 2 large strawberries.

I believe it is possible for some people at least to come to dislike sweet tastes. This was certainly not my native condition, I deliberately moved myself toward this. I enjoy the unrelieved bitter taste.

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Cleaning last Friday.
Gave up sugar years ago.
Still have enough buildup to need 6 months; was on 4 month schedule for several years.
My dentist tells me variation in buildup is genetic and I need cleaning every 6 months. Usually by about 5 months I can feel the plaque and know it`s time to make the appointment!
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I have a standing 6 month hygiene appointment at my dentist. I get X-rays once a year. I figure that if I keep to a regular schedule and something goes wrong after hours, he is more likely to see me quickly if I am a regular.
I rarely eat sweets but when I do, I like things really, really sweet: baklava, pecan pie, dulce de leche ice cream, meringues, coconut macaroons, etc.
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I have a standing 6 month hygiene appointment at my dentist. I get X-rays once a year. I figure that if I keep to a regular schedule and something goes wrong after hours, he is more likely to see me quickly if I am a regular.
I rarely eat sweets but when I do, I like things really, really sweet: baklava, pecan pie, dulce de leche ice cream, meringues, coconut macaroons, etc.
AaacK!!! You're not just kidding when you say "really, really sweet". Too much of those delicacies is very unappealing. Just a little, is heaven.
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AaacK!!! You're not just kidding when you say "really, really sweet". Too much of those delicacies is very unappealing. Just a little, is heaven.
Oh, I didn't mean that I indulged in ALL these things at one fell swoop....I eat them separately every once in a great while. And I almost forgot another fave...pralines! A good friend grew up in LA and she makes them at Christmas using her Nan's old recipe.
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Thanks for the hints about artificially sweetened chocolate. I'll have to try it. I guess I should be glad I only crave chocolate, and not alcohol or drugs!

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Speaking of x-rays, the hygienist said "You had x-rays in 2007, and we recommend every 5 to 7 years, so you can get them next year."

I'm in no rush to spend a lot of money to sit around painfully biting down on things that make you gag, so I said that perhaps I don't have to get them until 2014.

Am I being overly cheap or is that reasonable? I haven't had any dental problems for years.
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Speaking of x-rays, the hygienist said "You had x-rays in 2007, and we recommend every 5 to 7 years, so you can get them next year."

I'm in no rush to spend a lot of money to sit around painfully biting down on things that make you gag, so I said that perhaps I don't have to get them until 2014.

Am I being overly cheap or is that reasonable? I haven't had any dental problems for years.
Will only state my own experience: x-rays are not painful or gagging with new soft stuff. Dentist does 'rear teeth' every 2 years. And 'whole head' every 5 years.

Had 3 (before during after) for root canal with old semi-gagging stuff.
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Glad it all went well Khan! I have to say, I had a root canal about 9 years ago - the procedure itself was fine (aside from keeping mouth that wide open for sooo long and the sounds/smells). But the tooth has never been the same.

I also learned there are a lot of connections between oral health and overall health (ie flossing increases overall life by 6 years), pathways between your teeth and your brain and heart tissue health - I had no idea! So sometimes we may take our teeth for granted (I still do to a degree) and think technology will save us - but I'm not that inclined yet to believe implant technology and other fixes are going to be all we hope they will be...although I will likely need many of those more extreme fixes at some point!
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Update (& oh crap):

So back in early March '11 a tooth started hurting a little bit. I ignored it for a few weeks, but realizing some stuff never gets better on its own, went to dentist. ($80) He gave prescription ($4) for antibiotic and appointment for root canal 4 April.

Endodontist called on 29 March telling me I could go in that afternoon. Had root canal ($935) (paid half then). Follow up (no charge) 5 April; no problems, healing well.

1 April had previously scheduled teeth cleaning. Made appointment for crown repair for 12 April.

This morning (8 April) get call from dentist office (paraprased): dentist got your Xrays today and we have to reschedule for a 2 hour appointment 22 April. (did not ask how much that will cost).

Teeth and plumbing are vying for largest % of my spending with the cat way back at third place.
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Teeth and plumbing are vying for largest % of my spending with the cat way back at third place.
Maybe it is time to consider Dental Insurance . I have had the Federal Dental for years and it has paid for itself .
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