Dear Dr. Ellie,
I can’t be sure, since I just started the system yesterday, but I think some of my pain might be going away already!
Yesterday, when I told you that the sporadic pain in that particular tooth goes away when I brush in that area, you said that was a good thing. Why is that a good thing? I have been wondering for a while why the pain goes away after I rub/massage in that exposed area with a toothbrush (this rubbing/massaging is often in the middle of night when I wake up with throbbing pain). It would seem that rubbing/massaging the area with toothbrush would irritate it more but I have the opposite outcome. Any thoughts?
Thank you kindly,
Most dental pain is associated with pressure changes. Toothache from decay and also pain from gums are the result of pressure in small spaces.
Classic “toothache” from tooth decay is caused by inflammation in the center of a tooth. The live center of a tooth becomes inflamed and swollen (because bacteria have infected this tissue).
This space is surrounded by hard dentine and enamel, so pressure cannot escape but continues to build up.
Pressure presses on nerve endings and causes pain. To reduce tooth pain, a dentist has to find a way to release this pressure. (Antibiotics can stop inflammation and provide temporary relief. “Opening” the tooth by making a hole in it releases pressure and relieves pain.)
In your case it appears the pain is from the gum area surrounding the outside of your tooth. Fluids and bacteria build in the gap between bone (tooth socket) and your tooth. These fluids and infection press on nerve endings which causes pain. Closys helps lift away debris from this space. Brushing also helps move particles and relieve some of this pressure which relieves pain.
Rinsing with warm salt water can also help you. The salt draws fluids out of this space and helps shrink swollen gums. By relieving pressure you will relieve the pain.
Use Listerine to clean your toothbrush remember bacteria grow on your brush and can be re-implanted. Listerine can eradicate future bacteria and stop them causing more infection, since Listerine kills immature bacteria. You need Closys and a clean toothbrush to remove the existing problem but Listerine can help stop it returning in the future. Xylitol helps by reducing the number of unhealthy bacteria in other parts of your mouth.
Dental disease is caused by bacteria. My system is designed to eradicate harmful bacteria and grow protective ones that will benefit your teeth in the future.
Most people do not view dental disease as an infection. It is a contagious, transmissible disease.
The bacteria grow on toothbrushes and can be passed from person to person.
The idea of cutting away a piece of tooth to stop an infection does not make sense to me.
If you had an infection on your finger would you cut the piece away? I believe you would apply antiseptic several times a day and give nature time to heal the finger.
I hope this explains what is happening.
Let me know if you have any other questions.