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Teeth !! - The rotting affects of opiates

FenrysFFenrys Posts: 56
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:51 AM in New Member Introductions
:jawdrop: Those of us that have been on opiates for any length of time will have noticed the effect of dry mouth on the :W ir teeth! Well, please imagine if you will, coupling that with being struck off my original dental list by a new and ambitious practise manager (I fell over 8 hrs before my appointment) who got annoyed when I cancelled and refused to pay the penalty as the appointment was filled by another patient and not wasted - so having to go on a FOUR YEAR waiting list then moving from the area and going on another list ! Well you can imagine how my teeth look :-( Broken,rotten,missing at the front - they are awful!! I have tried many of the recommended toothpastes/mouthwashes that are supposed to combat dry mouth but to be honest I didn't find them that good :-(
Today I finally got a waiting list for a local dentist - so I am on my way to saying goodbye to my awful Heroine addict teeth lol !!!


  • i have nice teeth but as i am opiates too and have been for 6 years now i have noticed i have a dry mouth and its the dry mouth that knackers your teeth .i drink loads of water and always clean my teeth with an oral b high end power brush .my advice is drink loads and clean you teeth more than normal and chew gum and use a good none alcohol mouth wash oral b make one as do many other manufacturers .also make sure your bed room is cool and you have fresh air in there because if you sleep in a hot room your mouth will dry out quick .i have a glass of water at night and is gone in the morning! .i know its a pain but keep your mouth moist
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • Hi jim,
    Yes u r right with the water lol - I use a 1 litre squash bottle filled with water and probably on average drink 3 maybe 4 during day/night !!!
    That is a different mouthwash to try - thank you!! At the moment using "corsodyl" as I had an infection that is now gone!!
    Unlike u I have teeth to make shane mcgowan(pouges) proud lol I had great teeth but thru losing regular dentist (on list again)they are quite bad now :-( being fixed soon!!
    I will try that mouthwash thanks again!!!
    Gotta run the dog (58 days pregnant + a few false alarms) is nesting so.......this may be the real time ...wish me luck!!! :-) thanks again xx
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  • my wife was a mid wife and is now a health visitor i dont think you have them over there we are in the uk .she is like a district nurse but only looks after new born rather than all ages ,she dose that part time and the rest of the time she is a manager in the health service .just a bit of blar blar for you }my wife said that your teeth problems may also be due to the fact that you are pregnant as your baby will rob anything its need from you !
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • :))( I am no a....merican lol!! I'm just loud cause I'm Welsh :-)Love the Floyd cover by the way!!I love Great gig in the sky - hubby can't stand it so bone of contention lol xx I think ur wifes point is more than valid as tho not preg now I have been twice (the 2nd when I did my back) so yes calcium loss is an issue even with good diet etc!
    I am really bad at taking supplements And I know I should eg joint supps etc but hey ho !! Lol
    Thanx very much and please thank ur wife for me !!! X0x0
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