I’ve wanted to write about this since August of last year, but I’ve been self-conscious about it. That’s saying a lot for me, since I’ve taken several series of before-and-after pictures of me during workouts and I’ve discussed some other intimate stuff here.
However, this post involves my teeth, and for some reason I’m really sensitive about my mouth.
But here goes.
Last July I bought three one liter bottles of Pro-Health Multi-Protection mouth wash, made by Crest. I had read that alcohol mouth rinse is bad for your gums, and the “sting” associated with it may bother some folks. The stinging part didn’t bother me, but as I already have some receding gum issues I wanted to avoid further damage to my softies.
The Pro-Health mouth wash promises that it:
- Kills 99% of common germs that can cause plaque, gingivitis and bad breath
- 12-hour protection against plaque and gingivitis by using in your daily oral care routine
- Prevent and reduce gingivitis for healthy gums
The mint flavor I purchased was pleasant at first. So that’s a plus. Sorta. After about an hour or two the rinse had such a funky aftertaste I would frequently drink a glass of water before kissing Sedagive? goodnight.
I definitely did not feel any “stinging” associated with my prior usage of Listerine, Listermint, Scope, and various flavors of ACT. I guess that the medicinal benefits of the Crest Pro-Health product could be believed; I can’t tell you one way or another.
What I can tell you is that it stained the shit out of my teeth, and made me worry that something was wrong with my mouth.
I did some research, and apparently some users have a reaction to the type of fluoride used in the product. This special type of fluoride is called “stannous fluoride,” and is well-known for leaving brown stains on some people’s teeth. In some cases, it can turn their teeth gray.
Crest insists that you can brush the stains off, but that’s totally untrue. I tried. A lot.
In fact, I had to buy a special dentist tool called a scaler to scrape it off. Even then it was impossible to reach where the fluid had stained my teeth. Only after several months did the stains go away, and my teeth return to normal.
The product did not appear to stain Sedagive?’s teeth; she’s the lucky one in this adventure.
We moved residences about a month ago, and I packed the one and a half remaining bottles up. I hate wasting stuff. I think it’s a leftover from when my family was really poor after my folks divorced. Anyway, I unpacked the mouth wash.
Hatred of wasting stuff + a potential Gibberish article = here we go again.
So, after less than a month of use, I present to you … my teeth.
These are my bottom teeth. None of these stains were present before using the Crest product. I floss regularly and brush two times a day for 30 seconds a quadrant.
This is me going after my teeth with the scaler.
The after effects of scraping my teeth for about five minutes. There are still a lot of stains left, especially in between my teeth where it was hard to reach with the scaler. I have a dentist pick to check for soft spots in my teeth, which I could use this to scrape off some of the harder to reach places. However, that’s really not the right tool for that job.
Now that this post is up I’ll stop using the Crest Pro-Health Multi-Protection mouth rinse. Sedagive? may or may not continue to use it. The product is fine except for the horrific tooth staining bit, so if she wants to use it up that’s cool beans.
For me, however, it’s another two month process before the stains fade away like last time. I may hit my teeth with the scaler again after typing this up. The close-up shot indicates I have a LOT of stains left on my chompers.
This was an embarrassing thing to post. It took me awhile to decide to do it, especially given the flaws inherent in my teeth, gums, and mouth.
However, I really feel like this product has the potential to screw up how someone’s smile, even if it’s temporary. If my experience with my blog has taught me anything, it’s that people search out answers to their problems and troubles — and sometimes they land here.
So if you’re reading this, your teeth are stained and you’re scared and upset … just give it some time and maybe a good scritching with a scaler. Hang in there. Your teeth aren’t ruined.