Re: Gums feel "raw"
Brushing too much can be destructive to the gum tissue. I know I got super paranoid after getting my teeth scaled/planed and have found that cutting back on the brushing actually allowed the healing process to take place.
Warm salt water is good stuff to soothe the irritation.
I had posted about post-procedure sensitivity elsewhere and Gordon recommended using Sensodyne by this method:
The best way to use Sensodyne is NOT to use it as a toothpaste, put a small amount onto your finger and massage it thoroughly into the sensitive area. Do this after brushing your teeth.
Sometimes a high fluoride toothpaste like Duraphat is useful too, use the Duraphat first to brush your teeth with, then slap the Sensodyne on with your finger.
-- I have started using it as such and leaving it on my teeth over night. I've only done this one night so no reported results yet.
Last edited by macfoo; 30th June 2008 at 16:49.
Still kind of sort of can't stand it - but not so scared anymore!