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As I get older I am becoming more and more self conscious about my smile. Like most Sydney teenagers 10 odd years ago, I too had a mouth full of metal braces (except I had mine for 3 and a half years. Long story. It will be told another time!). I loathed them, they hurt, they were a nuisance ….. but they gave me a wonderful smile. I would show you a photo but they are stuck on my old laptop that I cannot get to turn on. Nice.

The one thing I was looking forward to when getting my braces off was that I would be able to brush and floss my teeth like a normal person. I wouldn’t have to intertwine floss through metal just to get a bit of food out of my teeth. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case because my orthodontist fitted a permanent plate on my back teeth like this one …..

Bottom Teeth Metal Wire Retainer
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Now, because of that thin little wire permanently glued to the back of my teeth, flossing is a bitch. Until I started using this toothpaste I had to floss twice as many times every day. Until the other week when I noticed my mothers stash of Piksters. They look like these tiny little pipe cleaners on the end of a plastic stick, and I remember using something very similar back when I had braces.

I read every word on the Piksters packet and it sounded like just want I needed. A mini brush for the gaps near my gums. Genius!

The back of the Piksters packet

What I Say ….

  • I have a pack (ok I stole a pack from mom) of Size 0 and they work perfectly for my front teeth. They range from size 0 to size 7, and I think I need a size up for my back teeth
  • The first few times I used it on my front teeth Continue Reading

Occasionally I have mentioned my sensitive teeth, maybe more so on Twitter than on this website, but one thing I know I have mentioned a lot is my dislike for anything mint flavoured. For many years I used Lemonade toothpaste by GoSmile that I had to buy in multiples once a year from Sephora, just because I dont like mint toothpaste. Even though I love my Lemonade toothpaste, I have felt like my sensitive teeth have been particularly bad this past 3 months or so.

Now I don’t know what causes other peoples sensitive teeth, but in my case it is exposed nerves. I have very little gum around the base of my teeth, especially my bottom front teeth, and that means all my nerves are exposed. Almost anytime something comes in contact with that area of my mouth I instantly feel a dreadful pain. I can’t even explain what it feels like because if feels like nothing else in the world. Only those who have experienced sensitive teeth know the torture. The other problem I have because of this minimal gum problem is that the little crevasses food and other bits can hide in are so impossible to reach. Often brushing and flossing just does not do the job to get everything and I will have to double floss or double brush. Annoying!

I have been living with sensitive teeth for as long as I can remember so there are certain things I do in order to avoid getting that pain, but it is hard work. I consciously have to pay attention every time I go to put food or drink in my mouth. I have to make sure I only chew on one side of my mouth, I have to drink through a straw and if no straws are available I can only sip very small amounts so I can strategically manoeuvre my tongue to cover the sensitive area. It is a joke. So finally I have decided to part ways with my beloved lemon-flavoured toothpaste and try something that might rid my sensitivity.

In the past I have tried Sensodyne ProNamel because they sell Continue Reading