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I've always had bad tooth sensitivity due to gum erosion and recently it's gotten worse (I'm 63). It occurred to me that it may be due to a powder supplement I've been drinking, called Natural Calm. It's "ionic magnesium citrate, a blend of citric acid and magnesium carbonate." It's mixed with water and I drink it throughout the day. I called the company to see if they've heard of it causing tooth sensitivity and they haven't. They said the citric acid binds with the magnesium carbonate, but they weren't really sure if it could be the cause and said to ask a dentist. Do you think that just the citric acid in it could increase tooth sensitivity a lot? Especially since my teeth are sort of bathed in it all day. I was thinking it's just gotten worse due to old age.  Thanks

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Hi Lee,

I'm not a chemist, but in a general sort of way I grew up being told that anything that was acidic would be bad for your teeth.  So things like soda and lemons.....I was told to stay away from excess amounts of that.  One of my biggest vices was that I liked to bite into sliced lemons.  I liked the taste of them, knew it was bad, and did it anyway. Fortunately the composition of my teeth has always been very good.

It's good that you called the manufacturer of "Natural Calm"to ask questions, but I would NOT take too much stock in their answers. Who knows how reliable to you the information would be.  After all, they want consumers to be happy with, and not be afraid of their product (or assume any liability).  It would be like calling a cigarette company and asking...."Are cigarettes bad for you??"  I think we all know the answer to that one.

Visit your dentist and ask your questions.  As with all things, "prevention" is the best method of treatment.

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Jonathan
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My area of expertise from the patients point of view would be Dentistry/TMJ plus the speech challenges that these jaw and bite problems sometimes represent. Over the years I have seen a multitude of dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, speech therapists, neurologists and other health professionals who all had an opinion about my TMJ/bite problem. I AM NOT A DOCTOR...but would purely be a patients point of view type person. I "get it" when people say they tried to explain to their dentist what their TMJ/bite problem is and that they are misunderstood. I can listen to people's trials and tribulations and there is a good chance I have been down that road before. I can make suggestions as to what people can do at home, or what questions to ask their doctor or dentist when they visit. I will try and recall information or experiences that may be helpful to you.

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About 25 years ago, I had my wisdom teeth out and since then my bite has never felt "normal." For whatever reason, the first sensation I remember was not that my bite was off.....but rather that my normal tongue and speech patterns had been impeded. I spent years going to different dentists, who lumped me into their generic version of what they knew about TMJ. The majority of dentists believe they can treat TMJ, but only those whose primary focus is TMJ treatment, are really any good at it. Any dentist, can take an impression of your teeth, send that impression off to the lab and have them make a night guard. That is the easy part. The tricky part is what the dentist does with the night guard, once receiving it from the lab. The dentist has to do a "fitting" where they tailor the night guard to be evenly balanced and comfortable in your mouth. Sometimes it can take a few visits, because further adjustments need to be made to the night guard appliance, to get it just right. I have found that dentists, who have had the most practice, do a better job at fitting your appliance. It's almost like an art form.

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