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The Teeth Related Thread.

People talk about their teeth all over the place. Wisdom, flossing, retainers, gums, whatever. Do it here!

I've never had an evil dentist, just a few weird ones.  My childhood dentist was awesome...he'd been friends with my dad since college.  But then we moved to AZ and all the dentists I had there were a bit strange.

I should go to the dentist again.  It's been about a year and a half since I went...but before that I hadn't gone since...2002?  Whenever I got my wisdom teeth out.  Last time I went they found 2 cavities so I had to get them filled, and since then there's a little gap between 2 of my teeth that wasn't there before, and it's always getting food stuck in it.

Does anyone else go through a lot of toothbrushes?  Mine never seem to last as long as they should.  I think I brush too hard.  I go through about 3 toothbrushes in the time it takes DH to go through 1.

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how long does it take your husband to go through 1, permanentgrin? I have an electric toothbrush and I replace the head like once every 3 months. I was at the house of a friend who has the same toothbrush as me recently and theirs looked all frayed and silly like an overused broom. When I came out of the bathroom I was like, "I think it's time for a new toothbrush." hahaha.

Does any one who's had braces have the clear plastic retainers? I have had my retainers for almost 5 years (yeah, I still wear them every night) and I always wonder if you're supposed to replace them or go back and get new ones in a few years because they are flimsy in comparison to the traditional hard plastic/metal ones. Also my wisdom teeth are coming in now and moving my back teeth around so I'm all conflicted.

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i believe the general rule is once every three months for a new toothbrush/toothbrush head.

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Yeah, I think it's supposed to be every 3 months for a new toothbrush.  Mine start looking frayed after about one month, and I probably replace it every 2 months.  DH's toothbrushes last 4 or 5 months at least.

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I've never had any weird dentists or horror stories. I've always loved going to the dentist. When I was younger, after the exam or whatever was over if you had behaved you got to go to this big basket and pick out a toothbrush to bring home with you. They always had really cool toothbrushes for kids there. Even if you were kind of fussy he'd still let you pick out a toothbrush though, very laid back guy.

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I love my dentist. I've had the same one since I was 12!

I think I'm lucky that I have a good set of teeth. No cavities (I'll be 30 in 2 months). When I was 19 I had to have the last baby tooth pulled because it just wasn't coming out on its own. Other than that it's been smooth sailing. I don't even think I take very good care of my teeth -  just have good genes in that department or something.  :)

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damn you, good-oral-hygiene-genes-people!!

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I love love LOVE flossing. I floss probably 2-3 times every day, without fail. I use Melaleuca floss which is infused with melaleuca oil. It's so nice.

I've had some okay dentists and some I disliked. One lady, after telling me I had a cavity in between my teeth, told me "gotta floss" and for some reason this enraged me. I wanted to say, "I brush and floss my teeth no less than twice a day and use mouth wash. Maybe YOU aren't doing YOUR job so great." But I didn't. Supposedly I'm not letting the little things bother me.

I love the clean feeling after a good cleaning. I HATE novacaine, I go into absolute panic mode. I think I'd rather just feel the drill.

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Yeah, I think it's supposed to be every 3 months for a new toothbrush.  Mine start looking frayed after about one month, and I probably replace it every 2 months.  DH's toothbrushes last 4 or 5 months at least.

You aren't alone.  I go through a toothbrush a month, but I also brush frequently...necessary since I avoid the dentist like a plague until I have no choice but to go.  I probably brush my teeth 5 - 6 times a day, including in the middle of the night if I get up to go to the bathroom. 

I haven't been to a dentist since my wisdom tooth extraction in 2008. I'm almost afraid of how bad my theeth would be.

Probably not as bad as you think.  It had been 3 years for me and mine were fine other than the broken filling that turned into a crown and that only happened because the filling had broken out two previous times and the tooth had to be drilled more each time so there wasn't enough tooth left to risk a fracture with a fourth filling.  The cavity itself was from over 30 years ago.

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oh gosh, I wish I loved flossing so much. But I have been pretty diligent about doing it every night since my last trip to the dentist. My teeth are okay but not great. They are unique because when I was younger I was taking a medication that turned my wisdom teeth gray while they were forming. Now if I go to a new dentist they are like, "uhhh, your wisdom teeth are gray." So I tell them I am quite aware of this. I'll probably get them taken out eventually anyway. My teeth are pretty straight but the bottom front teeth are crowded, just like my mom's.

Okay, does anyone else use a nighttime mouth guard because of grinding? I got one a few years ago because my dentist looked in my mouth and said oh no, you're going to wear your teeth down to nothing! I was like gee thanks, maybe you could have told me this sooner. So now I wear my mouthguard, which gets really gross even though I wash it every day. But here's the thing- it has changed my bite. I used to be able to touch my top and bottom front teeth together and do things like bite off hangnails and now I can't. This is as close as they get and I hate it:
http://i.min.us/idmhVi.jpg
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I have an overbite (Thats the word I think?)

This is when my front teeth touch
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g260/SawahFace/Photo_00322.jpg

And this is when I touch my back teeth
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g260/SawahFace/Photo_00323.jpg

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Also, when I floss I feel like I'm going to rip my teeth out so thats why I don't. I'm going to try to start flossing when I get vegan floss

But i'm sooooo afraid of it. Everyone at the dentist place laughed at me.

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I am the same about flossing, it feels like when you pull it back out it'll take the teeth with it...
I said this to a dentist and she was like "you don't have to pull it straight back out, threading the end out sideways is a perfectly legitimate way of flossing". So I do that when I floss. I should floss more.

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oooh Sarah, you have very nice teeth. You do have quite an overbite it seems but you're lucky you can still make your front teeth touch!

The more you floss the less sucky it feels. Not that it feels good. I have also been told that it's okay to pull the floss out to the end but it's not quite as satisfying because I don't pull out the chunks of food that way. I guess that's what the toothbrush is for though.

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I think I have the beginning stages of gingivitis. Who here has had gum issues of any kind?
I'm going to the dentist on Friday.

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bumpin' an old thread.

i think i remember mentioning this here before, but does anyone use a night guard dental protector thingy for tooth grinding? it's causing me some issues, but i don't really want to pay 200+ for the one fitted at the dentist, and don't know which OTC type to get...

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I think I have the beginning stages of gingivitis. Who here has had gum issues of any kind?
I'm going to the dentist on Friday.

Beginning stages are not too bad.  I was under orders to "floss more or loose my teeth."  I found it was worse when I was under stress.  I could floss 2x/day and still get measured that I had pockets 4mm deep.  DH, on the other hand, was getting chunks of decaying food stuck under the gum line causing major bad breath.  He was getting special cleanings every month for a while and is doing much better.  I let him kiss me in the morning again. 

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Ooooh,this thread reminds me that I got to get back to daily flossing and gum massage (great for keeping your gum from receding btw). I used to be anal retentive about dental hygiene and flossing after they took off my braces and found massive amounts of cavities. I would like to keep all or most of my own teeth til old age thanks!  But got too busy with life and work to bother. Le sigh.

I want to see my old family dentist for a cleaning but I got a little freaked out after he got overly aggressive about selling me lumineers.

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I think I have the beginning stages of gingivitis. Who here has had gum issues of any kind?
I'm going to the dentist on Friday.

Beginning stages are not too bad.  I was under orders to "floss more or loose my teeth."  I found it was worse when I was under stress.  I could floss 2x/day and still get measured that I had pockets 4mm deep.  DH, on the other hand, was getting chunks of decaying food stuck under the gum line causing major bad breath.  He was getting special cleanings every month for a while and is doing much better.  I let him kiss me in the morning again. 

As someone who just had root planing done, and is now using twice-daily super-nasty mouthwash, I can personally attest to the importance of regular flossing. Oddly, I have very few cavities, just bad gums.

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I am one in one thousand people born without wisdom teeth. I have the wisdom, but not the teeth. ;)

It is a mutation.

Do you think it is really necessary to have a check up every 6 months, or is it a ploy of the dental association to get more $?  I try to go once per year, but I wonder if even that is necessary.

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