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It's time to do this once and for all

So, for a variety of reasons, I was never very good about my dental care regimen. This has come to mean that, at 24, I have one cracked tooth, two chipped ones covered with veneers, two that have been pulled, a mouth full of cavities, gum disease and on-and-off pain in different teeth. I'm so tired of this. I know it's horrible to think this way, but the more time that passes, the less I feel like even brushing my teeth ( I only do it when I have to go out at this point). The guilt and anxiety are wrecking me psychologically as is the constant threat of intractable pain. I've tried to get things done the usual way- one appointment/procedure at a time, when I could afford it and had the emotional fortitude to go through with them. The problem is that my last two or three appointments- for root canals and fillings- have gone terribly. The anaesthetic never, ever worked, even after multiple injections, and even with nitrous. My last visit for a root canal was the first time I ever had the distinct displeasure of knowing what a drill on one's nerve feels like. I now shudder at the mere sound of a drill or anything that sounds like it. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jun 6, 2014 - 13 answers

Show me your teeth!

Military member; base dentist told me to come back to pick up a fluoride rinse because they were out. So I went back, and of course they were out then too. And out the next time on top of that! And so rather than waiting around, I need to find some fluoride rinse ASAP. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Mar 13, 2014 - 11 answers

Midnight snacks that are safe(-er) for teeth?

I'm looking for midnight snacks that are less likely to cause tooth problems/tooth decay/etc. Assume that I'm grabbing this food in the middle of the night and then going back to bed without brushing my teeth. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Nov 30, 2013 - 5 answers

Give me your old wive's tales about dental health, please.

Please share your wingnut advice about healthy teeth and gums. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jun 4, 2012 - 32 answers

Did I give my boyfriend cavities?

I had untreated cavities. Now my boyfriend has cavities and his dentist blames me and says we shouldn't kiss. To what degree is this true? [more inside]
posted by elklet on Apr 30, 2012 - 22 answers

To fill or not to fill my laser-detected cavities?

Should I get fillings of tooth cavities that have been diagnosed with a Diagnodent laser? If so, what number should I make my cut-off? [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla on Mar 21, 2012 - 8 answers

Diagnodent and tiny cavities - get them filled?

I recently moved and went to a new dentist. My old dentist used a probe to find cavities - I haven't had a cavity in a decade. This new dentist used a Diagnodent and told me I had 5-6 areas of decay that he wanted to drill into and fill. He said he didn't know if they went into the dentin or just the enamel, and wouldn't know until he got in there. What's up with this Diagnodent business? Is it legit? YANMD, but is a Diagnodent really better than a probe, and does it sound wise to get them filled? Thanks.
posted by baltimoregirl on Feb 23, 2012 - 11 answers

Are there any acid-free diet sodas?

I just learned that I have 2 cavities and I am guessing it's because I switched to drinking a lot of diet soda since my last dentist visit. Are there any diet sodas that are not acidic? (both caffeinated and uncaffeinated). If all diet sodas are acidic then is it possible to make kool-aid with a fake sugar and then carbonate it using a carbonator? How would that taste? Would that be ok for my teeth?
posted by HappyEngineer on Dec 30, 2010 - 14 answers

Help me get a gigantic amount of candy for free!

How do I get candy companies to donate candy for my gigantic Halloween event? Should I look to distributors instead? Do you know of any ones that would have great deals? [more inside]
posted by Brainy on Oct 14, 2010 - 12 answers

fail safe way to prevent children's cavities?

I brush my children's teeth twice a day. They only drink water, never soft drinks of fruit juices or stuff like that. Candy is a rare treat. They're 3 and 1. Is this enough to prevent cavities? [more inside]
posted by uauage on Jul 15, 2010 - 61 answers

Does pain while chewing mean I need a root canal?

Pain when chewing with a composite filling. Will I need (yet another) root canal? And what's up with my teeth, anyway?! [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on May 10, 2010 - 7 answers

Help. I'm a pansy.

This is so shameful. I haven't seen a dentist since 2005. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 6, 2009 - 45 answers

Porcelain or MetalFilter

How bad is tooth sensitivity from gold inlays? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Sep 11, 2009 - 14 answers

Destined for problem teeth?

What will REALLY happen when I get pregnant if I have poor oral health? [more inside]
posted by mittenbex on Aug 20, 2009 - 17 answers

How exactly will my dentist fix these cavities?

Cavities: I have one in both of my two front teeth, one of which is fairly significant. Both of them are on the outside edge of the respective teeth, and thus sandwiched between my front teeth and the teeth next to them. How will a dentist fix this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 8, 2009 - 14 answers

Go to an out-of-network good dentist, or in-network dental factory?

New cavities and replacing old amalgam fillings filter: go to a good dentist who isn't in-network and to whom I'd pay up to $1000 out of pocket, or go to one of those in-network dental factories? [more inside]
posted by schmoppa on Dec 10, 2008 - 6 answers

One of my teeth is pink. What is this??

One of my teeth is pink. What is this?? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Nov 6, 2008 - 7 answers

How to Get Dental Goodness

How do I take better care of my pearly yellows? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Jun 15, 2008 - 19 answers

Anything I can do to increase my pain tolerance?

Tomorrow at 11:00 am I have an appointment to have 5 tiny cavities taken care of. The dentist says I shouldn't need numbing. What, if anything, can I do to maximize my pain tolerance? [more inside]
posted by dmo on Nov 16, 2006 - 14 answers

Does carbonated mineral water cause cavities?

Does carbonated mineral water cause cavities? [more inside]
posted by Ø on Aug 4, 2006 - 16 answers

Whether to replace amalgam fillings

DentalFilter: Anybody else have their amalgam fillings replaced because they're old--NOT because you were worried about their possible harmfulness? [more inside]
posted by lilybeane on Feb 20, 2006 - 18 answers

roshizzle syzzrup

I have a bottle of (violently pink) rose syrup, and (having never used the stuff before) no idea what to do with it. Suggestions, please?
posted by casarkos on Oct 12, 2005 - 16 answers

Dental Ass't: Cavities by Bacteria? Heart Plaque = Teeth Plaque? Etc.

My dental assistant has made a lot of interesting, maybe controversial claims. I'd like to know how common these ideas are, and how well supported. [+] [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks on Feb 1, 2005 - 20 answers

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